Thursday, October 8, 2009

Catwalk Creativity

When the 2009 MAORI ART MARKet officially opens in Porirua, near Wellington tonight, guests will get a sneak preview of the fashion show, which will be a daily feature of the market at 12.30 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Along with a number of contemporary Maori weavers, the fashion show will include guest designer Dorothy Grant (USA/Canada) hot off the catwalks of New York Fashion Week; Patricia Michael from USA; and our very own Suzanne Tamaki of the Native Sista’s Label, shown in these two images taken at the 2007 Maori Market fashion show.
Suzanne (Maniapoto, Tuhoe, Te Arawa), is an Otaki-based fibre artist, who founded the Native Sista’s label. She was also a founding member of the Pacific Sisters fashion collective in the mid-1990s. Along with her fashion garments, she also creates body adornment and jewellery inspired by the legends and mythical creatures in the Pacific and the world of traditional indigenous costuming. The end results are dramatic and unique and it’s no surprise to learn that she’s scooped a number of awards and has exhibited her work nationally and internationally – including works in the 12th Sydney Biennale in 2000, the 1996 South Pacific Festival of Arts in Samoa and at Belau Museum during the 2004 South Pacific Arts Festival. Tamaki’s collection Bi-Cultural Rap 2000 (first presented as a fashion show set to rap music) was purchased by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Visitors to this year’s Maori Art Market are in for a treat when Native Sista’s take to the catwalk again.

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