Saturday, 2 November 2013

A Closer Look at Peg Moorhouse, Weaver

Welcome to Peg's blog!  At age 96 Peg is still as busy and as creative as ever. 

This blog is an attempt to bring some of the highlights of Peg's life and work in to view.  So much is tucked away in her idyllic studio and home in Sunshine Bay in the Marlborough Sounds.  From time to time some thoughts and photos of her new work will be posted . . . because there is always new work appearing!  Why wouldn't her creativity flourish when she lives in surroundings like this.

The last year or so has been very full for Peg.  A committee of the Marlborough Museum selected her to be the inaugural recipient of the "Living Cultural Treasure" award and she was subsequently presented with an appropriate medal.

The Museum mounted an exhibition of eight decades of Peg's work, beginning with fine needlework, continuing on to weaving including her "Wearable Arts" phase, to damask weaving which she mastered in her late 70s and on to the art wallhangings she is still doing today.

Peg has had work shown in Professional Weavers' Network exhibitions, Academy of Fine Arts in Wellington, COCA in Christchurch and Fibre Spectrum in Nelson and in Show Homes. Exhibiting in the Nelson Art Expo gave Peg an opportunity to meet Emma Panting, a portrait artist from Motupiko.  Emma has painted a large portrait of Peg and, last seen, it was exhibited at Neville Parker's Icon Gallery in Upper Moutere.  It is hoped to post photos of some of these highlights of Peg's life as well as her new work as it comes to hand . . . so keep watching!

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