I began weaving in 2008. I love the whole process of taking what seem to be very ordinary leaves and transforming them into something beautiful. I appreciate the structure, detail and precision involved in this traditional Maori art form.
All the items I make are hand woven and mostly from natural fibres. The most common medium I use is harakeke (New Zealand flax). It is such a well-known NZ icon, yet for many people its potential is unrecognised. To me, it is symbolic of all things Kiwi – natural, practical and versatile.
I have just completed my Bachelor of Maori Visual Arts at Te Wananga o Aotearoa. I am also a member of Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa. I am grateful to teachers and raranga whanau (colleagues) who have been generous in sharing their knowledge and experience with me.
Now it is my turn to share what I am learning . . .