Framed Taonga I
Drypoint etching with bamboo woodblock embossed/relief
Edition of 30
Print: 210mm x 295mm
Black frame: 330mm x 370mm
Printed on high quality, 640gsm Fabriano Artistico, 100% cotton paper. Using oil based inks.
I discovered printmaking through my degree in spatial design at Massey University. The printing press and the many processes and techniques involved in print making opened up a world where art, design and craft collide. Giving me the freedom to express myself through drawing, mark making, pattern design and more.
Inspired by Maori whakairo, Fijian masi cloth and Samoan tapa, my landscapes are merged with patterning to reflect the history of a site. Mixed with the traditional etching style I use for these landscapes, my artwork often sparks a nostalgic reaction to a favourate view. My passion is this ability to convey an historic narrative within a modern artwork and this original take on our beloved landscape gives us more than hills and water. It's also a chance for me to portray New Zealand's rich cultural mix, our history and our passion for our land.