Kōtare; Sacred Kingfisher - Ruru Artisans
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      Cotton Tea Towel Packaged - Ruru Artisans
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        Calligraphic 2 colour prints - Ruru Artisans
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          Pārera; Grey Duck detail - Ruru Artisans
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          Autumn feels in the beautiful Far North of New Zealand. The nights are getting longer and cooler.

          Take the time to browse the shop. We have a bunch of new stuff and we are busy creating more beautiful things for you have in your home.

          A recently finished series includes the Kingfisher Kōtare, which you can find more about here.

          Festival of Original Prints

          We are going to be at Printopia on 3-5 May, 2024 at the Corban Estate Arts Centre, Mount Lebanon Drive, Henderson, Auckland.

          It will be great if we can see you there.

          Hand Crafted Tea Towel – Collect Moments Black

          All our tea towels are lovingly prepared each a unique design created by Ruru Artisans peps. The hand printed designs are on unbleached Indian Cotton. The design shown here reflects a theme of Heart and Home and is a perfect complement to your kitchen and living spaces. Choose from our range of nature inspired designs with motifs from our local environment.

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          Pīpipi Brown Creeper mixed media

          The Pīpipi or Brown Creeper is an endemic bird from the South Island and Stewart Island. They move about the forest canopy, singing noisily and joyfully, and not staying long in any one place. The Pīpipi has a delightful colouring of soft blue-greys, reddish-browns, and buff from the throat down.

          More can be read here.

          The prints in this series are letterpress printed onto high quality archival papers and hand coloured with Windsor and Newton drawing inks to make three colours in total. 

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          Lighting the Way Encounter 2: To dance - whakawaiwai

          Especially amongst the northern iwi or tribes, the ferocity of Māori in battle was met head-to-head by all. At one time, the Far North was the most densely populated region in New Zealand and during the establishment of Māori settlements and defensive sites, the weapons used also evolved. The weapons, which share their origins from across Pacific Island cultures, developed to suit the conditions in this new land, made from wood, bone, stone, and pounamu or jade.

          In addition to the weapons used in battle, ceremonial objects were decorated with carved and engraved symbols or figures to represent battles won, with bird feathers and paua (abalone) shells for for eyes, to reflect the sun, or to provide a sharpened edge for cutting. Each warrior trained to wield their weapon and became masters of agility.

          Read about northern warfare techniques here from the Ruapekapeka whanau.

          By no means were the Māori an inferior force and in many conflicts against European aggressors, they prevailed. For example, Gate Pa.

          The design was created by Karol Wilczynska and Alan T Litchfield with technical support from Struan Hamilton

          Screen and intaglio print on 300gsm 500mm X 500mm quality FABRIANO DISEGNO 5 300G Hot Press paper – 2 colour ink fade resistant permaset aqua water based inks and gold foil. Printed on large format adjustable Vacuum Silk Screen floor standing table and standing large format Intaglio floor press

          Background, read here…

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