“I have been fortunate enough to have a supportive family and met many inspiring people in my life who have encouraged me to follow my talents and passion. My father, a woodcarver himself, imparted his knowledge of woodcraft plus provided a creative environment and stories of my great-uncles Pine and John Taiapa, who were Tohunga Whakairo. I have always respected and been inspired by the artistic achievements by indigenous artisans in Aotearoa and throughout the world.”
Stacy’s attention to detail and quality in bone, pounamu, wood, stone and shell sees the creation of delicate, intricate pieces of body adornment. He created his first bone carving at Hastings Boys High in 1987. He went on to complete a Diploma in Visual Art and Design at the Eastern Institute of Technology in Hawkes Bay and now exhibits throughout New Zealand. Stacy was brought up in a creative environment, his father is a woodworker and his two great-uncles were carving legends: Pine and John Taiapa. He acknowledges a supportive family and inspiring mentors for encouraging him to follow his passion and skill. Stacy works from his home studio in Hastings and continues to further his knowledge in Taha Māori.