In 2009 Native Agent began collaborating with Bob Mcdonald on a collection of original coverings for his line one Chaise and sofa’s. Utilising woollen blankets, embroidery and appliqué, each covering is unique.

Native Agent features the creative handiwork of designer and artist Rona Ngahuia Osborne. Inspired by the meeting of Maori and Pakeha cultures in New Zealand’s colonial past

Woollen blankets were common items of trade between European settlers and Maori, so it is fitting that they form the foundation for many of Rona’s works.

Many of the defining themes in the work that Rona creates as Native Agent make historical references to land struggles that led to conflict and war, the trading of muskets and blankets for land, and the extinction of native flora and fauna. These struggles are as relevant today as they were at the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.

The work created as Native Agent has a profound resonance that speaks of Aotearoa’s combined histories, wild places and people. These stories add to our sense of identity and capture something the unique place we call home.

Native Agent is exclusively available through Native Agent 507b New North Rd Kingsland, www.nativeagent.co.nz