Get Leilani, Suzan and the Collection to France

By Leilani Rickard

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Get Leilani, Suzan And The Collection To France

Project 2015-09-11 13:18:08 +1200

Leilani Rickard's fashion at Te Puia

Help get Leilani to Paris

Leilani has been invited to show her indigenous fashion collection based on 'harakeke' (flax) in Paris on 29 Oct 2015 in an iconic fashion event, staged on a glass barge going down the River Seine.

This event is managed by J Model Management who have specialised in producing history-making catwalks at the world’s most iconic venues.

"On 29 October 2015, we will host a 100-metre floating catwalk on the famous Seine river in Paris. J Autumn Fashion Show 2015 is part of Jessica Minh Anh's series of mind-blowing phenomena at architectural, technological, and natural wonders using the most extraordinary catwalk concepts. Our previous international successes were held on the Eiffel Tower, London’s Tower Bridge, One World Trade Center, Grand Canyon Skywalk, Hudson River, and most recently the award-winning solar plant Gemasolar in Spain."

Your help is needed to get Leilani there...

While she has pooled enough resources for the collection to be shown, Leilani needs further help with getting herself there. This event will showcase not only Leilani but put modern Maori design in front of a global audience.

Leilani has had a long term relationship with fibre, and began as a traditional weaver. She still makes piupiu (as recently as this afternoon, while this page was being loaded). An example of her work is posted here for your viewing pleasure.

Who is Suzan? 

Leilani has been invited on two previous occasions, but a lack of resourcing has prevented her from starting. After much cajoling and oodles of support from Suzan Kostanich, this time she is determined to make it happen.  Says Suzan "After seeing Leilani's amazing collection at NZ Fashion Week, it was a real shame to see it packed away into a cupboard, never to be seen again. I wanted to see the work reach its potential, so I've come on board to help Leilani get her work to Paris." Suzan has been busily cutting patterns, making clothes to fit size 8 models and taking the heat off Leilani.

What makes this work special?

Leilani's collection is based on microscopic images of harekeke, the very essence of all Maori textiles prior to British colonisation. In a collaboration that had it's beginnings with Rotorua's Forest Research Institute Scion, Leilani has produced a range of fabrics for a collection that reflects both the traditional and the modern, taking harekeke forward and into a contemporary realm.

"My grand-daughter Anastasia was doing two research science internships at Scion, and she mentioned to a German Research scientist that I was a weaver. We connected, and I spent some time taking her around Pa Harakeke (special flax orchards) and we visited marae. When she left to return to Germany, she gave me a CD with all the microscopic images on them. I knew I had to do something more than just print a t-shirt from the images. It took me quite a while to decide what I was going to do. It was three years before this project was born."

 Woven paki - as offered as a singular offer pledge

Pledges

Leading up to the trip, work will be at a fever pitch in the studio, with the focus on getting the collection to Paris. Any pledges for tights, stockings, or umbrella's will be filled upon Leilani's return from Paris in early November. The plan is for the e-Cards to be sent from Paris... 

Paki

If you pledge towards the woven paki (pictured above), Leilani will endeavour to get this to you prior to leaving. If you are happy for this work to be delivered upon her return, this will be very much appreciated, as time is very short. Nga mihi nui ki a koutou, mo to tautoko...

James Rickard - carving pledge

Whakairo

Tohunga Whakairo (Master Carver) James Rickard was one of seven students selected in 1967 to study the traditional Māori art form of carving at the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute in Rotorua. Now Tumu Whakairo (Head of School) for Te Wānanga Whakairo Rākau o Aotearoa (the National Wood Carving School), he takes great pride in the influence the institute has had on the retention of the art of whakairo (carving) in New Zealand. For James, carving is literature, with every carving telling a kōrero (story) that is unique to the iwi (tribe) and area 

Tokipoutangata in the hand represents the start of all whakairo (carving) which is karakia (prayer) and is the Maori way giving thanks to the environment which nurtures ones culture. This stunning work is now available as a pledge, to support this trip.

Hosiery

Iwi Creations Limited (New Zealand Made) Designer Hosiery tribal patterns & designs are renowned the world over for their originality, complexity and strong lines. Weaver and indigenous fashion designer Leilani Rickard has taken these patterns and utilized them in the fashion designs you see here - displayed are four different styles depicting traditional tattoos and markings. It is their desire to take these patterns to the world, the catwalk and indeed people everywhere. It may one day be said: Maori ancestry literally walks with everyone wearing Iwi Creations Hosiery.

 

Thank you for looking

Leilani's contemporary projects are a great compliment to her weaving talents, but without the funds to support the development of these good ideas into strong business ideas, they will likely end up in the cupboard. Your help is much appreciated.

Mauriora

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Pledgers 14

Elsie Truter
2015-10-14 19:06:56 +1300

"Fantastic opportunity to showcase amazing local talent. I am sure you will wow the crowds!"

Luana Ngatai
2015-10-14 06:56:53 +1300
Dan Te Kanawa
2015-10-10 21:29:32 +1300

"Wonderful initiative Leilani. Great to see whanau enterprise in action. Kia kaha."

Anonymous pledger
2015-10-09 16:13:02 +1300
Anonymous pledger
2015-10-07 14:59:25 +1300

"Great to see people chase their dreams and take opportunity! Arohanui, Stella xx"

kevin bishop
2015-10-05 23:25:34 +1300
Anonymous pledger
2015-10-04 17:19:54 +1300

"Beautiful and hard work that deserves to be shared!"

Marleina Te Kanawa
2015-10-03 13:43:04 +1300

"Way to go Lei"

Missy Te Kanawa
2015-10-03 10:53:15 +1300

"Awesome Aunty Lei! Good Luck"

Evan
2015-09-22 22:35:06 +1200

"Good luck!"

Anonymous pledger
2015-09-22 08:56:16 +1200
Lydia Rickard
2015-09-15 22:25:15 +1200

"Good luck with the show Lei and Susan. What an amazing opportunity for you both."

Laura Carter
2015-09-15 18:39:17 +1200

"Good luck mumma"

Alex
2015-09-15 18:37:56 +1200

"Watch out Paris. xxx"

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Project 2015-09-11 13:18:08 +1200

Leilani Rickard's fashion at Te Puia

Help get Leilani to Paris

Leilani has been invited to show her indigenous fashion collection based on 'harakeke' (flax) in Paris on 29 Oct 2015 in an iconic fashion event, staged on a glass barge going down the River Seine.

This event is managed by J Model Management who have specialised in producing history-making catwalks at the world’s most iconic venues.

"On 29 October 2015, we will host a 100-metre floating catwalk on the famous Seine river in Paris. J Autumn Fashion Show 2015 is part of Jessica Minh Anh's series of mind-blowing phenomena at architectural, technological, and natural wonders using the most extraordinary catwalk concepts. Our previous international successes were held on the Eiffel Tower, London’s Tower Bridge, One World Trade Center, Grand Canyon Skywalk, Hudson River, and most recently the award-winning solar plant Gemasolar in Spain."

Your help is needed to get Leilani there...

While she has pooled enough resources for the collection to be shown, Leilani needs further help with getting herself there. This event will showcase not only Leilani but put modern Maori design in front of a global audience.

Leilani has had a long term relationship with fibre, and began as a traditional weaver. She still makes piupiu (as recently as this afternoon, while this page was being loaded). An example of her work is posted here for your viewing pleasure.

Who is Suzan? 

Leilani has been invited on two previous occasions, but a lack of resourcing has prevented her from starting. After much cajoling and oodles of support from Suzan Kostanich, this time she is determined to make it happen.  Says Suzan "After seeing Leilani's amazing collection at NZ Fashion Week, it was a real shame to see it packed away into a cupboard, never to be seen again. I wanted to see the work reach its potential, so I've come on board to help Leilani get her work to Paris." Suzan has been busily cutting patterns, making clothes to fit size 8 models and taking the heat off Leilani.

What makes this work special?

Leilani's collection is based on microscopic images of harekeke, the very essence of all Maori textiles prior to British colonisation. In a collaboration that had it's beginnings with Rotorua's Forest Research Institute Scion, Leilani has produced a range of fabrics for a collection that reflects both the traditional and the modern, taking harekeke forward and into a contemporary realm.

"My grand-daughter Anastasia was doing two research science internships at Scion, and she mentioned to a German Research scientist that I was a weaver. We connected, and I spent some time taking her around Pa Harakeke (special flax orchards) and we visited marae. When she left to return to Germany, she gave me a CD with all the microscopic images on them. I knew I had to do something more than just print a t-shirt from the images. It took me quite a while to decide what I was going to do. It was three years before this project was born."

 Woven paki - as offered as a singular offer pledge

Pledges

Leading up to the trip, work will be at a fever pitch in the studio, with the focus on getting the collection to Paris. Any pledges for tights, stockings, or umbrella's will be filled upon Leilani's return from Paris in early November. The plan is for the e-Cards to be sent from Paris... 

Paki

If you pledge towards the woven paki (pictured above), Leilani will endeavour to get this to you prior to leaving. If you are happy for this work to be delivered upon her return, this will be very much appreciated, as time is very short. Nga mihi nui ki a koutou, mo to tautoko...

James Rickard - carving pledge

Whakairo

Tohunga Whakairo (Master Carver) James Rickard was one of seven students selected in 1967 to study the traditional Māori art form of carving at the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute in Rotorua. Now Tumu Whakairo (Head of School) for Te Wānanga Whakairo Rākau o Aotearoa (the National Wood Carving School), he takes great pride in the influence the institute has had on the retention of the art of whakairo (carving) in New Zealand. For James, carving is literature, with every carving telling a kōrero (story) that is unique to the iwi (tribe) and area 

Tokipoutangata in the hand represents the start of all whakairo (carving) which is karakia (prayer) and is the Maori way giving thanks to the environment which nurtures ones culture. This stunning work is now available as a pledge, to support this trip.

Hosiery

Iwi Creations Limited (New Zealand Made) Designer Hosiery tribal patterns & designs are renowned the world over for their originality, complexity and strong lines. Weaver and indigenous fashion designer Leilani Rickard has taken these patterns and utilized them in the fashion designs you see here - displayed are four different styles depicting traditional tattoos and markings. It is their desire to take these patterns to the world, the catwalk and indeed people everywhere. It may one day be said: Maori ancestry literally walks with everyone wearing Iwi Creations Hosiery.

 

Thank you for looking

Leilani's contemporary projects are a great compliment to her weaving talents, but without the funds to support the development of these good ideas into strong business ideas, they will likely end up in the cupboard. Your help is much appreciated.

Mauriora

Comments

Hey! Thanks for checking out this project.

We haven't made any updates yet, follow us if you want to be notified when we do.

Elsie Truter
2015-10-14 19:06:56 +1300

"Fantastic opportunity to showcase amazing local talent. I am sure you will wow the crowds!"

Luana Ngatai
2015-10-14 06:56:53 +1300
Dan Te Kanawa
2015-10-10 21:29:32 +1300

"Wonderful initiative Leilani. Great to see whanau enterprise in action. Kia kaha."

Anonymous pledger
2015-10-09 16:13:02 +1300
Anonymous pledger
2015-10-07 14:59:25 +1300

"Great to see people chase their dreams and take opportunity! Arohanui, Stella xx"

kevin bishop
2015-10-05 23:25:34 +1300
Anonymous pledger
2015-10-04 17:19:54 +1300

"Beautiful and hard work that deserves to be shared!"

Marleina Te Kanawa
2015-10-03 13:43:04 +1300

"Way to go Lei"

Missy Te Kanawa
2015-10-03 10:53:15 +1300

"Awesome Aunty Lei! Good Luck"

Evan
2015-09-22 22:35:06 +1200

"Good luck!"

Anonymous pledger
2015-09-22 08:56:16 +1200
Lydia Rickard
2015-09-15 22:25:15 +1200

"Good luck with the show Lei and Susan. What an amazing opportunity for you both."

Laura Carter
2015-09-15 18:39:17 +1200

"Good luck mumma"

Alex
2015-09-15 18:37:56 +1200

"Watch out Paris. xxx"

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