From the tribute exhibition Te Kāhui o Matariki, dedicated to Manos Nathan, Te Aue Davis and Colleen Waata Urlich
Artist: Maude Cook-Davies
Ngā Kaihanga Uku Collective, Toi Ngā Puhi
Iwi: Ngāti Hine
Hapū: Te Orewai, a descendant of Hine a Maru
Title: Oranga Wairua Series (spiritual well-being) A set of 4
Materials: Clay, muka fibres, pāua shell
It is my absolute privilege to be invited to submit art works for this amazing kaupapa.
Much of my art/designs are based around traditional and contemporary Māori patterns, our stories and culture, including events and cultural exchanges networking with other Indigenous cultures. We never forget our past, present and future generation. It is important our works are kept alive and by recognising this, we continue to inspire others through our actions, art and forever strive for excellence. It is evident that Māori art is very strong and vibrant. We recognise that it is a constant journey of discovery.
It was with great pleasure that while residing in Queensland Australia in 2010, Colleen Waata Urlich and I were instrumental in organising a cultural exchange between selected Tai Tokerau Māori artists and Central Queensland Aboriginal artists, to partake in a ten-day hui creating on Country. A reciprocal visit to Tauwhara Marae Northland in 2012 took place again to produce work, collaborate and then invite to exhibit in our biannual Toi Ngā Puhi exhibition during the Ngā Puhi Festival.
Ngāruawāhia 2001, this was such an honour for me, Colleen Urlich and Te Aue Davis to be invited by Dame Te Atairangikaahu to run a kakahu fashion show at Tūrangawaewae Marae. This was a very special showing of traditional to contemporary design styles of kakahu focused on TE KAKAHU O KINGI TĀWHIAO. A full weekend of entertainment and the showing of magnificent collection from our top traditional weavers to our contemporary designers.