Weaving is my passion. I began weaving with harakeke (NZ flax – phormium tenax) and similar plant fibres in about 2000.
I love working with harakeke. It has endless possibilities both in technique and form. I use it both as a natural and dyed fibre. The variations in colour and pattern that can be obtained in its natural state can be stunning, and I have become excited about the use of colour by dyeing the fibre. I have expanded from weaving small containers and the more traditional kete (baskets) into art pieces such as wall hangings and sculptural works. I am continually looking at new ways of using the fibre, which I mainly harvest from bushes growing in my garden.
Besides using the traditional Maori weaving technique of raranga, I use many other basket-making techniques and I make paper. I also weave on a loom and am looking at ways of combining both aspects of my weaving life.
My work is largely influenced by my surroundings – the beautiful, rugged South Island’s West Coast.