Sunday, April 5, 2015

Recycled Rain Cape - March 2015

RUBBISH - the transformation of used and waste materials into contemporary art

Village Arts - Kohukohu
April 11th to May 14th 2015

A traditional Maori Rain Cape (Pake) was a garment made from materials at hand and designed to channel off rain. The garments were "made by attaching hundreds of leaf strips, called hukahuka, to a woven foundation."  Traditionally, when harvesting harakeke/NZ Flax there is very little waste and all parts of the plant are used.  The small amount of waste material that remains after preparing the fibre is mindfully returned to the land (whenua) to ensure the resource is cared for and available for future generations.

This modern interpretation of a Rain Cape is made from the virtually indestructible, everyday plastic bag and discarded computer wire that has been prepared into workable strips and then hand woven using single-pair weft-twining (whatu aho pātahi). Two horizontal threads  (aho) twist around each vertical thread (whenu). One aho passes in front of the whenu, the other behind.

The mindful approach to the use and disposal of resources has much relevance in today’s urban environment and my objective is to shows that any resource provided to us need not be considered ‘Rubbish’. 

Materials:  Plastic Bags, Computer Cable Wire
Dimensions: 370mm (H) x 1050mm (W at base) x 60mm (D) 

For further information on whatu - twining techniques visit Te Papa Tongawera

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