Jeanine Clarkin is a fashion designer from Aotearoa, whose art practice is based around the relationship between the blanket and Māori society during colonisation and in the contemporary sense. Jeanine provokes thoughts and ideas about culture through her textile narratives, activism, community work and curation.
DROP IN WORKSHOP Recycle, Reuse, Reconstruct, April 2019 Raven Row, London Drop-in sessions working with recycling, restyling and reconstructing blankets. During the sessions we reflect on culture, colonial currency, sustainability and symbolism
EXHIBITION Mana Moana | Mana Wahine, May 2019 Raven Row, London
‘Haere haere haere haere haere mai. Haere mai.’ Mixed media, Dimensions variable, 2019
This installation explores the changing states of sacred and mundane. Here the doll is representative of a kaikaranga, the wahine that takes the mantle of performing karanga. Karanga is the call that will open the sacred realms, inviting visitors onto a marae. Placed next to a washing line, Jeanine references ideas of the mundane and the domestic in addition to the sacred work of kaikaranga. The doll’s kakahu, hanging from the line are made out recycled blankets. The symbolism in the blankets lies in the colonisation of Aotearoa, New Zealand by the British Crown. These blankets were used for trade and a link is made here to other things that have been traded here including western ideas of the role of women which sit in stark contrast to Mana Wahine o te Ao Māori.
For more information on Jeanine Clarkin please visit: https://jeanineclarkin.wordpress.com/about-the-designer/