Tiki Rerea!

Tena koutou katoa!

Since I last posted here I have been busy doing my thang. I’ve now gone to two Craft Markets in Gisborne and enjoyed both of them. I’m looking forward to August’s market.  Over the last year or so, I’ve started making hair clips again. I used to make clips over a decade ago, just because I felt like it. Well, now I feel like it again.  It’s mainly because I can’t find the sort of things I like to wear, so in a true DIY spirit, I make my own. I’ve developed a new found appreciation for tiki and have paired them with various other items that I would like to wear in my hair.

I made the skull flower the Deathpunkfest ghoul is wearing in a poster from last year by cutting up a bracelet and a lei and adding the elements together.  I often make things that influence what I draw, or I draw something and then I make it.  Either way, it’s all conducive to the creative process.  I thought I would put that in there for people who get confused about what I do. I do everything! Preparing end of year financials, planning, making the art, photography, marketing. Everything! Haha, all that and I’m a mother too.

These flying tiki, or tiki rerea came about by combining glittery butterflies, plastic tiki and hair clips. I like to take things from popular culture and put my own take on it.  It’s a very Māori take, but with a good dose of fuck you attitude too. Orite ki a Maui, hahahahaha!   I’m never sure if other people would like to wear them, but I’m pretty stoked when they do.

These are all the tiki, past and present, that I have made to date. None of them are the same as any other, they are all individual little snowflakes.  They are unique, and are made for ladies who like to feel unique too.
Hey – how do you catch a unique lady? UNIQUE UP ON HER! 😀

The all black bow tiki is affectionately dubbed the Bela Lugosi tiki bow.  While I was making it, I kept humming ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead‘ by Bauhaus.  You really can’t kill a vampire. They hang around forever.
Oh, and I included some clips I made from some specialty beaded fringing I’ve had for about as long too.

I have many other things on the go, namely three large vector projects. I’ll post them up when I am satisfied that they are finished.

Until then, if you would like to purchase a tiki, or see what else I have for sale, check my Facebook page.  Or leave a message below.  Be quick! People are baggsing them already. They are all NZ$20 plus shipping.

Mauri Ora ki a koutou! <3

Skull Flower

“Why don’t you paint some nice flowers” I thought to myself one day, “that’s something nice” So I set about painting a nice flower.  Oh! let’s make it blaack! I added.  And a nice skull in it. Yeah, I like them types of flowers!

I pondered this greatly as I worked on this small canvas. It is a blue black flower (he pua) with a skull (he tohu o te tangata) in the centre, blossoming upon a vivid blood red background.  As I daubed away at the skull in the centre I asked myself “Geez – why do I like skulls so much?”

Is it all the doom and gloom? A symbol of death?  A morbid fascination with the darker side of life?

 

 

 

Yeah fuck yeah!

 

Ha ha – you thought I was going to say no, didn’t you?

Well, over the last six years I’ve lost a few friends and family, for various reasons.  I am not afraid to die, but I am afraid of what will happen to my son if I should shuffle off this mortal coil before he becomes an adult.

And ever since this started happening, I started drawing skulls.  Lots of them.  Skulls are the ultimate symbol of humanity.  A skull could represent anyone.  It could be me, it could be my son. It could be one of my whānau who have passed on.  It could be you! :O! Nothing represents my essential love for humanity like a good skull.

You can check out photos of the painting in the making on my tumblr or facebook page.  (And while you’re down there, chuck us a like or a follow please? Ta!)

This painting is 8 inches by 8 inches, painted using Golden acrylics and a nice medium as a finishing varnish.  This painting is also for sale! as it is small enough to ship.  I have paypal and can also accept bank transfers.  If you are interested in purchasing this painting, contact me at mel@aotearoa666.com.

This is my first post in Spring! Spring has sprung (at least here in Kaiti, Gisborne) and a merry sneezing season to you all.  I have included some photos of the plum tree blossoms, just in case some of you wanted an actual really nice flower.  Hehe.