aroha awaroa aotearoa
Nelson, Aotearoa-New Zealand
1000 x 900
painting and dyeing on silk, laminating,
shirring, hand and machine stitching
silk Habotai, card, recycled cardboard,
laminated papers, sea shells, acrylic paints,
England was home-base for the 90’s – a wonderful period of educational work and travel. There were several visits back to New Zealand to visit my family, but only one that was long enough to complete a work. The long grayness of the English winter had deepened my appreciation of one of my favorite places in New Zealand – Awaroa Inlet on Golden Bay. When I returned to the area to spend some months in Nelson, a profusion of joyful memories of sun-drenched childhood holidays spent beach-combing in my shirred ‘cozzie’ all came together in this piece.