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Heartstrings

THE PEOPLE

Sheena Hemens Jason Pickering Bruce Pickering

Sheena Hemens

About Sheena

 

Jason Pickering

About Jason

 

Bruce Pickering

About Bruce

 

 

Sheena Hemens

Heart Strings Project Manager
Go To Events Limited

Sheena runs Go To Events Limited, a Christchurch based boutique Event Management Company. She was approached by Jason in November 2010 and was immediately moved by this beautiful project. She created the name and format of the event, and has managed the Project, working closely with Jason and Bruce Pickering, since that time.


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Jason Pickering

Co-Designer and Inspiration
behind Guitar Series 7.1

Jason first started to learn to play guitar when he was 11 years old, and it has been a part of his life ever since. Now as a Christchurch musician he has felt first hand the effects of the earthquake on the arts.

Heritage has always been important to his family, and one of the reasons that Christchurch is such an appealing place to live, is that it has loads of it. Soon after the earthquake of Sept 4 2010, he was talking to his Dad on the phone, whilst looking at the Old Repertory Theatre on Kilmore Street. The old girl was on her knees and at the time it appeared that there was no hope for it and that it would have to be demolished. It seemed a shame to both of them that a place that had seen so much history; and music, would no longer be. Jason and Bruce agreed that it would be nice to turn a part of that history into a musical instrument, to breath new life into just a small piece of it.

They later (happily) learned that the Theatre would remain, but many other significant buildings of historic meaning would not. This gave birth to the idea of creating a “family” of guitars that covered a cross section of these buildings and gave a part of them a new purpose. In a sense, it embodies the three elements of Christchurch that we all love; History, Art and Music.


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Bruce Pickering

Co-Designer and Guitar Maker
of Guitar Series 7.1

Bruce Pickering, was born in 1944 into a working class family that was both very musical and creative. He and his siblings all excelled in the trades; some working with metal, and some working with timber.

He himself spent a lifetime working with wood; a craftsman in the truest sense and a man with exceptional talent. Although he was a self employed cabinet maker, he often distracted himself with model making, wood turning and yes, instrument building.

Bruce has handmade each of the 8 Heart Strings guitars with love and respect. They are works of art and are a testament to Bruce's subtle and humble nature.


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