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Cook Islands Art

The Art of Tattoo
We have experienced Polynesian tattooists who specialise in traditional designs or alternatively, clients can draw their own designs. T’s Tattoo’s operates from his home on the back road in Aroa, Rarotonga by appointment only and can be contacted by phone on 23576. Polynesian Tattoo’s run by brothers Boye & Clive Nicholas operate out of their shop located at the Punanga Nui marketplace from Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm. Clients are required to make an appointment and can contact them on 53205.

The Art of Tivaevae
TivaevaeCollectables.com ~ designer traditional pacific fabric art for your home. Both Kathrine Reid and her mother Anne Reid are passionate about Tivaevae. As a small child Kathrine would watch her Grandmother Rose cut out and sew together intricate Tivaevae Patterns in the traditional manner, and knew this was part of her own special heritage. While she sewed Grandma Rose would tell her stories of the olden days and about growing up on Rarotonga. Her favourite story told how a woman traced the shadow of the tree's leaves onto a piece of cloth, then cut out the design and appliquéd it to another cloth. This method of cutting an overall design from a single piece of fabric is unique to Polynesia, and so Tivaevae was born. Today Cook Island women hold tivaevae exhibitions and contests. These occasions allow the women to establish their reputations as artists and many fine pieces are produced. What started as a hobby for Anne and Kathrine soon grew into a business as more and more people (locals and visitors alike) wanted to have easy care Tivaevae for their own home décor.

The Art studio
Located on the main road in Arorangi… Fine art, hand painted & printed textiles, clothing. Fabric painting classes are also available – Spend a day with artist Kay George in her gallery and learn the art of fabric painting. All materials will be provided with each participant taking home with them a piece of artwork that they have painted during the session. Kay George has been painting textiles for 30 years and has exhibited extensively throughout the Pacific. Her works are in many private and public collections.

Judith Kunzle (local artist)
Works on paper and canvas of Cook Islands dancers.  Her paintings capture the graceful form of Cook Islands dancers in motion and their enjoyment of their culture.

The Cook Islands Library & Museum
Located in Takamoa, Avarua opposite the University of the South Pacific has a small collection of pacific artefacts in their well maintained museum. Cultural Development Center – Takamoa, Avarua - 3 volcanic stone sculptures can be found in the grounds, with 13 large carved boards on the outside of the auditorium depicting various legends/tales.

Carvings
Many local carvers still practice their wood carvings with traditional Polynesians motifs in the making of drums, decorative weapons like spears and other tools, historical idols like the Tangaroa god of the sea & fertility. These may be found at the Punanga Nui marketplace every Saturday morning. In the foyer of the University of the South Pacific you can view various paintings & wooden and stone carvings by a variety of local artists.

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