A MAORI WORD A DAY - cover book deal

The publisher from Penguin Random House NZ emailed me the week of my Mother’s tangi in August. Such a nice feeling to know, that I was chosen out of 4 different artists and the panel choose my artworks for the covers of the book, there are 4 in the series. The graphic designer stumbled across my website... my website was only up for a couple of months! Such a cool feeling.  I’ll have the description of the cover and a short bio of myself with my website on the back of the book. I think it's time to learn some Te Reo... I'll be receiving copies of all the books, so no excuses!

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mana wahine exhibition

(This is a repost... as I'm new at blogging online, my daughter was so nice to show me how it's really done... kids come in handy sometimes ; ) This was first originally posted 1 June.)

Mana Wahine was my very first exhibition, I wasn't sure with the procedure at first when I entered this exhibition being my first. Hannah Amundsen was the curator of the exhibition, and was really lovely to deal with. Mana Wahine was my inspriation for my work. Each painting was inspired from 3 different technques of weaving that's sacred to Maori culture, they are traditionally woven by wahine (woman) and traditionally the wahine are the keepers of the knowledge of the rananga (weaving). Taniko, tukutuku and kete are all different methods of weaving that I linked together as one for the exhibition.

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Working on Taniko

Working on Taniko

Have Taniko and tukutuku Kaokoa together..... now to paint Kete

Have Taniko and tukutuku Kaokoa together..... now to paint Kete

Done...

Done...

Ringarrehe Wahine (Skillful Women)

Ringarrehe Wahine (Skillful Women)

Whahine at work

Whahine at work

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