Tangatawho?

Tangatawho? Collection designed by Margaret Lewis Photo by Paul Garelja. Entered in Style Pasifika 2011
Tangatawho? Collection designed by Margaret Lewis. Photo by Paul Garelja. Entered in Style Pasifika 2011
These pieces are part of my on-going inner conversation about who I am in my own land – pakeha [different] or maori [although I have no maori ancestry

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Provoked by Lester Hall’s concept for a televised programme of the same name Tangatawho? these pieces are part of my on-going inner conversation about who I am in my own land – pakeha [different] or maori [even though I have no maori ancestry]. Could I be tangatawhenua [a person of the land]? As a fifth generation New Zealander where could I belong? I can’t even legally work in the countries that my non-New Zealand born ancestors come from.

They also reflect my own design aesthetic of valuing the handmade, repurposing and upcycling of found materials but with a couture base. Built from items of value to trade – blankets and wool – these designs stem from our colonial past and what we wore and traded, using blankets and knitting. How they suit our future is a discussion to be had.

Exhibited at Style Pacifika 2011.

 

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Margaret Lewis

6 Oct 2011

A bit about me ... maker, conceiver and producer at the leading edge of urban art practice.