Hutia te rito o te harakeke, kei hea rā te kōmako e kō? Kī mai ki ahau, he aha te mea nui o te Ao?
Māku e kī atu, he tangata, he tangata, he tangata.
Hei taku iti, hei taku rahi, he mihi tenei ki a koutou katoa.
I te taha o toku ukaipo he uri tenei no Te Atiawa no runga i te rangi me no Ngati Ruapani ki Waikaremoana, i te taha o toku Matua he uri tenei no Ngati Kahungunu, Ngati Pahauera.
Ko E'Mere Puketapu toku ingoa.
Kia ora, My name is E'Mere also known as Mere.
I have been weaving since a young age and have been taught by my kuia, whaea and tuahine who are all Kai Raranga (Weavers). I specialise in modern Harakeke design. I grew up learning to weave in a traditional setting amongst my whanau. I have now taken those skills and added a modern flare to my raranga while honouring our traditional techniques. I like to enlarge a functional piece and make it a wall piece for all to enjoy the process and simplicity of Nui. I also like to take narrative such as the kete of knowledge and put it on display such as in Ngaa Kono e Toru.
I have been tutoring the art of raranga for Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi within the Hutt Valley community for the last 12 months, I believe offering to pass down knowledge of Te Whare Pora (the house of weaving) to every wahine Māori is important because it is our birthright.
No reira tenei te mihi.
This wall piece is simply called 'Kete'. This kete uses the full length of a Harakeke rau or leave. It is an extraordinary wall piece which engages cultural and environmental elements in one stunning shape and form.
Dimensions 330 x 287
Medium Found objects