Weaver, Artist in Muka, Textile Conservation Technician
Pru has a Manuga Kura Toi Bachelor of Maori Art in Weaving with Te Wananga o Aotearoa, achieved with Excellence, completed in 2016. As part of the completion of the degree Pru wove a muka kakahu (cloak) using pony hair attachments, which was called Kahu Poni. Te Manawa, Palmerston North city’s art gallery and museum, has purchased Kahu Poni and it is now part of Te Manawa’s permanent collection.
Working with muka is Pru’s main interest and she accepts commissions as well as working artistically in contemporary designs featuring muka. Some of these works have been displayed in galleries such as Kura in Wellington where she was invitied to participate in the Matariki exhibition in 2018, and in the Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa National Weaver’s Collective exhibition at Waikato Museum in 2019. Other works include a kahu piu that was made as a gift for a Marae.
Pru also enjoys making kete, some of which are available for sale at Waikato Museum shop, Whanganui Museum shop, Sarjeant Art Gallery shop in Whanganui, Pataka shop in Porirua, Kura Gallery in Wellington, and Taylor Jensen Gallery in Palmerston North.
Textile conservation projects include the repair of an historic sewing kit and the conservation and mounting of a leopard skin.
The body of the dress is made of muka (harakeke fibre), and has beads, buttons, embroidery threads and 100% cotton lining (wearable, size 12).
This item is on display at Waikato Museum of Art and History during the Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa National Weaver’s Collective exhibition to 1st September 2019.
Ketes are sold through the outlets listed below, and can be made to order if requested.
Outlets for my work are:
ArtsPost, Waikato Museum shop
Whanganui Regional Museum shop
The Sarjeant Art Gallery shop, Wanganui
Pataka Art and Museum, Porirua
Kura Gallery, Wellington
Taylor Jensen Gallery, Palmerston North