Jacqui Brown

Image: Ahilapalapa

Image: Ahilapalapa

Artist and community worker, Jaq Brown is Ngāti Manuhiri, Fijian, Sāmoan, Hawaiian and Pākehā. Born in Aotearoa and based in London Jaq Brown draws from her Pacific Island heritage and culture in her work with making lei and hosting workshops to facilitate cultural exchange. For the last year Jaq has been the lei maker in residence at MOKU, the In*ter*is*land headquarters at Raven Row. 

For ribbon lei enquiries please contact: interislandcollective@gmail.com

Image: Ariana Davis

Image: Ariana Davis

RESIDENCY Lei Making, 2018 Raven Row, London

A key part of building our island away from home has been caring for our space. This has included the naming, the tikanga we hold, and the activities we do inside of it. At the very beginning, over a series of evenings, MOKU was warmed up through the sharing of food and making sessions, under the tutelage of lei maker Jacqui Brown. Hawaiian ribbon lei use materials that are readily available in London, rather than fresh lei which rely on a natural abundance of materials harder to find in such an urbanised space. Our lei collection continues to grow and shrink as we make and share ribbon lei with our Pacific community and treasured guests.

Lei Aloha , Ribbon, 90cm x 195cm, 2019 Image: ©2018 Crystal Te Moananui Squares

Lei Aloha, Ribbon, 90cm x 195cm, 2019 Image: ©2018 Crystal Te Moananui Squares

EXHIBITION Mana Moana | Mana Wahine, May 2019 Raven Row, London

Lei Aloha, Ribbon, 90cm x 195cm, 2019

E iti noa ana, nā te aroha

Although it is small it is given with love

Over 40 meters of ribbon ripple and weave out of this hanging work based on the Hawaiian practice of ribbon style lei. A meditation on love, exchange and distance is reflected on the method and materials used here. As a Pacific Islander living in London for the last 18 years the connection to culture, while so far away, looks like many things. Ribbon lei use materials that are readily available in London, rather than fresh lei which rely on a natural abundance of materials harder to find in such an urbanised space. This piece is a reflection of the many meters of lei and aloha Jaq has created, taught and gifted while an artist in residence at MOKU.