Te Tangi a te Matuhi is a publication initiated
by writer and artist Leigh Davis to catalogue and discuss the
themes surrounding his installation work Station of Earth-Bound
The song (cry) of the rare (extinct?) fern wren (te matuhi) is
a translation of this title, given first to one of the songs of
legendary Maori warrior/prophet Te Kooti.
The design objective of the book was to explore the legacy of
Te Kooti and the themes of Davis' work by employing a raw, economical,
ambiguous, and collagist style - reflecting his approach to writing.
As this is a self-published work, budget was tight. This determined
the choices of materials and techniques, and tied in well with
the creative objective. Design and production was handled entirely
by DV8 Creative within a tight 8-week deadline.
contributing artists: Stephen
Toby Curnow, John Reynolds, Patrick Reynolds.
writers: Wystan Curnow,
Wirangi Pera, Haare Williams.
design and production: Stephen Canning.
print: Acme Printing.