BESPOKE WEAV­ING WITH LAINE TOIA

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A week at home re­cov­er­ing from an oper­a­tion launched Auck­lan­der Laine Toia’s weav­ing ca­reer. “I’ve al­ways been cre­ative,” she says. “When I was man­ag­ing In­die Home Col­lec­tive’s store I al­ways had Mon­days off – I used to re­fer to them as ‘craft Mon­days’.” But after surgery, Laine had to rest, “so I de­cided I was go­ing to cre­ate some­thing. My first weav­ing was born through that.” Laine’s handy­man hus­band made her a loom and she cre­ates her loose, or­ganic works out of all­nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als (see more on page 143). She’s now weav­ing full-time, sell­ing her works on com­mis­sion and at In­die Home Col­lec­tive.

Laine Toia and her cat Sammy with one of her wo­ven works, which sell for be­tween $500 and $900.

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