I’m Fifi Colston, an illustrator, writer and costume and props maker, based in Wellington, New Zealand. I work from my sunny home studio, where I look out over houses and trees towards the sea.
I’ve been drawing and making things ever since I can remember and feel happiest when I have a pencil, scissors or a glue gun in my hand.
I have a richly varied career as a writer, illustrator, wearable arts designer and costume props maker for the film and television industry. Presenting arts and crafts on the children’s television programme What Now, and on TV1’s Good Morning Show for a total of 13 years gave me great skills in art demonstration as well as public speaking. I love speaking to a wide variety of audiences!
My training was in Visual Communications Design majoring in illustration, and I’ve illustrated more than 50 picture books for trade and education.
In 2004 I graduated from Victoria University with an MA in Creative Writing and I expanded my skills to become a published junior fiction novelist and award-winning nonfiction author. In 2019 I was Otago University College of Education Children’s Writer in Residence.
26 years of creating garments for the prestigious World of WearableArt™ Awards show, facilitating workshops in creative process and inspirational visits to schools complete my life as a working artist.