Drum Pasifika was created to serve the Pacific Island community in Australia and the first two issues were printed. However, due to the demand and interest from people outside of Australia the publishers have decided to make Drum Pasifika digitally available online only. You can now purchase a copy of the magazine both individually per issue or on a subscription basis for 1 or 2 years.
Urban Viti is featured in this months issue! The article is based on my Kerei posts. Kerei means to borrow or borrowed in Fijian.
Drum Pasifika, August 2011. Page 17.
The article talks about the influences in mainstream designs that in my opinion have Pacific influences. For example, the Urban Outfitters tapestry pictured above on the right. The tapestry reminds me of Niuean hiapo and its stylistic features with the use of botanical motifs within a grid. See original post here.
Or the collection of Australian designers sass and bide (pictured on the left). Their recent collections scream Pacific influences with their repetitive geometric designs and use of feathers. See original post here.
This months issue also features news from around the Pacific region and in Australia, Pacific Stories, Drodrolagi Movement, the revival of tapa making on Pitcairn Island, the outcomes of the Kava Conference held last month by the Australian Kava movement on the ban of kava in Australia and heaps more.
You can read up more on Drum Pasifika here, where I talanoa with the editor and founder, Iva Tora.
Update 15 March 2013: Drum Pasifika ceased publication in 2011. Only Issues 1 – 3 were published.