TV airing for artists
Local artists share their stories in docoANNA PEARSON
Nelson artists Tania Tupu and Brian Flintoff have shared their stories in a documentary promoting Te Papa Store's featured artists.
Tupu, a jeweller, and Flintoff, a carver who makes traditional Maori instruments or taonga puoro, have been supplying their artworks to Te Papa Store at the national museum in Wellington for many years.
Te Papa Store retail manager Colin McFetridge said the 30-minute documentary would feature on the Living Channel and in online and in-store promotional campaigns.
He said it would allow people to learn more about the work, life and motivations of Tupu, Flintoff and six other selected artists.
“The artworks created by these New Zealanders represent a range of genres available from Aotearoa. The artists speak about their early beginnings and evolution to now," he said.
Mr McFetridge said Tupu's and Flintoff's works were “distinctively New Zealand, which appeals to our many local and international customers”.
“Brian has shared knowledge and skills with Te Papa, which has included leading workshops with our taonga puoro team, curators and store staff. Listening to Brian is always a fascinating learning experience,” he said.
“Tania's story and work include her Ngati Porou and Samoan ancestry combined with her personal strength and determination of an international sporting career to produce top quality work that our customers identify with and want to own and wear.”
Flintoff said he had been supplying Te Papa Store with material since the shop opened, and was “delighted” to take part in the documentary.
“I have been with them for a long time, so I guess that's why they chose my work."
Tupu, who has been selling jewellery in the store for four years, said being selected to take part in the documentary was exciting. "The whole concept is about getting to know the artists, their personalities, what they do and how they come up with their designs."
She has a contemporary korowai on display at the entrance of Te Papa as part of an exhibition showcasing the world's largest collection of Maori cloaks.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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