Matthew McIntyre-Wilson (Taranaki, Ngā Māhanga and Titahi) is interested in the cultural heritage of harakeke and has been learning the craft of net making. In the early twentieth century, Te Rangi Hīroa documented the knots, construction methods and application for different nets, offering important insights to historical Māori fishing practices. McIntyre Wilson’s installation for Threads 2022 includes fishing nets made from techniques described by Hīroa that would traditionally have been used for particular types of fish, seasons and situations.

"Research into collections and archives provides me with the opportunity to examine the technical making of taonga Māori. Of particular interest is the creation and variation of complex woven patterns. Examining objects often leads me to discovering techniques and patterns used by makers who I will never meet." – Matthew McIntyre-Wilson

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