About Me

My name is Meg Nakagawa. I am a handweaver in Nelson, New Zealand.

I grew up watching my mother knit, sew, and embroider while listening to her chant how she yearned to weave. That weaving is the ultimate textile work thus became my creed. Mom started weaving when she was 60.

I had my heart set on becoming a writer since I was six. After coming to New Zealand and studying editing, I discovered my two contrasting preferences: to write flowery descriptions and saturate the pages with ambiance in the first draft, and to cull to the bare minimum in the second. Unable to reconcile the two, I took up weaving for non-verbal relief.

In weaving, the vertical warp threads are either up or down; they trap and hold the horizontal weft threads. This simplicity suits me. “Weaving” comprises of a series of steps, only one of which is the weaving on the loom. Small decisions made in each step present potential points of no return, after which editing becomes onerous or impossible. I find this linear progression serene. And now I write for fun. History, architecture, people and stories inform my work.

I was born in Yokohama, Japan, raised in Minnesota and Arizona, USA, and educated in Tokyo and Minnesota. I read Linguistics, Shakespeare and James Joyce for my BA and have lived in New Zealand since 1994 and in Nelson since 1996.

Selected Exhibitions
"Beginnings", Nelson, New Zealand, 2012, a group exhibition
”Bye Bye, Blue Eyes", Nelson, New Zealand, 2008, my second tiny local exhibition at the local textile cooperative, remembering actor Paul Newman
"Craft 08", Nelson, New Zealand, 2008
"Culturally Routed", Nelson, New Zealand, 2007
"Re:Fine", Wellington and Nelson, New Zealand, 2007/2008
"Sea, Sand and Sky", Nelson, New Zealand, 2007, my very first (and tiny) solo exhibition in the lovely then-Gallery 203

Selected Workshops
Maryanne Stamford, (Australia) Block Weave workshop, 2011
Randall Darwall (USA) "How to Make a Good Scarf Better", 2006
Bonnie Inouye (USA) Complex Weave workshop, 2002
Kay Faulkner (Australia) Double Weave workshop, 2001