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New Zealand and basketry

I recently returned from a wonderful trip to New Zealand and Australia and am feeling inspired by the wonderful scenery and baskets which I saw around me.  One of the highlights of my trip to New Zealand was to meet up with Jill Fleming, a weaver and fibre artist who makes the most beautiful baskets.  She is based in Rotorua and kindly gave up her morning to chat with me and show me her work.  Do look at her website as her work is exquisitely made.

Jill works primarily using fine gauge harakeke (Phorium tenax, flax) to produce kete in traditional patterns and designs but which have a contemporary feel.