I went to Whakatane to teach for the weekend . I left Wellington at about 7.30pm on one of those flying pencil cases. Then the pilot said that the de-icers had broken down on the propeller and the crashing sounds on the side of the plane were bits of ice falling off the prop and hitting the plane as they flicked off. They landed us in Palmerston North and couldn't fix it so stuck us on a bus to Whakatane. It took them ages to find a driver who hadn't gone to the pub so we finally got to Whakatane at 4.30am. I am not sure that the person who billeted me was expecting to have to get up in the middle of the night to let me in (I did tell her just to leave the door unlocked and a note on the bedroom door).
I really enjoy teaching and it was a great class, I really enjoyed it. It was a terrible weekend for weather though. They had 300mms of rain over the weekend and parts of the town were flooded and some of the people in the class had to leave early because the town went on 'code white' (whatever that means) and they were told to go home to Ohope and Opotiki now or be stuck in Whakatane overnight
Now back in Wellington and we are gearing up for the workshops with Yoshiko Wada, the author of the book 'Shibori: the art of shaped resist'. She is doing 3 public lectures in New Zealand.
Public Lecture - Yoshiko Wada
2pm on 23rd September, nelson School of Music, $20 per ticket.
Floortalk with Yoshiko Wada
Meissen Kimono 11 am Expressions Gallery Upper Hutt
New Texture, new material, New Thinking
24th September Friday 5pm, Massey University, Buckle st, 10A02