Exploring ideas Part 1, Stage 2 Developing your ideas

I have been building up my collection of source material on this subject for quite a while now and have made a start developing some material on further to get some ideas to work into a portfolio of samples for stage 3.

I chose this particular subject as it was new to me. What caught my attention was the simple yet striking motifs, the earthy colours and the very process of making bark cloth. I have therefore decided to keep these 3 things in mind as I move forward and explore them further.


These are some of the common motifs that I have found during my research


Below are some examples of marks that I have found to be commonly used in tapa production. Most can be found in Roger Neich & Mick Pendergrast’s book ‘Traditional Tapa of the Pacific’


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Below are some of my own collages and prints based on what I have found in my research. Developed to provide inspiration for the portfolio of samples (Stage 3)




Developed from the Masi Vulavula, page 51 in my research book



Developed from the Masi Vulavula, page 51 in my research book



Developed motifs and marks found on traditional tapa, note the use of brown and cream / white together.


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Developed from the marks found on vintage tapa ( pages 19 – 28 of the research book)


Again based on the colours and markings found during this research project. A lino printed background roughly based on Tongan barkcloth over painted with traditional motifs.






About Julie Hooker

Having recently returned to my roots in Surrey, I am currently studying a BA Hons degree with the OCA. My work is often inspired by the local countryside in the beautiful Surrey Hills area and the wild rugged nature of the North Cornish coast. Steam engines and abandoned industrial history are also recent themes. A free machine embroiderer and felt maker; I like to explore the use of natural, found materials to create my art, whether that be as raw materials to stitch or weave with or as a material with which to produce dye or print with. Previously, I completed City and Guilds parts 1 & 2 Creative Embroidery at the East Berkshire College in Windsor in 2007. I was also awarded first place in the wearable art section of the National Quilt Championships 2008 and 2009 held annually at Sandown Park.
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