Silk historian, author of two books on the Secrets of Silk, lecturer on the history of silk, embroidery, silk producing countries, Silk Road, medieval spinners, dyers and weavers, fashion.
- Lecture on Medieval History at Auckland University
- Working with silk
- Identification and care of silk fabrics
- Lots of fun projects based around silk
I have been working with textiles for more than 30 years now, regularly exhibiting and teaching around New Zealand, and more recently in Australia, Britain and the United States. My work is held in private collections in New Zealand, Australia, Britain, America, and Japan, and has gained a number of national awards. In my stitched work, I combine a wide range of cloth, also paper, print and found objects, to convey an idea or feeling. Another passion is handmade books and journals. My books and textiles share a natural affinity, in material and concept, tactile experience, and use of visual language.
- Surface Tension
- Needle Felting Surfaces for Stitch
- Make Your Mark
- Where Do You Start?
- Fabulous Fabric Covered Journal
See website for details, images, and information.
I have been weaving for almost 30 years and knitting from the age of 4 – even longer! These days I am happiest when seated at a loom, although I still knit as a hobby. Some years ago I went to Unitec to complete a Diploma of Design in the then existing Craft School. The three years then extended to four and I emerged with a Design Degree eager to set up my own studio. I now split my time between weaving and teaching and love every minute.
I’ve been concentrating on weaving flat weave floor rugs for the last three or four years, but in the last year I’ve been playing around again with small pieces of fabric. I often weave on my 8-shaft jack loom in the morning and on the rug loom in the afternoon.
- Design – 8 x 2 hour lessons OR 2 x 6 hour lessons
- Drawing for Non Drawers
- Drawing as a Springboard for Design
- Using Abstraction to Help Design
- 1/2 Day Classes:
- Flax Weaving For Beginners
- Expanding Your Creative Response: Telling Your Own Story
- Full Day Classes
- The Art Of Paper Making
- Tapestry By Design: Sharpen and Expand on Design Ideas
- Free Form Tapestry Weaving
I became involved with the felt medium 15 years ago after a long background of spinning and weaving. The ‘one-off’ nature of felting, together with the opportunity it offers for creative and innovative design and technique I found to be extremely addictive. I am particularly interested in the potential of felt to inject a new dimension in to high quality fashion garments and accessories.
Over the past 6 years, tutoring has played a major role in my life. Students love the instant rewards that felt offers – the surprise and excitement that they have created for themselves. In 2004 I opened a Felt Textile Gallery in Te Aroha where I have my studio and also run regular workshops. Since 2004 I have also been tutoring in Australia on a regular basis teaching beginners through to experienced felters. I enjoy the opportunity to share my knowledge and skills of felting and hope to continue to do so in the future both in New Zealand and further afield.
- Feltmaking from the beginner to the more advanced plus designing, making, fitting and finishing felted garments.
- A large moulded felted bag will be decorated with textured prefelts to create a very individual design.
1 Day Workshops
Felting Techniques & Tips
Two classes available – 1 for beginner felters and 1 for advanced felters
Students will create a Felt Dictionary which incorporates many different surface and 3D embellishments.
Using the resist method of felting students will learn techniques which can lead them to create hats, bags, boots or sculptures.
Blend a Fabric
This is a very different way of layering colour, fabrics, yarns to create a very textured piece of fabric which can be used in a garment, accessory or wall hanging
Cobweb Felt Wrap and Flower
Students will learn to lay out 1 fine single layer of wool to create a luxurious wrap which will be fastened with a fun flower broach.
Felted Lattice Techniques
Students will learn a number of different styles of felted lattice to create a wrap or scarf.
Felted Pocket Bag
This involves straight techniques incorporating a number of different sized pockets to create a very useful decorative bag.
2 Day Workshops
- Felted Mosaic Bags
- Felted Flower Cushion, using 3D techniques students will create an amazing flower cushion