Wednesday 24 March, 6-9pm, Basket Makers Monthly with Helen Stevenson

This session is held at our Arts Centre workshop, which is located upstairs in the Boys’ High building at 28 Worcester Boulevard. 

We have a special guest-weaver talk at the start of this Basket Makers Monthly. Helen Stevenson will speak about her weaving practice, share some examples and answer any questions.

Her passion is to work with natural "found" materials, transforming them into one of a kind, functional baskets and containers , showcasing the beauty of the plant world that surrounds us .

Then we can enjoy time weaving together. Please bring along a weaving project you wish to work on. These sessions are available to those who have previously attended our basket weaving workshop.

Tickets for the talk and weaving sessions are $20 - this helps us to pay our guest speakers for their time and supports their practice.

For just the weaving session, from 7pm on, tickets are $12 as per normal.

About Helen Stevenson

Helen is from the south island, an ex physio and a still-working orchestral musician.  She "met" the ancient craft of basket making  when she moved to the U.S. and took a class at the local YWCA.  It was love and fascination at first "over one , under one",  and also frustration at realising that many life times aren't enough to explore the vast world of basket weaving !!  Now back in Aotearoa, she is exploring and discovering materials that she can use here.  Her passion is to work with natural "found" materials, transforming them into one of a kind, functional baskets and containers , showcasing the beauty of the plant world that surrounds us .

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We are very excited to host this regular session for those who share a love for basket weaving, are looking to enjoy time weaving together, and for those who would like some support with their woven tī kōuka projects following on from our workshops.

Please bring along a weaving project you wish to work on. Or if you are an established weaver and would like to weave with others, we would love to weave with you too!

Please bring with you some pre-soaked tī kōuka leaves for your work, but rest assured that we will provide enough for those of you who that will not be practical for.

If you would to join us but this cost feels challenging at this time, please email us to book a place and pay what you can.

Bookings are essential as spaces are limited.

Minimum numbers are required for the class to run.

About your tutor

Diana learnt tī kōuka string and basket making from Juliet Arnott in 2016 and joined Rekindle as a tutor in 2019. In this time Diana has explored this materials use in a myriad of ways. Having studied fashion design and worked in clothing repairs and alterations Diana has always enjoyed creative design and problem solving. Her desire to tread lightly on this earth and conserve its resources has found a natural fit with this locally abundant and durable material. She has also worked with willow and is eager to deepen her weaving knowledge experience.

Bookings are non-refundable and non-transferable. We do, however, understand that things come up and try and accommodate people to the best of our ability. This can include moving people to another class or a refund - but please be aware that this is reliant on us filling the original spot. 

This is because all of our pricing, and our efforts to keep costs as low as possible while still paying the tutors a fee commensurate with their experience and allowing them to cover the costs of living, is based on running these classes with a certain number of participants.

We are grateful to be able to offer this workshop in a partially subsidised manner because of support from Creative New Zealand, and from Te Matatiki Toi Ora the Arts Centre.

Management of COVID-19 risk:

 Please be assured this workshop will be managed with the utmost care in terms of risk management in relation to COVID-19. This will include: the workshop space being set-up with a minimum of 1 metre space between group members;  hand sanitiser being provided & its use required; hand washing facilities nearby; no sharing of tools/materials, regular disinfection of shared surfaces, and everyone is invited to bring a mask to wear if they’d prefer to do so.

Participants who are unwell, or who are required to self-isolate, must not attend the workshop. Refunds will be given if participants need to miss the workshop in order to manage the risk of COVID-19, however we need to be advised of this as soon as possible, so that we can fill the space. Refunds will not be given if participants arrive to the workshop unwell on the day. 





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