Yvette is a lacemaker, Mauritz is a woodturner, and Norma is a quiltmaker.
Yvette – Bobbin lacemaker
Yvette is a bobbin lacemaker from New Zealand. Her interest in lacemaking started as a young child while visiting a Franschhoek lacemaker during a family holiday in South Africa. The lacemaker showed her a few Torchon lace stitches and even allowed her to work a few stitches on his lace pillow. She was mesmerised by the process, and so started a lifelong love affair with bobbin lace. Yvette’s parents gave her a bobbin lace book for Christmas and that sparked the beginning of her extensive lace book collection. By the time she made her first stitch – many years later – she already had a solid reading knowledge of bobbin lace.
Growing up in a creative family – where art and making is a way of life – her love of handmade things was nurtured from a very early age. But her interest in lacemaking was put on hold while she first qualified as an attorney, notary and conveyancer, and then as an accountant. After migrating to New Zealand and settling in her career, her time for lacemaking finally came when a friend invited her to a bobbin lace meeting in Cambridge in 2010. From there, passion drove her progression.
Yvette makes a variety of bobbin lace types, including Torchon, Bedfordshire, Idrija, Flanders, Binche, Bucks, Chantilly and Tonder. She is passionate about keeping the craft of bobbin lacemaking alive, and has a website and blog featuring videos and tips for beginners.
Yvette is a member of the New Zealand Lace Society and the International Organization of Lace Inc. She is currently working towards her first lace exhibition at ArtsPost galleries in Hamilton, New Zealand – during December 2019.
To read more about Yvette’s work, please visit her website: www.letslace.com
Mauritz – Woodturner
Mauritz is a woodturner from New Zealand who came to woodturning late in life – after retiring from a long career in tertiary education management. He enrolled for his first class in woodturning during his late sixties – with the aim of helping daughter, Yvette, to make bobbins for her lacemaking.
Woodturning opened a whole new world for him and it gave him a new enthusiasm for life. He fell in love with woodturning and initially made a range of bobbin lace tools for Yvette. But he soon got side tracked by a broader woodturning vision when he discovered joy in the hidden beauty of wood, and the pleasure of turning vessels and hollow forms.
The sense of life in wood – the feel, the grain, colour, smell, and moisture – inspires Mauritz to create and he likes the wood to determine the form. The lathe is central to his work, and he delights in the power of the lathe to quickly change forms while producing beautiful objects, and a serendipity of shavings.
Now in his mid seventies Mauritz still explores his craft by attending workshops and conferences in Australia. A recent visit to Japan influenced his aesthetic of simple, subtle, and restrained forms. Mauritz is a member of the Waikato Guild of Woodworkers and the American Association of Woodturners. He is working towards his first exhibition at ArtsPost Galleries in Hamilton – during December 2019.
Norma – Quiltmaker
Quiltmaking is a way of life for Norma – a writer and quiltmaker from New Zealand. It is her way to contemplate, question, and communicate about life and human nature.
Her quilts reflect the life she lives and the things she care about. She uses old skills to create new work that gives voice to memories and experience. As a journalist and migrant, her work often comments on coming and going, belonging and isolation, place and displacement, and the space between.
Norma has won many awards for her quilts in the past three decades and she was the 2012 recipient of the Aotearoa Quilters Scholarship Award which resulted in her second solo quilt exhibition. She is now working towards her fourth quilt exhibition at ArtsPost Galleries – during December 2019.
To read more on Norma’s work, please visit her website: www.normaslabbert.com