Rowan Heap

Stripping feathers and fur: a decolonizing lens on illustration and visual narrative.

Tokitoki and James Caddell – Title page and end-papers.
Tokitoki and James Caddell – Chapter title illustration.
Tokitoki and James Caddell – 'Clinker' illustrated spread.
Tokitoki and James Caddell – 'Chief's hands' illustrated spread.

Master of Design

In this practice-led thesis I explore how visual narrative can reframe early Māori / Pākehā encounters from a decolonizing perspective. The project focuses on a case study of Māori / Pākehā encounter that occurred around Foveaux Strait in 1810. The project orients audiences, via storytelling and visual narrative, to the perspectives of the two central protagonists, Tokitoki and Caddell, using a practice-led methodology informed by decolonization theory and focalization.

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