It Takes a Village
Corrugated Histories by Auckland and Wanaka based Artist, Gilly Sheffield.
From the Kākāriki Series
Made from waxed cord, mercerised thread and hemp cord. Iron rescued from Lake Hāwea NZ.
It Takes a Village…
'This is a new design, which symbolises the old saying ‘It takes a village to raise a child’.
The circular pattern (with the vertical lines) represents the people that have surrounded us in our lives - guiding us along our journey.
The crossroads in the middle signify the choice we have in what direction we choose.
These corrugated crosses represent the interwoven and intertwined nature of whānau and culture. I use the iconic iron that has protected so many New Zealand families and weave on it to showcase the skills that have been passed down from generation to generation in the myriad of cultures that are part of being a New Zealander. The shape of the cross itself represents the Southern Cross and celebrates its importance in how our ancestors found their way here, and how we in the present choose to navigate the lives we lead.' - Gilly Sheffield