Title:  Tātai Whetū Ki Te Rangi #1

Artist:  Sonia Snowden – Toi Iho Licenced Artist

Iwi:  Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Kuta

Materials:  Kiekie, contemporary dyes

Description: Fine Kete Whakairo

Woven by a master weaver of the Ngā Aho Whenua Weavers Residency in the Toi Matarau Gallery at Māoriland.  This fine kete whakairo is a Matariki collection piece showcased in the Te Ringa Māhorahora Exhibition of 2021.

Artist Statement:   Tātai Whetū ki te Rangi is a ‘Constellation of Stars in the Sky’.  A pattern of stars aligning as a stairway to the heavens.  Sonia enjoys creating new whatu whakairo patterns and variations of Tātai Whetū Ki Te Rangi using fine Kiekie whenu, a design she is focused on developing further with new ideas. 






Sonia Snowden

Nō Ngāti Whātua, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine, me Ngāti Wai a Sonia. Sonia is a registered Toi Iho ™ licenced artist, awarded as a Te Ara Whakarei (Lifetime) weaver. In 2019 she was awarded Ngā Tohu a Tā Kingi Ihaka by Creative New Zealand acknowledging her lifetime contributions to the arts of Te Wharepora. She started weaving in the early 1980s. She was taught the art of making whāriki by Emily Schuster of Te Arawa. A remarkable and most talented woman. Sonia has been teaching and weaving ever since, taking her on a wonderful journey. Her kete whakairo have been exhibited nationally and internationally, held in both public and private collections. Recent exhibitions; Tiaho Mai, Kiwibank Paraparaumu Te Ringa Māhorahora, Toi Matarau Gallery Ōtaki Te Puna Waiora, Te Puna o Waiwhetu - Christchurch Art Gallery Sonia has been one of the first resident weavers of Ngā Aho Whenua, a 12 month Raranga project based in the Wharepora of the Toi Matarau Gallery at Māoriland in Ōtaki. Harakeke has been Sonia’s friend for many, many years. Weaving with others fills her kete, so through teaching she hopes sharing her knowledge fills other people’s kete too.


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