By MATTHEW MCKEW
A test of a Queenstowner’s mettle is pushing her into a new venture – masterclasses in wire sculpting.
Lee van der Geest worked as a tourist guide with her husband Lee prior to the Covid-19 crisis, but she’s now using her creative side to find new work.
“It was such a horrible feeling, not knowing what the future would hold.”
Tour guiding came to a halt when the borders closed, with internationals kept out and conferences put on hold.
“We talk about that number 8 wire attitude, and that’s how I feel, just take some wire and turn it into something else.
“I think Kiwis are incredibly adaptable and just get on and do something else.”
Her son Noah, 25, also lost his job as an accountant and has used his newly-found free time to assist his mum’s new venture.
“Noah made my website and we used my other children as models.”
Van der Geest has always had a creative side to her and ran a florist for 13 years, where she first learnt how to mould shapes from wire.
She says wire sculpting is not as hard as it may look, but there’s a knack to it.
“We have come up with cunning plans to make frames and shapes for people to work with to make it a lot easier, but it’s not as terrifying as it looks, it is actually quite fun.”
She already has classes booked for this coming Tuesday.
If things go well, she hopes to expand into sculpting with different materials, like grape vines, and even run painting classes.
Budding sculptors can hope to complete a kiwi bird or heart in just two to three hours, while more advanced shapes like cats and pigs can take most of the day.