Matthew McIntyre Wilson
iwi : Taranaki
hapu : titahi / nga mahanga
Based in Wellington Matthew’s practice combines his training in jewellery and raranga (weaving). An opportunity several years ago to learn raranga from renowned weaver Rangi Kiu in the Hawkes Bay was a catalyst to Matthew producing woven works that explore traditional maori woven forms with traditional jewellery materials silver and copper. With a strong interest in pattern Matthew seeks out a wide variety of traditional patterns from a range of sources. The malleability of fine silver and copper lend themselves for use in weaving. The copper used is sourced from recycled copper electrical wire. The striping back of the plastic sheathing to reveal the copper wire enclosed has parallels with the traditional preparation of flax for raranga.
Matthew has exhibited extensively throughNew Zealand and also overseas. His work is in the collections of the Auckland War Memorial Museum and Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand.