...my latest artwork which was on show for the last couple of weeks at the Lysaght Watt Gallery in Hawera. Every year they call for entries on a specific topic from artists throughout New Zealand. This year’s theme was "Rising" and my piece is about roots and their important role in any growing - not only in the plant world. "Complex forces work their magic in the dark. From this deepness a flower blooms, ideas are rising & stories will be passed on"
The story of this piece has started last year shortly before Christmas. Back then I met a woman who has become a very important part of my life. A fibre artist herself she grows Harakeke plants (NZ-Flax) on her beautiful property in Taranaki and it's there where I now have a special relationship to a special plant.
She taught me everything from harvesting the leaves and extracting the fibres called muka. It's a magic process handed down from one Maori generation to another. Well, traditionally it's done with a mussel shell but that is something I haven't mastered yet.
Nevertheless I have fallen in love with muka and I knew I had to spin it! Once again I realised that every piece I create starts with my relationship to the materials and how I spin them. It's the yarn which will lead the way to the finished piece. As I spin my creative energies arise and bloom!
From the Deep - a fibre sculpture exploring the relationship between my baltic sea heritage and south pacific influences, a journey across the ocans. The process of spinning natural fibres I gather and prepare myself allows me to put my roots down where I am now, feeling the deep connection with Papatūānuku and all beings coming from her.
Hand spun muka (NZ-Flax) dyed with harakeke seed pods; wool, alpaca & silk hand spun on wire; baltic amber; driftwood