I am freshly home from a wonderful trip to Auckland, New Zealand. During the trip I was fortunate to squeeze in a trip to the Mangere Arts Center (Ngā Tohu o Uenuku) for their tivaevae exhibition: Te Rima Ora o te Metua Vaine (Creative Hands of the Mother).
It was a wonderful experience and a couple of the mamas were generous in spending a some time with me to discuss their works and what tivaevae means to them. That video will be coming to you in the first few months of 2019! 🙂
In the meantime, I jumped on Facebook Live for a tour of the exhibition. Watch it below for a taste of what is to come:
The exhibition features work from two Māngere collectives, Tiare Taina and Polynesian Creative Artists.
Melodie is the director and producer of Spirit of Tivaevae. Born in New Zealand to a Cook Islander father and American mother, Melodie was raised in the United States. Her family background gives her a unique perspective on being a Pacific Islander raised outside the culture.