Nature Tools Create Art

Charlotte came back from a school trip to the Petone Settlers Museum on Wednesday and taught us something special that she had learned…

Nature tools - making brushes from harakeke

She had learned how the early settlers made brushes from Harakeke (flax), using a shell to gently scrape back the end of the flax. Charlotte taught Sophie and they spent an hour or so together finding suitable flax in the garden and making brushes.

Grandma in England has also been busy creating art using nature. She did this beautiful water-colour painting using sticks, not brushes:

watercolour painting by Grandma using sticks