Ko wai mātou? Who are we?
Ko wai au? Who am I?
Upon reflection, my early creations reflected a relatively simple/superficial cultural anxiety. Video works in which I painted myself in whenua, and dared to ask the camera, 'Māori enough yet?', 'Tangata whenua?'.
In November/December 2019, I returned to meet, to kōrero and to document the whakapapa of our garments, from seed to product. To create a visual whakapapa that we can share with you- a new level of transparency, understanding and connection that is woven into the very fibres of the pieces we create.
And so you see, I hope, that this story isn't exactly about me, but my whānau and I are each woven into the threads that give shape to this idea.
p.s. our next chapter 3 will be about the origins of the cotton seed and it's life and community in Adilabad, India.
Click here to see our previous Chapter 1