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Angela Kilford aims to raise the awareness of the effects of Myrtle Rust by exploring the dichotomy between beauty and disease. Using the eco-print technique of steaming leaves in bundles of cloth, direct prints of Myrtle leaves have been achieved. During meetings with the Myrtle Rust community Kilford learned of a particular Fungus Gnat that was laying its eggs on infected plants. Through participatory workshops held in the Wellington area participants will be invited to embroider larvae and rust onto the eco-prints to encourage dialogue of both the disease and its wider ecosystem. The embroidered prints will later be exhibited as part of a group exhibition.

Angela is an independent artist and designer, working also within the College of Creative Arts, Massey University, Wellington. Kilford’s inspiration comes from Māori concepts and knowledge. Her most recent works have explored the whakapapa of local ecology and the lesser known connections between living and nonliving entities. These ideas are examined and expressed through walking, performance, collaborative making, large scale public installations and writing.

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