“The main process used to create this piece were Tāniko, Kete and Tuku Iho. These were the first three disciplines taught to me by my grandmother. Tāniko is the manipulation of colours to create patterns which are specific to different tribes, Kete is the art of making simple baskets, and Tuku Iho is the act of passing guarded knowledge from one generation to the next”.
—Cori Buster Marsters
Cori for a young man has an ability to sit, listen and watch. It is from these simple a things Cori has absorbed many things Maori. From an early age Cori would sit with his Nan and learn about the practical and functional process of weaving, never realising that weaving was in fact an art form in its own right. Cori knew of his whakapapa link to a carving family (Ngati Pukaki) so this inspired him to look at the art of Whakairo (carving) to expand and satisfy his search for knowledge. Cori studied Whakairo at New Zealand Maori Arts and crafts institute in Rotorua. A big part of what makes Cori’s work stand out across his disciplines is drive to strive for excellence that was achieved by his ancestors. “I take inspiration from our Tupuna and everything I do is an acknowledgement to them.”
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