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Creativity flows at EIT | Te Pūkenga IDEAschool Art & Design Exhibition

December 5, 2022

Bachelor of Creative Practice (Design) [Level 7] student Yenny Lopdell with her sustainable spatial screen ‘Sketsel’.

The breadth of creativity of art and design students at EIT | Te Pūkenga IDEAschool was on full display in the finale of a week-long End of Year Celebration.

Throughout last week, evenings were held to celebrate student success in everything from screen production to music, fashion and art and design.

The Art and Design Exhibition, held at IDEAschool on the Hawke’s Bay Campus in Taradale on Friday, 25 November, featured outputs from NZ Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4) and Bachelor of Creative Practice students.

Graphic, product, and spatial design work was on display, with painting, printing, clay and sculptural pieces vying for the audience’s attention, as well as 2D animation and photography.

Nigel Roberts, IDEAschool’s Programme Coordinator Visual Arts: Bachelor of Creative Practice, says the students should all be proud of themselves for the work they produced.

“The students are proof of the ability of people of all ages to continue doing their studies as well as dealing with the demands of everyday life.”

“Despite everything, the students have been able to create truly inspiring pieces.”

Bachelor of Creative Practice (Design) [Level 7] student Zach Elms created a series of marketing tools to combat the misconceptions of those in the car community by the wider public.

For students in their third year of the Bachelor of Creative Practice, the celebration is an opportunity to show off their final projects before graduating. Other students have selected their best work from throughout the year.

Bachelor of Creative Practice (Design) student Yenny Lopdell who is in her final year, displayed her sustainable spatial screen ‘Sketsel’.

Originally from Indonesia, Yenny incorporated the Javanese Batik pattern of ‘Parang’ into her work. The end result is a spatial screen using paper waste, which is formed together by the arrangement of intertwining diagonal S shapes.

“The product is able to be assembled and disassembled until it reaches the end if its lifecycle when it can either be recycled or composted,” the 41-year-old says.

She first started the level 4 certificate in 2017 before embarking on the degree.

“I had been searching for what I wanted to do, and I came to the right place. EIT has helped me find my passion and understand how I can use where I’m from and extract that and incorporate it into my work.”

Bachelor of Creative Practice (Design) student Zach Elms combined his love for cars with his love for design and photography to address common misconceptions of those in the car community by the wider public.  

The 21-year-old, third year student, created a series of marketing tools including photographs and a zine with interviews from car lovers.

“A topic of discussion has been the way people have always looked at us, but they don’t actually get to know us. It’s just a stereotype around us. So, I decided to bring both my worlds together with a combination of design and the car community.”

Zach says he has enjoyed his time at EIT | Te Pūkenga and hopes to use his degree to pursue a career in marketing locally and overseas.

Bachelor of Creative Practice (Fine Arts) [Level 6] student Helen Barnard with her carvings in plaster cast.

“I’d definitely recommend studying at EIT | Te Pūkenga IDEAschool. It’s not like at a university where you are just a number. You really feel the love and support.”

For Helen Barnard, who is in her second year, changing from a career in accounting to one in art seems an unlikely transition. But at 46 years old, she has now found her passion in life, thanks to the help of EIT | Te Pūkenga IDEAschool.  

“I didn’t have art in school and when I started painting and doing art in 2017, I found I really enjoyed it so much,” the Bachelor of Creative Practice (Fine Arts) student, says.

She showcased plaster casts with organic materials, foil and wire incorporated within. The inspiration behind it was the IOC Refugee Olympic Team, created in 2015, who first compete at the Rio 2016 games.

The Acting Head of EIT | Te Pūkenga IDEAschool, Cherie Freeman, says: “Witnessing the student’s achievements was a rewarding end to the year for staff and students.  It was heart-warming to have so many whānau and friends join in the celebration and see them enjoying the work that our students have produced.  We look forward to our student’s future success in whatever discipline they choose to pursue.”