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Travel and adventures bring the feeling of freedom into my life. When I set out on an adventure, explore new places and step away from the demands of everyday life, that is when I feel my most liberated. To me, freedom feels unburdened, open and full of possibilities. I also experience freedom in my work, there is a sense of unlimited possibilities in what I can explore, create, learn and document.
It depends, I often feel it in the fleeting mundane moments of everyday life! Sometimes I feel full of love when appreciating the women that my daughters are becoming. Or when thinking of my ageing parents and how much they have softened over the years. Sometimes, I feel most full of love and expansion when I am taking care of myself and exercising, meditating (I struggle with this) or practising qi gong.
When we were young my grandmother used to mind myself and my brother during our summer holidays. She took such good care of me and showed me love, in the simplest ways. Occasionally she joined us on our family holidays and accompanied us to Greece and other parts of Europe. A few years before she passed, she gave me a gold ring that has the Acropolis cast on it. Some of my most beautiful memories are from holidays in Greece with my family and her. It's a lovely reminder of the good times I had with her and the impact one person can have on someone's life. She left a legacy of love and nothing but beautiful memories and in doing that she taught me so much.
I feel most alive when I am completely consumed in my process. In searching for plants and dye sources or learning about the natural colours of my locality. When I take a walk through the hills or forest and see a world of colour that lays dormant below the surface. In my studio when extracting colour and applying these to natural fibres and seeing the colours transform the textiles, these are the moments.
The natural colour possibilities of nature are endless, this fills me with a sense of wonder, awe, appreciation, curiosity and excitement. This process is a deeply satisfying one that continues to fuel my creativity.