September 16, 2019


Optical Park Exhibition - invitation

New Works from:
Frances Rood
Tuhirangi Blair (Lucky Dip)

Opening night:
26 Sep 2019


Astute Assembly warmly invite you to the very first opening at our new Ponsonby store.

We’re super proud to bring new works by NZ painter Frances Rood and designer Tuhirangi Blair from Lucky Dip.

Frances Rood 
NZ Painter

It was Frances’ background in Theatre Set Design that inspired her most recent exhibition Sight LinesSight Lines explores abstraction through colour, line, surface, and geometry, creating a contrast of architectural dimensionality and geometric flatness. 
Experimenting with perspective and shifting the conventional rules of geometry, the elements of Frances’ work combine to create an illusory space. Sight Lines activates the spectator’s view, creating an ambiguous optical play of surface and depth on a two dimensional plane.
Exhibiting her previous work throughout various events in New Zealand, her most recent work Sight Lines can be experienced this coming September at Astute Assembly.


Tuhirangi Blair 
Lucky Dip  


Auckland local, Tuhirangi Blair’s brand Lucky Dip encompasses sustainability and functionality through vintage shirting. With a background in the fashion industry, Tuhirangi ventured out on his own to establish Lucky Dip. Tuhirangi shares the ethos of Lucky Dip;  “committed to non-traditional design and the collective responsibility we all share now and into the future, we breathe new life into some of the most enduring designs using recycled, re-purposed, re-loved and often deadstock fabric”.

Staying true to his roots, Tuhirangi’s materials are all sourced from our very own New Zealand and are carefully crafted and constructed in his Auckland Atelier. Each style has been thoughtfully designed with a focus on both obvious and not so obvious detailing. “Our garments are crafted for those among us who defy the stimulation and challenge orthodoxy” Tuhirangi explains. The freedom thinkers, musicians, artists, creatives, designers, who appreciate the process and do it for the love of creation and ideas.
Join us in September to share Tuhirangi’s passion for repurposing the old and giving garments a new lease on life.

Upcoming Event at Eden Garden, Auckland
Ikebana Exhibition
by Sogetsu


Astute Assembly's ikebana tutor, Keiko Murakami will be doing a demonstration at an upcoming Ikebana exhibition held by Sogetsu group. This event will be happening at Eden Garden, 24 Omana Ave, Off Mountain Rd, Epsom next weekend.

At the exhibition there will be a number of great Ikebana work will be displayed by members of Sogetsu. This will be a great opportunity to experience the world of Japanese flower arrangement, Ikebana. Please visit to see many of the great work done by the masters. 

Saturday  21st Sep : 10-4
Sunday    22nd Sep : 10-3

Free admission.

Stay tuned!!

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