Urban Viti turns 1!

URBAN VITI turns 1 today!

I’d like to say Vinaka Vakelevu to my readers, subscribers and especially to Luisa Tora, Ema Tavola, Torika Bolatagici, Peter Sipeli and Iva Tora. Thanks for your comments and feedback, encouragement and promoting Urban Viti.

The beginnings of Urban Viti:
I had an anonymous personal blog which I stated in 2007. In 2008 I was part of an exhibition in Fiji and had posted information about the exhibition on that blog. Apart from Ema Tavola’s Colour Me Fiji blog, my blog was the only online documentation of that exhibition. Because my blog had personal stuff, I kind of stopped blogging because of the number of hits I was getting due to the exhibition.

Then last year, in a span of five days I saw images of an Ikea rug called Alvine Triangel (sadly no longer in production) that reminded me of Fijian tapa. Read all about it here.

Top image via The Design Files, bottom via image via tangata o te moana nui

After wards I kept seeing Pacific influences in designs and furniture on blogs and in magazines. I wanted to share these but found that I wasn’t reaching a wider audience by posting it on my personal page on Facebook or Twitter. I missed blogging and with the encouragement of Peter Sipeli, I created Urban Viti in May last year.

Urban Viti has now become a blog about contemporary Pacific. It features interviews, information about exhibitions, performances, events etc., design finds from rugs to jewelry that have Pacific influences and DIY projects.

To celebrate Urban Viti turning one, I’m giving away one  digital print from my an/other oceania series that is currently on exhibition at Pacific Storms at the Logan Art Gallery in Logan, Queensland, Australia.

Top digital prints by Tongan Sydney based artist, Telly Tuita  and bottom prints an/other oceania by Dulcie Stewart. Opening night of Pacific Storms at Logan Art Gallery 20 May, 20011.

The 12 digital prints are inspired by a series of photographs I have published online called i see oceania.

 “As a person born of oceania, living and travelling cities of concrete and steel, I catch a glimpse of oceania everywhere. Be it people, trees, shadows, buildings etc…i see oceania.” [Extract from i see oceania blog]

an/other oceania are snapshots of buildings, public transport, bridges, iconic structures, pylon, man holes, drainage grates, even shadows that have Pacific motifs.

The use of geometric designs and repetitive linear lines is prominent in traditional (like tatau, tapa, woven mats, adornments etc.) and contemporary Pacific art. an/other oceania is my interpretation of these geometric and linear lines in diaspora.

Read more about i see oceania and the an/other ocenia series here and about Pacific Storms here.

Once lucky person will have a chance to choose one 10″ x 10″ (254mm x 254mm) digital print from the 12 set. There are two ways to win:

1. Comment on this post below

2. Comment on Urban Viti’s Facebook page here

Winners will be chosen randomly and announced 17 June, 2011.

Nui taka. Brisbane, Australia. 9 May, 2011.

Nui taka – hope in Fijian

Four Vasu. Brisbane, Australia. 25 March, 2011.

Vasu – maternal links in Fiji. Vasu also refers to the 2008 Vasu: Pacific Women of Power exhibition in Fiji

Shield my heart from this feeling.  Brisbane, Australia. 2 February, 2011.

Vasua (close up). Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia. 2 January, 2011.

Vasua – clam in Fijian

Ika: engineering its way through the red haze. Hawken Building, School of Engineering, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. 9 May, 2011.

Ika – fish in Fijian

i see oceania in shadows. Brisbane, Australia. 7 January, 2011.

Ema’s Unsettled Earth Pylon in Melbourne City. Melbourne, Australia. 11 March, 2011.

In reference to Ema Tavola’s artwork Unsettled Earth Pylon City (2006)

Re-connecting with Aoeteroa vanua. Auckland Habour Bridge, New Zealand. November, 2010.

Vanua – family in Fijian

Originally published on i see oceania   on 17 February, 2011.

Weaving my story over the river. Story Bridge, Brisbane, Australia. 12 February, 2011.

Silver mat with yellow and black trimmings. On bus 109, Brisbane, Australia. 24 February, 2011.

Originally published on i see oceania   on 24 February, 2011.

Black mats. Norman Park Train Station, Brisbane, Australia. February, 2011.

Black and yellow atualoa. Queensland Rail Train, Brisbane, Australia. November, 2010.

Atualoa – centipede in Samoan. Used often in Samoan tatau/tattoo

The digital prints have being taken from an iPhone using Hipstamatic app.

Once lucky person will have a chance to choose one 10″ x 10″ (254mm x 254mm) digital print from the 12 set. There are two ways to win:

1. Comment on this post below

2. Comment on Urban Viti’s Facebook page here

Winners will be chosen randomly and announced 17 June, 2011.


22 thoughts on “Urban Viti turns 1!

  1. miaserenia says:

    Congratulations Dulcie on turning one. I recognize the roof of the Opera House (was that taken on a hot January day in 2011?) I love the photos and again, congratulations to you and the contributors who have made this blog so interesting. Lolomas, mia

  2. tagi says:

    happy birthday, urban viti!
    we’re lucky to have you.
    i get inspired every time i come by (which i must do more often). i love, love, love an/other oceania.


    • Dulcie S. says:

      Thanks Tagi! You might get to see a smaller version of some of them when you’re in Auckland…that’s if I remember to mail it out soon to that cat Lulu.

  3. ESQ says:

    WOW you’ve grown so fast! he he Congratulations UV on turning 1.
    I enjoy UV because I can read up and view work by Oceania’s ‘artisans’ and the like. I especially like the juxtaposition of materials in some of the entries you’ve posted 🙂 Also I love looking at things so quite enjoyed your pictures in ‘an/other oceania’.
    Congratulations again and Well done Ms. Stewart may UV continue to thrive and be a strong voice for us all.

    • Dulcie S. says:

      Party’s in December in Suva City…I should aye, have an Urban Viti party/exhibition when I’m over in December…hmmm…what you have started Wilson (who’s Wilson? bhahahahah)….

  4. Mat says:

    Love your work Dulcie, I’m sure you’re inspiring more and more Pasifika people to blog and share our art, style, attitude and voice with the world.
    Particularly love the ‘atualoa’ piece above; its as though the caterpillar is crawling over us, blessing us with the touch of the earth our ancestors walked upon. May they continue to watch you too

    • Dulcie S. says:

      Vinaka Matt for your kind words. I checked out your blog – you should blog more!

      My favourite line is: “Mana is oxygen passing through the gills of the i’oro, filling up the lungs of the temamfua to give voice to the haharagi.”

  5. Paul Inggamer says:

    Congratulations on your birthday ! You are so talented… so creative, colorful, intriguing.. I love the collections of frames, photos and art and how things get together. Thanks for sharing!

    Always look forward to viewing your work

  6. D says:

    motifs woven into metal and printed on plastic in places where pandanus leaves and barkcloth scarce recall other than in the fertile imaginations yearning for distant shorelines where sunlight plays on clear lagoons

  7. Johanna Ram says:

    Great work Dulcie! You have a natural flare for Pacific art… Thanks for bringing your audience such beautiful stories….

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