Saturday, September 9, 2017

New York Works

Explorative works from New York studio...... 


Our stories; land, rivers, rain, light, shadows, sun, farms, homes, work, growth, birth, sickness, loss….



the nature of duality.....

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, 
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


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


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. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Waiheke headland Sculpture on the Gulf 2017
Maureen Lander and the Kaihanga Kara Collective Mahi Kara flag project...