There is delight in discovering hidden and playful shapes in objects. All of these letters are found objects – they were not shaped to make letters. The ABCs are an educational tool,
allowing children to store and display their treasures alphabetically in stackable boxes. However, above all, the ABCs are fun and encourage creativity, practicality and learning.
This rusty herring tin has a new ceramic liner. Tinned herrings were part of the Canterbury diet in the early twentieth century and this empty tin was found discarded under the house at 19 Admirals Way. The top of the dish is lined with a bandage found inside the house and a print
of herrings decorates the base of the dish.
This heavily-corroded frying pan has been relined with a ceramic dish. The dish is glazed with iron spangles and
dust scraped from the pan when it was sanded and rust-proofed. The ceramic dishcloth on the handle conjures up images of how the frying pan was used.
A rusty tin of dried paint full of sandy soil was found underneath the floorboards of the house. It has now
been relined with a coiled pot that has a glossy rim reminiscent of dried paint and has been filled with pebbles
made from the sand found in the bottom of the tin.
Woolly socks left behind in the house have been transformed into ceramic socks. The original socks were saturated with clay and then fired in the kiln. The fabric burnt away, leaving behind a permanent ceramic replica.
Where you Carry is What You’re Doing
Raewyn Martyn, Sara Black, Charles Roderick, Selena Wilkinson, Jane Foreman, Quinn Koeneman, Tessa Elbettar, Kayla Ginsburg, Cleo van der Veen, Addison Nace, Hannah Craig, Elaine Bell, Sylvia Newman, Avigail Najjar, Dana Carter
Originally from the Tasman region, Russell now resides in East London, so this piece of 19 Admirals Way has had a long journey. Type from end-grain wood was commonplace in the print industry until the 1980s. Today,
wooden type is difficult to acquire and most wood type in New Zealand is from England or America. This is Russell’s first attempt at making wooden type. Side-grain rimu is a
difficult timber to work with and his knife required constant sharpening.
Limited Edition Posters
Using his wood type and a carved print block of the kowaro or Canterbury mudfish (Neochanna
burrowsius), Russell has created a small edition of letterpress posters celebrating this fascinating
endangered native fish. With a life-long interest in New Zealand’s biodiversity, Russell was inspired to use the little-known Canterbury mudfish as a metaphor for the
resilience of a population which is also in need of help. Russell hopes that increased awareness of this species will encourage more sensitive and sustainable use of the waters and soils of the Canterbury region.