Kia ora,

I would like to introduce the Leaf Stitch Project today. The project is part of this years Matariki celebration on the Kāpiti coast.

leaf stitch project by Birgit MoffattMatariki is the Māori name for a cluster of stars, also known as the Pleiades, arising on the southern hemisphere horizon every year. In Māori culture it indicates the beginning of the New Year, a time for people to come together, to remember the past, to reflect and to make plans for the future year to come.

Reflecting and discussions around environmental issues are an important part of the celebration of Matariki. It includes giving thanks to the land and remembering to respect and protect nature.

leaf stitch project by Birgit Moffatt
I am providing a space for people in the wider community to come together, connect and share time and give them the opportunity getting engaged in The Leaf Stitch Project by creating a piece of art by stitching onto a dried leaf.

The activities will be held in the four Kāpiti libraries: Ōtaki, Waikanae, Paraparaumu and Paekakariki in during the month of June. Dates and times of these stitch activities see here.

The stitched leaves will be set up in an art installation  at Mahara Gallery in Waikanae in July. I will post more information closer to the date of the exhibition opening.

leaf stitch project by Birgit Moffatt

I am looking forward to meet you there!

4 replies
  1. Susan Milligan
    Susan Milligan says:

    Best of luck with your project Birgit. I am looking forward to seeing the results.:-)

  2. Yvonne van leeuwen
    Yvonne van leeuwen says:

    Hi Birgit. I checked the library schedule for the stitching and there doesn’t seem to be one scheduled for paraparaumu, only otaki and paekakariki? I want to come down with my son and do this.

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