Artist Profile: Michele Dales



Multi Media Artist

Michele was born in Naenae, Lower Hutt. She weaves fine kete (woven bag) in bright colours and various patterns, especially tartans, checks, spots and stripes. Combinations and brightness of colour are her inspiration. In addition to weaving, Michele crafts tiny taaniko (weave style) brooches from coloured silk and black macramé.

“The main influences in my life have been parents who made clothes, mats and created gardens. I travelled for many years in a range of mainly non-industrialised countries, and am learning to speak Te Reo (Maori language) and weave flax.
In many countries such as Peru, Afghanistan, India, Scotland and Turkey I saw similar patterns, woven with local materials and local techniques, it made me more aware of the worldwide interconnectedness of pattern and form.
When I returned to NZ in the early 80’s, I learned flax weaving and Te Reo. I have had several exhibitions with other female artists featuring painting, weaving and applique on the theme of ‘harakeke’. My aim is to promote the true value of this unique plant and fibre (harakeke) in Aotearoa, a value I believe has been obscured by modern materials.
Whenever possible I grow my own weaving materials or use local products.”