In this youngsters workshop, Simone Bensdorp will teach you how to make felt using a traditional wet felting technique. We will use natural merino wool to create a flat piece of felt, which can be embellished with your own designs. Wool felt-making is the oldest known way to make fabric, simply by combining wool, soap and water. This handmade product requires no fancy machines or chemicals, it is a simple practice that anyone can learn and use.
Please note: Children aged 6-8 years may attend with an adult to support them. Children aged 9 years and over can attend on their own. Please bring one towel, all other materials will be provided. It is also a good idea to bring a spare bag for your towel and felt, as they may still be wet after the class.
Upstairs in the former Boys' High building
Matatiki Toi Ora Arts Centre, 28 Worcester Boulevard.
|Beginner- Youngsters||1.5 hrs||In Workshop|
Bookings are Non-refundable
A partial credit may be issued if you are unable to attend due to illness or COVID isolation. Please advise Rekindle as soon as possible, prior to your workshop.
Credits will not be issued with less than 24 hours notice given.
Simone Bensdorp is a textile artist and teacher with a passion for sustainability and creativity. Her work is grounded by a philosophy of resourcefulness, using local, repurposed and sustainable materials wherever possible. She is committed to keeping traditional felt making skills alive, while continuing to expand and push boundaries with contemporary techniques.
Simone's workshops aim to equip people with practical skills, whilst providing a safe space for creative expression and learning. She loves sharing the knowledge of traditional crafts, and the inevitable stories, laughter and connections that come with it.
We are grateful to be able to offer this workshop because of support from Creative New Zealand, and from Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre.
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