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Print The two predominant prints on the seventies piece are the Land/Psychedelic print and The Chain-link/Two-step print. These prints represent the renegotiation of New Zealand’s social landscape during the seventies and the waning cultural influence of rural New Zealand. The Land/Psychedelic print is a topographic map design, altered to look like a psychedelic print from the late sixties and early seventies. This print represents the way the rural landscape and community was losing influence, and becoming a myth. Its visibility was decreasing as other cultural forces came into play - such as the growing urbanisation of New Zealand and the move away from traditional social and family values. This print is representative of the public changes that were occurring in New Zealand culture, relating to the debunking of the myth that New Zealand was a perfect pastoral paradise, filled with sheep and farmers - the reality was that New Zealand was urban, and had problems as well. The other motive behind this print is the concept of the manufactured view of the ideal landscape New Zealanders have of our country. The topography is not based on any real landscape – it is invented – just like the landscape we believe New Zealand to have. The Chain-link/Two-step print uses dance step diagrams randomly repeated and arranged to suggest a packed dance floor printed over a textural background of a chain-link fence pattern to suggest separation and conflict. All of the dances are different and they seem to be only just missing collision with each other. This represents the social landscape of New Zealand in the seventies, and the massive cultural change that took place in that decade. So many social issues from race relations, to feminism, to Maori equal rights - jostled with each other in the seventies, that New Zealand’s simple way of life was altered forever. All of the dance steps are being executed by men’s shoes, except one, as although New Zealand was changing, it still remained a culture dominated by men. The women’s dance step is square in formation, representing the confined lives that women continued to live, in New Zealand culture. The dance steps also reference the importance of dances in New Zealand’s culture, which after the seventies became virtually obsolete. My parents met at a dance in Stratford in Taranaki, and there was a dance every weekend which was a major event on the social calendar. These dances were drug and alcohol free and were the main place relationships between men and women were formed. As New Zealand’s culture changed - particularly as pubs began to open for longer and women were allowed into them - dances became less frequent. The Chain-link repeat refers to the separation between conflicting ideals in New Zealand culture, specifically the unrest during the Springbok Tour protests, where chain-link fences were used to keep the protesters away from the games and supporters. Within my family there was conflict on this issue, as my mother was anti-apartheid, anti-springbok tour (she had her picture in a local paper in the ‘60s, protesting then about the All Blacks going to South Africa), and my father was pro-rugby, pro-tour.

First Son: Memory and Myth, an adjustment of faith  

First Son is an exploration of cultural change in New Zealand from the 1940s till the 1980susing textiles as medium for communication. It ai...