Waitara and surrounding areas and New Plymouth only
My arts or creative practice (including details about my specific focus within that art form/practice and my strengths)
I have over 25 years’ experience weaving harakeke. I have a Diploma in Māori Art, and I teach weaving to schools, workplaces and individuals in my Art Gallery and Studio. I have worked alongside a respected expert on a group project at an Art Gallery and Centre. I was asked by a well-known Taranaki Artist/Photographer to produce a kete that was exhibited in an Art Gallery at Victoria University as part of her exhibition and has subsequently been donated to the University.
I enjoy sharing the knowledge and skills that were handed to me from my tupuna. I enjoy relaying the stories and the meanings behind the patterns, the Tikanga and why we adhere to traditional practices when weaving harakeke.
My track record of experience and success - or the track record of experience and success of the creative or artist that I will partner with
I work with schools and run school holiday programmes at my Art Gallery and Studio. Recently my assistants and I taught a local school (all 10 students) how to make Manutukutuku – Kites. I have been teaching at my studio for 3 1/2 years; before I opened, I started a Community Group, who I taught voluntarily for 2 years which culminated in an Exhibition showcasing the students work. This year I am working with Enviro Schools Taranaki to engage more students with toi raranga.
Describe the experience you have had working with children or young people, teaching or facilitating creative processes
I work with a number of local schools and foreign exchange students on a regular basis. I have worked high school students (special needs class) over a term. During a local Exhibition I taught school groups from several local primary schools and an Early Childhood Centre. I have a variety of 2-hour workshops I teach to beginners and school groups.
Why I want to be part of the Creatives in Schools programme and how my involvement will link to my creative practice
I want to be a part of the Creatives in Schools programme because I feel I can inspire as
well as teach students by example a way of creating and living. My weaving journey has taken me 25 years to get to where I am today, and I feel like I have created a path for the next generation to follow and further the possibilities surrounding harakeke.