Today I've been learning how to make lanterns for next week's Matariki walk.Each year our local school pupils make beautiful lanterns then walk together in the dark down to the lake, where some of the bigger lanterns are released to soar over the water, celebrating Matariki, the Maori New Year. I took this photo at last year's celebration- the reason it looks so abstract was that I was frozen and shivering - but I like the effect! This is a good time of year to think about new beginnings, freed from the chaos of our traditional Christmas/New Year season.For me it's time to tidy up my garden and studio, throw or give away stuff I don't need anymore , and begin planning new projects.
If you're interested on making a lantern for yourself there are some great tutorials on youtube.
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