A2: Week 11 Blog Task

1.In each of your assignments for Studio this year you made work that responded to a concept integral to the pōwhiri process – Mihimihi, Tūrangawaewae, Ātea, and Hākari. Define the concept that corresponds with the project you feel was the best thing you made in Studio all year. (25 words)


The Studio paper ‘Material’ is what I feel I produced my best work. The powhiri process it responded to was ‘Hakari’ which is a Maori tradition feast demonstrating Mana with the community.

2.Discuss the work you made:describe its physical attributes, the concept/s behind it, and the wider context in which you made it. (100 words)

The Material is designed for a chandalier or a lampshade cover. The material is loosely weaved ropes of crepe paper with 3D triangular folded paper weaved through it. The crepe paper rope is rolled and twisted individually with jelly wire in between creating an elasticated rope. While the folded 3D triangular shapes are made from tracing paper functioning as a design element with transparency for cohesion with the lighting creating an elegant and interesting atmosphere for a celebration such as Christmas. This is designed for a chandalier or simply a wall decoration giving the user flexibility of its use. The user is able to stretch or mold the desired design shape for the lamp/ chandalier as the wire helps to maintain the shape as well.

3.Etna Stachl discusses decolonisation and Mana Wahine in her lecture. How did you consider gender and/or indigeneity and/or the intersections between the two in your work? Why should you be thinking about this at all? Use key ideas in the lecture and the texts by Ani Mikaere and Linda Tuhiwai-Smith to support your argument. (75 words)

While constructing this product, my main focus was to deliver a functionable product for the user and also changing the properties of the materials I have used. I have considered indigeneity of natural everyday-use of people specifically in feasts and celebrations such as light. With consideration and understanding of the light element the material produced becomes a functionable product. It corresponds with the delicate and elegant impact of light yet strong through built and quality while meeting its requirements. In art and Design, thinking about these origins of your subject creates purpose which is important to any creation. It allows great value to the product and viewers as they see the understand and knowledge background of every material whilst revealing the creator’s intentions such as their worldviews which highlights a deeper purpose and story.




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