While I was away for 10 days in Blenheim I went to the opening of Do Make-Make Do, an exhibition of works by Val Griffith Jones. It was a selection of whimsical and yet quite severe social comment through the fibre medium. I was particularly drawn to the sofa/couch works on display. Although it is a 3 dimensional craft, the display of knitted work is often presented in a very 2 dimensional way. This exhibition definitely presented knits in all its 3 dimensional glory.
|Fibre wreath commemorating the Anzacs and in recognition of the passing of one of their members , made by the local guild.|
Anzac Day. This year was the first time I have been to a service for many years and it was quite a moving experience. 100 years of ANZAC will be remembered in 3 years time and this years parade has inspired me to start work on some pieces for the centennial in 2015.
I spent some time at the Blenheim Museum. This maori cloak known as a korowai, is made from the muka/long fibres of the harekeke/NZ flax bush. It is an 1800's example of the traditional off-loom weaving that is so familiar to all NZ weavers.
|Close-ups of weavings by Peg Moorehouse|
The reason I was at the Blenheim Museum was because Peg Moorehouse had an exhibition of her work there. Peg is one of NZ's best known and earliest contemporary weavers. Her work on display showed work from the 1980's through to the present day and was an inspiration. Click on the link in the right hand column to see more of her stunning works.
|Weaving by Ann Cameron|
This weaving was on display as part of the NZ/Australian display of tapestry works traveling between both countries, and entitled Circles and Sqaures. This piece caught my eye as it was such an interesting interpretation of tapestry, as well a stunningly simple design that was like a magnet to my eye.