Meet the team
The founder and Director of the Printopia Festival is Ina Arraoui, a print artist, writer, and curator. She has been an active member of the Auckland printmaking community since 2015 and a member of the Print Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (PCANZ). In 2019 Ina studied printmaking and curation at the prestigious Il Bisonte Foundation for Art and Printmaking in Florence, Italy where she learned about the history of traditional printmaking and saw the potential of its expression as expanded media in contemporary art.
Ina has had several years’ experience working in the events industry with a diploma in event management. As an arts educator she delivers public and private workshops across the country. She has worked with the Victoria University of Wellington as the public programmes manager for a six-week intercultural exhibition.
Sarita’s creative work spans across visual communication and interior design. With a strong affinity towards repeat prints, colour and textile construction, she has worked alongside various artisans and artists who have shared their creative viewpoint to shape her own graphic and photographic practice. This includes furniture makers and designers, fashion designers, carpet designers, painters and photographers. Coming from Auckland, her work has taken her to the UK, Indonesia and Australia. Sarita’s passion is to support artists and creatives to elevate their unique message, and has really enjoyed collaborating on Printopia Festival’s design.
Print Talks and Demos Coordinator
Toni Mosley is an Auckland based printmaker and educator who tutors at several locations across the city with extensive knowledge of a range of printmaking techniques for different skill levels and abilities. She is a member of the Print Council of Aotearoa NZ, Handcraft Printers NZ Inc, and founder of Out of the Cupboard–a platform to share and promote artist’s books from Aotearoa. Originally from Colorado in the United States, she has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art and American Studies from the University of Wyoming and a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from The State University of New York in Buffalo.
Ngaroma Riley is a project coordinator, people connector and artist of Te Rarawa, Te Aupōuri and Pākehā descent. Ngaroma began learning to carve while living and working in Japan.
When she returned to Aotearoa in 2020, woodcutting and printmaking seemed like a natural progression. Still a fledgling printmaker, she likes to include narratives from Te Ao Māori in her work. Most recently she’s enjoyed recycling tetra pak cartons to use in drypoint printing.
Print Fair Coordinator
Susanne Williamson is a fabric artist with a lifetime of experience selling her work at markets. Starting out at the Cook Street Markets in the 1970s as a new migrant,she continued to participate in markets in Northland and has been part of the Nelson Markets as a permanent vendor for over twenty years.Susanne has recently started incorporating cyanotype and woodblock print processes into her fabric art practice and continues to explore how print and textiles intersect.
An Wang, who originally hails from China, lived and worked in several countries before settling in sunny Napier where he gained his degree in Information Technology.
As a freelance Web Developer, An has developed a passion for web development and design, helping many companies from all around the globe to create an outstanding and effective online presence. In his free time, An enjoys travel, fitness and outdoor activities.
An has recently launched his business FairWeb which provides affordable, reliable web solutions for businesses of all sizes.