Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Shimmer - Weaving Dark to Light
Village Arts Gallery, Kohukohu, Hokianga

Highlights from the show....

Opening day, a special start to the show with special thanks to friends and family who travelled from Auckland and Kerikeri, the weavers from Pa te Aroha and Waiheke and of course all the special friends and visitors from around the Hokianga.....


 ( Photo courtesy of Lindsay Davidson)
(Photo courtesy of Lindsay Davidson)

(Photo courtesy of Lindsay Davidson) 

(Photo courtesy of Lindsay Davidson)

Grateful assistance with the curation of the show goes to Maureen Lander (installations), Marg Morrow, Linda Montgomery and Lindsay Antrobus Evans....



Play of Light (foreground): Harakeke (NZ Flax), copper pipe
Tauira Series (background): Muka (Flax fibre) and assorted media



 

Untitled Cape (foreground): Harakeke (NZ Flax), stainless steel mesh, peacock feather, polyurethane coated thread
Cloak of Light (background): Harakeke (NZ Flax), Raffia, Polyethylene



Photo courtesy of Rhys Evans




 
 Belonging (left) and Four Corner Kept

Knotted Net - Copper Mesh, silver, crystals, river stones and muka (flax fibre) 

"I want to be a little fish caught in this net!"




Photo courtesy of Rhys Evans

Hinaki Maquette - Copper Mesh, copper wire and crystals



"This body of work knocked my socks off! To master and use traditional skills in utterly inventive & creative ways . . . yet still respectful, even humble, to the history and origins of the knowledge. I needed a box of tissues! This is a lot more than an art exhibition!"


"The exhibition is truly superb, both in the work and the staging. The crafting is exquisite in detail, design and finish. 
The use of harakek (flax) is a common thread, used in traditional Maori style or innovatively in conjunction with other materials." 
Robin Shepherd   

Monday, March 13, 2017

Celebrating my return to the Hokianga in New Zealand with a solo show...

Shimmer - Weaving Dark to Light

Opening Saturday, March 25th at 11am 

Village Arts Gallery, 
Kohukohu, 
Hokianga, Northland, NZ

Open daily 10 to 4pm until 23rd April 



Shimmer - Weaving Light to Dark
The influences of studying under Mixed Media instructors Bruce Dorfman and Mariano del Rossario at the Art Students League of New York in 2016 can be seen in these new works, where harakeke fibres are combined with gold leaf, repurposed mink and other found items. 

Returning to the Hokianga in late 2016 and weaving on marae in the Hokianga and Waiheke inspired the series of delicate muka works which use natural hues and colours from each location to create tauira/samplers that represent diversity and connection to people and place.

The installations and sculptural objects, like those of her mentor Maureen Lander, combines traditional Maori crafts with Western sculptural or installation practices.  The common thread running through the show is the choice of harakeke as a medium and the fine crafting used within the work.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME - 'An existential exploration of space, place and identity'
Village Arts Gallery - Kohukohu, Hokianga


Group show of Northland Artists
18 February to 19 March 2017
Open daily 10am - 4pm











BELONGING - 2016

Dimensions:  350 (W) x 415 (H) x 50 (D)
Materials:  Muka (NZ flax fibre), driftwood, lace, wool, silk thread, cotton, tacks, copper nail, paper














MANNAHATTA - 2016

Dimensions:  185 (W) x 310 (H) x 20 (D)
Materials:  Muka (New Zealand Flax) Fibre, driftwood, copper pipe, 
copper sheet, found thread, found fishing rope (synthetic), 
paper handle, polyurethane and acrylic coated thread and reflective thread

Using mnemonic symbols to create subconscious connections to a place both past and present.  This 'subway map' represents Mannahatta, the island known today as Manhattan.

Driftwood and thread from the banks of the Hudson River and copper from discarded phone chargers portray the Upper West Side; blocks of spatial colour representing water and parks, subway stops along Broadways No.1 line  a flicker of the original bedrock of Central Park. 

Thursday, December 15, 2016


BIZARRE BAZAR - Dec 2016
Village Arts Gallery - Kohukohu, Hokianga


Works by Esteemed Artists and Makers of Hokianga
Opening 11am Saturday 17 December
17 December 2016 - 12 Feb 2017
Open daily 10am - 4pm





Two Corner Kete Pingao
Materials:  Pingao, Gold Leaf (Imitation)




Village Arts Gallery ·  Kohukohu · Hokianga · Northland
Tel: (09) 405 5827 ·  www.villagearts.co.nz

Monday, September 26, 2016

STREAMING TEARS III - February 2016

A response to the poem 'tissue'
By New Zealand based text-artist and writer Kelly Malone

'I cry most days viscose lines of streaming tissue'

From the original poem 
‘Every day I cry viscous tears of streaming lines’

Streaming Tears III is the third work in a series that responds to the poem ‘tissue’ by Kelly Malone.   The poem is written in morse code and performed in ayurvedic yogic breath.  The message within the weaving is veiled and disguied like the emotions and innermost feelings expressed in the poem.  

Pale grey thread, coated in minute reflective glass particles, barely reveals the lines of morse code woven within pattern.  Until the thread is illuminated, throwing out a brilliant light and revealing the code within. 

Supported by two turuturu or Maoari weaving sticks, the first of aged driftwood transitioning to the featurless balsa wood to represent the progression of time from past to present. 

The use of wire as a commencement ‘thread’ for the weaving creates a visual link to European influence, the settlement and farming practices of an industry that continues to adversly impact on the environment - a direct contrast to the sustainable practices associated with traditional methods of harvesting the muka fibre.

Dimensions: 190 (W) x 325 (H) x 25 (D) mm
Materials:  Muka (New Zealand Flax) Fibre, reflective thread, 
polyurethyne coated thread, wood, driftwood, balsa wood, 
wire and acrylic paint.



Monday, June 6, 2016

TATTED MUKA - May 2016

Dio Secret Art exhibition
In support of Diocesan Arts Centre... Over 250 works by well-known New Zealand artists and Diocesan students.  Each postcard-size canvas is priced at $100 - buy the work and your secret artist will be revealed!

Preview Thursday 9th June 2016
Exhibition on till 11th June



Title: Tatted Muka I & II
Materials: Muka Fibre (NZ Fax Fibre), 
Cotton Tatting, Polyurethane Coated Cotton,
Wooden Charm/Metal Charm













Saturday, February 13, 2016

A STUDY IN MINK - February 2016
The "best group show in New York" showcasing an exciting range of Mixed Media​ ​and Assemblage works by​ ​students of Bruce Dorfman's.


Opening reception Tuesday 16th February 6 to 8pm
on view until 20th February 2016
Student Concours
Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery
The Art Students League of New York
215W 57th Street, New York








A Study in Mink
Materials: Mink fur, harakeke/New Zealand Flax fibre, copper wire, diamanté, glass beads, driftwood
Dimensions (on stand): 380 W x 280 H x 255 D mm
"There's the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it." Sherlock Holmes, A Study in Scarlet, Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle