To celebrate Matariki 2020, Stitch-o-Mat New Brighton, Christchurch’s community sewing project, is honoured to host renowned textile artist Maungarongo (Ron) Te Kawa as Artist in Residence during July.
Ron Te Kawa (Ngāti Porou) is an artist, storyteller, quilter and fashion designer.
During his time at Stitch-o-Mat, Ron will work on a Community Matariki Quilt. Anyone is welcome to watch and/or participate in this project.
He will also deliver workshops to groups of people. These have limited numbers, bookings are essential.
The workshops will focus on the development of practical sewing skills and bringing people together. Māori culture will be expressed through the decolonisation of sewing.
For more information and bookings, please email: email@example.com
In 2019, Ron delivered Whakapapa Quilt workshops at Stitch-o-Mat. This was a great success and received extremely positive feedback. By hosting him as Artist in Residence, more people will be able to access his art and workshops as many members of the community missed out in 2019. This way, more members of our community will be able to attend his workshops and interact with him while he works on the Community Quilt.
The Matariki Community Sewing Project has all been made possible with support from Te Puni Kōkiri and Christchurch's Creative Communities Scheme.