Whisk brush (Ōtepoti)

Learn to make a small whisk brush using tī kōuka (cabbage tree) leaves.


$90.00 per person



About this experience

  • Oct 27, 9am-2pm

These multi-purpose whisk brushes are perfect for sweeping up those little messes such as crumbs on the bench, wood shavings on the workshop floor, or food off the highchair. Gemma will teach a European twining technique to make a strong, even length of tī kōuka leaf cordage (a string-making technique that can be applied across many other craft objects). This length will then be used to bind the tī kōuka fibres into a whisk-style hand broom. 

Please note: 

  • All materials and tools will be provided.

  • Please bring an intention or job for your brush and if time allows we can work to tweak the brush for the specific job.

  • This workshop is suitable for adults.



Bookings are non-refundable. If for any reason (this includes illness, travel delays and injuries) you need to cancel your workshop, you will receive a refund minus a $30 administration fee. This is provided you contact us at least 14 full days before your booking

Please see our Cancellation Policy for more details.


We are grateful to be able to offer this workshop because of support from Creative New Zealand.

Your Host

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Based in Mohua Golden Bay, Gemma works predominantly as a brush maker. She majored in sculpture at the University of Canterbury’s School of Fine Arts where her practice focused on making tools and devices to assist her colleagues with their work. She weaves her long-held dedication to
resourcefulness into everything she does. Gemma is teaching hand brush, pencil brush, whisk brush, and wreath-making.