Maumahara - An Exhibition by Rangimarie Elvin
Date: Tuesday 26 January 2021
Start Time: 10:00pm
End Time: 03:00pm
Age Restriction: All Ages
Rangimarie Elvin (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Pūkenga) born and raised in Tauranga Moana, presents Teiria Studios. Making kākahu addressing the raw history of Aotearoa & Māori culture, the design style uses 'memory-marking' to pay tribute and remember those that came before us. The brand aims to demonstrate how our culture develops over time, persisting, even through times of colonisation and cultural suppression. Mauri ora!
Teiria Studios presents textiles from 'Hei Maumaharatanga' 2020, memory-marking Māori raranga in knitwear and history of the New Zealand Land Wars. From observation of weavers and existing woven kākahu in her whānau, four knit textiles were made - Waitohu, Taipari, and 2 variations of Makarauri. Each textile is a contemporary take on traditional knowledge. During a time of personal cultural reclamation for Rangimarie, 'Waitohu' memory-marks the base of korowai, before adornment. A whatu weave, woven with whakapapa and our make-up, representing that it will be added to over-time, with learning, experience and our personal journeys, much like adding to a new canvas. Inspired by kete o ngā wānanga (baskets of knowledge), one textile memory-marks a kete weave and is named 'Taipari,' after her tupuna, that many stories were shared about, through whakapapa. This therefore represents, te kete tuatea (ancestral knowledge), and the importance of whakapapa. "Every elder is a walking library, and when they die, the library also disappears," Whitiora Mcleod. Makarauri knit variations' reappropriates the Mcleod tartan, an ode to her Scottish whakapapa, remaking into a knit textile that resembles the textures of a korowai. Enhancing the inter-cultural connections and co-existance between Māori and Pākehā. We also get a sneak peek into Rangimarie's upcoming mahi, inspired by the inter-cultural assimilation of Pākehā into Māori communities during the early 19th century. Those we once called, Pākehā-Māori.
This exhibition is proudly featured during the He Iwi Kotahi Tauranga Waitangi Day festival at the Historic Village.