Background

 

Maiia in the early 1970s the Pauly family from Colorado (USA) ran a homeschool program for music, dance, visual arts and communty. I've been captivated by the arts, Creation and reCreation ever since. Inspired by Maori Women's Welfare League and the immersive language based Kohangareo.   Below: Ground floor -The Art Room at Acton House. "We saw amazing results, my two friends who lived there, went on to the join the National Ballet and the New Zealand Opera Company. Brindle Style - SCHOOL OF ARTS

 

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Seeing the old soldiers struggle with painful traumatic memory during the 'Vietnam' era and recieving the1980 Beverly Cantlon Memorial Art Award from the parents of two highschool students that committed suicide meant that through the decades mental health and wellbeing remain fundamental in all that I do.  WALDEN'S POND - Bringing HeART to Healing.    


Maiia Brindle
Maiia "I developed the love of photography and documentation as a ten year old with a Box Brownie camera.  That was one of the first ever affordable mass produced cameras. A limit of 8 photos per roll of FILM was a wonderful foundation and discipline."  
MANA TAMARIKI - By 1981 I was creating narrative art for early readers at Waikirikiri School which remains to this day one of the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods in New Zealand. Through the decades I've been involved in community writers groups and indymedia projects, including working with humour. 
 

Working with the complex elements of genius and outsider artists is an amazing privelage.  I also enjoy working with individuals and small groups, for project and professional development skills; or for enjoyment, self expression, and esteem that creativity enables. 

 

Through the years I've held dozens of solo and group exhibitions and installations.    Creating and installing performance and stage space for celebrations and community events is rewarding, I like to donate work and time to various good causes like the West Papua freedom movement and have produced tens of thousands of photographs.

 

Friendship Book coulda been a contender!  Print trials of Brindle Style began at the end of 2001. In March of 2003 to coincide with International Womens Day we launched our first online edition.  Friendship Book - as we called it, was the logical, inevitable next step - a recognition feature that combined digital photography, hyperlinked with community profiles.  Australia totally missed that boat - Friendship Book was a contender! 

 

Having already touched the lives and hearts of millions of people around the world. In 2007 when we began to build this more modern website - and incorporating farcebook in 2009.   Providing digital media content free of charge for many not for profit groups, community and musical events, individuals and small business ventures. A highlight and delight was the Bridging Heaven & Earth television show that was broadcast on 200 channels throughout the U.S for 19 years out of Santa Barbara California. 

 

 

Our interest in cohousing, sovereignty and intentional community begin with Stover Art in 2009.  This was a commercial space where I ran weekend painting workshops, focused on my personal arts practice, and continued to produce new monthly features and content for this website as well as 50 page print edition. We  moved from there to a larger five house youth arts and community project. The Green Room   Crew   

 

2012 we moved offices again to The PEACE ROOM going over the tracks to the troubled Cairns West community to join forces with prominent social and environmental justice workers and the NONVIOLENCE group Cairns PEACE By PEACE founded by Margaret Pestorius and the late great ploughshare activist Bryan Law. 

 

I think being both immigrant and native in the southern hemisphere, observing and navigating multiple simultaneously operating, often contradictory worlds-views and honouring each, is an interesting grounding.  Te Punga - The Anchor 

 
 
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