The Lost Gypsy

Do you sell your work?

Sorry, but no. I used to sell small mechanical dolphins, whales and other curios, but stopped in 2013 to focus on creating larger automata and artworks for exhibitions. 

Where do you get all your ideas from?

Are you kidding, ideas are everywhere! Life is a creative endeavour.

Where are you from?

I was born in the Hutt Valley in Wellington. I've lived in Christchurch, Samoa, and Auckland but The Catlins is my tūrangawaewae (place to stand). Pugn, who runs the coffee caravan, is originally from Chiang Mai in the far north of Thailand. 

What is automata?

Automata is the word used to describe different types of mechanical toys. Depending on the mechanism used they can perform a range of motions, from simple to very complex. I create a lot of crank toys which rely on cams and gears for a single rotation. I also love to play with electronics and kinetic movement. 

Where are the penguins?

According to DoC, the hoiho, or yellow-eyed penguin, is thought to be one of the world's rarest penguin species. You will find them in Roaring Bay which is near Nugget Point or further south at Curio Bay in Waikawa. The best time to view them is during the early hours of the morning or just before dark. Remember to keep your distance so they can waddle over to their nesting spots.