Ex­cit­ing times for Porirua carver

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Jor­dan Te­marama says see­ing his carv­ings in an ex­hi­bi­tion for the first time is a surreal ex­pe­ri­ence.

The Whi­tireia Com­mu­nity Poly­tech­nic whakairo stu­dent and four oth­ers will have three pieces each on dis­play at the Emerg­ing Light Gallery in Plim­mer­ton un­til Novem­ber 27.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is called Te Mata Hou (A New World, New Chisel) and the stu­dents’ work was a cul­mi­na­tion of months of work, Te­marama said.

He has a pou, patu and tewha tewha dis­played.

Tra­di­tion has it that your first carv­ing must be given away, so at least one would be go­ing to a fam­ily mem­ber who had sup­ported him, Te­marama said.

‘‘I had wanted to be a carver for a long time, but my par­ents said there was no money in it and I had to get a trade,’’ he said.

‘‘Now they’re see­ing my work and I think they’ve changed their tune a bit. It’s a cool ex­pe­ri­ence, see­ing your pieces dis­played for peo­ple to look at.’’

Te­marama said carv­ing had helped him un­der­stand more about Maori cul­ture and he had en­joyed cre­at­ing some­thing from a bare block of wood. He hoped the ex­hi­bi­tion would not be his last.

‘‘The fact there is just five of us is great. We’ve re­ally got to know each other and it’s a good at­mos­phere when we work to­gether.’’

It’s not Brett Ran­gi­taawa’s first ex­hi­bi­tion, but he said they all count.

‘‘It’s a small gallery, but the stan­dard is very high. It’s been a valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence for ev­ery­one, get­ting ready to ex­hibit.’’

On dis­play: Jor­dan Te­marama’s

pou, part of the Te Mata Hou ex­hi­bi­tion at Emerg­ing Light Gallery.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.