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    Meet the carvers

    Meet the our talented local artists, sculptors and carvers from Dunedin. 

    Ewan Duff

    Ewan Duff .  Artist& Carver

    Kati Mamoe, Waitaha, Clan Douglas

    I Prefer to work with Pounamu / NZ Nephrite Jade ,  however I also work in a range of other mediafor commissions and co-operative pieces as required.

    I was part of the working group that dealt with the handingback to iwi of the pounamu resource from the crown.  Following in the footsteps of my Tipuna who have gathered and worked pounamu forcenturies.

    I am informed by the imagery of my Iwi’s and Scottishancestry, contemporary works, also relate to traditional designs and patterns dependingon the media used, form and function. 

    I prefer discussing and designing works for clients, ratherthan mass producing designs, and walk between the commercial reality of a selfemployed artisan to earn a living , and following tikanga and kawa of honouringthe Taonga (treasure) of Pounamu and knowledge of our tipuna     

    Ka Mihi .

    Jennifer Duff

    Ngai Tahu, Kati mamoe, Waitaha, Sottish, Irish, English Decent Carver, Silver smith, mixed media Artist.

    Jennifer Creates Pounamu carvings and Jewellery from Otago Peninsula Family Owned Studio and Art gallery NZ Greenstone and Art. Limited.

    2 years into Her Bachelor of Arts when she became a mother, she is keen to Return to the Dunedin School of Art at Otago polytechnic to finish her final year in Bachelor of Arts with a Jewellery Major.

    Jennifer works alongside Her Father recreating Taonga Pounamu as well as Traditional Maori Art forms such as Roupo Mokihi (Rafts) and Toi Toi Manu Kahu, (Traditional Hawk Kite's)

    Their stunning work can be seen in their gallery, at Toitu Early settlers Museum and the Rock art Centre in Te Anau.

    "Being able to Create and Learn about my Heritage through Art forms that were handed from Generations of Ancestors feels right in my bones, like it is my purpose on this Earth."

     

     

    Meihana Parata.

    Kati Mamoe, Waitaha, Te Arawa, Ngati Whare.

    My journey into the world of Toi Maori and Art, began with self-healing and learning the arts of healing.

    I like to incorporate spiritual wellbeing and imagery within the Mahi I create.

    I am currently learning to work with Pounamu and traditional materials that have a similarity to my other mahi as a trigger point therapist,  having the need to have focus, love and understanding to work within both these fields.

    "Te Ao and nature informs my imagery and I incorporate tradition and tikanga with knowledge of celestial bodies, which allows me to create the desired pieces ."