Rudi Robinson-Cole

by Rudi Robinson–Cole

$250.00 NZD / On Sale


Rudi Robinson–Cole grew up surrounded by whānau in the small forestry town of Kaingaroa, Bay of Plenty. Rudi says he was born with a chainsaw in his hands and is now as proficient with a crochet hook as he is with a chainsaw. Rudi is a multidisciplinary artist (crochet).

As a child, Rudi would spend countless hours exploring the forest or out in the shed at the back of his house where he would create. This is where he says he began a love of making. “We had to make do with very little, so it forced me to use my imagination to bring my creations to life.”

In 2014 Rudi worked alongside acclaimed artist Eugene Kara to set up the first Māori foundry at Te Puia Māori Arts and Crafts Institute Rotorua. Here they worked on creating the first bronze cast whatarangi under the initiative “Māori Tū” led by the Iwi Chairs Forum to demonstrate Aotearoa’s support for the UN’s Declaration for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Rudi and Lissy work collaboratively utilising contemporary techniques with customary Māori carving to create structural forms. In 2020 they showcased their experimental work in a joint exhibition Ka Puawaitia – Coming to Fruition at Corban Estate Art Centre.

About this artwork: Aroaromahana
This image depicts Aroaromahana which means the welcoming of the warmth of spring.

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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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