Textile artist Natalie is inspired by her Niuean heritage to create colourful 100% wool punch needle artworks based on the beautiful motifs and designs used in hiapo (Niuean tapa cloth). Hiapo depicts an amazing collection of botanical elements, geometric motifs often used in weaving and items such as sharks teeth or fish bones. The punch needle technique creates a highly textured finish with an endless scope for designs and colour combinations.
Natalie was recently selected as a finalist in the 2023 Changing Threads National Contemporary Textile Fibre Art Award.
"I enjoy being able to promote the designs used in hiapo through my pieces, especially to those who may not be aware of the differences in tapa from various Pacific islands. I am proud to produce art that identifies with my Niuean heritage, utilising a craft that I find super relaxing while allowing creative freedom with colour - these works are designed to be joyful and fun!"
Natalie is based in Wellington, working out of her studio space affectionately named the 'She Shed'. After a period living overseas, Natalie and her partner returned to New Zealand where she now balances life as an artist with family life, bringing up three active boys.