Weaves from a straw bale

A fusion of Scottish and Maori heritage is in store when Artbay Gallery presents new works by artist Fiona Kerr Gedson this week.

The Opotiki woman provides a dozen to 20 framed examples of her tartan-style feather weaves to the gallery, upstairs in the Mountaineer building.

Gedson works from a straw bale studio in the Eastern Bay of Plenty within the boundaries of the Whakatohea iwi, from which her four children descend.

Gedson grew up within the presence of the Tuhoe people which influenced her love and respect for te toi o otatau tipuna, or ''the art of our forebearers,'' she said.

''I love texture and textiles which, I guess, is why I love to weave. I combine things to transform them into something else and the enjoy the processes it takes.''