Whisk brush (Ōtepoti)

27th October, 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.


Workshops will be held at the O Block Hub at Dunedin School of Art Otago Polytechnic on Anzac Ave (entrance beside the Anzac Ave Bridge, parking is available in Minerva street opposite). More detailed information will be provided prior to the workshop.


Based in Mohua Golden Bay, Gemma Stratton 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.


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.


This Ōtepoti tour is generously supported by our hosts Dunedin School of Art, The Otago Polytechnic Te Kura Matatini ki Otago, and Res.Awesome (check them out, they are awesome). We are ever grateful to Creative New Zealand for their continued support.


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