Exhibition Blog

Show & tell. Master Weaver Veranoa Hetet

Meeting Master Weaver Veranoa Hetet was nothing short of inspiring. Her energy and spirit is a force you can't deny and to be honest she is a bit infectious. 

We were lucky enough to have her part of our current exhibition 'Welcome Home Taranaki Iwi' along with Wi Taepa, Te Rongo Kirkwood, Maria Brockhill, Rangi Kipa, Gabrielle Belz, and Darcy Nicholas. Oh, yes we have them all! And we are proud as punch.

After the exhibition opening evening we sat down with Veranoa to talk weaving and life.



How old were you when you first began weaving? 

I first put my hand to flax with the intention of weaving something when I was 13.  However I was 'eating' flax from the time I was a baby - that is I was surrounded by it from birth.


Who taught you or how did you learn?

My mother taught me.  From the time I was a child I was being taught.  Learning from my Mother was such a natural thing.  Mothers hand down knowledge, skills, passions, love.  I was just fortunate that my Mother's knowledge, skills, passions and love was weaving.


Have you passed your techniques on to others? Who? 

I have been a teacher of weaving for 23 years.  Over that time I have taught for different teriary institutions.  Now I teach privately from The Hetet Artspace.  So over the 23 years of teaching at around 10 students a year I guess I've taught over 200 people.  Unless my maths sucks.  But that sounds about right.  Of course only a few continue to become fulltime weavers.


Is there a specific piece you have created that is dearest to your heart? Why?

To date my most special piece has been the Erenora kakahu (cloak). 

It was started but left incomplete by my late Mother - who I was extremely close to.  Completing it for her was an extremely emotional journey.  I also feel that technically it is a decent piece of weaving.


If you could be any animal which one would you be?

Horse.  Probably helped by the fact that I am a Sagitarian and also a Horse in the Chinese horoscope.


If you could plan a perfect day what would it consist of from start to finish?

Treadmill for 40 minutes, brekkie, weaving all day.  Eating dinner that someone else has prepared, a bit more weaving, bed with a good book then fall asleep watching a good movie.  Aaahhhh the good life.


What is your favourite meal and who would cook it?

Seafood, gathered and cooked by my sea loving husband.  He makes the best chilli cheese crayfish and paua fritters! A glass of chardonnay.  Mmm mmm.  Jelly beans for dessert.  I love jelly beans.



Currently we have three of Veranoa's muka ketes on display. They are available to purchase for $750 each.

Feel free to pop into KINA or give us a call at the shop 06 7591201.

Show & Tell. Jeweller Jen Laracy

Jen Laracy is a Taranaki treasure. We hunted her down and were so happy when she began bringing her work here to KINA. Jen's re-use of materials not only makes our eco-friendly minds happy - her craftsmanship and attention to details makes our hearts flutter. 
We are so happy to have your part of the KINA family! Jen your work is stunning!
How long have you been creating? Has it always been in this medium?
For as long as I can remember.  It’s what we did for fun as a kids.  Mum had some ‘art drawers’, and we always had paints and pencils, clay and other resource we could use anytime.  She really encouraged us to create from an early age. Creativity is really valued as a means of expression within my family and I have a lot of support in that sense.
I thought I would be a painter, so studied visual arts at Whitireia, but ended up majoring in fine metals instead. My Granddad was a jeweller and I was lucky to have been able to spent time with him in his workshop, so I would say that has had an influence over my choice of medium and constant inspiration. I love finding the right mix of materials and the balance between the finish of the metal and setting of the stone.
Who do you look to or how do you find your inspiration?
Something I see in a  dream, archaeological finds, making lists and staying up too late, my old workbooks and journals. My kids (who are far more creative than I will ever be). I think my environment effects the way I see adornment.  When I am working on the farm, or what  washes  up on the beach.   
I think it can reflect in my work. 
If you could plan your perfect day what would it consist of from start to finish?
I would say waking up late, refreshed after good dreamy sleep,  lots of good coffee and music, avocado on toast.
Then a long happy day spent with my kids and husband on a new beach or river, having fun finding treasures and exploring. 
Then a campfire dinner and a night under the stars.  Right now that would be ideal.  
What is your favourite meal and who would prepare it for you?
I could go back in time.  Probably a Sherpa meal From the Jewel of Nepal in Newtown, Wellington... Yum!
If you were to be an animal which one would you be?
Some sort of bird I think.  A hawk.  It would be the absolute best to be able to fly