Fijian artists Leba Toki and Bale Jione flank Robin White as the trio poses during a break from their work on the exquisite bark-cloth art commissioned for the exhibition known as "APT6."
Tapa artists Bale Jione and Robin White work on the intricate patterning for the bark cloth. The third artist, Leba Toki, was out of camera range here. (All photographs courtesy of Robin White)
Cutting stencils is easier now that tapa artists use durable X-ray film as the material. In earlier days, banana leaves were used.
The rag mats made by Indian women in Fiji and sold in local markets were the inspiration for two mats created to go on top of the masi floor-piece in the "New Garden" work.
Bale Jione paints the pattern onto the bark cloth using the stencils that she and her collaborators made.
The "New Garden" artwork is on display through early April at the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane, Australia.
A wedding of cultures was the theme for the design of the bark-cloth art created by three Baha'i artists.
This year's Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art for the first time includes pieces by artists from Iran, North Korea, Turkey, Tibet, Cambodia, and Myanmar. Here, Bale Jione and Leba Toki of Fiji view the work of prominent Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian.
In August 2009, painter Robin White was among a group of her compatriots who were invested as dames and knights of the British Empire by virtue of having received the New Zealand Order of Merit. She is shown here with her husband, Michael Fudakowski, and their son, Conrad, following the award ceremony in Wellington.