Be part of Hidden effort at workshop on Moce creating grave adornments

WHEN you visit the resting place of a loved one in Fiji, you don’t bring flowers you take fabrics instead and ‘dress’ the grave.

Selected for the first time in Hidden Rookwood Sculptures exhibition, which opens in October, artists Karlina and Lee Mitchell are inviting residents to help them create grave adornments for their Hidden entry at a free Moce (‘goodbye’ in Fijian) fabric stitching workshop at the Granville Centre on Saturday, July 8, 11am-1pm.
“Moce represents the cultural practice of adorning graves with meaningful fabrics and so we’re inviting others to remember loved ones by sewing fabrics, trinkets, embroidering and painting together at our workshop,” Karlina said.
“Much like a knitting circle, it will be an opportunity to have a chat and connect with likeminded people; you’re welcome to bring fabrics or clothing that remind you of passed family members to contribute.”
Sculptor Lee uses discarded objects to explore memory and belief, while Karlina is a multidisciplinary artist exploring cultural identities and belonging.
“You can also bring photos or any kind of memorial to a loved one which we will include, with people of all ages and backgrounds welcome,” Karlina said.