M A D Maori Art Design® was formed in 2007 as a interior design company. From 2015, we became a retailer offering our own in-house design collections, with our online store launch in 2015.
Since 2015, our focus has been on building our business and identity as one of New Zealand’s emerging lifestyle brands.
We envision M A D Maori Art Design becoming a major contributing archiver of New Zealand visual culture: celebrating New Zealand’s heritage, indigenous and contemporary art and design.
Christina Clarke is M A D Maori Art Design’s MD-CEO and Lead Designer since the lifestyle brand opened in 2015. In her roles, she leads and is responsible for, the company across all management facets; M A D’s design partners in meeting the company’s design strategy for surface design applications and interior, fashion and bespoke collections.
Christina is a registered Pae Tahi Maori Design Practitioner with Ngā Aho, a national network of Maori Design Professionals represented in the fields of architecture, commercial design, engineering, landscape architecture, business, planning and project and resource management.
Christina attended Wellington Polytechnic (now COCA, Massey University Wellington) in Fashion Design and Technology of which resulted in the launch of her first company DSYN (2001-2009) formerly designing Menswear and Womenswear. She also attended the Hetet School of Maori Art in Ngā Mahi A Te Whare Pora along with creative workshops with the Hutt Art Society (screen-printing, textiles, jewellery), Inverlochy Art School (screen-printing), Onslow College Community Education (upholstery) and Made on Marion (lampshades).
She also worked for various fashion, children’s and interior design companies in consultative sales and retail management building her foundation in design and textiles. Through this time Christina developed her own textile prints which has since developed to include surface design for a wide range of product and surface applications.
Christina grew up in the north island of New Zealand living in suburbia Wellington and Auckland, volcanic desert and snow mountains of Waiouru and family trips to the far north Hokianga and Taranaki. She also practices and teaches the art of Maori weaponry martial arts to which reinforces her creative delivery in art and design.
Currently Christina lives in Wellington, New Zealand working as a Surface Designer, Interior Decorator and Artist. She divides her time between her creative roles and building M A D Maori Art Design®.