100 Days Project

Luisa: 100 days of Ngatu

Can never seem to find the time to dedicate to my painting which is mostly on tapa cloth/feta’aki (Tongan). Here in Tonga there is a big tapa culture, a finished mat is called a ngatu. So to make a ngatu there is a long process of first coming up with a design, sewing (the template), rubbing the embossed lines and finally painting. A hundred days I will photograph, draw, sew or paint all things ngatu or feta’aki . Finally I will get some work done whilst exploring the ngatu culture here in Tonga and hopefully developing my skill as an Artist.

Day 39:


This painting I had done a while ago for a friend. Today someone has commissioned me to do a painting just like this one. I have prepared the feta'aki and have already printed out the kupesi that you can see on the flesh of the girl. I will try and make this one a little different. Shouldnt make all your paintings the same it's a little bit draining.