Te Atiawa, Ngati Toa, Ngati Tama, Ngati Mutunga
"I feel honoured to have attained these skills and feel obliged to pass this knowledge on to those willing to learn."
Tracey is a committee member of Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa.
Tracey’s weaving career began as an 18 year old student at Whitireia Polytechnic in Porirua.
Whilst completing her Diploma, an offer to attend a weaving workshop at her marae, provided the perfect opportunity to learn this artform. Guided by the Kapiti Weavers and under the watchful eye of her mentor Hereke Jenkins, and tutors Tiriti Howe (Ngati Kuhungunu) and Karen Baxter (Tauiwi), weaving became the major focus for Tracey.
“I was taught on the understanding that I would share with others, of which I have continued to do so for the last 27 years"
As a young teacher, this in itself presented interesting situations within the classroom environments of Arohata Womens prison in Tawa and Whitireia Polytechnic, as most of the students were much older than her. Since 1995 Tracey has held a position at Te Kokiri Private Maori Training in Levin, as Weaving Manager. Tracey has also held the position of NZQA moderator in the sub field Nga Mahi a Te Whare Pora for 10 years.
Tracey exhibits nationally and internationally and curated the Maori ART Market Te Roopu Raranga Whatu O Aotearoa exhibition, held 7 – 9 October 2011 at the Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua.
Moving from kete form, Tracey enjoys challenging the boundaries within her weaving and expanding on traditional techniques. It is a mode of expression that captures her heritage, culture and passion.
Tracey's designs incorporate traditional and other indigenous weaving techniques, which she has developed into a more contemporary form and style.