This heavy-canvas tote features an original artwork, Taketake Whenua, 2019, created exclusively for Members by Ngataiharuru Taepa. Featuring his contemporary take on interlacing patterns characteristic of customary kōwhaiwhai (painted rafter) designs, this sturdy bag will fit all the essentials. Perfect for when itty-bitty shoulder bags just don’t cut it.
Ngataiharuru Taepa (born 1976, Te Arawa, Te Āti Awa) became interested in visual arts when he attended Te Aute College in Napier. There, he observed and assisted with the making of kōwhaiwhai (painted rafter) panels under the guidance of art teacher Mark Dashper. Later, at Massey University, Taepa studied Māori Visual Arts under leading artists, such as Robert Jahnke, Kura Te Waru Rewiri and Shane Cotton ONZM.
Today, Taepa is Kaihautu Toi Māori – Director of Māori Arts at Massey University, and a member of Te Ātinga, the visual arts committee within the Māori arts organisation Toi Māori Aotearoa. He helps create experiences of interaction with artists from Aotearoa New Zealand and cultures throughout the Pacific. His current practice includes installation works that look at issues within contemporary New Zealand society, as well as paintings and wood works that are fuelled by a childhood fascination with kōwhaiwhai.
Ngataiharuru Taepa will be included in Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki’s forthcoming exhibition Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art, opening 5 December 2020.
27 x 30 x 15cm (bottom gusset)
30cm handle drop
canvas from ethically sourced cotton
made in India