Anne Eddy

While studying Te Reo Māori and Akoranga Aotearoa – Māori Language and New Zealand Studies – at the Waikato University I got introduced to the art of Raranga Whakairo – Māori Weaving by renowned Māori fibre artist and tutor Donna Campbell.

A research project about Whāriki weaving offered me the chance to meet Mick Pendergrast (1932 – 2010), author of various publications about Māori Fibre Arts and Fibre Arts in the Pacific region.  After a glimpse at his amazing collection of woven artefacts from across the Pacific Rim I was inspired to face the challenge of practising and exploring the ancient craft of Raranga Whakairo.

I am enjoying all aspects of Raranga: harvesting, preparing and dyeing of Whenu (weaving strips), the actual weaving process, as well as the smell and feel of Harakeke at its various stages.

But most of all I am fascinated by the pattern’s beauty arising from the very nature of the  Raranga weaving technique.

My favourite pattern – of course – is Papaka, the crab.

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  • Born ( Anne Dost ) 1968 in Zwenkau,  Saxony, East-Germany
  • After the fall of the Berlin Wall study of Sociology and Psychologyin Berlin (Germany) and Bucharest (Romania)
  • 1996 married New Zealander and moved to New Zealand in 1998
  • Mother of two children
  • Since 2000 working as German – English translator and interpreter
  • Started painting in acrylics and oil
  • Practising Māori Fibre Arts since 2008
  • 2010 completed BA in Te Reo Māori at Waikato University in Hamilton
  • 2013 – 2016 Research for PhD-project Neighbours at Puhoi River: A Cross-cultural Dual Biography of Te Hemara Tauhia and Martin Krippner

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Anne Eddy

papaka.weaving@gmail.com

http://www.weavingpapaka.wordpress.com

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