The whakataukī “Aroha atu, Aroha mai” is a favourite according to Chris as it is simplistic and yet powerful. Love given, love received. The designs are taniko patterns created by Chris taken from her digital creations and represent the dynamics of Aroha te aro o te ha. The intention we give to any task and each other is important, let it be given with ease and joy and received with such. Taniko patterns are found on the cloaks of our ancestors. They tell narratives with each line and shape deliberately placed to represent the wearer.
About Christine Harvey
Chris Harvey is Moriori, Ngati Mutunga o Wharekauri, Te Ati Awa ki te Tauihu, Ngati Toa Rangatira, Kati Mamoe and Pakeha. She is the first female tāmoko practitioner in Aotearoa. Chris has been practicing for 28+ years but, before she began her mainstream career, she graduated in ‘93 from three years with the Studio Art School in Christchurch. Now Chris can create in most mediums traditional and contemporary. She is also a home educator with five tamariki and is a mentor to many who seek support with māori art forms. Besides creating tāmoko/whakairo/jewellery and art in general, she facilitates wānanga on kauwae moko around the country. Chris is currently refining her skills in traditional fibre form with muka and 3D design based on traditional Māori and Moriori form in multi media materials, stone, metal, bone, wood and resins, while continuing to balance life, work and education.
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