I enjoy creading sculpting using a variety of different mediums and techniques, including Leather, Glass, Fiber, and Metal. I am happiest when mastering a new skill to apply to my artwork.
During 2007 - 2010 I co-ran a successful gallery in 'Waikuku' where my sculptures was sold, up until the Christchurch earthquakes. These are samples of the work sold.
I have learned a variety of handcrafts over the years and draw on them frequently in projects that I undertake. Crochet, sewing, embroidery, felting, lace tatting, soldering, stained glass work, resin casting, porcelain doll painting, miniature cross stitch, leather work.
Bookbinding I was extremely lucky to study under the late Donald Hampshire at Hagley College. Learning the skills of hand sewing pages, leather binding, gold tooling and embossing, half and quarter binding. Also the valuable skill of repairing damaged and aged books.
I create one off jewellery pieces, using process such as soldering, wire weaving, bead work and cast resin.
World of Wearable Arts
2015 - Cerulean I created my first entry to the World of Wearable Arts in 2015, receiving 'Runner-Up' for the 'First Time Entrant Award'.
Section: Wetta Workshop Costume & Film - 'Other Worlds'.
My entry is primary hand tooled leather with the panels hand sewn together. The colour and shading has been added by airbrush. Fibre glass has been used to form the wings and the feathers created from laser cut plastic between layers of gauze.
The costume is now part of the World of Wearable Arts collection in Nelson.
2016 - Filigreen I have been lucky enough to have my costume accepted to appear on stage again this year. Keep an eye out in the 'Wetta Film and Costume section'. Made from upholstery fabric, clock parts and zip ties.
Cushla O'Connell, Filigreen, New Zealand, Photo Credit: World of WearableArt Ltd
Awarded a 'Highly Commended' by the WOW judges.
The costume is now on display in the World of Wearable Arts Museum in Nelson.
The process of leather work is a most satisfying one. The end result are a reward in themselves for the hours invested. I particularly enjoy hand tooling (embossing) and carving as a decorative technique. My work is finished with hand stitching and leather dye applied by Airbrush.
I have been designing images for 'Rubber Stamps by Montarga' over the last 10 years. These illustrations are turned into Rubber Stamps for craft use.
This is a small sample of my illustrations and how they look once stamped and coloured with Copic markers.
I enjoy the challenge of miniatures. Over the past few years I have designed a number of Miniature Kits for retail purposes. I also have an ongoing project of an House at 1:16 scale, building from scratch from photos of an existing abounded manor.