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A California girl now living in an isolated part of New Zealand with my family & 2 dogs.
Mother, Musician, Baha’i
BS Zoology

I live in a rural part of New Zealand. Traveling to the nearest city is at least 3 hours drive through mountains either side. I ride my bike to town whenever possible, recycle and compost, have invested in solar water heating and planted native trees in my garden to do my bit for the environment.

I’ve been doing arts & crafts all my life. Arts & crafts skills include- origami, batik, silk screen printing, lapidary, silver jewellery, macramé, weaving, temari, photography, woodwork and more.

Currently my creative work falls into 2 main areas- batik /shibori and beadwork. Inspiration comes from…

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  • Joined June 18, 2010

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cotton, silk, beeswax, gemstones, glass beads, semiprecious stones, silver, pearls, shell beads, Sterling silver

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About

A California girl now living in an isolated part of New Zealand with my family & 2 dogs.
Mother, Musician, Baha’i
BS Zoology

I live in a rural part of New Zealand. Traveling to the nearest city is at least 3 hours drive through mountains either side. I ride my bike to town whenever possible, recycle and compost, have invested in solar water heating and planted native trees in my garden to do my bit for the environment.

I’ve been doing arts & crafts all my life. Arts & crafts skills include- origami, batik, silk screen printing, lapidary, silver jewellery, macramé, weaving, temari, photography, woodwork and more.

Currently my creative work falls into 2 main areas- batik /shibori and beadwork. Inspiration comes from nature.

Batik & shibori- while studying for my degree in zoology, I learned to batik at the University of California Silo Craft Center. I soon joined the craft center staff and started selling my work. Themes include wildlife, Baha’i Faith, and abstract designs. I make wall hangings, t-shirts, bibs, baby clothes, lavalavas & cards. Most of my dyeing work is on cotton. I have worked on silk in the past and hope to in the future. I use fiber reactive dyes and my batik wax is a mix of beeswax, soy wax and coconut oil. I’m still experimenting with the mix. The bees wax is sourced from local beekeepers. The soy wax is a recent substitute for paraffin. The coconut oil I make myself from canned coconut cream. Something I learned while living in Tonga. I work from home in a corner of my garage so dyeing and waxing is only done in the warmer part of the year. Dewaxing is with hot water from the solar water heater. I have been doing batik for 30 years with breaks for moving and babies. My work has sold in California, Tonga & New Zealand.

Shibori techniques I learned from a summer workshop in Gisborne a few years ago. This can be done year round but I prefer the warmth of the fireplace when temperatures drop.

Beadwork is mostly during the colder months to keep busy until it’s warm enough to batik. I’ve been selling my beadwork for about 10 years in San Diego, California and New Zealand. I use Swarovski crystal beads, freshwater pearls, sterling silver findings , semiprecious stone beads and unique handmade beads from American bead artists. All my pieces are original designs.

You can see examples of my work on my Facebook & Google+ page Pacifica Batik for batik & shibori work or Pacifica Beads for the beadwork.

Community groups-
Arts & Crafts Gisborne, Gisborne , NZ
River End Creations – founding member of this arts & crafts co-op in Gisborne, NZ
Gisborne Concert Band-secretary

These groups also have a Facebook page.

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