Christine Yardley was raised as a child on Normandel, the property that would become NZ Pacific Studio. The Cottage was my grandparent’s home. One of her earliest memories is playing by the river and making clay mud pies. Today, she is a ceramics artist, art therapist, and an integral part of the community-based performance group, Loosely Woven.
For the 2017 ANZAC Bridge Fellowship, Christine and 7 members from Loosely Woven in Australia collaberated with community musicians and singers from the Wairarapa and staged musical productions (x2) called ‘For King & Country’ with songs, music & poetry about the Great War.
Christine also ran workshops with the children at Maurceville School and at NZPS, sculpting poppies out of clay. The painted poppies were laid by the children at the ANZAC Memorial Bridge, Kaiparoro on ANZAC Day. Christine and "The King and Country" performers from Australia's Loosely Woven also performed at the ANZAC day service - "Mothers, Daughters, Wives" / Judy Small.