Textile artist, passionate strong wool champion.
My personal interests are in structural weave techniques; sustainable textile design and practice; the meanings and place of design, making and the hand made - both as a mindfulness practice and a means of disrupting mass production and over consumption; and promoting stronger and naturally coloured New Zealand wools in contemporary interior design.
Photographer, musician, all-round delightful person
Ebony Lamb is a trained photographer, specialising in portraiture of people, places & things with diverse professional experience. Residing in Wellington New Zealand with her small family, who adore art, nature and things made with consideration, don't miss out on her deep love of all things visually textural, and how to master light and portray your work photographically.
Ebony's work has been published in-print and online via client outcomes such as: The Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, New Zealand Herald, The Spinoff, Dompost, The Arts Foundation, Victoria University Press + many more. Clients include Elizabeth Knox - Writer, Nadia Reid - Musician, Rachel Long - Textile Artist, Sam Duckor Jones - Poet & Ceramic Artist, Superhands - Weaver & Ceramic Artist + many more public & private clients.
Qualified adult educator, mindfulness expert
Margaret Collins has 30 years’ experience working with people in areas of mental health, depression and abuse. Margaret is a qualified educationalist and qualified therapeutic coach, having trained in New Zealand and Australia. Margaret wrote the first Social Work degree in the United Arab Emirates, and directed a large team of counsellors and coaches in NZ. Margaret is a prolific knitter, pattern designer and loves to put her hands into the dye pots.
Author, blogger, textile artist, flower lover and knitter
Melissa is a maker and writer who has kept her craft blog for more than a decade, detailing her love for crafts of all kinds, gift-making, art, music and everyday life.
Originally from Nelson, she lives in Wellington with her partner and teenage kids and works for the NZ Book Council.
Her textile work encompasses embroidery (especially freeform), needle-punch, patchwork, dressmaking, knitting and hand-sewing and she especially loves to recycle materials.
Kaiako - weaving
“I weave, therefore I am” are the words that reflect Veranoa’s passion for weaving and love of teaching. Veranoa has followed in her mother’s footsteps to become a weaver, teacher and artist.
With her mother, Veranoa developed a teaching matrix that imparts both Maori weaving skills as well as Maori cultural values in an holistic way that reflect traditional Maori teaching practices.
Veranoa has a BA in Maori Design and Art, an advanced certificate in Tertiary teaching and more than 30 years experience teaching Maori weaving. She has taught in various tertiary institutions including Te Wananga o Raukawa and several Polytechnics.
Veranoa continues to pass on the knowledge of weaving through her teaching for The Hetet School of Maori Art, demonstrations, speaking and exhibition work.