Sculptor’s bucket list book project completed

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A book showcasing a selection of works by South Canterbury sculptor Debbie Templeton-Page will be launched in Timaru tomorrow.
The book, Debbie Templeton-Page, Journey in Stone, 16 Years Sculpting — Selected Works, will be launched at York Street Gallery of Fine Art tomorrow.
‘‘It looks great,’’ Mrs Templeton-Page said of the finished product.
‘‘It was a big job. It’s not a massive book, but it was a huge job just finding the photos and dates and titles.’’
The book’s author, Moana Tipa, an arts writer, had previously been writing arts strategy at a national level.
‘‘So it was a really marvellous opportunity to just get back to writing about people,’’ Ms Tipa said.
‘‘She’s [Debbie Templeton-Page] a very understated woman. She has a history — she has a fascinating response to stone and it comes from her aboriginal history, and out of the land she lives.’’
Timaru man Richard Brown also helped, photographing some of the sculptures.
The project was one that had been on Mrs Templeton-Page’s bucket list, but she did not expect it to happen as it did.
‘‘I never actually thought anyone would be interested in writing a book about me until I was ready to pop my clogs. But Moana walked in and asked if I would let her write the book on me, and I was really flattered.’’
The book was printed about six weeks ago. Since then, Mrs Templeton-Page has worked on combining its launch with the 10th anniversary of her York Street Gallery of Fine Art.