Nga Tamariki O Tane Mahuta raua Ko Tangaroa

The title of our artwork is “Nga Tamariki O Tane Mahuta raua Ko Tangaroa” meaning: “The children of Tane Mahuta (The God of) the Forest and Tangaroa (The God of) the Sea.”
Our works speak on the loss of habitat and the intervention of man causing extinction of New Zealand animals, and ‘Extinction’ itself as a whole. figures are constructed through CNC Routering.
Maori Patterns are incorporated into the designs with the use of unorthodox shapes which creates a sense of distortion.
The Maori Kowhaiwhai patterns that we created and placed in the corners of these pieces accentuates that they (The Animals) truly are; the children of Tane Mahuta and Tangaroa.
We looked into the works of David Trubridge and Haley “Flox” King.
Flox creates Animal Paper cut-outs, the simple shapes separated through white space interested us and influenced our approach to our imagery.
Trubridge uses a CNC Cutter (or Router) on wood, which creates very precise cuts for his wooden furniture.
We used recycled native timber (Rimu) for these works, giving Mauri (life) back to Tane Mahuta.

Summary of Brief

Through the duration of this brief, there were considerable setbacks as with any brief. With the intention of creating a board game for children, It became clear that this wasn’t going to be an easy task.Further into the project, brick walls started to evolve causing us to lose interest, momentum and enthusiasm for the task at hand.Knowing that we had bitten off more than we could chew, it gave us the opportunity to change into a new direction.

Sticking to what drives you mentally, physically and emotionally, allows you produce physical works. Where as overthinking causes you to be stagnant.

We’ve learned that if there is enough passion in an initial idea and your starting to produce works from that idea, then stick with it and never give up. Most of all follow your gut feeling.

 

Statement of Intent

The title for our Artwork has changed to “Nga Tamariki Ō Tane Mahuta raua Kō Tangaroa” meaning: “The children of Tane Mahuta (The God of) the Forest and Tangaroa (The God of) the Sea.”

Our works speak on the loss of habitat and the intervention of man causing extinction of New Zealand animals, and ‘Extinction’ itself as a whole. Figures are constructed from marquetry or in layman’s terms ‘inlaying.’

Maori Patterns are incorporated into the designs with the use of unorthodox shapes (which creates unrecognisable objects) with the intention of embedding with unnatural materials (e.g. sheet metal etc.)

 

These boards were painted in acrylics to create a visual background effect.We thought that in doing so, the etching and laser-cutting process would stand out more to the viewer.The Maori kowhaiwhai patterns that we created and placed in the corners of these pieces really accentuates the meaning that they truly are; the children of Tane Mahuta and Tangaroa.

 

We looked into the Works from David Trubridge and Haley “Flox” King.

Flox creates Animal Paper cut-outs, The simple shapes separated through white space interested us and influenced our approach to our imagery.

Trubridge uses a CNC Cutter (or Router) on wood, which creates very precise cuts for his wooden furniture. We had the Intention of Using A CNC Cutter to create Larger scale versions of Our Images.

 

Change In Direction: Woodwork/ Lasercutting

Due to some obstacles during the creation of our board game, we have now decided to change our project. and we only have two weeks left!! dom!! dom!! dooom!!

We will be still focussing on the same ideas and subject matter as before but the main idea behind our work is: “The Extinction of Native Animals of New Zealand”

We are still laser cutting into wood as we first planned, and are planning on inlaying many materials into the Wood works such as dark wood, Paua shell, smashed glass/mirrors, coloured glass, steel strips (rusty), steel Rods.

Inlaying these materials into our wood, Is our representation of “man-made” structures. Which expresses the Idea of how westernised living is harming our planet and its creatures, as it causes deforestation and also global warming.

We have been researching into Maori Patterns, that relate to the endangered animal we have been Researching.

The Title of the work is still: “Ra Hui”

“In Māori culture, a rāhui is a form of tapu restricting access to, or use of, an area or resource by unauthorised persons. With the passing of the 1996 Fisheries Act, a rāhui can also be imposed by the New Zealand Ministry of Fisheries.”

It is a simple statement and also a possible solution to some of the worlds ecological problems.

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Lincoln In the woodwork room. Wow what a superstar!!
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We were planning on cutting planks from this piece of Jarrah, but there was a Nail lodged quite deep inside the wood. So we tried drilling around the outside of the Nail (it didn’t work out that well.)
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Drilling.
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Measuring for the size of the wooden planks.
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Measuring for the size of the wooden planks
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single cut plank
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self explanatory.
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wood placed on the planner.
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texting while using machinery
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plank of wood.
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About to put wooden plank into the thicknesser
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Lincolns planks of wood he brought into course, we’re really interested in the grain from the wood as it creates really fascinating patterns.
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This Jarrah wood was really hard, when we put it through the saw it kept jamming at a certain area. So we tried putting it through the band saw, but didn’t get too far.
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This was a Nail we were trying to chisel out from the piece of Jahra wood, but it just wasn’t budging.
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birds eye view of the Nail.
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We are trying our best to re-use wood old wood to encourage creation through the usage of recycling, so we’ve been jumping into skip bins like dirty mike and the boys finding all kinds of native timber. Pretty sure most of the wood was Rimu, really really nice quality wood.
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putting the wood through the thicknesser.
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putting the wood through the thicknesser.
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Our three planks to get laser cut.
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five planks.
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smooth planks.
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planks in the sun.
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Allan helping us test laser cutting, on mdf.
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wood placed in laser cutter.
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Laser Cutting begins for the Kokako.
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full laser cut.
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bits and pieces from laser cut.
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dark wood (Jarrah) inlay into mdf.
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first laser cut experiment, Got us thinking about jigsaw puzzles.
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PVA glue placed on wood.
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PVA glue placed on wood.
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taped and glued planks.
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Lasercutting on card.
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Tuatara card laser cut.
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Tuatara card laser cuts.
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Tuatara card laser cuts.
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Tuatara card laser cuts
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Tuatara card laser cuts,
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Inlay achieved.
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inlaying dark wood to mdf.
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lasercuts.
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lasercuts on the chair.
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puzzle lasercut.
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Kokako, mdf inlayed to jarrah
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nothing but varnished planks now.
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cutting varnished wood.
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cutting varnished wood.
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sanded wood.
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wood sanded on table.
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wood before being put through thicknesses.
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adjusting the height of the thicknesser.
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inside the thicknesser.
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wood going through the thicknesser.
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wood going through the thicknesser.
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planks.
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planks.
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Excess wood removed.
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lasercutting dark wood.
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Taking laser cuts out of the laser cutter.
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Etching before laser cutting.
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zoom out.
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Before the outlines were added in the etching looked really nice, maybe next time on illustrator, I could get rid of the outlines for etched shapes.
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glued wood put through thicknesser.
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laser cut mdf before removal of innards.
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mdf inlayed into dark wood.
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dark wood inlayed to mdf.
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close up of laser cut.

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Fresh out of the laser cutter.
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Maui’s Dolphin, fish Hooks and Dangerous weather laser cut and etched on.
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Maui’s Dolphin, fish Hooks and Dangerous weather laser cut and etched on.
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Tuatara laser cut on card.

Endangered Animals game board symbols: ‘Koru pattern Inspired’ Drawing’s

I had a bit of a drawing practice using both pencil and the Adobe Idea’s App. The main focus was to try create black and white drawings, that could be lazercut onto wood.

I made some simple patterns and shapes within the Endangered Animal symbols, which were based from observing the shapes of Maori, Koru patterns. If I could find some meaningful maori symbols that could relate to each animal, It would make the animals seem even more significant to “Ra Hui” (the game board we’re creating, silly!? lets not forget that!!.)

Right now the patterns on these drawings would be described in the Maori Culture, as “Kirituhi,” which is basically translated as “meaningless scribbles.” Which I thought was quite harsh haha, but very true when explaining my drawings. I then got to thinking about Mike Tyson’s face Tattoo, how he said it was ‘based from maori warriors’ but isn’t constructed from traditional Maori symbols. THAT would be considered as “Kirituhi” would it not??

Anywho, We have chosen to carry on  with the designs as they are now, so we can get straight into lazer cutting. I still haven’t explained in full what Endangered Animal’s we’ve chosen to be placed on our game board, so I’ll do It now.

When we started thinking about what the game pieces would be,  We put them into categories;  Marine Life, Reptile, Bat, and Bird.

 

We have chosen our Marine Life animal to be, Maui’s and/or Hector’s Dolphin. Described as the worlds “Rarest Marine Dolphin” their are approximately 100 left in the world, Human Interference plays a big role in Maui’s Dolphins disappearance.

Info found at:
http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/endangered_species/cetaceans/about/hectors_dolphin/mauis_dolphin/

We have chosen our Reptile to be, the Tuatara. Due to global warming the Tuatara is becoming extinct, as temperature changes create a big impact for livelihood of the species.

“the last survivors of an order of reptiles that thrived in the age of the dinosaurs.”

 

Quote found at: http://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/native-animals/reptiles-and-frogs/tuatara/

We have chosen our Bat to be, The Greater Short-tailed Bat. The Short-tailed Bat has already been described as extinct, due to “human inhabitancy.” which I think is quite sad.

info found at:http://www.nhc.net.nz/index/bats/new-zealand-bat.htm

We have chosen our Bird to be, The Kakapo. According to ‘Morris and Balance’ In 2008 there was approximately 86 Kakapo left in New Zealand (and the world). The Kakapo is known to be the worlds Rarest Parrot. stoats and rats are good examples of predators that payed big tribute to the Kakapo’s endangerment.

info found at: http://www.nhc.net.nz/index/birds-new-zealand/kakapo/kakapo.htm

Hitchmough, R., Bull, L., Cromarty, P. (comps). (2007). New Zealand threat classification system lists (2005). Wellington, New Zealand: Department of Conservation.

Millar, T., & Spoolman, S. (2009). Living in the environment (17th ed). CA, USA: Yolanda Cossio

Morris, R., & Ballance, A. (2008). Rare wildlife of New Zealand. Auckland, New Zealand: Random House.

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https://www.google.co.nz/?gfe_rd=cr&ei=lmIjV8XlJszN8geIsLrgAw#q=kirituhi+meaing

 

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Mike Tyson found at: http://www.parapundit.com/archives/005280.html
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good example of a silhouette + black and white makes such a powerful image
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Really liked the thundercats logo, how it had curvy cutouts and using black and red makes it quite a powerful image
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mortal kombat dragon also had some nice wavey shapes

Photoshop Practice: Endangered Animal/Predator Zones

So today I decided to give the board game a rest, and have a little practice on photoshop. I was trying to see what I could create using black and grey tones for the Endangered Animal and Predator zones.

I’m planning on taking one of these images that I’ve created and try laser cut them onto A piece of wood. Im also going to try create silhouette’s of these figures and intertwine ‘Maori inspired’ Designs through them.

I feel quite bad for not really posting up finished work, but all good things take time. If We keep at it this Board Game will be finished in no time.

positive vibes all around,

Research: Mtmwood, Lazer Cutting

We’ve been looking at possibilities with lazer cutting on wood, My Team mate Lincoln found a youtube channel called “mtmwood”, which contained  videos of  chopping boards made from different wood designs.

Our main interest is in the look of different wood tones working together for aesthetic purposes. We are also interested in the usage of a laser cutter, as it also creates this type of effect.

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found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8e2PqKZ81qw&nohtml5=False

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found at: https://www.pinterest.com/perezcamps/grabado-y-corte-laser/