Suzanne Tamaki (Biographical details)

Suzanne Tamaki (designer; fibre/textile worker; goldsmith/metalworker; New Zealander; Maori; Female; 1990s - 2008; active)

Also known as

Tamaki, Suzanne


A New Zealand artist of the Ngati Maniapoto, Hikairo, Tūhoe and Te Arawa iwi (tribes). A jewellery and costume designer, her work is inspired by Pacific mythology and indigenous clothing styles. She has exhibited extensively in New Zealand and the Pacific, including at Te Papa Tongarewa, the National Museum of New Zealand, where an artwork made by the art collective Pacific Sisters (of which Tamaki is a founding member), is on permanent display. She has also exhibited at the Pacific Arts Festivals, including the 2008 event in Pagopago, American Samoa. Several of Tamaki’s works were included as part of the Pasifika Styles exhibition at the Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (2006-2008), an exhibition which showcased contemporary New Zealand art with Polynesian connections.