The $1 bread days

Posted by Geneva Pomana on


We lived in a 3 bedroom house in Cannons Creek Porirua with our new son Rimu. His bed was a single seater sofa jammed up in the corner next to our bed. The house was cold in winter… I remember it being warmer outside than it was in.

Wiremu was studying music and I was at home with Rimu. I don’t remember how we paid the rent but that was the thing we always paid first. I do remember being a size 8 and hungry haha.

We would sit at our wobbly kitchen table and chat while Wiremu drew - pencil and cartridge paper were the tools of the time. I thought his work was really fine and beautiful. 

I guess these sessions were a little escape and they kept us warm (thanks also to the open oven) and as his collection grew so did the ideas of what to do with them.


PAPATUANUKU - Origin - Hereford Street Porirua 1998


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  • Revolutionaotearoa Porirua Mall, shoes apparel, returned again and again, original and eye catching. My first tamoko with Wiremu which now covers my chest, back, sholuders, bi ceps. While sitting for these Wiremu also produced the beat to “Proliferation”. A long time coming, not too far now. Outstanding artist! Original!

    Rhys Twomey on
  • I pictured the whole story. More more please

    Herani on
  • I have this hanging on my whare, look how far youse have come your both amazing xx

    Louise Hakaraia on
  • This was one of the first pieces of artwork I got from you. Spent ages looking for all the animals within it. I’ve still got an A4 print and cards from back then. Wow that was 22 years ago

    Byron Maxwell on
  • Far yea remember the early days, the $1 bread, the warmth of the sun outside laying in the bed wishing it felt warm n side. Kids all n made up beds . We’ve come along way. Who would of thought yeh. Too much Wiremu.

    Janine Taylor on

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