Tihei mauri ora
Ko Titirangi te maunga
Ko Waiau te awa
Ko Takitimu toku Waka
Ko Rangiahua toku marae
Ko Ngati Kahungunu te iwi
Ko Ngai Tamaterangi toku hapu
No reira tena koutou, tena koutou Katoa.
Hello, I am Deborah, an artist, Head Tutor at Vincents Art Workshop. I would like to thank the staff and artists for the warm welcome this week. I am so excited to be working at Vincents.
I first studied at Toihoukura in 1998 and received my Advanced Diploma in Māori Art and Design and then went on to further study and received a Diploma in Secondary Teaching (Art) with Christchurch College of education.
I have been a practicing artist since 1998 and wanted to extend my professional practice and returned to Toihoukura in 2016 and completed my masters, Te Hono ki Toi (Poutiriao|Poutiritāeo) Master of Professional Creative Practice in 2018. I am passionate about creating art, it feeds my soul.