Tell us about your craft?
I have spent the past decade dedicated to remembering and reinvigorating the practice of aute in Aotearoa. My practice is devoted to the life cycle of the aute (paper mulberry plant), from its growing and harvesting, to processing the inner bark and
creating a fine white cloth. I love working intimately with plants because the process is so transparent and you can’t fake it, if you know what I mean. If the plant has a scar you can’t cover it up. The bast, once stripped, is laid bare, it shows all its grain
and the history of how it grew over time.
It has taken a long time to find a process for making aute that I believe our tupuna would have followed and it has come through a lot of research through books, stories, spending time with knowledge holders but also through the physicality of the practice.
Every harvest I reflect on the harvest before and become quite surprised but how much we have learned and slightly adapted the process. I align my practices with the maramataka, Māori Lunar Calendar and using earth pigments, I inscribes my aute
pieces with design systems that come from rectilinear whatu raranga and tukutuku patterns.