Dorian Brown – sculptor
Melissa Mcintyre – Designer
Sam Farquhar – printmaker
Tapatoru â€“ the Maori word for Triangle has been chosen as the title for this exhibition in reference to the artists life long connection and friendship to one-another.
Dorian, Melissa and Sam first met each other at Sweetwaters (a NZ, 3 Day annual music event of the 70â€™s early 80â€™s). Sam was just 14 years old, Melissa was working from a house-bus with her mother creating crocheted sandals for sale at the event and young Dorian connected with Melissa which turned into a 6yr relationship.
It turned out that Melissa and Samâ€™s parents new each other and later Dorianâ€™s mother was to work with Melissaâ€™s mother.
Melissa was active in clothing design with her mother as was Sam, who was heavily involved with Melissaâ€™s clothing venture. This led to a successful 5 month sales trip around the USA for Melissa when she was 21 years old.
Although each of them have forged their own creative careers and lived in different parts of the country at different times they have continued to cross paths with one another – sharing ideas, sometimes working and living together.
All three now reside in Auckland and continue to inspire and support each other in their individual and collective creative pursuits. After 18yrs separation Melissa and Dorian have also re-united as a couple.