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Shift: Unpacking your ideas and moving them around. Facilitator – Deborah Crowe of Crowe Creative Art Services.

26 + 27 February 2022. 10am – 3.30pm daily.

Venue in Opunake to be confirmed.

Max participants :10

$250.00 per person

Thanks to support from South Taranaki District Funding for Creative Communities support.


A two-day professional development workshop. This idea development workshop is designed for (Aotearoa based) SDA members and other creatives in Taranaki to review and renew their practice in a small peer group with an experienced professional facilitator. The focus of this two-day workshop is to provide a framework for makers to:

  • participate in high level discussions about their textile practice in a supportive professional context
  • share ideas and critical feedback about individual’s work and its relationship to broader contexts
  • explore through interactive conceptually workshopping, new tools and strategies to generate ideas and develop ideas towards maintaining and sustaining their art practice
  • enhance their careers as committed textile practitioners through an opportunity to build robust relationships within the group and beyond
  • gather practical strategies to support sustainability of makers’ practice


Do you want to stretch your practice a little further? Are you beginning a project and want to participate in a supportive ‘sounding board’ environment with other creative thinkers and textile makers? Or have you become ‘stuck’ in developing your work beyond your last project? In this lively, ideas-based workshop you will build your repertoire of creative problem-solving techniques to develop ideas for your practice/projects over a period of two days. Shift explores processes for generating, developing, and expressing ideas in and about your practice. Over the three days, practical exercises and feedback frameworks will be provided to help you develop and analyse your ideas and to practice your critical evaluation skills in a friendly, supportive, and engaging environment. Particular emphasis will be placed on contextualizing practice and development of constructive critical reflection. Participants need to bring some recent work to the workshop. We will use this, along with the works in the SDA exhibition at ‘from out of the blue studio gallery’ as a starting point and for feedback and discussion. Where scale makes transport of work/s difficult images of works are fine.

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PROFILE SUMMARY of the facilitator – Deborah Crowe.

Deborah Crowe is an experienced artist and creative professional with track record of over 30 years exhibiting. Her interdisciplinary art and design practice has won awards/commissions, is published, and held in significant collections. She has extensive experience in tertiary art education/management, and governance for national organisations associated with visual arts, design and craft/object making. Crowe’s commitment to making, to serving a variety of audiences, and to fostering appreciation of creative arts practice as a significant communication platform in current cultural, political and social environments underscores all her work.

Deborah Crowe works full-time as a freelance creative producer from her studio at 1B Ponsonby Rd, Grey Lynn, Tamaki Makaurau Auckland. Alongside her art and design practice she runs Crowe Creative Art Services (founded 2014), a small business specialising in artist mentoring and professional development, workshop delivery and art consulting. Utilising 25+ years of tertiary teaching/supervision, fostering and contributing to various collaborative team-teaching cultures alongside sound business experience and facilitation skills, Crowe is known for her professionalism, particularly her ability to encourage and accelerate development of conceptual, contextual and critical thinking.

For more information visit: Linkedin Profile, @deborah_crowe,

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