Nat­u­ral art show

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By ES­THER LAUAKI

Whi­tireia weav­ing stu­dent Moana Hil­liard was think­ing very much of her fam­ily when she cre­ated three ma­jor pieces for Whakaoho Wairua – Awak­en­ing of the Spirit, the poly­tech’s lat­est ex­hi­bi­tion at Pataka Mu­seum and Gallery.

Tu­tors and grad­u­ates of Whi­tireia Polytech­nic’s cer­tifi­cate in mas­ter craft weav­ing and carv­ing pro­grammes con­trib­uted to the dis­play, as did in­vited artists.

Hil­liard cre­ated nine of the tra­di­tional Maori-wo­ven wall pan­els but her three most trea­sured are called Dad, Mum and Fam­ily.

‘‘I wanted to do some­thing that was for my fam­ily. They weren’t go­ing to be sold, they were to keep in the fam­ily, so it needed to be im­por­tant to the fam­ily,’’ she said.

For the Dad art­work she em­ployed a tri­an­gu­lar pat­tern called ni­hotani­wha, which rep­re­sents story-telling in Maori cul­ture. Hil­liard’s fa­ther was an au­thor and so she felt it fit­ting to use the pat­tern as her theme.

Di­ag­o­nal lines mir­ror the way a mother holds a child in Hil­liard’s sec­ond piece Mum, and hun­dreds of stars rep­re­sent whanau in Fam­ily.

‘‘Tra­di­tion­ally, weav­ing is a col­lab­o­ra­tive pro­ject done by two or more peo­ple but smaller pieces can be com­pleted on your own, just like I did,’’ she said.

The show fea­tures works by artists with an in­ter­est in us­ing nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als, an­cient tech­niques and de­sign. Tuku­tuku (lat­tice-work), kowhai­whai (paint­ing) and whakairo (carv­ing) are brought into the gallery, while the cus­tom­ary flax fi­bre cloak is ex­plored as a gar­ment for to­day’s fash­ion.

The ex­hi­bi­tion runs un­til Fe­bru­ary 27 in Pataka’s Bot­tle Creek Gallery.

The awak­en­ing: Whi­tireia staff mem­ber and weav­ing stu­dent Moana Hil­liard con­trib­uted nine works to the Whakaoho Wairua – Awak­en­ing of the Spirit ex­hi­bi­tion.

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