‘SALASAI SEVEN’ for New Zealand Fashion Week concept takes a singular perspective and allows multiple creative hands to interpret capsule stories from within the entirety of Salasai’s Autumn Winter 2020 collection. As one of the collaborators within the series, we were asked to share how we interpret the brand in our way, so, of course we wanted to encapsulate the ethos of the brand by celebrating and interviewing the people that wear it. They are industry disruptors that are redefining the space around them and friends of Sauce. MEET ARTIST NIKAU HINDIN.
IN COLLABORATION WITH MEDIA PARTNER BLACK MAGAZINE | PHOTOGRAPHED BY OPHELIA KING
Gisborne-based contemporary artist Nikau Hindin is bringing back the lost art of making Maori tapa cloth through her work; here she shares a little something about her work, identity and how beauty factors into her everyday life.
Name: Nikau Gabrielle Hindin @nikaugabrielle
Star sign: Libra
Lover of beauty. Need I say more.
What do you do?
I’m an artist. I make bark cloth from the plant aute and I paint the movement of stars with kōkōwai - red earth.
What keeps you inspired?
There is endless inspiration in Indigenous ways of thinking and doing because it is the past, present and future. Te Ao Māori, our world view, is not an external source of inspiration, it is more of an internal thing. Our ancestors were keen observers of the cycles and rhythms our environment. Inherently, through learning about plants, stars and moon cycles, this is a process of self-discovery.
When was the last time you met someone who changed you? Who and how?
My partner Te Kuru o te Marama - he helped me find my voice again. He is a native speaker and speaks Māori to me every day. It is really a relief for me, I grew up speaking but then I went to mainstream schools and I fell out of practice. Speaking again makes me so much more comfortable with who I am. It has been a spiritual awakening and it started when I was in Hawai’i, we would speak on the phone every night and he would speak Māori to me. My comprehension was fine- it was feeling the words roll around in my mouth too scared to come out. He would always say to me, “it is there, it is inside you. You know the words.” He was right.
How does beauty factor into your world
Beauty isn’t really tangible. Society tells us that we need to look a certain way to conform to Western standards of beauty but for a lot of us these just are not attainable and that's the point of capitalism. We purchase the idea of beauty because we think we can attain it this way. But you can’t buy beauty. Beauty is more of a feeling. I feel beautiful after a really cold swim in the ocean, or when I do Sun Yoga, or in the shower after a really deep workout. I think it is when I am feeling most connected to the universe, I’ve stripped away all surface thoughts and worries. I am raw… and beautiful.
What do you like to do when you are offline
I love walking along the dunes at the beach. Running up Makarori or Titirangi maunga. Surfing. Yoga.
Editorial photographed by ophelia king | makeup amy Saritahart | hair by mya and mark henare from love hair new market | styling zeenat wilkinson
special thanks to ophelia king and salasai
Follow nikau’s work @nikaugabrielle