Artists: Charlene Fraser and Shainey Moreli
Ngāti Tukorehe, Ngāti Rangitihi, Te Ati-Haunui-a-Paparangi
Charlene Fraser is a brilliant kete whakairo and kete whiri weaver. Her love for raranga is evident in the exquisite care she shows in her work, which carry a bold design signature and marked by unique weaving finishes. Charlene’s distinctive style is remarkable given her preferred techniques of raranga and whatu, and matū of harakeke and muka, demonstrating the immense possibilities of Māori weaving traditions.
A mother of eight children, Charlene has shared her passion and weaving gifts to her children. Daughter, Shainey Moreli is a talented weaver and the quality of her work testament to Charlene’s conviction for continuing the development of Māori weaving.
Charlene also leads weaving wānanga, including a ten-day residency at Ōtari Bush with Matthew McIntyre Wilson, culminating in an exhibition at Futuna Chapel, Kārori.
Bio courtesy of Toi Māori Aotearoa, coinciding with Whiriwhiria exhibition March - June 2022