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LANE HAWKINS

Lane is based in Nelson New Zealand. He has a Bachelor
in Art and Visual Culture from Te Whare Wananga o
Awanuiarangi where he majored in weaving.

Lane produces works that comprise of locally harvested natural and found materials woven to produce contemporary art forms. These forms are guided by the materials used and reflect the delicate balance between people and nature.  

Lane has studied both Māori and Japanese weaving practices and techniques. His work reflects contemporary Japanese basketry and incorporates the natural materials and approaches Māori have been using in New Zealand for hundreds of years.

Túrupa Panel - Kiekie – more than a weaving fibre
Kiekie is one of a small number of weaving fibres used by Māori. It is generally found in native forests and prefers to grow on steep banks or into large trees. Māori primarily use kiekie as a weaving resource, however, there have been many uses overtime.

The base of the kiekie plant has long string-like aerial roots known as Aka, these roots were used to weave Hīnaki (fish traps) and as a means to lash or bind together items. For example some musical instruments, war trumpets, and garden digging sticks called Kō. 

Each leaf contains two strips of strong fibres approximately 6mm wide, these strips were split from the leaves, boiled, rinsed and dried in the sun, bleaching them a creamy white. The strips are pliable, easy to work with, and absorb dyes well. These strips are then woven together to create kete kiekie (woven bag) or used to weave Tūrapa (woven panels). Finley shredded kiekie leaves were also woven with flax fibre to produce Pākē or rain capes.

The flowering parts of both male and female kiekie was a valuable food resource when in season. The male kiekie produces several beige-brown stamen that are enclosed by whitish, succulent and fleshy bracts called tāwhara. These are very sweet-tasting and were a highly desirable food. Female plants develop three or four fruit called ureure. These fruits are also surrounded by fleshy bracts, though not quite as luscious as those of the