Fibre Art

Charlotte Scott

Fibre Art

Charlotte Scott is a Northland based textile artist.  Her work depicts narratives of the natural world and her medium is cloth, needle and thread.

Charlotte describes the close connections she feels with her female ancestors when she tells stories with her stitches, “There is something evocative about cloth.  We are wrapped in it at birth and then again at death.  Every culture uses cloth or woven material of some kind, and every culture has strong traditions surrounding the colour, the patterns, the substrate.  And it’s the women who are most involved in these traditions – my needle connects me to hundreds and thousands of other women who have observed our world and placed stitches in fabric to mark what they saw.”

Charlotte colours her own cloth, either with dye or paint, then cuts, layers and quilts her work, using the texture of the quilting stitches as an integral element of the final design.

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Jane Shaw

Ceramics Fibre Art

Creativity has always been fostered by my family. After being encouraged to pursue this, I studied 3D design at Bath Academy of Art, UK, with a focus on ceramics. I graduated with a BA(Hons) degree and received an invaluable education with both artistic and intellectual stimulation.

My passion has always been first and foremost clay; I love throwing vessels on the wheel, manipulating them to incorporate figurative aspects, and impressing detail using locally collected shells for emphasis. Stoneware glazes reflect my interest in the colours and textures of this region.

Recent circumstances have given me the opportunity to develop my skills in textile arts, classes in patchwork and quilting have fed my enthusiasm for fabrics, and I enjoy exploring my visual influences through textiles, playing with colour and stitching.

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Kaikohe Weavers

Fibre Art

We are a group of experienced weavers who gather regularly to support, encourage and challenge each other in our development of skills.

We are diverse in our backgrounds, cultures and experience, but all connect to Northland and our group meets in Kaikohekohe.

Our aim is to research and revitalise traditional weaving skills while at the same time developing contemporary expressions of those skills.

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Lah Herk

Fibre Art

Mrs Herk doesnt just weave hats - she creates living art using traditionally prepared native fibres.

She brings an elegance to her mahi(work) with Tahitian influences.

These are more than just potae (hats).  Feel the fashion, wear the Art? Own your originality with a Mrs Herk Hat.

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