From working on a 40mm high poito bone carving to a 3 story high roundabout sculpture created with 3D printers and carbon fibre, Stacy Gordine loves his role as a multi-media, multi-scale, artist and tumu (head of school) at NZMACI Te Takapū-o-Rotowhio.
Having mastered the art of carving using mediums ranging from bone, pounamu (greenstone), stone, silver, wood and more, Stacy has shared his knowledge worldwide, with an impressive array of collaborations, exhibitions and projects. His influences are Pacific Rim indigenous artisans past and present, as well as Great Uncles Pine and Hone Te Kauru Taiapa.
“I am fascinated by how the environment, materials, technology and culture interact and inform each other. It’s a journey of our art forms with 1000 plus years of evolution - to be at the leading edge today is really exciting.”
Stacy explains that Māori adornment is meant to be treasured as a tāonga (heirloom).
“We’re getting national recognition for the work we are producing here at Te Takapū-o-Rotowhio. Our works reflect customary adornment forms with a strong research and design component, featuring a high level of detail and a focus on individual iwi (tribal) styles.”
Stacy is passionate as ever and loves to see his works being appreciated, loved and worn.
“I still love carving like it’s the first day I started - if you can find that you’re blessed.”