Five pieces by Māori artists and designers in celebration of te wiki o te reo Māori
Te toi Māori is a nice addition to anyone hare (House).
Whether they reflect the colors and shapes of Aotearoa-NZ’s Ngahere (bush) or use modern materials for a new twist on traditional design, kaiwhakanikoniko (graphic artists) and ringatoi (visual artists) Māori create ātaahua (beautiful) homewares, arts and crafts that celebrate mātauranga Māori.
Buying from local creatives and not from big brands is more important than ever. From rūma kai (kitchen) to rūma noho (living room), rūma moe (bedroom) to rūma kaukau (bathroom), there is a locally designed and manufactured product to suit your interior.
I could write a list while the bush is green, but I’ve only picked five pieces of art that I absolutely love. Here you are:
* Critical curator Nigel Borell for changing the New Zealand art scene with a passion for Toi Māori. excellent
* The rise of Māori art makes Matariki a special time of year
* Specialist Mataatua Carver is once again shaping the landmark of Pouwhenua
Wheku, Lissy and Rudy Robinson-Cole, POA
Lissy and Rudi Robinson-Cole are on a mission to “spread joy” and love Toi Māori, one thread at a time.
Rudi (Ngāti Kohua, Ngāti Makirangi, Ngāti Paoa, Ngaruahine, Ngāti Tū, Te Arawa) carves wheku shapes in styrofoam and then works with Lissy (Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Kahu) to create the crochet pattern to cover the carving. The result is a lively, happy wakaahua (portrait).
Inspired by the bright colors of Robinson-Coles’ work? The pair also sells Day Glo yarn for $ 17 per skein. Crochet an eye-catching scarf or hat for the next winter.
Noho stool, David Hakaraia, $ 1,100
Whether a floating waka made of light or a curved coffee table made of glass and wood, representing the longing between Rangi and Paptuanuku, Hakaraia (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Paoa) permeates every aspect of his work with Wairua (soul).
This leather and steel stool combines elements of mid-century design with traditional koru symbols depicting waves or fern fronds, as well as latticed leather strips that are reminiscent of the geometric patterns of Tukutuku panels.
Home, Land, Sea, Signed Art Print, Charles and Janine Williams, $ 500
The street art duo of husband and wife, Charles (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngapuhi) and Janine (Ngāti Paoa, Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara) Williams, began creating large-format public murals, but as their popularity grew they created art, like this art reproduction, also for indoor use.
The couple’s work aims to connect the viewer with the Whenua (land), Korero (stories) and Tangata Whenua (locals) of the area where it exists. Home, land, sea, is a pure expression of this idea and uses traditional Toi Māori motifs to symbolize the Maunga and Awa of Aotearoa, overlaid with Janine’s photorealistic Tuī.
I suspect that the text floating above the picture is a subtle reference to two greats of Kiwi art, Ralph Hotere and Colin McCahon, who also used text in their pictures.
Retro Tiki Pillow, Nicola Jade, $ 115
A nod to the classic Kiwiana, vintage style and traditional Māori figure carving. The funny, whimsical pillows by Nicola Jade are a calming pinch of mood for your rūma noho.
Jade recycles vintage fabrics and scraps of leather to give her Tiki a retro look and a Kanohi (face) full of charm and personality.
Aroha High Ball Glass, Hapa, $ 15
Hapa is owned and operated by the wonderful local art master and artist Maureen Taane (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Uekaha, Ngāti Pākehā). And it doesn’t get any more local than this glass designed by the Hapa team.
Whether you serve your guests an ice cold long cocktail with aroha (love, compassion and affection) or pour yourself a little, this simple, retro-style glass is the perfect vessel. There is a matching, lively “Kia Ora” glass.