Pip Devonshire 

Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Te Au hapū, Ngāti Manomano hapū

 

Exhibition Co-ordinator

 

Pip started weaving in the mid-80s, initially learning kete whiri at weaving wānanga held at Paranui marae. Pip’s weaving is influenced by her tupuna  Nanny Rangimahora Reihana Mete and Kui Ranginui Parewahawaha Leonard. These weavers were well known for their expertise in raranga and whatu and penchant for blending new ideas with traditional forms. Similarly, Pip’s work displays a natural attitude to innovation having transformed her kete whiri from functional items to sculptural forms.

 

In 1994 Pip received an opportunity to produce tukutuku and kōwhaiwhai panels for Ngāti Manomano at Taumata o te Rā marae in Rangitīkei and enrolled as a Design and Art student at Te Wānanga o Raukawa learning tāniko, whatu and different raranga techniques.

 

Since 2000 Pip had been a tutor for the Toi Whakarākai programme for the Diploma of Design and Art at Te Whare Toi, Te Wānanga o Raukawa with her teaching focus being raranga and whatu.

 

In 2020, Sonia Snowden and Pip Devonshire were announced as the inaugural Ngā Aho Whenua Weavers in Residence at the Toi Matarau Gallery within the Māoriland Film Hub in Ōtaki. During this residency, Pip also curated the Te Ringa Māhorahora exhibition, and the Te Rōpū Wāhine Toko I te Ora of Te Awahou at Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, Foxton, which commemorates 70 years of the Māori Womens Welfare League and their contribution to Māori development in that region and throughout the motu.

 

Recent exhibitions include:

Tiaho Mai, Kiwibank Paraparaumu

Te Ringa Māhorahora, Toi Matarau Gallery, Māoriland Film Hub, Ōtaki