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Tarryn Motutere is a weaver who creates taonga, using predominantly harakeke, from her home studio in Te Puna, Tauranga, New Zealand. She is passionate about her work and enjoys exploring other natural fibers to create texture and dimension in her creations. 


Motutere was tutored by Bibbins and Sarah Tangitu whilst doing a diploma from Te Wānanga o Aoteaora in Tauranga, then went to Rotorua to complete her degree.  She has since exhibited her work in galleries and had a couple of joint exhibitions in New Zealand.


Motutere enjoys the whanaungatanga aspect when creating pieces with others and for others, to help portray their unique kōrero.


In her work, Tarryn Motutere explores themes of identity, culture, and connection. She is naturally drawn to concepts from Te Ao Māori and often creates artwork that refer to kōrero pūrākau, taiao and atua Māori, through learned Māori weaving techniques and patterns.

Raranga nurtures my connection to my tūpuna


Tarryn Motutere : lives in Te Puna, Tauranga Moana, and is of Ngāpuhi descent. 


Tarryn has always been creatively inclined, learning to sew from her mum during every school holidays, she then studied Fashion and Design straight out of college, cementing those valuable lifelong skills.  After working in the industry for 3 years, she started her family, immersing the whole whānau in te kaupapa o te kōhanga reo and beginning their reo journey. This step in cultural reclamation opened the doors to Te Whare Pora, and she's been a resident ever since.  


Her style has definitely changed over the years.  While exploring colour occupied her weaving in the earlier days, she has since paired back her palette and prefers to let the fibres natural colour's and lustre speak for itself.  


"Using my hands and tinana in this way has awoken memories deep within my fibres, and although it might seem like I'm naturally talented at raranga, I've worked diligently to acquire the skills I posess" 


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