Atiu Fibre Art Studio Ltd.
Since 1986, Atiu Fibre Arts Studio has promoted traditional and contemporary Cook Islands textile art. The Studio has been famous for its exquisite bed and wall tivaivai (traditional patchwork coverlets).Today you will find in the studio gallery unique works that unite Polynesian and European cultures, skilfully blend locally-found natural and man-made materials, such as tapa (bark cloth), bark fibre or shells, and combine art with exquisite craftsmanship. Company director and artist Andrea Eimke is a formally trained embroiderer. With S. Kuechler she co- authord “Tivaivai – The Social Fabric of the Cook Islands” (British Museum Press, 2009 and Te Papa Press, 2010). She was engaged as curator of many national and international tivaivai exhibitions. Andrea holds a MA in Art & Design. She works in a wide range of materials and techniques that result in one-of-a-kind artworks, wearable art, jewellery, and home accessories. Her works can be found nationally and internationally in private and public collections such as the Cook Islands National Museum, (Rarotonga), the Victoria Gallery (Melbourne, Australia) and the Te Papa Museum (Wellington, New Zealand).
Andrea has taught nationally and internationally. Textile enthusiasts, who like to experience the peace and quiet of island life, book custom-designed tuition in traditional and contemporary Cook Islands and European textile techniques. These classes can be requested either individually or in small groups, and can be held in Spanish, English, or German language at the studio’s spacious workshop.