Following on from the Tūturu Exhibition, I am now making these small panels in various colourways. The pattern which when it is horizontal is called Ahuriri Summer, from the forms of the Hawkes Bay Landscape, rolling hills and the waves of the sea. When turned to the vertical, it becomes the local rivers (Awa), the braided pathways between the manmade stopbank restrictions. The panels are recycled wooden venetian blinds, and have small blocks behind them to offset them from the wall and they are light enough to be installed with bluetack. The purchaser can arrange them in different ways. These are available from the Muse Gallery in Havelock North.
I was invited by Iwi Toi Kahungunu to submit work for a group exhibition at MTG, Napier this year. I have been a guest in this land of Kahungunu for the last 15 years, and it is in this place that my creativity has been able to develop, and learning of my culture has begun. My work revolves around landscape, cultural pattern and identity and continues to be influenced by the connections I make here in Te Matau a Maui.
The landscape here is so different to where I come from in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. The colours, the forms of the hills, the waterways, the moana, the people. This work responds to the landscape, in particular the awa, braided pathways that glisten and meander within their manmade boundaries.
The panels are upcycled wooden venetian blinds, the pattern is Ahuriri summer but on the vertical - here it becomes the braided river pathway (3rd from the right). The exhibition won the Resene Colour award, well done Sandy Adsett and his mastery of colour.
Masters Exhibition/ Te Hono Ki Toi July 2017
Textile designs serve no practical function, but they can transform an environment, tell a story of a culture, symbolize a tradition, establish unity, convey a personality, or express a mood. Culturally, they allow us to recognize "our tribe" and give one a sense of belonging (Peter Koepke, 2016, p. 9).
When I step into my whare tipuna, I am visually immersed in my culture, it’s like a blanket of warmth that wraps around me. Like many Maori, I am physically distanced from my marae. Can this emotional warmth and belonging be triggered by pattern in my suburban home?
This installation investigates how pattern in suburban domestic spaces can remind us of our wharenui and marae, but there are also many other little stories to discover...
NOTE All images are my own except:
Black and white photographs of Tanatana and Rahiri marae in the Waimana valley were taken in 1970-72 by Hirini Moko- Mead. They are available online at http://digitool.auckland.ac.nz:
In the house and photographs there are a range of paintings by NZ artists.
Kape or Cape, is an exploration of textile surface pattern design that aims to resonate with the Maori women for whom they have been created. The garment style references the customary cloak, the woollen fabric will keep you warm on the marae, and look elegant for an evening out.
The hand screen printed patterns play with the forms of the kape and the triangle, using repetition, reflection, positive and negative spaces to create movement, and trigger memory of our own wharenui. The designs range from the more recognisable to the transitional.
This collection honours the late Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan - her leadership as a proud modern Maori woman, the tireless work for her people, and her undeniably Maori fashion style.
Kape is the culmination of my studies this year in the Bachelor of Professional Creative Practice (Honours), Te Hono ki toi at ideaschool.
The tukutuku blanket panels were inspired by images of kuia wrapped in woollen blankets on the Marae, and embody physical warmth with spiritual warmth with familiar pattern and memory.
The kaokao pattern (human ribs or armpits) is associated with the warrior, who fights to protect the whanau. Today we face different dangers, and this blanket acknowledges the many battles our kuia and our wahine have fought, and will fight, to protect the family and community.
This panel has been gifted to the Heretaunga Womens Centre which will be re-opened on the 27th March 2015, where I hope it will to continue to warm those who seek the support of the centre.