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The Making of........
The design of the Aotearoa shawl finds its origin in New Zealand. An island with a relatively young geological history, snow-capped mountains, beautiful white and black beaches, ancient volcanic peaks and craters. Sky-reflecting lakes and the rising steam and bubbling mud of almost otherworldly geothermal activity. Lush dense forests containing a diverse collection of plants, animals and birds. Such as the Kiwi, Tui and huge tree ferns. The Southern Hemisphere sky offers some of the best stargazing opportunities in the world.
This video is part of the article Maggie McGonagall in the Dynamic weaving series. Published in issue 19 of Tiny Studio Creative Life Magazine. Pictures were taken in New Zealand. On the western side of the Forgotten World Highway around Taranaki volcano lies Egmont National Park and the so-called 'Goblin Forest'. Also known as the Kamahi Walk. A forest full of gnarled, twisted moss-covered trees. They are mostly kamahi trees that began their lives on the trunks of other trees. Their trunks and branches have grown through and around the existing trees, creating the distinctive fairy tale forest. The high humidity throughout the year is a great environment for mosses and lichens and prehistoric ferns. By day, the forest is vibrantly green with vegetation, often covered in dew or rain.
Crusade in Jeans
Dynamic weaving based on the book 'Crusade in Jeans (1973) a children's novel written by Thea Beckman. It contains a fictional account of the children's crusade of 1212, as witnessed by Rudolf Wega, a boy from the 20th century. The original Dutch title is 'Kruistocht in spijkerbroek'.
The shawl 'Hasse Simonsdochter'.
Hasse Simonsdochter was born in a mound village in the IJssel delta as the eldest daughter of a reed cutter / basket weaver. Because Hasse was a free-spirited, cheerful child, she was believed to be a "changeling". The story tells that reed elves steal human children from the cradle and exchange them for an elf child. This is the story about the making of the shawl 'Hasse simonsdochter'.
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