Moauli Prints was formed in 1994 by Christchurch Young PACIFICA & was driven by the energy of sister’s Amber Young & Loretta Young.
The foundation of Maouli Prints was in screen-printed textile designs with artist Loretta Young as the pivotal figure. Its aim was to develop & nurture the artistic talents of young Polynesian people & to promote Pacific art through a youth perspective. In its inaugural year the Workshop’s student’s (‘Oka Le Printers’) culminated their work with an exhibition of textiles at the Salamander Gallery.
In subsequent years the focus were live performance shows as part of the Christchurch Arts Festival. ‘The Moauli-Moasina Show’ in 1995 was immensely successful & followed by the ‘Return to Paradise’ show of 1997. Performing on many various occasions is a vibrant part of Polynesian family life, integrating the creation & wearing of costumes. Maouli extended this concept by encompassing modern & non-traditional materials, new ideas with interpretations; & importantly involving many talented young people who were able to express themselves as performers, musicians, artist, & designers in their own right.