Session Two: Artists in Focus

Ron Te Kawa

Breaking the rules of traditional quilt construction, fabric artist
Ron Te Kawa (Ngāti Porou) offers a delightful introduction to his unique quilting style, which explores mātauranga Māori, his whakapapa and atua wāhine (goddesses) through bold colour and a tactile application of materials. As he puts it, his work is all about “the art of keeping it light: using humour and whakapapa to bring mauri to my quilts.”

Evan Woodruffe  

Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland-based abstract painter Evan Woodruffe brings the
extraordinary into the ordinary, building joyful and complex relationships between colour and pattern. Working in collaboration with designers, manufacturers, and performers, Woodruffe’s paintings often jump from the gallery wall into the world, transformed into wearable artworks, fabric and costume.  

Emerita Baik

Emerging Pōneke Wellington-based artist Emerita Baik uses fabric to articulate her experience of living between Korea and New Zealand, and the intangible experience of living with a language barrier. Working with textiles drawn from the everyday—such as bedsheets, shower curtains, and blankets—she explores Korean nubi methods alongside Western quilting techniques.


Copyright Dowse Art Museum - Art and Textiles Symposium 2022