From the ‘lace-leaf’ idea I have developed a Manu series in which colours and patterns are inspired by New Z ealand native birds, many of which are threatened species. The leaf tips with attached muka are divided into narrow strips and woven using raranga techniques while the muka is woven into bobbin lace. The resulting sculptural form suggests fleeting glimpses of the bird and snatches of its call. The work also reflects the intricate weave of relationships in an ecosystem and the understanding that different cultures attach different values to individual species and the places in which they live.
‘Birds’ at ArtsPost Galleries, Hamilton, New Zealand
Solo Exhibition 2015