Researcher profile for Marie Terpstra
Kia ora, ko Caroline Terpstra tohoku ikoa.
I am the Head of Te Maru Pumanawa - incorporating the School of Design and the Food Design Institute here at Otago Polytechnic.Te Maru Pumanawa can be translated as sheltering and nurturing innate creativity. Students who are studying design - across all the discipline areas of communication, fashion, food, interiors and product design - are encouraged and supported to respond creatively to a design brief. We also make the most of opportunities for students to work together on interdisciplinary projects, helping them to identify the strengths and experiences that they can bring to a team.
Our goal is to help students to find their own voice as designers and to prepare them for the reality of their chosen field in design by providing critical feedback, quality resources, staff with design industry experience and a supportive environment. Classes are small so we get to know all our students well. Students are able to connect to their chosen design field through work placements and workplace visits, live industry and community projects, exchanges to Asia and Europe, competitions and seminars. There is now a large network of OP design graduates working locally and internationally.
I have been actively involved in the growth of the School of Design and am excited about my new role as Head of Te Maru Pumanawa because we already have close connections with our colleagues in food design and see this is an area with huge potential for growth iand collaboration n the future.
Before coming to Otago Polytechnic I worked mainly in the fashion area, teaching professional practice, business studies and garment construction and worked for a number of years in professional theatre, designing and making costumes for the stage. Twelve years experience of co-owning and running a locally-manufactured children's wear label sharpened my business and management skills. As well as Diploma in Home Science from Otago University, I have a Bachelor of Applied Management and am studying towards a Master in Design Enterprise focusing on connecting design thinking tools and methodologies to management and decision-making..