Necklaces

These necklaces use the same techniques for making a piupiu, a traditional “skirt made from the leaves of the New Zealand flax which is worn by Māori on ceremonial occasions”.   The strips are made from flax leaves that are carefully prepared with the muka or flax fibre exposed at one end for joining onto a band and in sections to create geometric patterns on the garment. The unscraped leaves curl naturally into tubes as they dry.    Patterns are further emphasized during the process of dying as the dye soaks more into the exposed fibres and not the dried raw leaf.    

Tribal Offering - July 2015
The luminescent figures of the wooden charms create a link to an Aztec artifact called feather mosaics, an icon style ‘painting’ made entirely from ‘glued’ feathers.  Feathers have a symbolic connection to the ‘heavens’ or spiritual.  Shellacked peacock feathers are bound with a four ply plait or knots and woven the thread into the body of the piece to secure them. 





Kaarure - Jan 2015
Kaarure are a "three ply tassel rolled in the S-direction, which causes them to try to untwist, used as decorative elements on korowai". This is interwoven with two layers of cylindrical, dried harakeke (NZ Flax) strands with the muka (flax fibre) exposed.  




KAARURE NECKLACE
Materials:  Harakeke, muka, polyethylene coated cotton, paua shell.
Dimensions: 170 H x 105 L x 10 D

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References
Awhina Tamarapa (editor). Whatu Kaakahu : Maaori Cloaks. Te Papa Press 2011, p187.




Northart Members Exhibition - Treasure to Treasure - Jan 2014





DECONSTRUCTED NECKLACE
Materials:  Harakeke, muka, hemp, wooden beads, shell and copper.
Dimensions: 170 H x 105 L x 10 D
SOLD




Piupiu Necklace - 2014
Piupiu is usually made from flax leaves that are carefully prepared with the muka or flax fibre exposed at one end for joining onto a band and in sections to create geometric patterns on the garment. The unscraped leaves curl naturally into tubes as they dry.   On this piece I have substituted copper detailing to create a pattern and added feather and crystal decorative details. 





Materials: Piupiu (Dried and Rolled Harakeke)
Copper Detail, Smoky Quartz and Feather
Dimensions: 170 H x 100 L x 10 D
SOLD

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