October 20, 2018

Our Resourceful Skills Workshop - thanks to Creative New Zealand

Thanks to grant funding from Creative New Zealand we have been able to develop new work & put a whole lot of energy into developing our Resourceful Skills Workshops programme this last year.  

In later 2017 we received a grant from Creative New Zealand for this purpose & this has contributed significantly to the development of Rekindle as an arts organisation. This project developed our capability to work with an array of skilled craft practitioners including Stephanie Owens, Gregory Quinn, Benita Wakefield (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Kere, Ngāti Irakehu), Gemma Stratton, & Douglas Horrell.

This project has enabled us to curate & develop the Resourceful Skills Workshop programme, which comes as a result of these craft practitioners having time & opportunity to develop their skills to deliver craft workshops to the public. 

We are delighted to share some images below of some of the work that has been enabled through this project.

A school holiday spoon carving class in progress being run by Juliet Arnott.

Images above by Johannes Van Kan.

Images below by Justyn Rebecca Denney.

Douglas Horrell carving a spoon from local Black Walnut. Douglas has been practising green wood-working for 2-3 years & now tutors with Rekindle. Image below is Douglas at work in our Arts Centre workshop.

Gemma Stratton weaving with son Marlo as she works on the back of one of the Orkney chairs that was made by the team.

Greg Quinn finishing a greenwood rake. 

Benita Wakefield (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Kere, Ngāti Irakehu) weaving harakeke at Rehua Marae where she run some Raranga workshops with Rekindle. Benita is pictured below with her Aunty & Juliet Arnott.

This image above is Juliet Arnott preparing to finish a greenwood stool. This is a workshop developed for our Resourceful Skills programme.

Below are some of the amazing craftspeople who are or have been involved in the development of our Resourceful Skills Workshop programme, including from top right: Ruben Hamblett, Kerry Mulligan, Douglas Horrell, Emma Johnson, Trent Hiles, & from bottom right: Gemma Stratton & Marlo, Juliet Arnott & Greg Quinn. Not pictured are Stephen Brailsford, Stephanie Owens & Richard Hare.

Many of this group contributed to bring this furniture to fruition which is now found at Te Matatiki Toi Ora Arts Centre in the Boys High Building. 

October 10, 2018

A good reason to buy your Necessary Traditions tickets before the end of Tuesday 23 October!

So a big reason for the Necessary Traditions festival is to enable people of all ages, and especially young people, to really experience the magic and the wonder of resourceful craft traditions that turn 'nothing' into 'something'.

To address this, we plan on gifting free festival tickets to a number of organisations & schools that support children & their whānau in the next 2 weeks to allow them time to arrange the support required to attend.

So to enable this, whilst also meeting basic festival costs, we need to have enough festival tickets purchased early, and of course for this we need your help! As gratitude to you for buying an early ticket we have arranged a discount of 15% until the end of Tuesday 23 October 2018.

So to buy your tickets with the discount you can click here to book your tickets for the main festival event & use the code NT*EARLY when you get to the payment stage. 

    Buying tickets early helps the Necessary Traditions festival find it's feet in this first year, and ensures we can make the weekend available to those who might not otherwise find this event accessible. 

    We thank you wholeheartedly for your support.



      September 17, 2018

      Necessary Traditions Festival Tickets are on sale!

      You can buy tickets here and find out about the updates to the ever-increasing Necessary Traditions 2018 Main Event Line-Up here. Workshops will all soon be online too!


      September 13, 2018

      Rekindle founder speaks at TEDx Auckland

      From wastefulness to resourcefulness -

      Occupational Therapist & Rekindle founder Juliet Arnott gave this TEDx talk, seen below, in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand in late 2017. 

      “Resourcefulness is a complex interaction between our inner resources and Earth’s resources, upon which we desperately depend. It is made up of a set of skills that enable us to meet our needs and live lives we have reason to value without damaging this beautiful planet."

      “Traditional craft has become so displaced, but it could not be more relevant. Craft is the skilled relationship between us and Earth. Craft gives us the means to harness and care for the resources around us - to create what we need from we have. I believe craft should sit at the heart of our education and training so that we can all really build the foundations of our wellbeing.”

      “Resourcefulness is an essential and practical tool for human and planetary wellbeing. It brings to life essential concepts like the Circular Economy and Kate Raworth’s ‘Doughnut Economics’.

      And we need to see this reflected in our Living Standards Framework to really address our wellbeing. So to find the wellbeing that we all crave, look to your resourceful self, make the most of what you have, and build your life on the foundation of a resourceful and caring relationship with Earth as this is the most essential and healthy relationship you and I have.”

      For more information on Juliet's work on resourcefulness please see Volume 1 of the Journal of Resourcefulness, a free PDF is available here. Volume 2 is due to be published in late 2019.

      September 10, 2018

      Necessary Traditions - our festival of resourceful craft

      We are SO excited about our festival Necessary Traditions which will happen this November 2018 for the very first time. This event is based at the beautiful Arts Centre in central Ōtautahi Christchurch.

      Necessary Traditions runs across a week from 8th to 17th November, with the main event across the weekend on the 10th & 11th, more details about the festival programme can be found here.

      The main event is on Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 November and you’ll see these skilled people demonstrate their necessary traditions at the stunningly restored Arts Centre –

      Shoemaking / Letterpress and Typesetting / Windsorchair making / Rag-rug making / Blacksmithing / Growing your own food / Willow basketwork / Pin-hole photography / Sourdough baking with local flours / Stonemasonry / Soap making and other household essentials / Cup, bowl and spoon carving / Hand-painted Sign-writing / Kintsugi / Reforestation / Tī kōuka weaving / Darning and Hand-sewn button-holes / Preservingand Fermenting / Heritage building techniques / Making clothes from reused cloth / Raranga Harakeke weaving / Bookbinding / Ceramics with local pigment and clay / Reupholstery / Spinning, Knitting & Crochet / Felting / Greenwood-working / Loom weaving / Mandolin making / Leatherworking / Candle making / and many more.

      Huge gratitude to our festival supporters:

      More information regarding the full programme, tickets & bookings coming very soon. Please join the Necessary Traditions mailing list here to receive updates, or visit the Necessary Traditions festival website here. From 17th September 2018 tickets for the festival will be sold here on our online store.

      June 28, 2018

      Free classes in our workshop at the Arts Centre!

      With huge thanks to the Enliven Places Project Fund at Christchurch City Council, we are able to offer a series of free workshops during some weekdays starting from 6th August 2018. This funding has enabled us to begin to deliver these free workshops (at our previous central city site) and now to continue this in our new space at the Arts Centre.

      Longer term, we plan to continue to offer some free workshops during the working week so to make experiences of resourceful craft accessible to everyone. We hope these workshops will especially enable those who couldn't contribute financially to the costs of our other workshops, or those who have a need for something meaningful to do during the working week. We have another charitable partner supporting us to do this in 2019 and we're excited to share news of that soon.

      So please keep an eye on our Resourceful Skills Workshop page to see the dates of the free workshops as they come up. Booking is essential so we can prepare for the workshops. At this time they are mostly on Mondays and Tuesday at 1030am, please see below for a map of where to find the workshop.

      June 11, 2018

      Where is Rekindle at the Arts Centre? How to find us

      Just in case you're wondering where you can find our workshop, we are in The Arts Centre in in the central city of Ōtautahi Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand. This is at 28 Worcester Boulevard, upstairs on Level 1 in the Boys' High Building. Please see the map below or click the link above to head to Google Maps.

      We're upstairs above The Isite and the Department of Conservation Visitors Centre and Rollickin' Gellato. 

      We're open 7 days a week, from 10am to 5pm.

      June 01, 2018

      Our latest project : Lincoln University & the Oak

      It is a wonderful thing to find a place that echoes the intentions of your work, and we have found this in the Brandenburg Coppice at Lincoln University. You can read more about the history of the Coppice here.

      Thanks to Lincoln University, Selwyn District Council, Creative Communities & Creative New Zealand we have run a workshop programme out in the Brandenburg Coppice across April & May 2018. It has been a wonderful time with new craftspeople leaving with smiles, satisfaction and a spoon or stool made from timber felled on the Lincoln University Campus. We've had people carving from age 5 to age 75.

      These are a class of second year Landscape Architecture students after their day of greenwood stool making.

      Some other happy stool makers. After a days hard work they went home with something which will last a generation or two or longer.

      Some of our young spoon carvers starting their spoons and then oiling their finished spoons.

      The film below summarises some aspects of this workshop series. 

      We look forward to continuing to run workshops in this stunning woodland through collaboration with the University. We hope this will continue to contribute positively to the experience of Lincoln students and staff, both in terms of potential research  and in adding to a wonderful rich and engaged campus life.

      Huge thanks to Steve Brailsford, Greg Quinn, Ruben Hull and Trent Hiles from our team who made this possible. Much gratitude to Nicola Furlong & Jessica Rae, staff at Lincoln University whose innovation made this possible. Major thanks also to: 

      May 28, 2018

      Our new workshop at the Arts Centre in Ōtautahi Christchurch

      We are VERY happy to let you know that we are soon moving into the The Arts Centre in Ōtautahi Christchurch where we'll set up a Resourceful Skills workshop there. We are grateful to have the support of the Arts Centre and Life in Vacant Spaces to provide our Resourceful Ōtautahi workshops in the city centre. We’re looking forward to opening our doors from Monday June 11th 2018.

      So a large bunch of new Resourceful Skills workshops at the Arts Centre have just gone up on our website. We’ll also be continuing to offer workshops out in the woods Lincoln University too.

      Excited to have greenwood-working happening in the city and in the woods.

      April 25, 2018

      Peterborough Workshops paused until winter site confirmed

      Hi folks!
      Sadly we’ve had to press pause temporarily on running our workshops at Peterborough Street until we have found a good solution for wintering over (ie. working indoors), as the weather has been working against us.
      We will have news in the second week of May re a new inner city site - exciting! Look forward to sharing this with you and to weaving & whittling with you again soon!