Christine Brimer is the incredible artisan behind Niche Textile Studio. She uses a loom to carefully and lovingly create artisan wool products.
Christine was commissioned by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to design a blanket as part of New Zealand's official gift to His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge. Testament to her skill, her design was chosen!
The Manuka emblazoned blanket was woven with undyed natural cream New Zealand Corriedale wool. Manuka was chosen as it is an adaptable and resilient plant, acting as an important nursery plant protecting and nurturing newly established native flora and fauna.
Christine's blanket took about 60 hours to design, weave and finish. What a prestigious acknowledgment of New Zealand artisan talent!
In each of my vocations, I have always looked for opportunities to solve problems. At 48 I took the plunge to study the rigourous technical and critical thinking skills of design. Studying Textile Design at Massey University’s College of Creative Arts helped me learn to make meaningful work that resonates with others while addressing concerns for sustainability.
The Creative Space:
I am lucky to have a dedicated work space with a view over Lyall Bay, Wellington. My 2 looms take up most of the studio, but on the walls there are lovely works made by my children and friends, or collected from travels, to inspire me and keep me company. Radio NZ National is always on and there is usually a cup of tea to hand.
As much as designing, resolving and making I love meeting customers, studio visitors and other makers; hearing their stories and identifying things we have in common. Probably symptomatic of otherwise working solo!