Is it bad of me that I was happy one our artists didnt sell all of her latest creations at the Matariki Art Show in Auckland last month? Yes....it probably is! But then it means that we get to have them in store, where these Maori clay "flutes" (tangi uku) were so popular over the summer season. Look like little kinas, but they are so much more! Once you get the knack of how to blow into them, the sound is beautiful. Definitely buying one for myself this time round, they all went so fast last time!
Loving some of the new creations in the gallery this week. Sue foster (Ngati hauiti) has a colourful contemporary spin on "pipi Kete" and bottle holders using a kupenga (net) weave. Just love the colours...and so do others..1 day in the store an the pink one has sold already! I'm lucky I got this photo!
After a whole week of torrential rain and bad weather, the day of the fundraiser (11 June 16) the clouds cleared, and the sun came out. All week matua Hec kept telling us not to worry, that the bad weather was passing and on the day it would be good. And he was absolutely right, we were in t-shirts sweating doing the set up it was so warm, on a winters day! Good memories from last month. Nice seeing the kuia/ kaumatua relaxing out the front enjoying the sun and view before the event started.
One month ago we had such a great time supporting the Tarai Waka Fundraiser Dinner. Stoked that we got to use our natural resources of korari (flax) and kuta (reeds) to make something beautiful that the guests enjoyed, was a part of waka kaupapa, and then big added bonus, the auctions contributed to the fundraising. Was a good day!