What a first! Necessary Traditions festival weekend complete

What a wonderful weekend at the Arts Centre in Ōtautahi Christchurch was had! Over 40 practitioners of necessary traditions spent the weekend demonstrating their resourceful skills. The reality of how it was to have these extraordinary group of practitioners together in one place was beyond our hopes, it felt like putting the tinder to a flame and the burst of energy & excitement in spontaneous & furry collaborations was evident in these moments:

A doll of Alex Yerks (woodcarver) made my Hilary Jean Tapper on Sunday 11 November 2018.

A shoe upper woven of harakeke by Tracey-Anne Cook for shoemaker Louise Ayling.  

A spoon carved by Alex Yerks dyed with black carrot by Arina Terekhova. 

These feel like the beginning of many enduring & enlivening pieces of work that strengthen relationships that keep us all practicing our necessary traditions.