Gold.Flax.Paper Exhibition 2019

Gold.Flax.Paper Exhibition was held in the Carnegie Gallery Hokitika, 1 March – 27 April 2019.


Gold.Flax.Paper is a collaboration of three Hokitika artists:

Kate Buckley – paper

The natural environment strongly influences our work. While our work is very different, it is also very complimentary.


The exhibition provided motivation to create a new body of work. For some time, I have been wanting to create more sculptural wall art. Freshly woven harakeke is quite flexible and can be manipulated into three dimensional shapes. They hold their shape when dried.

I also created a series of 2-dimensional works based on circles, and a large rectangular piece with plaited koru.

I enjoy creating coloured works. But, for this exhibition, I deliberately chose to work mainly with natural undyed fibre. I kept colour to blues and greens, which are dominant in our environment.

Exhibition opening and artist talks

There was a good turnout to the opening and to the artist talks we gave the following day.


This is the first time I have exhibited in an exhibition like this. It was a challenging and fulfilling experience. I was thrilled with the emotional response people had to my work. It is most rewarding and satisfying when people feel something and get pleasure pleasure from what I create. And then selling work is always a bonus.

I would like to thank my fellow artists and friends, Kira and Kate. Also, a special thanks to Louise who helped us set up the Gold.Flax.Paper exhibition.

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