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    Single Huia Feather - Original | Aimee Gruar


    Huia were not great flyers, and they generally moved along the ground with bounds or jumps. They were not seen flying above tree-tops like other birds.

    This would have made them even more vulnerable to hunting. In my work, I have given them strong wings so they may now fly freely.

    Te Rau-o-te-Huia ~ The Treasured Possession of Te Huia
    Aimee Gruar | 11 - 16 June

    This exhibition celebrates love, remembrance and the beauty of the iconic Huia bird, particularly its unique tail feathers. 

    Gruar's art pieces, intricately crafted from vintage fabric sourced through second-hand suppliers, aim to encourage viewers to reflect on their impact on the natural world and the importance of sustainable practices.

    By focusing on remembrance, she not only preserves the memory of the Huia but also offers a powerful commentary on the interconnectedness of cultural heritage and ecological responsibility.


    X marks the spot- a sign of something or someone being in an exact spot or the perfect location. Often depicting the presence of hidden treasure.

    These Huia Feathers are made with fabric that once formed neck ties, and needle work from table settings sourced from second hand suppliers.

    The wearing of neck ties provides no practical purpose, but they are said to symbolize dignity, decorum, elegance, and respect…?


    Finding a feather is a very personal experience which will provide a unique meaning for each person depending on their circumstances.

    Often seen as signs from loved ones who have transitioned to non-physical realms, because of their connection to birds, feathers can also represent flight and freedom.
    In Māori culture, the Huia feather symbolizes leadership and mana, and they were historically given as expressions of honour and respect.



    Width - 140mm x Height - 300mm x Depth - 35mm


    Bespokely framed in a black 35mm x 20mm timber picture frame with clear glass.


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