TIKANGA MĀORI VALUES
Here in Aotearoa the journey towards a deeper awareness of mātauranga Māori and te ao Māori is on the rise. Processes that acknowledge important cultural values require authenticity & the desire to build meaningful relationships within the creative process.
We have extensive experience working alongside iwi in their respective rohe (regions), indigenous cultures, community leaders & arts organisations throughout the world. We have seen firsthand the impact of the arts in urban & public spaces, commercial & corporate buildings, private collections & within local communities.
In 2022 the decision to enter full time/full immersion learning at
Te Wānanga Takiura o Ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori was essential. Taking the year out of working to learn for the first time our reo enhanced our passion for authentic engagement. We continue to study part-time to strengthen not only our reo but to develop a
deeper understanding of our culture.
The work we produce considers the people it will impact & the values we work by are an integral part of our creative process when working with our clients & collectors. Creativity is a valuable & important communication tool intended to tell a story - wether ours or yours.
'Mā whero, mā pango ka oti ai te mahi'
(With red & black the work will be complete - referring to the importance of partnership & collaboration)
Media Design School, Auckland Campus
Rāta (10 Madden St, Wynyard Quarter)
Photo Jody, What the People
Understanding the complexities of large scale design & mural work requires a range of specialist skills. Our ability to navigate this unique creative space comes from decades of personal experience working on community level projects all the way to large & complex commercial developments & opportunities around the world.
Careful planning & considerate professional processes keep both the artist & the client safe. Our experience extends to working within wider project teams that include architects, engineers, landscape designers, urban planners & project managers on a large range of commercial sites. Our processes adhere to Health & Safety laws in Aotearoa including the ability to provide full liability & indemnity cover for your project when required while being licensed to work on EWP equipment & live construction work sites.
With an ever-changing landscape the importance of the arts in urban design & community development is on the rise & something we are well prepared for.
ARTWORK & DESIGN
With over 25 years of experience within the contemporary urban arts scene & a long list of clients & international projects to date, our style is bold & modern inspired by ancient cultural direction.
A passion for birdlife & graphic/contemporary Māori design, our style draws from these 2 sources of inspiration & expands out to include a range of artwork themes & influences.
Specialising in large scale murals, our practise includes project narrative design, multi-sector partnership facilitation, arts project management & contemporary design (painting & digital).