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    Birdsong

    Birdsong Collection

    Birdsong
    The idea of 'Birdsong' started a number of years ago.
    Living on the edge of the Kahurangi forest I cant help but be inspired by the influence of the Tui, Korimako, Kereru, Kotuku and others who inhabit these environs. This series of work is in ways a snapshot of my flower work over a decade , with each of the charms emerging from a series of work they combine here to create a garden landscape for the birds to inhabit. I hope this reminds us of the delicate balance of our environment and how as much as we strive to shape our environment we need to be aware of the balance needed to protect the habitat of our native avian fauna.

    Red Manuka

    The name RedManuka grows from our environment here at Parapara in Golden Bay.

    The local river can run red with the dye from the dissolving ochre which occurs alongside the ironstone. Kokowai, prized by early Maori for its protective quality was made from this ochre, mixed with fish oils, giving Parapara its name, 'mud that dyes flax red'.

    The hills at Parapara are covered in Manuka. It is an early stage of the forest trying to regenerate, to claim back its territory. The Manuka  grow to form a low canopy and from under the canopy the new forest will emerge. Around the longest day when the Manuka flower, the hill turns white with small flowers. Looking like a dusting of fresh snow  it is our white christmas.

    So this is where the  RedManuka story originates.