Spinning is not just about jumpers and socks – it’s a whole other world.
Isla Fabu has spun everything from muka (fibre from flax) to alpaca fur to grass – all of which you can see at the Lysaght Watt Gallery’s latest exhibition.
She calls herself a spin artist and is one of the eight Taranaki fibre artists who currently have their work on display in Fibre Force at the gallery in Hāwera.
“Spinning is not just about jumpers and socks,” Fabu said.
“There’s a whole other world.”
Whether it’s from the land, or an animal, Fabu has probably experimented with spinning the fibre, or using local plants to dye the material, to eventually create one of her many different pieces.
She currently has Christmas decorations – or egg cosies, depending on how you look at it – as well as decorations for the home and more on display.
The Fibre Force exhibition is on until December 23 and showcases the use of natural fibre, using skills to create a range of both functional and art pieces.
The exhibition holds examples of knitting, weaving, felting and more from six New Plymouth artists, one from Opunake and Fabu from Hāwera.
Fibre Force is ‘hands on’ which means visitors will be able to see and touch the pieces.
Most art work is on sale and the exhibition is cash and carry – right in time for Christmas.
There are purchasable garments, accessories, jewellery, soft furnishings, wall hangings and art works.
Beth Pottinger-Hockings, Debbie Dawson, Diane Toole, Janette Theobald, Lynne Mackay, Pam Robinson, Sally Hikaka and Fabu have works on display.
Some of them will be doing demonstrations of spinning, weaving, felting or knitting in the gallery on December 9 and 16 and the community is welcome to watch.
The gallery is open 10am – 4pm during the week and 10am -1pm Saturday.