Weaving adopts modern medium

A GROUP of women from Uawa will celebrate Hauiti creativity in an art exhibition that blends the ancient Maori art form of weaving with non-traditional materials.

Te Whare Ripene features work using silky ribbons that replace flax material traditionally associated with raranga (weaving).

Exhibition curator Tia Kirk invites the public to attend the 5pm launch tomorrow at the Te Kuwatawata gallery space in Peel Street by The White House.

Ms Kirk says the 15 community artists were thrilled to be showing work that fosters art and their Hauiti passion.

Some of the women exhibiting are tohunga raranga (weaving experts) but most are showing their art in a public forum for the first time.

Using ribbon for raranga was a concept developed by national and international mixed media artist Anabelle Buick.

The Auckland-based weaver held a workshop in Gisborne recently to teach the Hauiti women her new art form.

Mrs Buick said she was “honoured and humbled” to have shared her skills with the women.

The exhibition artists are Fiona Collis, Michelle Kerr, Rhonda Matete, Adrienne Stewart, Holli Morice, Hana Parata-Walker, Connie Pewhairangi, Bessi Macey, Aria Parata-Walker, Chaney Manuel, Te Aomihia Teddy, Jo-Anne Campbell-Dryer, Gina Waikaho, Tressamina Tautau and Esther Haerewa.

A GROUP of women from Uawa will celebrate Hauiti creativity in an art exhibition that blends the ancient Maori art form of weaving with non-traditional materials.

Te Whare Ripene features work using silky ribbons that replace flax material traditionally associated with raranga (weaving).

Exhibition curator Tia Kirk invites the public to attend the 5pm launch tomorrow at the Te Kuwatawata gallery space in Peel Street by The White House.

Ms Kirk says the 15 community artists were thrilled to be showing work that fosters art and their Hauiti passion.

Some of the women exhibiting are tohunga raranga (weaving experts) but most are showing their art in a public forum for the first time.

Using ribbon for raranga was a concept developed by national and international mixed media artist Anabelle Buick.

The Auckland-based weaver held a workshop in Gisborne recently to teach the Hauiti women her new art form.

Mrs Buick said she was “honoured and humbled” to have shared her skills with the women.

The exhibition artists are Fiona Collis, Michelle Kerr, Rhonda Matete, Adrienne Stewart, Holli Morice, Hana Parata-Walker, Connie Pewhairangi, Bessi Macey, Aria Parata-Walker, Chaney Manuel, Te Aomihia Teddy, Jo-Anne Campbell-Dryer, Gina Waikaho, Tressamina Tautau and Esther Haerewa.

Te Whare Ripene exhibition runs from December 7 to 13 at Te Kuwatawata, 73 Peel Street.

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