Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Workroom at Aroha lamour in Napier!

Wow I just had to show you these images taken of our lamps in Aroha lamour-House of Aroha in Napier (which recieved the 'best' design store from Urbis magazine '09). The shots are just beautiful. Thank you house of Aroha we a v. pleased to make your acquaintance.

Happy new year all 


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Who's a pretty little shop then

Just a few snaps of the shop from today... 


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Insite Magazine Australia

We have just been published in an article about New Zealand design in a Australian magazine called Insite. This is very exciting news for us. Also featured in the same article is Renee Boyd and Zekiah Heath, whose work we stock at the WORKROOM store. Thought I would just share this as I am bursting to tell someone and my mum won't answer the phone!


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Melina Martin

Melina Martin is our latest edition to the stable with a selection of her work... She lives and works out of Wellington with a background in fashion she has decided to sway towards designing her own ranges of home adornments including these covetable cushions and tea-towels. With my collection of bird studies and sketches I just couldn't resist. 


Sunday, December 13, 2009

Clevedon Christmas Parade

In the weekend WORKROOM went in the Clevedon Christmas Parade! It was so fun giving out little presents and of course the classic Macintoshes (my favourite has always been mint) to the children and families. It was a hot blistering day with a huge crowd we danced and sung along side the WORKROOM Christmas tree (all high on sugar from the over consumption of Macintoshes) . So a successful day giving to local community and we all retired exhausted with sore jaws from chewing and throats from "we wish you a merry christmas"

Merry christmas from WORKROOM!


Friday, December 4, 2009


Hi there,

It has been a busy time and I haven't had a chance to write of late. I have just graduated from Whitecliffe college with a bachelor of fine arts. These images are from my graduating exhibition. Held on the 26th of November. It was a wonderful occasion celebrating 4 years of work and learning- I was a bundle of nerves, excitement, sadness and  happiness. Thank you to all of my friends and family that came along to support me. And I would like to especially thank the fine arts faculty at Whitecliffe who have guided me through- Thank you Noel, Jill, Steve, Erich, Matt. 


Here is the artist statement that accompanied this work:

Seeded from anecdotes and everyday interactions, Snelling gathers, studies and observes these experiences to respond and comment. She exercises her role as an artist operating with no fixed premise and oscillating from a heavy-handed rigour to a hands-off director. Snelling believes that her idea will tell her how best to execute it and how this decision of methodology will support or take the idea further. Themes of nostalgia and human critique are examined in this exhibition and are presented both metaphorically and literally through games, sports and animals. We are asked to think about aspiration for success and fear of failure as well as how we can be misinterpreted and misunderstood by others as a fact of human nature.


“My art is autobiographical and I cannot be separated from it, although at the same time, I hide behind its many layers and guises”.


Rat 2009 Pencil on hot pressed paper 1500 mm x 1400 mm

Pig 2009 Pencil on hot pressed paper 1500 mm x 1400 mm

Chicken 2009 Pencil on hot pressed paper 1500 mm x 1400 mm

Dartboard 2009 Acrylic on linen 1400 mm diameter

Cork and feathers 2009 Hand turned cork pheasant turkey and dyed chicken and goose feathers

Twenty-three passport photos 2009 Passport photos (all taken at ‘Photogenics’ Parnell road taken  over the period of six months) Fuji prints 120 mm x 100 mm


Rebecca Snelling

November 2009 

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Marti Friedlander

I was fortunate enough to run into Marti Friedlander today at the Parnell photo centre- I have my photo taken there once a week as a part of a project that I am doing- I happen to know that she has a show on at the Gus fisher Gallery (runs until the 21st)at the moment. It was a perfect way to open a conversation as we both stood there waiting. I felt all shy as I know so much about her, being one of my favourite photographers, but I felt star struck and quite uncomfortable in her presence- good uncomfortable of course.  

The photo above is one of her portraits of Rita Angus- which there is also, as most will know, a Rita Angus show on at the Auckland Art Gallery (new gallery) at the moment. This image is apart of the Rita Angus show. 

They are truly remarkable women

Thank you Marti for inspiring me today


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Beautiful cards by NICEWORK

These cards are so beautiful from nicework- I have more of there work arriving any day now- notebooks and really cool tea-towels....

I love getting christmas cards in the mail- hand written and these ones are extra spec!

Sarah Maxey is a graphic artist- I am particularly fond of her typography pictured in the second image. 


Monday, October 19, 2009

Studio work

This is the latest image from my studio work... I perhaps could be received with dark connotations- I suppose it dose really have dark connotations, but I do like the that I have one ear up and one down...

Thursday, October 15, 2009

OOOH ring-a-ling-ling

New work from John Healy- These rings are beautiful- I have one myself... I just adore it! They are made with care and precision... He is an amazing maker John... 
Thank you for your work! 

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

More new stuff!!!

More delicious things arrived at the store! firstly ceramic clocks by Renee Boyd + Pillow cases by Sarah Maxey at nice work...
They are so gorgeous!
In store this weekend!

New work in the studio

Some experiments from the studio... I am thinking about the fundamental components of sports instruments and how perhaps they would have first been made...

Monday, October 12, 2009

Snaps from the SALE weekend

Thanks so much every one for coming along to the sale! It was a huge success and we had a great weekend...
Thank you very mach to Mum and Paul as well as Carlos for being such a ferocious watch dog!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Hi all,
Introducing our new artists to join us at WORKROOM.
From the top we have Ruth Sumner- Heirloom Design- hand crafted cushions, Zekiah Heath- Ceramic artist- tasting bowls and John Healy- Jeweler- Green glass square ring.


Looking forward to it
x R

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Its a chooks life (?)

This is my latest drawing... 
wow the complexity of the feathers is quite mind boggling. This is the first of a series that I am doing for my end of year show. 
They will be shown along side my pig at this stage. 

I am really enjoying spending some time with the humble chook.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Mahogany desk angle-poise

This is the first of Mahogany desk angle-poise lamps.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

This weekend at the shop....

Just to show some latest snaps from what happening at Workroom.

1. Helen Brown work of Olive Grove- by day and night... This work was created when Helen was 14.
2. This is the beginning of our new range of shelving units... Nice- with castors and draws.
3. Power pole. Hat racks. Both in 100% recycled timber- Tawa and Mahogany. These are possibly my favourite product we have made.
4. Floor Zed lamp in a new wood finish. Gorgeous!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

PIGS and squash...

Presently the line of enquiry informing Snelling’s practice is based around human behavior and existence. Zeroing in on how one navigates there way through existence and how there are or are not boundaries or parameters in different contexts. Rebecca chooses to render this present line of enquiry through the investigation into various sports and there sets of rules. She also metaphorically aligns these set of rules with animal behaviour and human interaction with animals.

She draws from her own observations and experiences, the beginning stages frequently arrive from a personal memory. There is an autonomous quality to the way the work is experimented with and its resolved execution. This is not without the consideration of wider readings from the viewer. Snelling is concerned with the viewers response allowing an open ended nature to her work. She encompasses this somewhat puzzling and confronting showcase with her consistent attention to material and formal concerns. These concerns also respond to her exhibiting space and/or site specific that manages to convince her harshest critic which more often than not is herself.