The first part of the raranga/weaving course I’m doing is complete and I have acquired some basic skills so now I need to decide what my major focus will be. Having completed my whatu tauri I could make a korowai/cloak, an enormous project requiring a great deal of patience.
I could focus on kete/baskets and look at textures, patterns and ornamentation but something in me says I should bring everything together, develop the basic skills and take the traditional skills and come up with 3 dimensional sculptures. Off loom weaving has always been an interest however one where I haven’t experimented greatly so this will be new and require some daring.
So what do I choose? Play it safe? Explore new territory? It’s no contest really. I shall start with kete because there is still a lot to learn and then . . . sculptural pieces incorporating some beach finds! And maybe I’ll make another whatu tauri with ‘beach treasure’ in it as well!
When a choice is made I am not only choosing to do something, I am also excluding other choices . . . and that is the difficult part for me.