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Where are you from?
I grew up at Karekare beach on the wild west coast of Auckland.
How long have you been in the Queenstown area?
We moved to Arrowtown twelve years ago. I had never heard of Arrowtown until then, but here we are, still loving it!
What kind of art do you create?
I create sculptural works which are rooted in basketry. Being material and technique driven I am drawn to natural and recycled materials, working mainly with bull kelp, harakeke, driftwood and recycled copper wire.
How long have you been doing this?
I would have to say I have been an artist or known I would be an artist my whole life. Right from a young age I was a collector and loved making things.
What are you inspired by?
I am inspired by natural forms in nature, the materials I gather and of course traditional basketry. Fish traps are something I am exploring at the moment, working with supple Jack, wire and rattan.
What do you do for fun?
Living here I miss the ocean. My favourite getaway spot is the South Coast. It’s wild, beautiful and amazing for beach combing. Gardening is also something I love.
Which artist is you ultimate inspiration?
When I was at high school I discovered Andy Goldsworthy and environmental installation artist, he was my hero. Now more so traditional and contemporary basketmakers from around the world.
Do you have a studio?
I have a home gallery in Arrowtown which is open by appointment. The Little Hut Gallery – Ph: 0274494922
Do you have an online portfolio?
I have an Instagram page you can check out @jasmineclarkartist