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Beauty and the Beast - a Conceptional Yarn

July 2019

Once upon a time... there was a land far away from all the other continents on earth with a unique flora and fauna and no mammals - this land was later called Aotearoa and then New Zealand. Amongst numerous endemic beings was a plant nowadays known as Harakeke, Phormium tenax or New Zealand Flax. When Maori settled in Aotearoa they discovered it's many unique qualities. It was an important fibre, medicine and food plant, and to this day treated as taonga/treasure. This is the "Beauty" in my little yarn story. It shall embody the natives, the beloved, the good.  Read more...

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Colours of the Land

May 2019

“When we use botanical dyes, we’re doing more than just putting colour to fabric (fibres), we’re encoding the fabric (fibres) with a memory of a plant, a reflection of a place and time.” Nancy Traugott, Selvedge Magazine, Issue 57
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Intertwined

November 2018

For the last couple of months I have been working on a special piece for a special exhibition "I AM WOMAN" on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. New Zealand was the first country in the world giving women the right to vote in 1893.  Read more...

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Same same, but different

September 2018

This new art work of mine is about our differences and similarities as human beings. Yes, we come in different sizes and colours, yet we are all spun from the same fluff - constantly unfolding. Read more...

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Award Winning Yarns

August 2018

I'm usually not outcome or price driven, but have to admit I really wanted this one, as I love these textured yarns from the bottom of my heart! And Y-A-Y!!! got it "Excellence Award - Spinning" and I might keep floating on clouds for the rest of my life! :)
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From the Deep

June 2018

...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"  Read more...

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The grass is green enough where I am! - Part 2

November 2017

Last month I wrote about my latest experiments with spinning grass and how much I enjoyed every moment of it. Not only the process was intriguing, I also loved the finished yarns. So slowly an idea evolved: how about weaving a narrow piece and then sculpture it into something without a plan what it should become?  Read more...

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Leaves cannot die

August 2017

I'm very excited to be part of a wonderful exhibition at the Percy Thomson Gallery in Stratford, Taranaki. "The artworks embody the ‘Down to Earth’ theme, where a relationship with the natural world exists, or a partnership where the earth provides inspiration and shares sustainable resources." Read more...

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Winter Solstice!

June 2017

It's happening again: the shortest days of the year in the southern and the longest in the northern hemisphere. Can you see the yarn for winter solstice on the left and summer solstice on the right side? Read more...

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