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