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.