Jeanette Schäring

Weaving and plaiting research in Aotearoa – New Zealand and in the Northern Hemisphere

Raranga – Weaving and plaiting takes new forms


I am deeply searching for plants, their properties, its colour, fragrance, fibre and its history. I am interested in plants as intelligent and social organism with complex form of communication and information processing.

During the lockdowns and pandemic, I was in New Zealand and I took the opportunity to study Raranga and Rongoa with the Māori, the indigenous people of Aotearoa at the Māori’s own School. I learned new narrative about Birds, Trees, Water, Plants and Health, respect, pre-and post colonisation and Papatūānuku – the land and Kaitiakitanga – How Māori are leading the way on our environment.

Are we ready for working with the non – human world?

In my research work I am as well digging down in plants that has been used in the Northern Hemisphere for weaving and plating that has been forgotten. I use plants that have taken over some places and have become invasive – innovativ plants and plants that we call weed. 

2021 – 2022


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