Last weekend Tom and I took a small trip out of town, with our warmest clothes, a big stack of library books, a bottle of wine and some craft projects (me). Whanganui's Sargeant Gallery has always been one of my favourites so we visited the Edith Collier exhibition (look at these beautiful paintings!) and the Maureen Lander's Flatpack Whakapapa weavings.
On Saturday the winter sun was shining brightly on the Whanganui River and we went kayaking for a bit and for a walk along a wild surf beach thick with driftwood that led to a cafe and garden filled with giant succulents and cacti.
Did you know that last year, in a world first, the Whanganui River was granted the status of legal personhood?
Inspired by that trip, and a recent book of poetry I've been reading called Flow, which charts human settlement in this part of NZ, I've been working on some small stitched pieces that are a bit topographical in nature.