DATE CHANGED TO SATURDAY 10 JULY
Join artist Ron Te Kawa at the NZ Portrait Gallery to create an upcycled original textile Matariki artwork.
Each Matariki Star has a special power. Choose your favourite from the list below, and bring along your favourite bright fabrics, old clothes, blankets, and linens to create a groovy textile artwork!
Te iwa o Matariki
Although there are about a thousand stars in Matariki, nine stars are visible to the unaided eye. In te ao Māori, each of the whetū is associated with an aspect of wellbeing and the environment.
Matariki (Alcyone) – people’s health and wellbeing
Tupu-ā-rangi (Atlas) – things that grow up in trees, including fruits, berries and birds
Waipuna-ā-rangi (Electra) – rainfall
Waitī (Maia) – freshwater bodies and foods from these waters
Ururangi (Merope) – the winds
Tupu-ā-nuku (Pleione) – food that is gathered/harvested from the soil
Waitā (Taygeta) – the ocean and foods that come from it
Pōhutukawa (Sterope) – those who have passed on
Hiwa-i-te-rangi (Calaeno) – attainment of goals.
We will provide:
Scissors, fabrics, thread, a few sewing machines (Feel free to bring your own if you’d like!).
This is a Day workshop, which will be at most 4 hours long, starting at 10:30am, with a break for lunch.
Please be aware that no food or drink can be consumed in the Gallery.