Te Karaka Lodge commission – March 2023 I was engaged by FURNZ – Interior Design and Procurement Specialists – to create woven harakeke artworks for a new luxury lodge being built on Te Karaka Station near Port Waikako. This was my largest commission to date consisting of 20 artworks; a Continue Reading →
Circular weaving harakeke workshop – October 2023 I was invited by the Cheviot Craft Group to run a workshop on circular weaving with harakeke. I knew this would be a challenge for participants and it certainly was. But I was impressed with the perseverance the nine women showed over the Continue Reading →
Inspiration Inspired by my winning sculpture “Mantle” in this year’s Driftwood and Sand beach art event in Hokitika, I decided to create “Journeys” – a smaller, more refined work – for my entry in the 2023 Parkin Drawing Prize. Creating “Journeys” Artwork entry driftwood, stone, muka (harakeke/flax fibre) 900mm x Continue Reading →
I entered three harakeke artworks in the Left Bank Gallery members’ winter exhibition (23 May – 17 June 2023). The theme was ‘brain-sailing” Edward de Bono suggests that brainstorming is outdated, and brain-sailing is the way to go for new ideas. Brain-sailing is about cutting across normal patterns to produce Continue Reading →
Driftwood and Sand is a beach sculpture event held in the last week in January every year in Hokitika. Here is the story of my winning creation ‘Mantle’. Usually, I spend quite a lot of time beforehand walking on the beach, looking for materials and inspiration. But this year I Continue Reading →
“Into the Light”, the end-of-year exhibition for members opened at the Left Bank Gallery, Greymouth on 10 December 2022. It will run until 28 January 2023. I have two art works in the exhibition; ‘Shimmer” and ‘Golden Kōpae”.
I was invited to enter some sculptural weaving into the annual King’s College art exhibition in Auckland. It was a thrill to see ‘Serpentine” on the cover of the catalogue. This long tube was woven from harakeke (NZ flax) and loosely knotted. The other two were more of my looped Continue Reading →
In March 2022, I ran a one-day twining workshop for nine people from the Westland Creative Fibre group. These baskets were made using harakeke (New Zealand flax – phormium tenax).
I entered two art works into the inaugural Te Tai o Poutini Art Awards. handwoven harakeke (NZ flax – phormium tenax); wire 820mm x 1600mm h x 80mm Finalist and 3D Form – Highly commended I am always looking at new ways of incorporating harakeke into my art work. This Continue Reading →
The Left Bank Gallery in Greymouth hosted the second Gold.Flax.Paper Exhibition from 25 February to 19 March 2020. The first exhibition was in Hokitika a year ago. Gold.Flax.Paper: a collaboration of three Hokitika artists Kira Birchfield, jeweller – gold Anne Daniel, fibre artist – flax/harakeke Kate Buckley, visual artist – Continue Reading →