Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
This brooch was made by Jason Hall in 2004. It is created from sterling silver coated in red paint. Red Flag is part of a series of four flag brooches, each of which is coloured either black, white, red, or blue. The flag brooches relate closely to The Gate Between series, also made of sterling silver coated with paint, and, like The Gate Between, they are based on found patterns taken from reproduction wrought-iron gates commonly found in suburbs around New Zealand. Symbols of identity Red Flag is coated with the ochre paint from the official Aalto Mäori colour range. This is one of the ways that Hall establishes a link between the Flag series and Mäori köwhaiwhai (scroll painting, typically on rafters of meeting houses) patterns. Hall's work sets up an interaction between the Union Jack flag and köwhaiwhai - both of which were emblems of identity for Päkehä and Mäori respectively in the nineteenth century. Black and blue The flag brooches were first shown in Jason Hall: Ornaments ...