Driftwood and Sand 2015

I love being involved with this annual event on Hokitika beach in the last week of January.


Neal the Eel

I responded to the call from Donald Buglass, the event founder, for a flax weaver to help him with his signature sculpture – a long-fin eel over 4m long. Donald built the body framework and carved the head and side fins out of driftwood, while I wove the body and dorsal and pectoral fins out of harakeke (NZ flax) and stuffed it with dry waste vegetation from a property by the beach. Neal the Eel took us five full days to complete, and generated a lot of interest amongst visitors to the beach. Angie Lim, a visitor from Malaysia, helped with the finishing touches to the weaving around the head. It was most enjoyable working in perfect summer weather on the beach. You can see in the photos how the colour of the harakeke changed over the week.

I was quite tired after this effort but found enough energy left to create my own entry, Homage to the Heavens. This consisted of three different size discs using small pieces of driftwood (sticks) woven together by twining with thin strips of harakeke. The discs were connected with thin nylon fishing line at the top and bottom to a driftwood frame and could spin vertically.

Read more about Driftwood and Sand here


2 Replies to “Driftwood and Sand 2015”

  1. donald

    Fantastic Anne!
    Thanks for stepping up for the challenge and doing such a great job. It was a pleasure working with you and knowing i could trust you to see it through to completion. What’s our next adventure? 😉

  2. Anne Post author

    It was a wonderful experience creating “Neal” with you, Donald. I had never done anything on this scale before. Thanks for putting your trust in me and allowing me to be part of it. Who knows what is next!

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