Suzanne Tamaki is a Wellington based artist predominately working as a fibre artist creating body adornment, costumes and jewellery. Her work is inspired by legends and mythical creatures in the Pacific, traditional costuming throughout the world, as well as indigenous issues in Aotearoa/ New Zealand.
Tamaki uses provocative fashion photography to agitate discussions about colonisation and its effect on Maori culture. Tamaki was one of the founding members of the Pacific Sisters fashion collective in the mid 90’s participating in various multimedia fashion shows including the 12th Sydney Biennale and the South Pacific Festival of the Arts in Samoa, Palau and Pagopago.
Her work is exhibited and collected extensively throughout New Zealand and the Pacific.