Toi & Paul Stanton
Toi is a Kapiti based whakairo artist (carver) who studied Maori Art and Design. His favourite work The Resurgence of Pukaea was a hands-on sculpture exhibited at Pataka Gallery in Porirua.
Breast cancer has touched his whanau and he is very pleased to have the opportunity to participate in this “great cause”.
Toi has teamed up with master plasterer Paul Stanton of Carrara Ceilings in Johnsonville.
They have created this unique BraveArt work by blending two ancient crafts - tā moko and decorative cornice plaster work.
There are a pair of torsos because Toi wanted to highlight the effect breast cancer has on both men and women.
The whakapapa of Paul Stanton and Toi’s BraveArt work reflects the pain and challenge for a woman coping with breast cancer who has her male partner beside her providing strength, support and aroha.
This art piece is a tribute to women with breast cancer and the journey of the family unit says Toi.
The carvings on the female torso honour those women affected, and remind us of the enormous physical, emotional and spiritual support required from within.
The male torso is representative of the strong, supportive male alongside the woman, who takes care of the family unit while offering comfort and support to her during that time. The tā moko portrays the strength in the male, and beauty in the female with a reminder of ‘adversities faced, and the challenge conquered’.
During Paul’s 35 year career he has created plaster cornice work in the restoration of many historic buildings in New Zealand.
One of his most interesting commissions was casting the full body statue of the Malietoa Tanumafili II, Head of State of Samoa, which stands in Apia.“I’m happy to do anything to help these ladies” said Paul. Models Kane and Diane generously offered their bodies as torsos for this BraveArt work.
With the support of factory owner Trevor Dalton, Carrara Ceilings is making a significant donation to the BraveArt works with a pair of carved torsos, back-lit and mounted inside a frame of Carrara cornice.
This unique piece will come with a certificate of authenticity and the full whakapapa of its creation.
Now hidden up Burgess Lane in Johnsonville, the Carrara Ceiling factory was established in 1903, and the company has been synonymous with beautiful handcrafted plaster ceilings and cornices for over 100 years. Carrara has continued to use the same method of manufacturing to make their plaster products.
Carrara not only produces ceilings and cornices, they also manufacture ceiling domes, ceiling roses, battens, corbels, fireplaces, columns and decorative pieces. The cornice selection is extensive, ranging from traditional designs (early 1900s) through art nouveau and art deco, to the more colonial styles seen in houses today.
There is a treasured collection of over 350 moulds for cornices, making Carrara Ceilings one of the largest purveyors of plaster products in the country. Fibrous plaster ceilings cannot be matched for quality, be they flat sheets or decorative. Curved walls and ceilings, of any radius, are easily produced to client specifications.
In New Zealand, fibrous plaster was said to have commenced with the arrival of Robert Wardrop in Dunedin from Victoria about the year 1900. In 1903, he was joined by an Austrian named Ernest Schaefer and began The Carrara Ceiling Company. The name originated from the Carrara marble quarries in Italy. During the early years, artists, modellers and craftsmen were imported from England and Australia and the reputation for excellence which is still part of the Carrara name was built.
Over the years, Carrara designed and made decorative plaster work for many New Zealand public buildings. Theatres, banks and churches all wore the ornamental styles created at Carrara. Many of the best examples such as The Grand Hotel and the ANZ Bank Head Office have sadly disappeared along with the buildings which housed them.
Carrara Ceilings has made an exceptional contribution to the BraveArt works, providing space and equipment to create the torsos, and donating a hand-crafted art work for the auction.