Come and check out Matapihi Art Gallery’s latest exhibition – “Kete, Colour & Other Works” by fibre artist Julia Gould.
Nau mai haere mai whanau.
Julia Gould has been working with fiber ever since she can remember. From the cross-stitch oven cloths she made during her childhood to the pieces she makes today, her work has been a continuous learning experience.
Julia has spent time in Asia where she was fascinated by the interwoven colour and texture of the different fibres, especially fabric and baskets, and the often primitive and simple ways used to produce works of such beauty. She attended the Nelson School of Weaving to learn the weaving process and in Tokomaru Bay, where Julia now lives, she attended a six-month Maccess course where she learnt traditional kete weaving from Kimihia Doel.
“I felt privileged to learn these skills and others like the boiling and dyeing of the harakeke (flax),” says Julia. “Harakeke is an amazing fibre and it’s potential to me seems limitless. It’s availability as a natural resource holds special appeal; to cut and gather one’s working material adds a depth, an earth and spiritual element to the process that is as important as the work itself. The kete I weave today have evolved over time to be both contemporary and very functional. Wall hangings are a new dimension to my work.”
“Kete, Colour & Other Works” @ Matapihi Art Gallery
OPENING DAY, SAT 14TH AUGUST. Open house 10am — 6pm.
Come and meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments and korero.
Exhibition open Sat 14th August – 29 August 2010.