Monday, November 17, 2014

Muka Puiaki (Precious Treasure) - Northart Nov 2014

The subtle hues and textures of plant fibres are highlighted in a simple and practical little rourou/food container.  Harakeke/New Zealand Flax and fibres have been gathered during an artist residency at Wharepuke Sub-Tropical Gardens and combined with trinkets and treasures that have been squirrelled away.  

Each puiaki contains a silky coil of rolled flax fibre/muka, reflecting how precious this is to weavers.  Some retain the natural creamy hues of un-dyed fibre, others are coloured with natural dyes.  The brown tones of tanekaha (Phyllocladus trichomanoides) bark is traditional to New Zealand and was done using heated stones in a c. 

The non-traditional Indigo Blue is inspired by the natural dye workshops at MAD | Museum of Arts and Design with fibre artist and textile expert Isa Rodrigues that explored the use of creating natural dyes from plants local to New York City.

Available at Northart Pre-Christmas Show from 21st November to 19th December





KAPOK FLUFF (ABOVE)
Materials: Rourou/Food Basket - Harakeke/
New Zealand Flax (Phormium Tenax)  
Inner:  Muka/Flax Fibre (Phormium Tenax), Found Feather, 
Floss Silk Tree Fibre (Ceiba speciosa)) and 
Rush leaves (Chondropetalum tectorum)
Dimensions: 105 W x 105 L x 60 D mm

TOO BLUE (INDIGO)
Materials: Rourou/Food Basket - Harakeke/New Zealand Flax (Phormium Tenax)  
Inner:  Muka/Flax Fibre (Phormium Tenax) - Indigo, Paua, Wheka Tree Fern Fibre (Dicksonia Squarosa) and Rush leaf (Chondropetalum tectorum)
Dimensions: 105 W x 105 L x 60 D mm

IRISH MOSS
Materials: Rourou/Food Basket - Harakeke/New Zealand Flax (Phormium Tenax)
Inner:  Muka/Flax Fibre (Phormium Tenax) - natural, Glass Charm, Fruticose Lichen and Bracket Tree Fungus
Dimensions: 105 W x 105 L x 60 D mm



BIRD'S NEST
Materials: Rourou/Food Basket - Harakeke/New Zealand Flax (Phormium Tenax)  

Inner:  Muka/Flax Fibre (Phormium Tenax) - Tanekaha, Flax Flower Pod/Korari (Phormium Tenax), South Island Quartz, Bird's nest, Wheka Tree Fern Fibre (Dicksonia Squarosa)
Dimensions: 105 W x 105 L x 60 D mm












TANEKAHA TIKI
Materials: Rourou/Food Basket - Harakeke/New Zealand Flax (Phormium Tenax)
Inner Muka/Flax Fibre (Phormium Tenax) - dyed with Tanekaha bark,  Plastic Tiki, Wheka Tree Fern Fibre (Dicksonia Squarosa) and found leaf
Dimensions: 105 W x 105 L x 60 D mm

Traditional Umu

This little guy wasn't too impressed with my harvesting in his harakeke bush... 


References:
For instructions on making a Rourou go to New Zealand National Library How to make a Rourou or Food Basket by Catherine Brown

For information on natural dyes visit  MAIWA The Organic Indigo Vat

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