About the Artist
Born in 1917 at Selma, a property near Ashburton, Peg grew up in Christchurch with her cousin the painter and potter Margaret Anderson (Lady Frankel) at Risingholme. In 1963 she moved with her late husband Len Moorhouse to Marlborough’s Sunshine Bay, where she has lived ever since. Peg’s career began in 1965 when she sought advice from renowned New Zealand weaver Ida Lough.
Initially self-taught, Peg spent time in the late 1960s weaving under the eagle eye of Elsie Ryan, later Patron of Marlborough Spinners & Weavers. She also studied with legendary English weaver Mary Barker, Australian weaver Rhonda O’Meara and American weaver Albertje Koopman. She was introduced to linen damask weaving at the famous Saterglantan College of Handicrafts in Sweden. In turn, while in Australia during the early 1980s, Peg started a weaving group in Eden, New South Wales.
Peg supplied original woven lengths to fashion designers in Wellington as well as exhibiting her own woven fashion designs throughout New Zealand. Accepted to exhibit at the inaugural Wearable Arts Award in 1987 spurred her on to experiment. Now in her nineties, the award winning professional fibre artist is notable for her do-it- yourself attitude.
“It’s a challenge because I’ve done everything myself, where these days weavers have professionals designing their work”
1991 eight day weaving workshop at the famous Saterglantan College of Handicrafts in Sweden introduced Peg to linen damask weaving
1991 attended Sweden’s VAV-91 Hudiksvall international weaving conference
1987 Designing for the Body seminar by American wearable art weaver Albertje Koopman at International Weaving School, Picton
c1980 attended workshop in Canberra with legendary English weaver Mary Barker
1970s workshop with Australian weaver Rhonda O’Meara influenced Peg to use reactive dyes
Late 1960s regularly drove hours across Marlborough to the Awatere Valley for weaving classes with Elsie Ryan
Awards and Exhibitions include
2008 Guest exhibitor at Art in Action,School of Philosophy, Wellington.
2008 Colourfall wall hanging selected by curator Helen Kedgley for Professional Weavers Network of New Zealand exhibition Lightwaves at Pataka – Poirua Museums of Arts and Culture
“Where I live has a big influence on my work. My studio looks out over the Queen Charlotte Sound, a huge expanse of water, backed by the most wonderful line of hills, with their ever-changing faces.”