Ngati Tuwharetoa, Ngati Maniapoto, Te Atiawa
"Kua Puawai – A korowai for my mokopuna Hawaiki" 2016
(Muka and feathers from Kiwi, kereru, kaka, kakariki, pukeko, tui, pheasant)
I started this korowai when I was yearning for a mokopuna. I had the thought ""Weave it – they will come". I had visions of my mokopuna lying on me with a Korowai covering us and talking about all of the different birds. It is a story telling korowai. I gifted it to Hawaiki on her first birthday. One day I'll make her a full sized one.
"No nehera ki tenei wa" November 2018 – February 2019
(Harakeke, muka, pheasant feathers, paua shell pieces, silk thread, Synthetic thread, canvas, acrylic)
With this series of kete and kits I wanted to highlight the use of our traditional techniques used with both very traditional materials and more modern materials. All of the techniques are traditional (whatu and taaniko) but by using modern materials it has changed the whole look of some of them. For my korowai "Kua Puawai" I was inspired by my absolutely yearning for a mokopuna. My need to be a Nanny.
Working with contemporary materials opens the door up to an endless possibility of creativity. Using our traditional materials is good for my heart. It's like going on holiday and "coming home" . Muka reminds me of where I belong
For my "No nehera ki tenei wa" series I was inspired by the teachings of my parents Erenora Puketapu-Hetet and Rangi Hetet. Much of what they have taught me are woven into this series – not only in the techniques but also in 'pushing boundries' and the thought "You are limited only by your imagination"
The Art – what does this mean to the Artist?
What does Maori art mean to me? I sum that up in a sentence "I weave, I breathe, therefore I am"
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