All textiles dyed useing natural dyes obtained from Native New Zealand Plants

Harvested and processed by Olivia Giles

I want to acknowledge India Flint and Deb Donnelly, teachers and sista's  


OFF THE WALL - Eco Print to art couture
5 -22 Feb 2009

These works were part of an exhibition by Porirua artist and Whitireia textile art tutor Debs Donnelly, and including two current Whitireia students Cleo Thorpe Ngata and Olivia Giles, recent graduate Billee Mutton and former student, Rachelle Toimata. The artists have researched and applied eco colour, dyes and shibori techniques on wearable arts and textiles.
Whitireia Community Polytechnic student wearable artworks were shown in Philippines with other NZ designers on Waitangi Day 2008. Local works developed with mentoring from India Flint, Suzanne Tamaki and Kohai Grace.

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Pohutukawa Wrap

Silk Organza, silk thread, Puhutukawa dye using metal as a mordant.


Silk Organza

Harakeke metal mordant.


Wasp nest dress


Harakeke and Pohutukawa with a metal mordant.


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The Lily

Silk Organza, Paua and dyed with Harakeke

Mapplethorpe and Angelina Jolie. These are two of my favourite things.







Edwardian Lady

Logwood, Pohutukawa,  Harakeke, Metal Mordant.

The classic Edwardian S shape and bustle but constructed as in sheer silk organza and paj.


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