Doreen MacKenzie Fraser

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1934


  • 2004
  • Merino wool
  • Gift of Doreen MacKenzie Fraser, 2021
  • 2950 x 300 x 300mm
  • 2021/164

The word gyre means spiral or vortex, and something that whirls or gyrates. As a four-sided, reversible and rotating woven hanging, Doreen MacKenzie Fraser’s Gyre exceeds the usual expectations of weaving. Its perpetual motion also echoes the spinning and weaving processes. MacKenzie Fraser was taught to weave while living in Boulder, Colorado in the late 1960s by leading American weaver and potter Clotilde Barrett. MacKenzie Fraser was involved with the Christchurch Guild of Weavers and Spinners as a teacher and exhibitor, and became a key figure in the advancement of weaving in New Zealand from the 1970s on.

(Die Cuts and Derivations, 11 March – 2 July 2023)

Exhibition History