Tu Meke Tui is a children’s book written by Malcolm Clarke, illustrated by Flox and designed and published by Mary Egan Publishing.
24 x 24cm, 22 pages, hard back book
The idea for Tu Meke Tui was born out of Malcolm’s appreciation for New Zealand native wildlife and his desire to expose young readers to the wonders of the natural. Tumeke is a New Zealand Māori word which means to startle or take fright. In recent years, tu meke (as two words) has developed as a colloquial phrase meaning “too much”; and is used to express excitement or being shaken up. Tere the Tui and Taitu the Takahe are two very different sorts of birds: one loves to flit and twirl about in the sky, while the other prefers to rustle around in the undergrowth. Tu Meke Tui is a story of friendship, courage and discovering that sometimes it’s our differences which make us truly special.
Hayley King is the lady behind Flox, her trademark native birds, ferns and flowers are a celebration of Aotearoa’s environmental taonga (treasures) Her works are always vibrant and confident in colour. Hayley's intricately hand-cut stencils are what sets her apart from the rest. With a philosophy deeply ingrained in the value of the hand-made, her processes pay homage to the craft of the cut – what she refers to as her Labour of Love. Since 2015 Flox has focused on honing new ideas, exploring other cultures and pushing her own artistic boundaries. This has resulted in a three month Artist Residency in Taiwan in 2015, and in 2016 a journey to Udaipur in India, to again expand her international audiences.