Aotearoa / New Zealand

Wanda Gillespie ✿ Abacus - Our January laurel goes to Wanda Gillespie's gorgeous abacus. She takes mathematics on a detour.
Art for whales ✿ A driftwood tribute from Golden Bay - Nicola Basham describes a community project to make sculptures out of driftwood to help in efforts to save beached whales.
The story behind Wellington’s Handshake - Helen Wyatt explores the enduring and successful Handshake project by Peter Deckers
Warp & Weft – a selection of textile-ish NZ artists - Garland was launched in Ōtautahi Christchurch with the exhibition Warp & Weft, which featured extraordinary textile-related works from artists in Aotearoa New Zealand. We'd like to share a selection of those works with you.
Yuka Oyama: Helpers – Changing homes 🎞️ - Yuka Oyama is producing a series of work “Helpers – Changing homes” in Wellington as part of a residency at Whiti o Rehua School of Art. This will be displayed at The Language of Things: Meanings and Value in Contemporary Jewellery, Dowse Museum in 24 February – 24 June 2018. Oyama just recently completed her PhD study The Stubborn Life of Object, which included a series of performances in which important objects become full body costumes. She has extended this in Aotearoa New Zealand for a project about the objects that migrants retain to keep a connection to the previous home. She then constructs a body-sized version of this for a future performance. This follows a similar path to her previous […]
How to Make a Necklace from a Chair – Sarah Read - One of New Zealand’s most interesting jewellers, Sarah Read has created a performance practice which explores the value of labour. In this project, she is stringing the polystyrene beads from a bean bag into an epic necklace form. It’s the kind of challenge you might imagine South Koreans like Yujin Eugénie Moon would appreciate. As automation removes our dependence on human labour, might we see its re-emergence in artistic forms like this? Source: The See Here
Knotting culture: the muka of Rowan Panther - Tryphena Cracknell considers the way Rowan Panther has interpreted the traditional muka fibre within the technique of lace-making.
Tending relations: Lisa Reihana’s lei epic - Tessa Laird takes a serious look at the cliché of the Pacific lei through the work of Lisa Reihana and her own experience as a wedding guest.
I like reality. It doesn’t terrify me. - Being based in Aotearoa, NZ, I set out to explore the idea that there is something unidentifiable bubbling under the surface—something all at once mysterious and ugly and dark and beautiful. The idea was to tap into the current generation of Pacific-based makers, who are both following and updating the ground-breaking work of the bone, stone, shell jewellers. Someone once told me that Pacific themes and culture were impacting all forms of Pacific art, regardless of the cultural heritage of the maker. I wanted to see if this was true and if so how a series of disparate works would interact and speak to one another when brought together.
Weaving a koha - Māori weaver Kohai Grace describes how the koha of weaving is a continuous connecting of other generations.
Taurangi - Keri-Mei Zagrobelna writes about Taurangi, her jewellery work that embodies Māori values of honour.
Tears of Tāwhirimātea: carvings by Todd Couper - Karl Chitham reflects on the power of Māori mythology that Todd Couper is able to express in his carvings.
Knot Touch: From greenhouse to gallery - Jaqui Knowles explains the ways in which the NZ Maritime Museum has unraveled the potential of Jae Kang's tomato plant installation.
A visit to TÜR Studio - Jane Groufsky visited weaver Christopher Duncan and designer Joseph Yen in their welcoming TÜR Studio on K Road, Auckland.
Casting shadows: Areta Wilkinson and Mark Adams at the National - Harriet Litten reviews the exhibition by jeweller Areta Wilkinson and photographer Mark Adams that navigate biculturalism through an inventive combination of material and image.
Taonga and Photography in the Post-Treaty Settlement Era: A Case Study of Photograms by Mark Adams and Areta Wilkinson - Damian Skinner writes about the collaboration between jeweller Areta Wilkinson and photographer Mark Adams which use photograms as a way of "capturing" taonga.
My grandmother’s hands: Nina Oberg Alaifea and Stephanie Oberg - Nina Oberg visits the Avon Loop community and discovers the tīvaevae of Alaifea and Stephanie Oberg.
He tupare o ka kupu (a garland of words) 🎧 - Andrew Last reflects on his identity has an Australian manuhiri (guest) in the South Island of Aotearoa and how he has creatively responded to his new home.
Talafungani Vea Garland ✿ Auckland: 9 December 2017 - Join us for the launch of Te Moana nui a Kiwa in Auckland Saturday 9 December 2017: 4-6:30pm Objectspace 13 Rose Rd Grey Lynn Auckland Come along to launch Garland #9, featuring an online exhibition curated by Luisa Tora. Lots of karakia, garlanding, poems and talanoa. Facebook event. Here are the greetings offered by members of the Garland editorial board: My name is Freja Carmichael. I am currently in the lovely lands of the Squamish and Lil’Wat people in Canada. I am from the Quandamooka people of Moreton Bay. I live in Meanjin/ Brisbane and thank you for sharing your beautiful stories and objects from Moana My name is Sana Balai, member of the Nakaripa clan and I come from Buka […]
The lei, the garland and the daisy chain - Fran Allison follows a path towards the Pacific lei via the European garland and doily