My Background

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My name is Karen Jarvis and I live in Titirangi with my husband and two teenagers. I have an eclectic background. I love the arts, working with people, exploring ideas and creating things. I have worked with elderly, children and adults with special needs, preschool, primary-aged children and teenagers in a variety of capacities including writer, photographer, performer, director, artist, caregiver, nanny, art teacher, dance teacher and TESOL tutor.



Master of Creative Writing (AUT) 2015

Graduate Diploma of Arts in English (Auckland University) 2013
Trinity Certificate in TESOL
(Trinity College, London) 2011
Diploma of Design in Visual Arts (Unitec) 2010-2012
Bachelor of Arts in History (Otago University) 1989-1991
Diploma of Clothes Design (Wellington Polytechnic) 1987-1988





To Cut A Long Story Short: The Life of Ian Devereux, Life Stories, 2017 

Good Clean Fun, Life Stories, 2018

A Skylark Sings, Life Stories, 2019



Star Fairy’s Top Secret Guide to Fairyland,

Pan MacMillan, Australia, 2007


I am passionate about photography. To me, photography is

an organic and spontaneous form of visual storytelling. It feeds my lifelong obsession with light and its transformative effects.  Favourite photographers include Vivian Maier, Maggie Taylor, Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus and Man Ray.

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I have been drawing, painting and creating collages for thirty years. 

My work is figurative and influenced by an eclectic range of artists including Diebenkorn, Bonnard, Bosch, Luc Tymans, Marlene Dumas, Richard Lewer and many children's illustrators.

Groups Shows:

roinn: A group show, Northart, 2019

Pocket Edition: Small Works for Large Walls, Northart, 2019

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As co-founder and Creative Director of children’s theatre company StarFish Magic, I was able to combine my love of children and their imaginative worlds with writing, performing and creating shows. I also enjoyed making all the costumes and props.  For 14 years, StarFish Magic performed an average of 200 shows per year at preschools, schools, festivals and public and private venues throughout New Zealand and Australia. Prior to Starfish Magic, I was a member of

The Aunties for three years, performing and writing shows, making costumes and marketing.

Click here to see Starfish Magic photos and reviews


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