Art Medium: Flax Weaving
Open for viewing by appointment during the year.
During Raglan Arts Weekend 2020, 11-13 April, opening times are 10am to 5pm.
Since February 2019 I’ve lived in Whaingaroa (Raglan). Originally coming from Germany in the late 80’s, I fell in love with the wild and magical beauty of Aotearoa New Zealand.
I started weaving while I lived up North and was taught by my master teacher Elke Radewald. I attended a Weaving Wānanga at Pa Te Aroha Marae in Whirinaki, Hokianga in 2013. Since learning to weave it has become my passion. Working with harakeke has taught me about designs, patterns, working with geometry to create items that exhibit balance and harmony. It has also taught me more about myself as a person, and it has sparked my interest in learning about Māori cultural practices (tikanga) and the language (te reo).
My creations are inspired by nature, the seasons and Māori legends.
I have previously exhibited my works in the Glencairn Garden Store and Eyespy Shop in Waipu, as well as Waipu markets.
In 2015 I exhibited my works at the Arataki Visitor Centre, in the Waitākere Ranges and Titirangi market.
In June 2018 I entered the Raglan Art to Wear event with my flax dress and I came second in the Kaitiakitanga category.
I offer flax weaving workshops by appointment. Please contact me if you are interested.
Photo: Stuart Mackenzie