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Meet Alice

Alice finds it hard to define herself as a painter, weaver or mixed media artist but she would consider herself a Māori contemporary artist, exploring life creatively through as many art forms as she can. Each art form inspires and compliments the others and they allow her to stay motivated and focused on her passion. Ko Ngāi Tahu tōku iwi Ko Ngāti Huirapa, Ko Ngāti Irakehu ōku hapū Ko Rawiri Te Maire, ko Hine Te Marino ōku tipuna Nō Ōtautahi ahau Ko Alice Rebecca Spittle tōku ingoa Alice studied Māori Design and Art at Te Wānanga O Raukawa (The University of Ōtaki) in 2001 under Pip Devonshire and Elaine Beven. Since graduating, Alice has been pursuing her own arts practice as well as immersing herself with artists and weavers throughout Aotearoa and Australia. In 2017, Alice returned to study kete whakairo (finely woven patterned baskets) at Te Wānanga O Aotearoa with Morehu Flutey-Henare. Morehu Flutey-Henare, Reihana Parata (Aunty Doe) Rānui Ngārimu, Pip Devonhire and Elaine Bevon along with many talented friends/artists have all supported and inspired Alice in her continued passion for toi Māori. Armed with this knowledge, she has worked as a full time artist for over 20 years and has sold her work around the world. Her craft is meticulously designed by hand using traditional techniques, natural materials and natural dyes. She draws her inspiration from nature after returning home to Aotearoa from Australia in 2021. Tikanga (culture), sustainable practices and Mātauranga are an integral part of her daily life. ​Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei Nō reira, ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa ​Exhibitions and Events: Creative Exchange, Bula'bula Gallery, Ramingining, Northern Territory, Australia Island Arts Gallery, North Stradbroke Island, Australia Bushtime Creative Experience, Woodfordia, Queensland The Fibre Arts Festival, Sunshine Coast, Queensland Cygnet Folk Festival, Tasmania, Australia Turangawaewae Exhibition, Darfield Gallery, Ōtautahi, Aotearoa Waiata ki te Wai with Yo-Yo Ma, Ōtautahi, Aotearoa The Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia Spirit Weavers Gathering, California, USA Woodford Folk Festival, Queensland, Australia The Planting Festival, Queensland, Australia Artisan Camp, Woodford, Queensland, Australia WOW (Women of the World) Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse, Australia Jamboree Creative Weekend, NSW, Australia Camp Creative, Bellingen, Australia Horizon Arts and Culture Festival, Sunshine Coast, Australia Queensland Art Street Maleny, Australia Queensland Fish Hooks and Moving Trees Touring exhibition - Brisbane, Bundaberg, Mackay and Gladstone, Queensland BEMAC Gallery The Queensland Multicultural Centre, Brisbane Gold and Green Stone Exhibition, Arts Centre, Gold Coast Christchurch Art Gallery, Ōtautahi, Aotearoa Te Toi Mana Gallery, Arts Centre, Ōtautahi, Aotearoa Māori Art Markets, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Aotearoa Te Pataka Exhibition, Little River Gallery, Aotearoa

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