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The Art of Expression

  • Mansfield Garden, Hamilton Gardens Hungerford Crescent Hamilton, Waikato, 3216 New Zealand (map)

Welcome to 2019 FAM! We missed you, and cannot wait to get together at our first event for the year.

We’re taking things back to where it all began with an inspirational story-telling event on “The Art of Expression.” You’ll hear from EPIC young people across a range of creative industries, and we can guarantee you’ll leave feeling inspired to dream a little bigger, have hope in the face of your challenges, and feel more connected to an epic group of millennials, right here in the Waikato!

The line up includes a fashion designer, poet, photographer, film maker/blogger, illustrator, and home-ware designer. Check out their insane bios below.

We’ve teamed up with the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival to bring you this event in none other than the Mansfield Garden in Hamilton Gardens. You can check out the other stellar events they’re hosting here!

Remember to BYO picnic rug or camp chair. Doors will open at 1.45pm, and we’ll kick off at 2pm sharp.

As always, if the cost is a barrier for you, please drop us an email to and we can organise a pay-it-forward ticket to get to you!  

Pati Solomona Tyrell | FAFSWAG | Photographer

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Pati Solomona Tyrell is an interdisciplinary visual artist with a strong focus on performance. Utilizing lens-based media he creates visual outcomes that are centered around ideas of urban Pacific queer identity. He has shown work at Museum of Contemporary Arts Australia, Pingyao International Photography Festival and 2018 Walters Prize nominee. Tyrell is a co-founder of the arts collective FAFSWAG. He is a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Creative Arts programme at the Manukau Institute of Technology, Otara. Pati is originally from Kirikiriroa, Waikato but is now based in Maungarei, Tāmaki Makaurau.

Louise Hutt | Imagimation School | Creative Director

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Louise is a creative powerhouse, writer, blogger and feminist and who is passionate about impactful storytelling, immersive design, and thriving communities. She is an award-winning filmmaker and has just finished her Masters in Media & Creative Technologies. She created the YouTube series Online Heroines, which perfectly marries her passion for equality and filmmaking in a compelling series of interviews with New Zealand women working in the film industry. One of Hamilton City Council's 30-Under-30, Louise currently works as the CEO of the social enterprise, For Our Good - whose mission is to give communities control of profit from essential services.


Loryn Engelsman is a designer-illustrator originally from Hamilton and a graduate of Wintec. She has been working freelance for the past 5 years from various cities around the world for clients both nationally and internationally. Her work is colourful and playful with a portfolio of projects that span across branding, editorial, products, murals, event graphics and more. Alongside her freelance work, she has exhibited and been taught in arts education. She is passionate about the intersection of illustration and design and how they can be used together to tell stories, build stronger brands and connect people. 

Maryana Garcia | Seed Waikato | Ripage Poet

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Maryana Garcia is Head of Blogs for Seed Waikato. A firm believer in the power of storytelling, Maryana is constantly fascinated by the miracles she finds in the humans around her. Since 2017 Maryana has written her own blog entitled #LivingLit and coordinated Seed Waikato’s blog space. Her poetry has been published in the University of Waikato’s Mayhem Literary Journal and in the Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2018.  In 2017 she represented the mighty Waikato in Aotearoa’s National Poetry Slam. Instagram is her mood board, where she posts her thoughts and word experiments as @ripagepoet.

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Mitchell Vincent is a New Zealand Fashion designer based here in Hamilton. With over 8 years’ experience within the retail and fashion industry, you might already know the label from our 6 years showcasing at New Zealand Fashion Week.

Mitchell Vincent Collection, the label, has also been featured on popular television shows, red carpets, music festivals and worn by some of your favourite celebrities. Each collection designed by the self-titled clothing label, Mitchell Vincent Collection, is created in limited runs or made to order to maintain exclusivity.

Nikki Kennedy | Taputapu | Te Reo Māori Homeware

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Nikki Kennedy, Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga a Mahaki and Te Whakatōhea descent started the journey of Taputapu in November 2015. Born and raised in Gisborne now living in Waikato, Nikki runs Taputapu currently from her home. Recently graduated from the University of Waikato with a Bachelor of Media and Creative Technologies majoring in Te Reo Māori and Design Media she is determined to use her degree to help preserve Te Reo Māori through her passion of design. 

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