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Layers of Time

November 2019

This artwork was part of our exhibition "Listening to the Land, an Exploration of Connection to Place". It is a multimedia installation circling around a glass vessel filled with muka (fibre from harakeke / phormium tenax).
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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 local, 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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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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Cotton Love - The Weaving

March 2018

Following up the "Cotton Love" blog post from January I can finally announce that the scarf is off the loom! YAY! And yes it's been a labour of love for about one year - all the fibre preparation, spinning, spindling, plying, crocheting, botanical dyeing, experimenting, more spinning and finally the weaving.  Read more...

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Natural dyeing with Harakeke seed pods

February 2018

In case you're following my blog and have been waiting patiently for my woven summer scarf - I'm so sorry to tell you it's not finished yet as I'm busy with dyeing from Harakeke seed pods right now. The season for this beautiful dye source is almost over and I thought it would be a good time to share how I'm doing it. So the scarf has to wait another few weeks but here comes my "How to dye with Harakeke Seed Pods". Read more...

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