Walks in the Waitakere Ranges

Have just found this draft which was started late last year, so I thought I should finish it. In November I spent a week near the Waitakere Ranges just north of Auckland, and had the opportunity for some lovely bush walks. Paddocks and regenerating forest – Manuka a nursery species.  Ponga, tree ferns, Kauri alongside the…

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Explore Find Collect Discover

Progressing with my little piece of fanciful endeavour. The weather is too hot to do much but I am enjoying this evening pastime.  Trying to contextualise this piece, I found it lends itself to ‘something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue’.  The ‘borrowing’ comes from Spirit Cloth, so thanks to Jude for her inspiration…

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Leaf Prints from Glentui Valley

I am starting out on a printmaking journey. I have a new press, new inks and new paper, so lots of experimentation and not a lot of resolved or finished work just yet. I do enjoy the discovery of new ideas and methods. I have been been printing with two good friends, Ruth Stanton McLeod, printmaker…

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Steam and Solar Dyes – New Zealand Plants

In this post I collect together the New Zealand plants I have recently used in steam and solar dyeing. Hebe species.  Steamed bundles Hebe flowers and leaves were laid out on opposite sides of two silk bundles, with hebe twigs for the core. After steaming the leaves produced yellow and the flowers a mix of blue…

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