Kapiti Observer : January 16th 2012
10 KAPITI OBSERVER, JANUARY 16, 2012 ZERO FEES New Professionals, Stronger Futures Have you just received your NCEA results! Are you undecided whether you should return to school or do something else! Wellington Trades Academy is a great option for young people. Based at WelTec, Year 12 and 13 students can enrol for free in seven government funded programmes, and kick start their career by gaining a National Trades qualification and achiving NCEA Level Two. Kick start a trade's career now and choose from a great selection of career options, including: Classes start the 7th of February 2012. For an application form or more information contact WelTec on 0800 WELTEC or www.weltec.ac.nz SPACES ARE LIMITED DON'T MISS OUT Mural about fabric of community Design ideas: The design to be painted on the Tilley Rd building is likely to be similar to the middle sketch by Janina Kumpies, who sees similarities in Polynesian tattooing, weaving and her own artwork. Painting team: Janina Kumpies, left, has designed an optical-illusion style artwork for a Paekakariki building used by a weaving collective. First, the building is getting a new lick of white paint with the help of Brigette Hunt, centre, and Margaret Jackson. By TASHA BLACK An old building at the end of Paekakariki's Tilley Rd is getting a makeover -- and not just any makeover. German graphic designer Janina Kumpies will work her magic on the white walls, paint- ing black lines to create an optical illusion. Kumpies, 30, is painting the building for free. Travelling through New Zealand she was after a project'' and a chance meeting in November with Paekakariki couple Brigette and Tim Hunt at a tattooing conven- tion in Auckland led her to Tilley Rd.Kumpies stopped in Paekakariki to visit the couple and Mr Hunt's Pacific Tattoo stu- dio, and realised the Tilley Rd building, used by Te Rau O Te Rangi Kapiti Weavers Collective, presented an opportunity. Ms Hunt, herself a weaver, wanted the inside of the building painted, while fellow weaver Mar- garet Jackson wanted to give the outside a sprucing up. They sought permission from their landlord, Greater Welling- ton Regional Council, to paint the building. Built in the 1930s the building started out life as a ladies bowl- ing club, said Mrs Jackson. It morphed into dog show club rooms and later a children's art club, before it was taken over by the weavers' collective five years ago. It got left in a bit of disrepair. When we took over [regional council] were really just looking for a group who would look after the building and use it,'' said Mrs Jackson. The collective love it'' and it's in the perfect position'' with nearby flax plantings, she said. Things have worked out incredibly well for us here and then Nina came along, it's amazing.'' Three sides of the building will be painted and are likely to be viewed by a lot of people'', said Mrs Jackson. From different directions they will get a different perspective. A lot like weaving.'' During her travels in New Zea- land Kumpies saw similarities between Maori/Polynesian patterns and some of her artwork using lines and visual illusions in Germany, which she published in her book, Lines in My Room. The design she has chosen for the building is similar to the weaving style poutama. For me it's important to change the view of something and with a line you can do that,'' said Kumpies. The painting will be finished by the end of January. Kumpies is available to work on other projects in the com- munity including for businesses, such as cafes, contact janina- @kumpies.de.
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