• Matthew McIntyre Wilson

Matthew McIntyre Wilson (Taranaki, Ngā Māhanga and Titahi) is interested in the cultural heritage of harakeke and has been learning the craft of net making. In the early twentieth century, Te Rangi Hīroa documented the knots, construction methods and application for different nets, offering important insights to historical Māori fishing practices. McIntyre Wilson’s installation for Threads 2022 includes fishing nets made from techniques described by Hīroa that would traditionally have been used for particular types of fish, seasons and situations.

"Research into collections and archives provides me with the opportunity to examine the technical making of taonga Māori. Of particular interest is the creation and variation of complex woven patterns. Examining objects often leads me to discovering techniques and patterns used by makers who I will never meet." – Matthew McIntyre-Wilson

The artist will share an artist talk on Saturday 19/03, at 12:00pm at Bowen Galleries. Covid-19 safety measures will be observed.

This exhibition is presented in conjunction with Threads: Textiles Festival. With more than 15 free exhibitions and a roster of workshops, talks and tours at venues spanning Lower Hutt, Petone, Thorndon and the central city, Threads sheds new night on contemporary textile practices in Aotearoa and beyond. The festival will take place across Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington from 16-20 March 2022, read more here.

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