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Fiona Collis


Fiona is an indigenous Maori artist from Tolaga Bay whose expertise is in Māori traditional textiles: raranga, whatu, and whiri.
Fiona’s recent works are inspired by traditional Māori muka garments and muka work specifically the kakahu, held in our whare taonga. Her interests are in the precision of the intricate work of our tipuna and the detailed techniques they used to make such fine and exquisite garments.

Although her background is in the traditional fibre arts her contributions will sometimes push the boundaries of her craft, but never breaching the boundaries of tikanga.


These manutukutuku are inspired by the waxing and waning, and turning of the moon. In Maori society knowing these patterns in the moon’s cycles, the maramataka, inform how we do activities in the natural world.