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Aroha Atu To give and receive love

“I define myself as a female of Pakeha ancestry who has married a Maori male and mothered two bi-cultural children, and thus by marriage have been integrated into an extended whanau that continuously and generously wraps me in their world.”

So says Donna, who has drawn inspiration from different cultural perspectives, integrating sustainability into creative practice. Working collaboratively, Donna creates with a common thread of a personal, bi-cultural sensibility guiding her research and ‘making’ at all times.

“The aim within my practice”, Donna tells us, “is to create fresh perspectives on self-identity through cultural narratives. I am not interested in replicating any conventional ideologies that compartmentalise women within a cultural context. I hope that the cross-pollination of traditional costume, contemporary fashion and cultural

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