Mangawhai artist Mary Kelliher (above) has just completed the latest in her series of ‘Handmade Histories’.
Last Wednesday saw the unveiling of another mural in her series depicting the essence of life and industry in small-town New Zealand.
The subject of her latest work is the South Island town of Kaiapoi, originally home to a flax mill that opened in 1866 operating through the flax boom then into and through the wool export boom of the late 1800’s .
Escalating costs, inflation and technological developments made it too expensive to upgrade and the mill closed for good in August 1978.
In a mural sewn and woven from real product and running four metres in length Mary has a unique way of bringing history to life and, as well as a visual treat, her works also form a great learning experience for young and old alike.