Tēna Koutou Katoa, nau mai, haere mai and welcome.
We are Lissy and Rudi. Our kaupapa (mission/purpose) is to Ignite Joy Globally.
We are artists, dreamers, makers and weavers of our stories, experiences, and consciousness. We were brought together 8 years ago not realising at the time that our creativity would heal ourselves, each other and our communities through the creative expression passed down to us by our beautiful Tūpuna (ancestors).
In having the safety and freedom to discover that creativity within this whole and beautiful relationship, we feel crochet found us and through the magic of the crochet hook, we’ve infused and connected all our whakapapa (geneaology) wairua (spirit) and experiences as Māori and Pakeha into our mahi toi (art works).
We have found ourselves crocheting a world which holds the space of the totality of our Taonga (treasures) and our stories, mine and Rudi’s but also our collective stories and consciousness. As indigenous people we are in the stream of our wairua being carried by our Tūpuna in a way that is connecting us to our selves and to our world around us.
We invite you on our journey of creating Wharenui Harikoa (House of Joy) in which we welcome you to enter, to share breath, life, colour, vibrancy, hope, joy but mostly aroha (love).
“Te aho mutunga kore - the eternal thread. This thread of aroha is what binds and connects us all”
Image supplied by Freddy Worrell
PROJECT: WHARENUI HARIKOA
September 19, 2021
The intentional use of neon wool in Lissy and Rudi's sculptures aims to shock and delight audiences, igniting in them a sense of joy and curiosity. We see this project as a way to take mātauranga Māori to the world and it’s for this reason we are collaborating with four International fibre artists in the creation of tukutuku panels for the wharenui.
Our international artists are:
Los Angeles based crochet artist - London Kaye
New York based crochet artist and muralist - Carmen Paulino
Texan based knitwear designer - Francoise Aroha Danoy
Icelandic crochet artist - Tinna Thorvaldar