Matthew McIntyre Wilson (Taranaki, Ngā Māhanga and Titahi) trained as a jeweller at both Whitireia Polytechnic and Hawke’s Bay Polytechnic. During this period he began learning traditional Māori weaving techniques from master weaver and friend Rangi Kiu.
Matthew works across the disciplines of jewellery, craft and object and provides an indigenous response to museological practice.
“My practice of weaving in copper and silver originated from an interest in the form and pattern of raranga whakairo. Combined with my formal training as a jeweller, I produce finely woven kete (woven baskets), arms bands, cloaks (kākahu) and tātua (belts). Research based in museum store rooms and library archives provides the opportunity to examine the technical making of Taonga Māori, of particular interest is the creation and variation of complex woven patterns. The variation of pattern in my work is a reflection of a continuing investigation and exploration of the whakapapa of weaving”.
McIntyre Wilson’s work can be found in public collections such as Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand, Auckland War Memorial Museum and Wellington City Council. His works are also held in numerous private collections in New Zealand and overseas.