Title:  Hine Earrings

Artist:  Lee Olsen

Iwi:  Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tūhoe

Description:  Perspex earrings of Hine (a woman’s face). At this time of the year, the constellation Matariki has set over the Western Horizon in order to visit her kuia (grandmother), Papatūānuku. Matariki and her six daughters are spending their time preparing and adorning their kuia for the new year, making her beautiful. Our tūpuna would adorn themselves with many types of ornaments. These ‘Hine’ Earrings reminds us of the beautiful work of Matariki, the mother, and her daughters, in adorning their kuia. 

Materials:  Perspex, metallic foil print



Lee Olsen

Lee is from Ngāi Tūhoe and Ngāti Kahungunu. She has been weaving and using harakeke as an art medium for over fifteen years. Primarily a weaver of kete she has made many other harakake pieces such as whāriki, korowai, pīkau, pākē and piupiu. Her foray into jewellery began with the desire to re-use toenga (left overs) from mahi raranga. A self-confessed magpie, many of the materials she uses for jewellery are from recycled products or from nature. Many of the pieces Lee is creating are made from harakeke, muka, recycled rubber, metal, glass and bamboo.

Gold, Silver


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