Go wild with weav­ing

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Notebook -

Golden Bay April 13-14

In­cludes: weav­ing us­ing NZ flax/harakeke; plait­ing and twin­ing tech­niques; weav­ing with re­cy­cled cop­per; wire weave nests us­ing drift­wood and nat­u­ral fi­bres; coil­ing and stitch­ing; func­tional tra­di­tional wil­low bas­ket-mak­ing.

April 15-16

In­cludes: knot­less net­ting tech­niques; weav­ing us­ing NZ flax/harakeke; wrap­ping and coil­ing with var­ied fi­bres and/or fab­ric ma­te­ri­als; weav­ing with re­cy­cled cop­per. www.gow­ild­with­weav­ing.co.nz/2019 Above: Go Wild With Weav­ing or­gan­iser and tu­tor Nicola Basham, shows off one of the wo­ven flax shop­ping bags that will be made dur­ing this year’s cour­ses.

Plas­tic shop­ping bags are out. The answer to car­ry­ing your gro­ceries is to make a sus­tain­able, re­us­able one out of a time-hon­oured, tra­di­tional ma­te­rial, says weaver Nicola Basham.

A large shop­ping bag made from flax, mod­elled above, is one of the unique projects par­tic­i­pants at this year’s Go Wild With Weav­ing cour­ses will learn to make with pro­fes­sional Golden Bay-based flax artist, Mau­reen Harte.

“Peo­ple will be able to make one or two bas­kets over the two days,” says Nicola. “They can em­bel­lish them with paua or a koro, but­tons or pieces of drift­wood.”

How to make a flax bag is one of the Go Wild with Weav­ing work­shops, which will run at Colling­wood Area High School in Golden Bay in April.

Other tu­tors in­clude Aus­tralian weaver Ann Mcma­hon who does a lot of large sculp­tures, and has works in the Can­berra Mu­seum and Gallery.

NZ artist Jas­mine Clark will lead classes in cop­per wire weav­ing. Her award-win­ning sculp­tures use a va­ri­ety of ma­te­ri­als, in­clud­ing bull kelp, wil­low and found items.

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