Week 4 – Blog Task

Moko Mead’s  “Ngā Pūtanga o te tikanga”

A term that I found that correlated quite well to art/design was the word “ponu” which is conceptualised as ‘true’ or ‘genuine.’ This word is important in the context to a traditional sense, when doing something of ritual and historic, it must remain truthful i.e. “ponu” and genuine to the original sense; the respect must remain. In a sense “ponu” relates to design in the aspect that we should pay respect to are foundations in life and interpret them in our work. For example being from New Zealand and our ‘all green’ could and should be interpreted into our works.

Taonga works and intellectual Property

I have been taught in Communication in Creative Cultures that without context we can lack the ability to respect or understand something. This is the same with misuse of taonga works, one cannot use or create in this case in the work of culture of something they do not understand, resulting to the disrespect of work. The lack of context creates misunderstanding and therefore misuse, the absence of “ponu.” “The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free.”

Work Cited:

Spinoza, B. (n.d.). Quote. http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/understanding.html.

Mead, Hirini Moko. “Chapter 2: Ngā Pūtake o te Tikanga – Underlying Principles And Values”. Tikanga Māori: Living By Māori Values. Aotearoa: Huia Publishers, 2003. 25-34. Print.

Week 3 – Blog Task

Te Puawaitanga – the flowering

Hei tiki (pendant in human form)

A tiki is apart of Maori mythology refering to the first man created by Tumatauenga or Tane who were Gods. Tiki found the first female. Therefore tiki is a very respected and historic piece of Maori culture (T.R. Hiroa, 1949). The Hei tiki piece seen above was owned by a man named Tamihana Te Rauparaha, son of Ngati Toa leader Rauparaha. Tamihana converted to Christianity in his life and is known to many for his actions, bringing peace in two separate situations. In 1845 there was a dispute between the settlers and Maori in Hutt Valley over who owned the land. Tamihana was sent by his father to peacefully send away the Maori people and was successful. Furthermore in 1946 Te Rauparaha was arrested. Tamihana dissuaded the Ngati Raukawa people from joining with Te Rangihaeata to take revenge. This historic piece of Maori art and culture, creates a memory for its people in order to respect the peace Tamihana created. The Hei tiki now has been mass produced and disrepected. This example shows you why more respect needs to be surrounded around Hei tiki.(Te papa, 2008).

 

Works Cited:

T.R. Hiroa (Sir Peter Buck), The Coming of the Maori. Second Edition. First published 1949. (Wellington: Whitcombe and Tombs) 1974.

Te papa. (2008). Object: Hei tiki (pendant in human form). Retrieved from Collections Te papa: http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/object/855412

Week 2 – Blog Task

Ancient Origins – Image example and Significance

fish.jpg

The piece above establishes a prominent balance of functionality and art which remains a meaning understand, helping to create an understanding of the culture of the Maori that migrated from Polynesia. The fish are believed to represent the huge Blue fin Tuna; this artwork presents a certain respect for the animals that the Maori first saw when on the way or in New Zealand. I believe it corresponds with the word ‘Whenua’ which comes around the idea that we are nourished from the earth, and this must be respected. So although they may have tried hunting these fish in the long run, they still are able to respect the sacrifice they made in order to feed them. Athol Anderson speaks of how new islands were perceived as fish, it is possible that these fish were representative of New Zealand being each island. Te Ika-a-Maui being the North Island (the head) and Murihiki (the tail) being the South Island. (Anderson).

Works Cited

Anderson, Athol. “Chapter One – Ancient Origins.” Harris, Athol Anderson Judith Binney Aroha. Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History. Auckland: Bridget Williams Books, 2014. 30-31.

Assignment 3 – Love your Natives

Love your Natives

Final

Living in New Zealand only part of my life and being surrounded by foreign people I have come to appreciate beauty and wonder that comes from our native birds. In particular the Tui, I have always loved to see a one fly by or being singing in a tree nearby. To imagine one day I was no longer able to see a Tui flying or hear one singing is horrible. To see how many species of New Zealand birds are considered endangered is almost unbelievable and I decided if I was to act on something it will be this. I believe these small creatures are something I associate so strongly with New Zealand and to see them go would be seeing part of New Zealand die.

My main artist I was inspiring from was Andreas Lie, although his work differs quite considerably from mine, I found his harmony between nature and the digital style was very well executed. This is what I wanted to portray in my work, I tried to depict a poster which had harmony with the bird, which in order created a neutral style. In my research I also found the organisation “Make NZ predator free” which aim was to extinguish the predators that were introduced into New Zealand by humans. This would likely result in the increase in numbers of the endangered species of birds. I based my ideas around this organisation.

My final poster, contains a Chatham Island Tui, which is endangered, I decided to use this in my final due to its fame, familiarity and personal connection I have with the Tui. I want the viewer to be able to relate to the poster so it affects them personally and hopefully gets them to act. I wanted to create a grunge style to my poster to create a natural look, which I believe creates a more passive feeling. I used the green to imply the green country New Zealand is associated with, and continuing the passive theme. When researching I found online a list of all the species of birds in New Zealand that are endangered. I found how long the list was quite startling and thought this would be a good idea to interpret into my work to help the viewer gain the same reaction.

Mirzoeff’s ideas on ‘visual activism’ and ‘visual thinking’ I believe were to be able to contextualise the world around you and determine opinions of them wrong or right. To then take those you believe wrong and try put your foot down and through our forte as designers act upon these problems through visual texts. Ideally what I wanted to achieve from this project is for people of New Zealand to understand how much we will miss our Native birds if they became extinct, and that in order for this to change we need act more effectively now.

Assignment 3 – Concepts

I have created three concepts so far, each fairly different however share a similar theme. I am thinking of leaning towards the Tui as I found more attractive in my design work and also the bias love I have for the birds. I think I will maintain the subtle water colours also.Poster Concept 3Poster Concept 2Poster Concept 1

Assignment 3 – Concepts

I have found it some what difficult to find a good artist model that relates well to my work. Andreas Lie has strong harmony however his work is not directly the way I want to go with my work. I have attained a few ideas from pinterest, but nothing from specific artist and usually just very small segments.

Assignment 3 – Final (Draft)

My Final Project

Living in New Zealand only part of my life I and being surrounded by foreign people I have come to appreciate beauty and wonder that comes from our native birds. In particular the Tui, I have always loved to see a one fly by or being singing in a tree nearby. To imagine one day I was no longer able to see a Tui flying or hear one singing is horrible. To see how many species of New Zealand birds are considered endangered is almost unbelievable. This is why I chose this topic, because I believe these small creatures are something I associate so strongly with New Zealand.

My main artist I was inspiring from was Andreas Lie, although his work differs quite considerably from mine, I found his harmony between nature and the digital style was very well executed. This is what I wanted to portray in my work, I tried to depict a poster which had harmony with the bird, which in order created a neutral style. In my research I also found the organisation “Make NZ predator free” which aim was to extinguish the predators that were introduced into New Zealand by humans. This would likely result in the increase in numbers of the endangered species of birds. I based my ideas around this organisation.

My final poster, contains a Chatham Island Tui, which is endangered, I decided to use this in my final due to its fame, familiarity and personal connection I have with the Tui. I want the viewer to be able to relate to the poster so it affects them personally and hopefully gets them to act. I wanted to create a grunge style to my poster to create a natural look, which I believe creates a more passive feeling. I used the green to imply the green country New Zealand is associated with, and continuing the passive theme. I found online a list of all the species of birds in New Zealand that are endangered. I found how long the list was quite startling and thought this would be a good idea to interpret into my work.

Mirzoeff’s ideas on ‘visual activism’ and ‘visual thinking’ I believe were to be able to contextualise the world around you and determine opinions of them wrong or right. To then take those you believe wrong and try put your foot down and through our forte as designers act upon these problems through visual texts.