Small 'Magic Kete’. Learn how to prepare flax, ready for weaving, and to weave a small two-corner kete. Come away with a completed small weaving having learnt some basic weaving techniques. Continue again later on when we make Small ‘Rourou’in the next workshop. We will open with a waiata and mihi/introductions for both workshops.
Both workshops will include demonstration, and hands-on experiential learning, about how to prepare harakeke/flax leaves for weaving, and how to weave one of two different small projects.
Participants will come away with a completed small piece of weaving each, and with having learnt some basic flax/harakeke weaving skills and techniques that they can continue to practice and experiment with later on. The workshops will be fully participatory, creative and hands-on. The group could work seated on the ground, in a circular-ish setting, in a space large enough to allow for handling of flax leaves, and spreading out weaving materials in front of each participant.
Suitable for: adults only
Duration: 120 minutes
Presenters: Maureen Harte and Beate Franke
Maureen is a self-employed artisan flax/harakeke weaver, resident in Golden Bay. She began her creative journey of learning to weave flax/harakeke in year 2000, in Rotorua, where she lived at the time. For two years there she attended weekly community night classes learning flax weaving –at Waiariki Polytech the first year, and at Maori Arts and Crafts Institute (now called Te Puia) the second year. In 2002 she came to Golden Bay for a long visit, and the following year relocated here permanently. At the beginning of her time in Golden Bay she worked part time in conventional employment, and at the same time developed her weaving practice, creating and selling haraeke/flax weaving through various shops and galleries around NZ, and at the Nelson Market. Maureen facilitated her first flax weaving workshop during her 2002 stay in Golden Bay.