From 23rd May – 5th June the Carlton Gallery hosts the Steam Punk’d Exhibition with Steam Punk’d Birdhouses by local wood artist Straytangent and Tinkersmith Artisan Leatherworks by Luke Devery.
Local wood-working artist ‘Stray Tangent’ is displaying a limited run of ‘Steam Punk’d Bird Houses’. Each rustic, charming steam-punk style bird house is unique and signed by the artist, making a perfect gift for someone who has a sheltered nook in their garden, balcony or patio area.
The Steam Punk’d Birdhouses come in a variety of designs, shapes, colours and timbers adorned with steam punk icons. A limited number of bird houses will be sold ‘naked’ of adornments but with a range of hand chosen embellishments (think antique keys, original clock cogs and other quirky items) so you can decorate your own chosen bird house.
Stray Tangent loves working with wood; whether it’s making fairy or bird houses, sculpting or creating unique furniture.
Luke Devery’s leatherworks have been greatly inspired by NZ’s Alfred Tinkersmith who as a young man developed a love for theatrical arts and masquerade. For two decades Alfred pursued performance and cultural traditions of mask making. This was a perfect synchronisation for Luke, as he is creative in the art of masquerade theatre himself. He has for many years imparting his knowledge through many adult classes he runs through the country and until recently he had taught Drama at Waihi College.
All Luke’s leatherworks presented in this exhibition are individually crafted in his Tinkersmith sheds overlooking the South Pacific Ocean. He is surrounded by the profound natural beauty of NZ’s coastal bush. The work forms in this exhibition are inspired by the prolific bird life and the lush native bush on his property … oh yes, and dragons… (there are dragons here also – heaps bro).
Come and enjoy some Steam Punk vibes at the Carlton Gallery, @ The Arts Junction, 36 Main Rd, Katikati. Open 7 days.