"From traditional fishing hooks, to tapa prints, to shark teeth FONU is repping the Pacific in a way that is accessible to international markets, but still preserving its essence."
Mai Life Style - Fiji & The Pacific, Autumn/Winter 2015
Anga'aefonu Bain-Vete (Fonu) ⌲ Designer/Creative Director
Anga'aefonu (aka Fonu) is a Pacific Islander artist from Fiji, with Tongan, Tahitian & European heritage. She graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2007 with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting, and later completed a Master of Visual Culture at Monash University, Melbourne. She has since worked on Art & Community Cultural Development projects, and as a commissioned and exhibiting artist.
As an enthusiastic jewellery lover all her life, Fonu saw huge potential (and necessity!) in combining Pacific textiles and handicraft with luxe metals, in a way that could draw the legacy of our craft traditions into contemporary wearable pieces. FONU Jewellery for her is about honouring both the aesthetic and spiritual beauty of Pacific design by making elegant pieces that are also imbued with cultural significance.
Across all her ventures Fonu is consistently inspired by multi-culturalism, and relationships between the self, community, and culture, both local and global.
See Anga'aefonu's Art Folio at www.angaaefonu.net