- Member for
- 2 years 6 months
Nau mai haere mai and welcome to my blurb. Ko Debbie Tipuna ahau, Ngati Pakeha, newly moved to Maungatapu in Tauranga after 20 plus years in Te Puke.
I have been practising art all my life mostly in and around family and less arty full time, (paying) work. Prior to Christmas 2016 I threw caution to the wind and quit my sensible job as a children's librarian to become a full time artist, (again). The life span of this profession, for me, has usually been about a year so the clock is ticking. Think I might be off to a good start this time! I enjoy illustrative work and also create multi media pieces usually with or repurposed timber as a base. Sorry I am not very good at articulating what I do. My favourite things are Maori art and design, old pieces of wood, juicy bits of hand made paper and I have an unhealthy obsession for Gouache and tiny, no I mean really tiny, paint brushes. Crap at record keeping but here are a few of my 'happy times'.
Artist and Illustrator
Art Achievements, Selected Exhibitions and other guff.
2015 Rotorua Art Award Selected - sold
2015 Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award Whakatane - Selected
2014 Miles Art Award Tauranga Art Gallery - Selected
2013 Rotorua Art Award Selected
2012 Miles Art Award Guitiki – multi media
2012 Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award Whakatane - Selected
2010 Miles Art Award Kiwis can fly – illustration on paper - sold
2012 Creative Tauranga, Illustration works – one sold
Bethlehem College Painting - sold
2012 Commissioned to paint a Mural Children’s Maori Area Tauranga City Libraries
2011 Illustrated Children’s chapter Book Maori language book, Ko wai hei hoa mòku.
2009 Yellow Pages Art Award Runner up Bay of Plenty Region
2009 Waikato Reading Association Delivered an Illustration workshop
Young Authors Conference
2008 Tauranga National Art Award Best Multi Media Award Winner
2007 Telecom Art Award Winner Bay of Plenty Region
Illustrated Children’s Picture Book Poetry Pudding, Published by Reed NZ Ltd
2005 Illustrated Children’s Picture Book Girls in the Kapahaka, Pub. by Reed NZ Ltd
2006 Bookrapt – Bay of Plenty Children’s Presented Illustration workshop - Primary & Intermediate children
2005 Wrote and Illustrated Children’s Friends You Can Count On, Picture Book - Published by Reed NZ Ltd
2002 Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award Best Maori Theme Award Winner
2001 Learning Media Finalist Maori Illustration Competition - work featured in Calendar.
1999-2002 John Sands (NZ) Ltd 12 Greeting Card Designs in Print
1998 Telecom Art Award Winner Bay of Plenty Region - Finalist 1999 & 2000.
1993 Centennial Women’s Suffrage Winner Logo Competition
1990 Waiariki Polytechnic Certificate in Craft Design Maori -2 years full time study
1987 Waiariki Polytechnic Certificate in Visual Communication - 2 years extramural