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.
Niu is coconut in Niuean and is a very special pattern as this plant is used in so many ways. However for me it represents the large baskets of Coconuts gifted to me on island welcoming me back while I visit. At the show day events they have coconut husking competitions that are super exciting and I saw my first race at the Liku show day in 2018, the women do coconut bowling and I hope one year I am brave enough to enter.
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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