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Merrilyn George

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Invitation to Fibre Art Gallery and Ohakune Archives: Art Quilts and other art works, cards, fabric. Open usually on Sunday afternoon, but anytime by appointment especially if you would like to view historic indexes or ask about a certain ancestor or person from our local history


Set Apart

 An exhibition of Fibre Art

by Merrilyn George

inspired by the life of

Suzanne Aubert

at the Visitors Centre, Home of Compassion, 

2 Rhine Street, Island Bay Wellington

4 October - 11 December

Open:  Monday to Saturday 10am-3pm

Sunday 12pm -3pm

Virtual tour at

Kia ora koutou / Greetings to you all



Most of my life I have lived under Ruapehu, growing up and living in bush settlements of Horopito, Minginui and Ohakune. I started sewing at four years, and was taught to sew with the sewing machine by my father. 






I came to quilting after lots of experience in all sorts of craftwork, art, and completing a history on Ohakune (published 1990). 

My quilts are about my environment, and how we relate both spiritually and temporarily.  My Catholic faith is central to my life.

I have a passion for life, our mountain Ruapehu which is at my backdoor, fibre, and  the daily discovery of pattern all around us in this beautiful country which has been created for us.  

As local historian, and as I continue to teach at Ruapehu College, I treasure the limited time I have to create. 

I am stimulated by the vitality of youth and living in this mountain dominated landscape, surrounded by forest and lively streams.

The Wairua, Ruapehu, the land, the koru, houses and childhood simplicity and honesty are continuing symbols in my work, which often also include words to extend and explain my visual message

My quilts are in collections around the world, and have been exhibited here in NZ and overseas, winning awards in National symposia, the World Quilt and Textile show and other competitions.

My work has been reviewed and profiled in several overseas magazines, our own NZ Quilter, and in the recently published books by Ann Packer, 'Stitch', and in the New Zealand(Australasian) section of Quilts around the World by Spike Gillespie

Ma te Ariki koutou e manaaki e tiaki i roto i ou mahi katoa.

Merrilyn George, Ohakune, New Zealand



















 Soulwork: detail





Made in NZ II

These were the links to the exhibition on in France during 2011.


"Made in New Zealand II Quilt Exhibition"