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Sensing the past to create award-winning art

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whanau art MAINArtist Lisa-Jane Myers says she “channelled” her Maori ancestors to inspire the cloak that won her an award at the Ms Aotearoa event in Porirua on Saturday night.
Titled Korekē, the outfit was worn by Cecelia Greenaway and won best traditionally inspired outfit in the contest held at Pataka Museum and Gallery.
Miss Myers, Ngati Tana, says another of her cloaks, Koro Pat, bears the words Ngati Tana, the iwi of her father (Pat Myers), with the name of his river and mountain trailing along the fabric.
“I was inspired by my two grandmothers, they had both worn cloaks,” says Miss Myers, a full-time artist and medium.
Using her psychic abilities to channel her ancestors’ tales of hardship and history, Paremata resident Miss Myers, (42), says she was able to put their stories in the form of her art work.
She says she could feel their experiences of losing their land, wars with other tribes and integration with Pakeha culture.
Some pieces of artwork, like Whakapupuri, Tangata Whenua, Turanga and Atua, have small red crosses sewn into them representing the bloodshed and loss.
Miss Myers graduated from Whitireia Polytechnic last year with a Certificate in Mastercraft [link] http://www.whitireia.ac.nz/courses/Pages/CertificateinMastercraft(Ng%C4%81TapuwaeoHine-te-iwaiwa).aspx
and hosted her first exhibition at the Art Frames gallery in Kenepuru Drive, Porirua, last month.
The exhibition – a collection of personal family history and Maori culture created from silk, feathers, dye and other materials – took 18 months to complete.
Wellington’s Angela Cudd won Miss Aotearoa NZ [link http://missaotearoanz.co.nz/miss-aotearoa-nz-2010results/]

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whanau art MAINARTIST Lisa-Jane Myers (above)  says she “channelled” her Maori ancestors to inspire the cloak that won her an award at the Ms Aotearoa event on Saturday night.

Titled Korekē, the outfit was worn by Cecelia Greenaway and won best traditionally inspired outfit in the contest held in Auckland.

Ms Myers says another of her cloaks, Koro Pat, bears the words Ngati Tama, the iwi of her father (Pat Myers), with the name of his river and mountain trailing along the fabric.

“I was inspired by my two grandmothers, they had both worn cloaks,” says Ms Myers, a full-time artist and medium.

Using her psychic abilities to channel her ancestors’ tales of hardship and history, Paremata resident Miss Myers, 42, says she was able to put their stories in the form of her art work.

She says she could feel their experiences of losing their land, wars with other tribes and integration with Pakeha culture.

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AWARD-WINNING CLOAK: Lisa-Jane Myers tells ancestors' stories in art.

Some pieces of artwork, like Whakapupuri, Tangata Whenua, Turanga and Atua, have small red crosses sewn into them representing the bloodshed and loss.

Ms Myers graduated from Whitireia Community Polytechnic last year with a Certificate in Mastercraft and hosted her first exhibition at the Art Frames gallery in Porirua, last month.

The exhibition – a collection of personal family history and Maori culture created from silk, feathers, dye and other materials – took 18 months to complete.

Wellington’s Angela Cudd won Miss Aotearoa NZ

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