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Selwyn Times: August 29, 2017

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8 Tuesday August 29 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Our People SELWYN TIMES Shelley Bakker Career in the printing industry helps Shelley Bakker, 52, has been involved in the printing industry for more than 30 years. She spoke to Georgia O’Connor-Harding about her passion for wearable art and helping the Prebbleton community RECYCLED ART: Shelley Bakker with the menopause styled wearable art dress she made. PHOTO: GILBERT WEALLEANS Tell me about how you came to be involved with printing? I have been in the printing trade since I left school. I initially got a job in printing but not an apprenticeship, even though I was still working within the trade. It took me six years to get an apprenticeship. I was the first female ever in New Zealand to get the highest practical marks at Auckland University of Technology for a printing apprentice. I was about 21. I have also entered a competition for a female apprentice for a non-traditional role and got second out of New Zealand. How did the home business start? When my second child was two and a half, I thought I had a little bit of time – obviously, I had a nappy brain. So I started printing from home. I have been doing it ever since and my son is going to be 18 next month in a couple of weeks. My business is called Bakkerprint. We print newsletters, cards, posters. Because I am artistic, I do the design side as well. I do menus, I do art post cards and greeting cards. How were you first treated when you started working in the industry? They told me to get an apprenticeship, I needed university entrance. I went back to school and did that for another year. I ended up getting a job through a friend of a family. I left school when I was 18 and I was 52 on Friday. I have been printing all that time but I have been printing at home for 16 years since 2001. The printing industry has changed a lot. What are your thoughts with all the new technology? I have changed with technology and I love it. I love my recycling, but I also love my technology, and it helps with my work. Obviously the printing from home idea has been a success? I still do it. It is good to work around the kids and family. It is a passion of mine. I love to collect old books. I do the Prebbleton Community Association newsletter. I have been involved in the association since 2010. I have actually been doing a lot more other stuff like the Prebbleton Community Market and organising the Christmas carols for this year. I also have a mad passion for recycling. What are some of the recycling projects you have done? I have taken part in wearable arts shows. For the Westport Wearable Arts competition I did last year in July called Earthworks of Creation, all the materials I used were recycled. My costume was called ‘Maltilda Fuggle’. I originally made it for A Mid-Winter’s Ale Festival in Rolleston last year. The dress got second in the competition. I entered World of Wearable Art this year but didn’t get in. My entry this year was called Menopausal. It was made out of paper mache and the head piece was a very old fashioned lampshade with different faces of menopause on it. ROLLESTON LAW Sound, workable legal advice and solutions Been paid out from EQC or needing a facelift? Rolleston Office: 78A Rolleston Drive, Rolleston Square Darfield Office: Darfield Business Hub, 68 South Terrace RICHARD GRAY W: www.meareswilliams.co.nz T: (03) 374 2547 M: 021 148 6221 E: rcg@meareswilliams.co.nz E: am@meareswilliams.co.nz Decorative Supplies Ltd ANITA MOLLOY-ROBERTS Buy all your DIY painting & decorating trade products at affordable prices delivered to your doorstep. ″The Painters Warehouse″ ORDER ONLINE TODAY decorativesupplies.co.nz Trusted by tradies for over 14 years! 114 Sawyers Arms Road, Papanui 6 Huxley Street, Sydenham Phone 03 352 8575

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Tuesday August 29 2017 9 artisan give back to her community Was there a reason you decided to go with the menopausal theme? Probably my age. It is very good for stress relief. I do a lot of other recycling. I have started making supermarket bags because I get sick of having to recycle bags and then forgetting to take them into the supermarket. One of my favourite places is at the EcoShed on Blenheim Rd. I have been making supermarket bags out of old beach shades. How did you get into wearable art? I took up running in 2013. My first long event was Rail Trail Rampage from Motukarara to Little River. I did it as a ninja turtle. Since then, I have done other events including the Buller Gorge Marathon. My motto is: I run like a turtle running through peanut butter. I may be slow but finish strong so my nickname is Turtle Shell. From there, I started my love of creating wearable materials. What work have you done to get the Prebbleton Market going? I started the market last October. There used to be an older market a few years ago. Apparently it hadn’t been going for a couple of years. I said I can do that. I did a lot of research on the timing of it. The old one used to be on a Saturday morning. I made this one the first Sunday of the month. We have live entertainment, free face-painting – it is a nice community atmosphere around the Prebbleton Community Cottage. Was it a lot of work when you first started co-ordinating the market? I spent a lot of time promoting it to make it as free as I can. It took a lot of time. The money we make from the stall-holders and the market, we give back to the community. Four months ago, we donated $460 back to community groups. It is all about community and giving back, rather than a money-making venture. ATMOSPHERE: Shelley Bakker has been working on a range of projects to bring the community together at the Prebbleton Community Cottage. Is Prebbleton a close-knit community? That is why I do the Prebbleton Market. The community has grown so much since the earthquake – it has spread out a lot. I hear you’re bringing Christmas carols to the Prebbleton Community Cottage? Around the cottage, it is in the same place as the market. It is a lovely atmosphere. We have got a brass band and we are hoping to have a night market, as well as the carols. It will be outside weather permitting. Where did you meet your husband? I met my husband when I was 30 I think. It was after many years of my aunt telling me I should meet this guy and for years I said no. Finally, I bit the bullet and I did. He is a mechanic. They are contractors for a breakdown service. It is an AA battery service. We have been doing it for 10 years. We both used to go out and cover Christchurch. That was in between my work. I was studying batteries as well. I had three brothers and I was very mechanically-minded and I have always been a bit of a tom-boy really. When I was looking at leaving school, I thought I would either do that or some kind of engineering. I liked photography and I thought I would go the way of printing. I tend to be a little bit rebellious. If there is something you are passionate about, try your hardest to make it work and make your passion your job and you will never work because you will enjoy it, which is what I have done. ARTS ON TOUR NZ PRESENTS JAN BOLWELL HER GRANDFATHER’S STORY “... Jan Bolwell tells her grandfather’s tales of WW1 with a remarkable vision and perception. Her versatility is admirable. A “A terrific terrific script. A great script. performance. A tale great well told. Knocked me for six.” ~ Raymond Hawthorne, New Zealand Theatre Director. performance. A tale well told. MONDAY Knocked 11 SEPTEMBER me for six.” 7.30PM - Raymond Hawthorne THE LABORATORY, LINCOLN $25 BOOK AT THE LABORATORY OR CALL 325 3006 Our next Arts on Tour performance has left audiences weeping and laughing up and down the country. Consummate performer Jan Bolwell plays her adolescent self, trying to get her grandfather Arthur to talk about his war. After much pestering, he succumbs. What follows is a gripping, painful and sometimes hilarious tale of a young Kiwi soldier from the Otago Mounted Rifles (one of Bill Massey’s Tourists) who with his mate Cyril, survives the terrible tragedy of Passchendaele. The play is enlivened with dance sequences set to amusing and original WW1 soldiers’ ditties and First World War poems. “This exceptional performer, Jan Bolwell, is blessed with an irrepressible joie-de-vivre that communicates itself instantly to the audience, so that her grandfather’s story is illuminating and memorable, but also surprisingly enjoyable.” - Terry McTavish The Laboratory is opening especially on a Monday (when normally closed) so the whole venue will be given over to this fantastic event. Doors open at 5.30pm and the show starts at 7.30pm. The bar will be open with a delicious menu available on the night. Tickets are $25 and available over the bar or call 325 3006. Look forward to more superb performances at ticketed events at The Laboratory throughout the year. Check out our website for these and other great community events at The Laboratory - www.thelaboratory.co.nz