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About Me

I am an Australian weaver and fibre artist of Irish descent, living and creating respectfully on Ngunnawal Country, Canberra, ACT.

A sustainable, holistic view of love and care for the environment lies at the heart of my work. My preferred medium is harakeke, also known as New Zealand Flax (phormium tenax). All the plant materials I use for weaving are lovingly nurtured, grown, harvested, and prepared by hand. I find the preparation and weaving of my materials to be a mindful, meditative, and soul-nourishing practice.

I often weave freely, in tune with my weaving materials and heart. However, I also aim to find my own style in connection to my Irish heritage through form and patterns inspired by Irish and Celtic art, textiles, basketry, history, and mythology while weaving with respect towards the materials, cultural protocols, and traditional practices taught by my Māori teachers and mentors.

I enjoy researching and exploring weaving as well as symbolism and patterns from across the world. I particularly enjoy the interconnectedness found in the weaving of people separated by space and time, using their skills, imagination and the resources at hand to produce related patterns that have become almost universal in appearance, although having different names and meanings attributed through cultural perspective and language. 

Through learning to weave using plants from my garden, and opening my heart to the rhythms of nature, I have found a growing sense of connection to my own ancestral cultural practices, especially around seasonal and environmental awareness and traditions which has strengthened my love for and connection with Mother Earth.

I was taught Raranga (the Māori art of weaving) while living in Aotearoa New Zealand. I continue to learn and strengthen my connections with Māori culture as a member of Tūmanako Māori Cultural Group in Canberra.

Although weaving is a great passion of mine which brings me joy and gives me time and space to breathe, spending loving times with my family, and caring for my family through all of life's joys and sorrows are the most important things in my life.

  

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" when I was first introduced to harakeke,

a spark lit up inside me, the air fizzed

and I fell instantly in love.

I was excited and

felt so at peace all at once.

I knew I was where I was meant to be"

Lyn Davidson

Exhibitions & Awards

Feb 2024 Canberra Show 2024 Crafts Expo Awards Reserve Champion – Miscellaneous Crafts Special Challenge Category First place – Miscellaneous Crafts Special Challenge Class 503: Basket Weaving Second Place (tied) – Miscellaneous Crafts Class 503: Basket Weaving Second Place (tied) – Miscellaneous Crafts Class 503: Basket Weaving Feb 2024 "Interwoven 7" – invitational group exhibition featuring fibre artists from the ACT and southern NSW at Belconnen Arts, ACT Sept 2023 Winner of The People's Choice Award 2023 National Capital Art Prize 2023 July 2023 Finalist in the Sustainability category of the 2023 National Capital Art Prize 2023 June 2023 "Flights of Fancy" - Woven Birds Fibre Basket Makers of the ACT Group Exhibition at Strathnairn Arts ACT Feb 2023 Canberra Show 2022 Crafts Expo Awards Reserve Champion – Miscellaneous Crafts Special Challenge Category First place – Miscellaneous Crafts Special Challenge Class 503: Basket Weaving Second Place – Miscellaneous Crafts Class 503: Basket Weaving Third Place – Miscellaneous Crafts Class 503: Basket Weaving 18 Jun – 14 Aug 2022 Finalist, Petite Miniature Textiles, at Wangaratta Art Gallery, NSW 20 May – 3 Jul 2022 Circles of Nature Fibre Basket Makers of the ACT Group Exhibition at Belconnen Arts, ACT Feb 2022 Canberra Show 2022 Crafts Expo Awards Champion – Miscellaneous Crafts Special Challenge Category First place – Miscellaneous Crafts Special Challenge Class 503: Basket Weaving Second Place – Miscellaneous Crafts Class 503: Basket Weaving Third Place – Miscellaneous Crafts Class 503: Basket Weaving Nov 2019 – Feb 2020 Traces IV Selected for group exhibition at Belconnen Arts Oct 2019 Fibre Fest – Selected for Exhibition at Narooma School of Arts

Education

2022 Flax Floristry School with Heather Carrigan of “Flax n Fibre” 2016 – 2019 Hetet School of Māori Art - Kaiako (teacher): Veranoa Hetet 2015 – 2018 Atawhai Raranga - Kaiako (teacher): Nina Paaka

Demonstrations & Workshops

Feb 2024 Interwoven 7 at Belco Arts - exhibiting artists exchange and workshops Oct 2023 Wetlands Day at the National Museum of Australia - string and jewellery making demo and workshop with The Fibre Basket Makers of the ACT Feb 2023 Canberra Multicultural Festival - weaving with harakeke drop in workshop with Tūmanako Māori Performing Arts group. Oct 2019 Narooma Fibre Fest - weaving demonstration and discussion. July 2019 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra - workshops to celebrate "Tā Moko" Exhibition, in conjunction with Tūmanako Māori Performing Arts group. Feb 2019 Jerrabomberra Wetlands Open Day - weaving demonstration in conjunction with the Fibre Basket Makers of the ACT

Appointments

Feb 2019 – May2022 Kaiawhina/Kaimanaaki appointed the honoured position as student support at Hetet School of Māori Art

Associations / Groups

Jul 2023 – current Basketry NSW Jul 2023 – current Craft + Design Canberra Nov 2018 – current Tūmanako Māori Cultural Group Feb 2018 – current Fibre Basket Makers of the ACT, Australia

Publications / Bibliography

27 Feb 2024      City News Queanbeyan  Helen Musa, review of Interwoven 7

27 Feb 2024     City News Canberra   Meredith Hinchcliffe, review of Interwoven 7

June 2023     Textile Fibre Forum Magazine Edition #150, 2023
     My work "Silver Darling", selected as a finalist, appears in the article on the Petite Miniature Textiles 2022.

 

The image of my artwork from the Petite Miniatures Exhibition was also featured across media and social to promote the Exhibition during 2022.
     Snowy News  Jul 02 2022
     Falls Creek News  Jul 02 2022

2022       Petite Miniatures Exhibition Catalogue page 11, Wangaratta Art Gallery         

Collections

“Silver Darling” 2022 - Held in Wangaratta Art Gallery, NSW Works held in private collections across Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia and Wales

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