Jill Flemming is a Weaver in New Zealand who has mastered the traditional art of Maori.
Jill say’s ,
I have always worked with, and been passionate about, textiles and fibre arts. I was introduced to harakeke (Phorium tenax, flax) and the traditional taonga of raranga (weaving) under the tutelage of Aroha MItchell and Karmen Thomson at the Waiariki Polytechnic in Rotorua, New Zealand.
The focus of my weaving is Kete Whakairo, using predominantly traditional designs and techniques with a contemporary influence. I choose to work with fine gauge harakeke as this brings another dimension to these exquisite patterns that have been passed through generations.
I am inspired by, and indebted to the tohunga mahi raranga (expert weavers) who have shared their knowledge; and to the many others who have shared their passion, expertise and so much more with me. My desire is to honour this generosity by continually striving for perfection in my weaving mahi (work), and to share the knowledge that has been passed on to me.
You can see more of Jill’s amazing work here on her facebook link. Please feel free to leave feed back and comments.