Creations that had bubbled up from the fantastical mind of artist and designer Dharshi de Silva, you are sure to find something unmistakeable original at HOO. For Dharshi, her art practice largely derives inspiration from the lush garden of HOO. The garden acts not only as a source of creative play that feeds her imagination but provides valuable resources for her floral designs.
She describes her art as coming from a source of inner stillness. Yet, ironically it is filled with meaning, narratives, symbology, mysticism, magic, a whimsical lightness and joy.
Dharshi ’s art explores themes surrounding identity, family values, connection to nature as well as ancestral and imaginative narratives regarding relationships.
On your visit to our gallery, expect to discover an Imaginarium gift shop filled with original art, prints and gifts created locally onsite at Dharshi’s many workshops. Dharshi creates everything by hand, putting a lot of love, time and attention; therefore, availability may vary. We suggest that you contact Dharshi when looking for something specific before you make the journey to the Mornington Peninsula from Melbourne. Alternatively, if you live further afield, check out the online store.
We love to see you at HOO.
Born 1975 Dehiwala, Sri Lanka
1993-1995 Bachelor of Arts, Auckland University, New Zealand
1995-1997 Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Technology, Auckland University of Technology
2008 Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Primary)
1987 Winner of Silver Medal SHANKAR INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S ART COMPETITION
1997 Winner of Anibare Bay Young Designers Award PASIFIKA
1997 Selected to participate in National Tour of winners and showstoppers THE NEW ZEALAND SMOKEFREE FASHION AWARDS
1998 Winner of Urban Pacific Streetwear Awar PASIFIKA
1998 Winner of Supreme Winner PASIFIKA
2000 Selected as the TOP 100 New Zealand Up & Comers for the Millennium PAVEMENT MAGAZINE, Millenium Edition
1996 Auckland Institute of Technology Student Fashion Show, SKY CITY CASINO THEATRE; AUCKLAND
1997 Pasifika International Fashion Show, AUCKLAND
1997 Content to Context: Visions of the Body EnclothedASA GALLERY; AUCKLAND 29th September-4th of October
1997 The Couture to Chaos Fashion Show, AUCKLAND ART GALLERY; AUCKLAND
1997 Smirnoff International Fashion Awards, AUCKLAND
1997 The New Zealand Smokefree Fashion Awards WELLINGTON
1998 Pasifika International Fashion Show, AUCKLAND
1998 Orientalism: A Journey into the Harem AUCKLAND ART GALLERY; AUCKLAND
1998 Auckland Institute of Technology Careers Day Fashion Show TRUFFLES RESTAURANT; AUCKLAND
1998 Auckland Institute of Technology Fashion Graduates Fashion Show; Auckland Art Gallery: AUCKLAND
1999 Un-337476863 Fashion Show THE CLUB; AUCKLAND 1999
1996 'Scenes of Celebration' Auckland Institute of Technology N.E.W.S Nov/Dec
1997 'Balloons and papa shells the vogue at fashion awards 'New Zealand Herald, April
1997 'Discovering creativity in diversity' by Sarah Beerbohm
1997 'She's faking it' SUNDAY NEWS Magazine
1997 'Fashion duo burn up the headlines 'PORTRAIT, Winter Edition
1997 Front page editorial feature in Pacific threads SUNDAY NEWS Magazine
1997 'Young designer fashions career in style' by Darrel Mager CENTRAL LEADER, April 26
1998 Not Paris, Pasifika! CITY LIFE, Issue No. 7, Vol 7.
1998 Fashion Talk by Cathy Aronson DEBAIT Student News, Issue 8
1998 'Patterns on' by Cathrin Schaer SUNDAY STAR TIMES, March 8th
1998 Editorial Feature VIVA magazine, New Zealand Herald, Feb 25th
1998 'Fashion Pasifika Deja vu 'PORTRAIT, Autumn Edition
1998 PAVEMENT magazine, editorial feature
1998 'Fashionable Day' PORTRAIT, Autumn Edition
1999 PAVEMENT magazine, editorial feature
2000 APPAREL magazine, Vol. 32, No.1, Feb
2000 PAVEMENT magazine, editorial feature
2000-2018 Full time mother to four children aged 18 to 7 years. Part-time blogger, gardner and art teacher
2019 Established Haus of Orbs Art Gallery Online Store