About Wild Sands Weaving


Wild Sands Weaving - The Name

Wild Sands Weaving is located on the western side of beautiful Golden Bay, just a few kilometers from the base of the famous Farewell Spit.
It's wild and windy and rugged out here. When the tide goes out the sands stretch a long way ….
This beautiful and wild landscape inspired the name Wild Sands Weaving.


Wild Sands Weaving - The Story

Hi! I'm Maureen Harte, the weaver, and this is my story ...

Back in year 2000 I was living in Rotorua, in the North Island of New Zealand, and longing for an opportunity to learn the art of flax weaving. After some initial fruitless and frustrating searching, a wonderfully serendipitous connection occurred, and I discovered that community night classes were happening, firstly at the local polytechnic, and then later at Te Puia, which in those days was called Māori Arts and Crafts Institute. I went along, got totally hooked on flax weaving, and have been addicted ever since!

Later I heard of a possible opportunity to supply small weavings to the gift shop at Te Puia.  I wondered if they might possibly consider buying some of my work – but struck with a bout of self doubt, hardly believed my weaving would be good enough to be considered (in fact I was so unsure that when I arrived at the door of the shop, having gone there with the intention of asking about selling my work, my courage failed me and I turned around and went home! - believing it'd be less painful to be turned down on the phone than in person!  I laugh to think back to it now!!). I did however get brave enough to enquire by phone – and would you believe it, the shop manager said yes! So back I went, and surprise surprise, was happily received and walked out half an hour later with my first ever purchase order for weavings. Wild Sands Weaving was born!  In those days I was creating small simple weavings, like the images below - very different to what I'm creating now.  It's been a a long journey, with lots of adventures on the way, from those days to where I'm at now – and the adventures and evolution continue...