lacing/kŌtuitui

2019 - Present
(developing project)

lacing/kōtuitui documents the process of learning to make lace, to extract muka, and to whatu, following in the path of my tūpuna wāhine. The project is a response to the consideration of how we hold and carry on ancestral traditions, stories and skills. Though we may be generations removed from the stories and lands that first formed those traditions, and though the materials we use to revitalise these traditions may have changed, we are still able to honour the mahi of our tūpuna by continuing their craft.

materials include

hand-extracted, miro, hand-knit muka (harakeke fibre); mahoe leaves; hand-spun, hand-knit New Zealand wool;

hand-stitched vintage wool blanket; poetry; moving image; site-specific documentation; installation