Exhibitions: weaving in the Wellington area

The Professional Weavers Network exhibition Cloak is in its last days at Pataka. You  have until Sunday 17 July to catch it.

Legacy: The Art of Rangi Hetet and Erenora Puketapu-Hetet is on at the Dowse Art Museum until 30 October. Legacy shares the stories of two exceptional artists — carver Rangi Hetet (b. 1937) and weaver Erenora Puketapu-Hetet (1941–2006) — and their creative partnership working as contemporary pioneers of Māori art.

Erenora Puketapu-Hetet's Mrs Wellington Province gown. Designed by Erenora and made by Heather Maisley.

Erenora Puketapu-Hetet’s Mrs Wellington Province gown. Designed by Erenora and made by Heather Maisley.

As artistic collaborators and teachers together for more than 40 years, Rangi and Erenora were committed to the resurgence of customary Māori art forms. Working around the country, they taught new generations of Māori to carve and weave. As master artists themselves, their artworks can be found throughout New Zealand and internationally in public and private collections.

The exhibition features garments designed by Erenora Puketapu-Hetet in the 1970s, and an array of weaving from harakeke cloaks and kete to large scale works woven from wire, alongside carved pieces by Rangi.

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The Francis Upritchard exhibition Jealous Saboteurs at the City Gallery also features elements of weaving. Upritchard has collaborated with New Plymouth based weaver Lynne MacKay on a number of occasions. In Jealous Saboteurs  several of her mysterious figures are draped and wrapped in Mackay’s work. The show finishes 16 October.

Detail from Jealous Saboteurs, featuring weaving by Lynne MacKay.

Detail from Jealous Saboteurs, featuring weaving by Lynne MacKay.

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One Response to Exhibitions: weaving in the Wellington area

  1. karinwarnaar says:

    Got to see Cloak before heading home, and it was a delight.

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