I hope you have all had an awesome week and those of you that are new at Toihoukura I hope you have been enjoying the experience of making Flax paper with Tina Wirihana and Glenda Hape as part of their 2 week workshop and also the resources and tools you have access to discover these processes.
I would have loved to join you all but at the moment I am in the process of preparing myself for the full on year ahead as well as trying to catch up with new waiata and actions.. lol.. we’ll get there in time.. Too much to the ladies who have been up the front of class and know what they’re up to with their actions so the rest of us can follow you from the back and try to permanently engrain these movements in our heads.. getting there slowly.. but surely.
Today I decided to revisit the last exhibition of 2012 that was held at Toihoukura in Maia Gallery. The featured artists were Steve Smith and Anthony Karauria both skilled in the arts of Taa Moko, Painting and Relief work as well as Hone Bailey who predominantly is a Weaver, Textile Artist and Designer who put his not very often seen but well managed Painting skills on display.
I’d like to mihi to all the above students as they have done there hard yards and completed their tohu which is what I plan to do this year along with my team mates: Christie patumaka and Tahurangi Moana also Bro Alex Mc Mennamin, Toni Sadlier and Poutaka Kihi who all started with us in Paetahi Class with Tawera Tahuri.
I wish you all the best guys, Go hard, Break the Cycle, it has been and will continue to be an awesome journey with you all. Never give up, the only person who can change your mind, your beliefs and your attitude is yourself. Kia kaha – Today is a new day- Live, Love, Laugh and Adapt.
I will now leave you with these photos of Hone Bailey and his mahi to remind you of him, his awesome mahi and what our goal is this year- To finish what we started- and achieve our Tohu Together..
Love yous always and Forever
PS: We miss you Hone.. and we wish you all the best at home and in your future Designing Endeavours.xx
Nga Mihi my friends,