Author(s): THERESA SJOQUIST
Yvonne Rust, Maverick Spirit is the fascinating, richly illustrated biography of Northland's iconic artist, pioneer potter, and inspired arts educator, Yvonne Rust, QSM. Yvonne grew up during the Depression years as the only white child in Te Hapua, in the Far North. She graduated with a Dip.FA in 1946, and went on to teach art in schools. Art was then only just being introduced into the general curriculum as part of a new approach to education. Her capacity to inspire was unmatched, and many New Zealand 'creatives' owe her much. As a painter and at the forefront of the pottery movement in the 1950s, she worked closely with such luminaries as Barry Brickell, Ted Bracey, Faith McManus, Richard Parker, Sir Jon Trimmer and Michael Trumic. Yvonne Rust also battled consistently for the development of New Zealand's raw materials. She believed New Zealand had its own spirit and she sought relentlessly to express it.
Theresa Sjoquist is a freelance writer currently based in Dargaville. Born in Auckland in 1956, her passions include art in all its forms, writing, reading, and photography. This is her first book.