Installation - Louise Davis - Mihi

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Just as the Maori cloak and colonial quilt gave warmth, comfort and protection, this cloak is a contemporary intersection of colonial techniques and indigenous fibres from the finest of vintage threads, to the mighty Harakeke. Let it protect this great cultural and spiritual land we call home and the people who live here.

Named after the artist’s late auntie Mihi Edwards who wrote books and poems about being a maori women growing up in rural New Zealand in the 1930s, including these words that inspire Davis in her love of fabric and fibres.