I am learning to print my Lino design. My Mum Mavis taking a break from scraping thatch.
ABOUT MERALDA AND MAVIS
My name is Meralda Warren and I am a 7th Generation Pitcairn Islander. Born and raised here on Pitcairn over 50 years ago to my parents the Late Jacob Ralph Warren and my mum Mavis Mary Warren nee Brown.
I am proud to follow my ancestry from my polynesian foremothers who the Otato (consorts) to the men who came here to Pitcairn Island on the H.M.A.V Bounty in 1790.
Mauatua & Fletcher Christian
Vahineatua & John Mills
Teio & William McCoy
Toofaiti & Edward Young
Taoupiti & Thursday October Christian (Mauatua's first born)
Teio & John Adams
Tevarua & Mathew Quintal
Wussing I do
I teach Pitkern culture and language at school. I have been teaching our small group of Island children since 2005.
After many years of working hard for our community, I have eased into what I love doing. teaching the kids and my passion for art.
In 1984 I headed for the big Island of Hawaii and study the art of water colour in the Kona coffee art school run at the time by Bob and Carol Rogers who are no longer with us.
I was enthused in my younger days to paint the many landscapes of PI and Oeno Island but soon responsibilities took over here on our small Island. My paints grew hard in their tubes and my Brushes dried out.
Travelling with patients to New Zealand and Tahiti and taking up Nursing, Radio Operator for the shore to ship skeds from ZBP station and twice daily contact with Auckland international Radio telephone link, Working in our Co-op store, Council member for many years as well as being the Governors appointee member to council a few times, Becoming the first female Police & Immigration Officer for a few years. Lands Commission president, Lands court member, Bee keeper since 1978. ASL operator for siesmic Vault, Installing wireless networking throughout Adamstown, Duncan cleaner, Contract Lawnmowing jobs, and many misc jobs inc Tourism and Entertainment. PHEWWwww. it became apprent to me that what I enjoy most is my art. his is getting pushed aside whilst I am working these time consuming no pay or low paid positions which was making me very tired and yes....Bitchy....Not Nice huh.......I was determined to get my smile back and be the pleasant person I once was.
All exciting in its time as we faced new challenges.
Amongst it all I became a determined and avid Amatuer radio gal. VP6MW (Victor Papa 6 Mighty Woman). working 100's of thousands of people on my little Yaesu FT77 and different Yaesu rigs. One of the most exciting DXpeditions I went on are the ones in 2002 & 2003 when Kan JA1BK invited me along with 4 other VP6 and members from Japan, Germany and USA to Ducie Island. I loved it and became the first female operator to work from Ducie. I was mainly working morse code on that DXpedition.
I have been very fortunate in life to have travelled to many many countries and have throughly enjoyed them all. It is so wonderful to see people and to catch up with different cultures. I will always be grateful for those ones who believed in me and for those who have finaced my trips so as I can share their paradise.
Now I am making a change for 2009 and will be pacing myself into wind down mode as I recover from a spinal operation performed in November 2008. I have taken up my brushes again and loving it. Discovering the traditions of making Tapa cloth and dying the cloth with the natural dyes have really charged me up as an artist. Being a part of the Ahu sista's group have made dreams come true for me.
With great friends and my dear family who have helped me through 2008, I am determined to keep that smile on my face and make 2009 a better part of my life.
MEET MY MOTHER MAVIS
Mum was born in 1936 and have outlived my Dad Jacob.
Retired from being the first Postmisstress on Pitcairn Island, She worked alongside her male Postmasters and collegues for 24 years.
She enjoys our home and her weavings and painted leaves. She is very skilled in her weaving and makes a variety of baskets.
Mum loves to potter in her garden and also to gather thatch for her weavings.
She adores having her great Grand kids pop in to say hi and the newest member of the family.
She have been a great support for me when I am getting ready for my first art exhibition In Tahiti in October 2008.
One great thing about my mum is that she is straight out front and will not beat around the bush.
She have a son my older brother Jay Warren and he too have made her very proud.
Jay is the Supervising Engineer for the Island and also the Head of the Department of Conservation. At present he is the Deputy Mayor for the Island but also served as the Mayor for 15 years.