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Velvet banner series (1/6) by Ahilapalapa Rands
Velvet banner series (1/6) by Ahilapalapa Rands
Velvet banner series (1/6) by Ahilapalapa Rands
Velvet banner series (1/6) by Ahilapalapa Rands
Regular price $490.00
Payment options available with 4 instalments of $122.50 using Afterpay at the checkout

This edition of six velvet banners is inspired by the ʻōlelo noʻeau (Hawaiian proverb) I maikaʻi ke kalo i ka ʻohā which translates to 'the goodness of the taro is based on its offshoots'. This proverb speaks to the importance of intergenerational relationships and has been set as the kaupapa for the 2023 Moana Fresh Calendar.

The work is made using digital illustration which is machine embroidered onto heavy velvet with a 61,000 thread count. This is then sewn into banners and finished with hand stitched fringing. 

Materials - velvet, cotton thread, cotton backing, poly-cotton batten inner, wooden dowel

 500mm x 40mm

About the artist

Ahilapalapa Rands was born in Aotearoa and has whakapapa to Hawaii, Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, Scotland, Ireland and England. She holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Auckland University of Technology and a Diploma in Te Reo Māori from Te Wananga o Raukawa in Ōtaki, Aotearoa. She loves working collaboratively and has co-founded and worked in collectives for over a decade including D.A.N.C.E. art club alongside Vaimaila Urale, Tuafale Tanoa’i aka Linda T, and Chris Fitzgerald; London based In*ter*is*land Collective alongside Lyall Hakaraia, Jo Walsh and Jessica Palalagi and most recently Moana Fresh with Vaimaila Urale. An aspiring decolonial cancerian to her core she works to restore, rediscover and perpetuate ways of being and creating in relationship with one another across our Moana nui a Kiwa. Ahilapalapa’s art practice has a focus on her lived experience as part of the Hawaiian diaspora navigating colonial borders that block access to ancestral homelands. All of this living and making is informed by being tangata tiriti here in beautiful Aotearoa and continuing to engage with and understand what that means in practice.