Using contemporary and traditional forms of technology and textiles, this project aims to give the South Auckland community a voice, and to share the community’s unique nature. Within a participatory design approach and an action research framework, South Auckland residents contributed stories, thoughts and perspectives of their community through creative and expressive storytelling activities. These storytelling activities informed the creation of a contemporary textile work that was inspired by traditional Pasifika storytelling textiles such as tapa and tivaivai, which also have a strong connection with the South Auckland community.
This contemporary textile work represents the stories and voices of the South Auckland community, using contemporary and traditional forms of technology and textiles as tools of interaction. This work invites physical interaction where the audience is encouraged to explore the textile and space, which reveals additional elements. The final work offers the opportunity to engage and understand the struggles, pride and identity of the South Auckland community.