To Fashion: Navakatoa Tekela-Pule
I was born in the front room of our family home in Grey Lynn.
My placenta is buried under the pōhutukawa tree.
I'm in absolute love with creating and the process that follows.
I'm filled with constant adoration of the world and its multitude of colours.
I use creativity as a vehicle to explore my identities, my muses & aesthetic pleasures.
I am currently exploring through poetry & painting.
For healing and encouragement.
I am wearing:
The things I choose to wear were created with both consideration and intent/urgency and clamour.
The idea constantly moved between spaces of old and tried experiences
to arrangements with my new youth and splendid calamity
arranged like flowers.
Pintuck Dinner Shirt
Screen Printed, Black Ink
Gold Lipped Mother Of Pearl (Nacre) Cufflinks
By Abigail Aroha Jensen
3 Piece Front Set
925 Sterling Silver
Black Lipped Mother Of Pearl (Nacre) Inlay
By Issac Rayneau
5 Piece Ring Stack Set
925 Sterling Silver, Garnet
By Gloria Florence
"Echos and Murmurs"
Outer Piece -
Red Twine, Gold Lipped Mother Of Pearl (Nacre)
Black Manihiki Pearls.
Inner Piece -
Fishing Line, Freshwater Pearls.
By Sofia Tekela-Smith
2 Piece Kingston Suit
Oil Sticks, Fabric Ink
- Poem On Reverse-
"& to have seen you in lava lava
the fire of polynesia
I will take you to my mothers country
where hibiscus flower's tip their pollen
into canoes drifting out
By John Pule
Head - Bergamont, Tuberose, Roses, Spiced Tobacco
Heart - Chypre, Leather, Wood homme
Base - Arabian Oud, Amber, Civet, Labdanum
By Navakatoa Tekela-Pule
All Listed Artworks Made In NZ, 2022.
narrative of the collective tapestry **text**para**
weaving // tying // thoughts // around // each other
Check out the full interview with Navakatoa Tekela-Pule on the NZ Fashion Museum website here
To fashion is an exhibition at The Britomart Pavilions in Te Ara Tahuhu staged by the New Zealand Fashion Museum, in which curator Doris de Pont asked 12 notable New Zealanders to be photographed in their own clothes to show how personal style helps communicate who they are.
Photographer Edith Amituanai took the shots, and talks here about the project with Britomart.org
Check out the life size portraits & exhibition on NOW:
When & where
Thurs 10 – Sun 27 March
Te Ara Tahuhu Walkway