CHRISSY GARLICK

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Craft artist Ruth Fut­ter was at the Para­pa­raumu Li­brary sell­ing her hand­made woollen wares when she met Chrissy Garlick, and the pair have been firm friends ev­ery since. Garlick’s first story for North & South in Four Cor­ners ( page 24) tells how the 85-year- old is re­viv­ing the 19th- cen­tury Amer­i­can In­dian tra­di­tion of spin­ning and knit­ting gar­ments from chien­gora: dog fur. Fut­ter was born in the Dutch East Indies and her home is full of eclec­tic pieces, such as 50-yearold Ger­man sewing ma­chines, says Garlick, who isn’t aware of any pre­vi­ous ar­ti­cles that have been pub­lished here on the use of chien­gora – “not even in the care­fully combed news­let­ters of per­ti­nent New Zealand dog breed­ers, or arts and crafts so­ci­eties”. A free­lance jour­nal­ist and keen pho­tog­ra­pher, Garlick has writ­ten about the life of her own Spca-ac­quired dog, Kiri, and of Cae­sar, a leon­berger ther­apy dog who vis­its the el­derly in rest homes. She also works part-time as a read­ing re­search as­sis­tant.

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