Artist: Tia Kirk
Iwi: Ngāti Awa ki Rangitaiki, ko Ngāti Porou ki te Toka a Namu
Description: Contemporary Earrings
Artist Statement: Contemporary earrings with whetū designs. At this time of the year, the star constellation of Matariki has set over the Western Horizon in order to visit her kuia, 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 ‘Whetū’ Earrings remind us of the beautiful work of the constellation Matariki, adorning their kuia.
These earrings feature the ‘Whetū’, four pointed star design in acrylic on a triangular and geometric layer of clay. Slow made, hand made, Maori made earrings from Tia’s Gold Coast studio
Materials: Acrylic on clay, hypoallergenic hooks and hoops
Dimensions: hoop size 25 mm, earring size 20 X 25 mm