Lissy Robinson-Cole

by Lissy Robinson–Cole

$250.00 NZD / On Sale


Lissy Robinson–Cole is a self-taught kai-tuimāwhai who grew up in a bustling creative force, raised by her mother, Mairehau (and whānau of performers and weavers), and her father, Colin Cole, a renowned New Zealand couturier. Lissy Robinson-Cole is a multidisciplinary artist (crochet).

In 2014, Lissy met Rudi Robinson, her husband-to-be. Gearing up for their wedding in 2017, they dedicated their future artistic partnership to their ancestors and the universe. In 2021, Lissy and Rudi became Artists in Residence at Nathan Homestead in Manurewa, where their studio is based.

Lissy liked the idea of art on the street after discovering the work of the L. A based yarn bomber, London Kaye. Inspiring artworks for the local community and bringing joy to unloved spaces, they created a giant Anzac Day poppy (2018) on the Princes Street motorway overbridge. They covered their car entirely with crochet in ‘The Joyride’ (2019).

Since then, the duo has been in fifteen exhibitions. Their subsequent major work, Wharenui Harikoa, is a large-scale crocheted wharenui that aims to transform intergenerational trauma into deeply felt joy, one loop at a time. The plans for this work include travelling throughout Aotearoa and the world, creating a global impact of aroha.

About this artwork: Aroha

Aroha is the driving force behind the mahi Rudi and I create. Everything we create is in celebration of our Tūpuna and our people. The loving memories of our nanas and aunties and uncles long gone as well as the aroha that surrounds us from our whānau, our children and our mokopuna is what sustains us.

Follow fabulous Lissy & Rudy on Instagram @lissyandrudi

Each plate is handmade and has visual variations making every artwork unique. Only 20 are available to purchase, making them collectors' items.
This Art Plate is heat-printed art onto an enamel plate and protected with an acrylic coat. The plate is not suitable to eat off. Not suitable for microwave or dishwasher.
Circumference = 245mm.

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