Fotia Collection by Cora-Allan Wickliffe - Signet Ring
The collection is inspired by my grandmother Fotia Lafaiki and has been created for people to wear Hiapo patterns in a contemporary way.
The signet rings are genderless making them an option for everyone to wear. The first release has 5 designs that represent the native flora and fauna from Niue.
Creeping and growing all over Niue are long vines that move along the forest floor and over the ocean rocks that touch the sea. The vines come in a variety of shapes and sizes however this shape I draw from a plant that was hanging over the tautu cave where my grandfather learnt how to swim.
This ring is Sterling silver and produced 100% in Tamaki Makaurau.
Cora-Allan Wickliffe (Maori, Niuean) - Ngapuhi, Tainui/ Alofi, Liku, is a multidisciplinary artist of Māori and Niue descent, originally from Waitakere. She has recently returned to Aotearoa after working at the Walter Phillips Art Gallery in Banff, Canada. Her work often explores and examines constructed representations of Indigenous people and is always developing new ways of creating preferred representations. Cora-Allan has worked in the creative industry as a Curator, Preparator, Photographer, Artist and Educator. In 2013 she completed her Masters in Visual Art and Design from AUT, also receiving an AUT Postgraduate Deans award for her research and excellence. She is the Curator and Exhibitions Manager at the Corban Estate Arts Centre, is a founding member of BC COLLECTIVE and is a maker of Hiapo (Niuean Barkcloth).
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