Paulette Meldrum – Water – Pupu Springs
The Maori name for these springs is Te Waikoropupu Springs, and are located not far from Takaka in Golden Bay at the top of the South Island, New Zealand. The springs discharge 14,000 litres of water per second, and the quality of the water from these springs is of considerable scientific interest. The springs are also the largest fresh water spring in the Southern Hemisphere and contain some of the clearest water ever measured.
I visited these springs many years ago when there was an underground viewing area and it was amazing seeing the water bubbling up and this is what I have portrayed in the bottom section of the quilt, along with the reeds in the left hand section. The panel on the left is one of my hand dyed fabrics, painted and stamped with fabric paint. The top panel on the right is machine quilted in a bubble pattern and the remainder of the quilt is hand quilted.
Close up view: