FLAX FIBRE ART
Do you love making things from bits and pieces you find in nature? Long before there were shops in New Zealand, Ma-ori made everything they needed from things in their natural environment or things they grew in their gardens. One of their most useful plants was Harakeke (flax). Its long strong fibres were turned into baskets, fishing gear, clothes, shelters, wall coverings and other beautiful works of art. Long silky flax fibres were used to make fine cloaks. Flax was even exported to England to make fine silky fabric for shirts! Harakeke is still used in traditional Ma-ori crafts. These days we have loads of different coloured flax varieties to choose from. Try out different coloured flax and other flax-like plants from your garden to make your own creative art. Let your imagination go wild! Lucy wove a beautiful framed artwork from different colours and textures of grasses and flaxes she found growing in her garden. We thought this would make a beautiful gift for Mother’s Day.