By using strips of tape and applying them directly to interior or exterior walls, tape can allow you to work very freely and spontaneously, sketching out ideas and images that can be altered by lifting up and reworking the same lines until you are satisfied with your results.
The appeal of a drawing line free from commitment plus the ability to temporarily personalize any space is contagious and fosters artistic confidence.
Drawing with tape and safely removing it is possible because of the specialized tape we use. It is important to specify Tape Art is not made with general masking tapes which will damage walls!!!
We are actively demonstrating and educating people to the strengths and value of temporary public art work. We give people an experience not a product and encourage people to enjoy the drawing process itself.
Erica Duthie and Struan Ashby make up the current New Zealand Tape Art team.
Most of the USA murals we created with Michael Townsend, the founder of Tape Art.
After a number of years based in the USA we are now back home in Wellington, New Zealand. As artists and educators we facilitate many new artists trying their hand at this exciting new medium and continue to develop creatively within their own art forms.
A LITTLE HISTORY:
Tape Art began about 20 years ago in the USA when students at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence began drawing with masking tape, creating temporary murals overnight in their quad. One student was Michael Townsend who teamed up with Erica Duthie, taking Tape Art on a 40-murals in 40-states national USA tour in 1995. Not long afterwards they were joined by Struan Ashby and this trio created murals and taught in festivals, schools, conferences, hospitals and and developed programmes for people with special needs.