After we moved to the Cook Islands I saw weaving (plaiting) in everyday life. I really wanted to make my own, but found that there were fewer and fewer women making traditional crafts. I was finally introduced to ‘Auntie’ Josie and the ladies of the Vainetini craft co-op, and they guided me through the process.
When I caught the fibre bug again in Melbourne, I started with a cardboard box loom. That was never going to be enough! So I started building a loom of my own, combining a picture frame, some ice-block sticks, a few rubber bands and some inspiration from the internet.