Three talented Wahine from North Canterbury form the Kahu Collective and weave wonderfully creative pieces from Harakeke.
Lisa Harding, Corabelle Summerton and Cathy Payne work out of "the Old School" in New Brighton - Te Kura Tawhito. They all have their own distinctive styles and have a love of teaching and passing on their creative knowledge.They travel widely, teaching and exhibiting within Aotearoa and Australia.
Corabelle is a New Zealand artist with a specialty in weaving with Harakeke. After discovering weaving 5 years ago it has inspired her to find connection with her whakapapa and connect with her culture. Corabelle has a love of traditional Maori weaving adding a modern touch to create something incredible.
Cathy is a Christchurch artist who holds a bachelor degree in Maori art from Te Wananga O Aotearoa, specialising in raranga. She considers herself privileged to have had the opportunity to be taught by and weave alongside some of New Zealands master weavers. Cathy loves learning new skills and sharing what she has learnt with others.
Lisa Harding is a Maori artist based in North Canterbury, New Zealand. With whakapapa (genealogy) connections to Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāti Hako. Lisa utilises Raranga (weaving) and Whatu techniques to create artworks immersed in tradition with a contemporary style. These pieces allow her to reconnect with her cultural identity and tell the stories of aspirations through natural fibres such as Harakeke (NZ flax). She loves to share her knowledge and has a passion for sharing her love of this beautiful art with the world.
Kahu Collective is a group of local weavers who all share a passion for Raranga (weaving) and want to awaken the world to both its beauty and healing properties.
Harakeke is a natural resource that has a way of not only being woven into beautiful taonga but weaving people together.
Preserving traditional practices is important to all of us.