Since 2010 Rekindle has evolved more than 10 different projects that have all focused on resourcefulness through craft; some small, some as big as Whole House Reuse and our Necessary Traditions festival. This work has been made possible by a large number of people who have worked together to find greater resourcefulness in themselves and in community.
Please see Past Projects for information about this work, and these films below capture a few treasured moments.
This was filmed in the last couple of days prior to the first lockdown, commissioned as part of Creative New Zealand's Thankful for Art (#TFA) campaign, which was part of their response to the COVID-19 crisis. This celebrated the value the arts for people during the lockdown and sharing ways New Zealanders can engage with, support and participate in the arts.
Film by Hilary Jean Tapper - Music by Sean McVitty - Narration by Juliet Arnott. Featuring: Greg Quinn, Douglas Horrell of Cleft Craft, Gemma Stratton, Hilary Jean Tapper, & Rekindle's founder & director Juliet Arnott.
Greenwood stools by Greg Quinn 2023
Waiata ki te wai was part of Yo-Yo Ma’s Bach Project in Christchurch, which explores how culture actively shapes a better future, and involves Yo-Yo performing with talented musicians and weavers of Ōtautahi.
Waiata ki te wai was conceived by artists Kerepeti Paraone (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Waitaha, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Hine) and Juliet Arnott of Rekindle, commissioned by Yo-Yo Ma and produced by Te Pūtahi – Christchurch centre for architecture and city-making in collaboration with Tier One events.
We sat together on the banks of the Ōtākaro Avon River to acknowledge the rivers of Waitaha/Canterbury through song & weaving. While kairaranga wove harakeke, we sang waiata together, and listened to karakia, stories & music that celebrate this life-sustaining water that connects us all.
Whole House Reuse involved the entire material of a single home, otherwise destined for waste, being deconstructed and transformed into beautiful and purposeful artefacts. Founded by Juliet Arnott and catalysed together with Kate McIntyre, this project took over 3 years and resulted in nearly 400 objects being created by reusing every single piece of 19 Admirals Way, a 1920’s weatherboard home in New Brighton, Christchurch, which was scheduled for demolition in 2013. This project demonstrates the power of shared resourcefulness; that change can happen when people work together to creatively address undervalued resources.
Over 250 people from around New Zealand and the world invented ways of reusing these resources and the result was a huge collection of objects from a delicately carved taonga puoro by master carver Brian Flintoff, to a finely crafted backyard studio by artist Nic Moon and architectural designer Lyn Russell. This collection showcased original works by some of the country’s finest designers and craftspeople, school children, students, retired experts, and community organisations like Kilmarnock Enterprises.
The project culminated in an exhibition in the Special Exhibitions Hall at Canterbury Museum, Christchurch, New Zealand for 3 months from early June 2015. Over 120,000 people visited the exhibition.
The care of deconstruction with our partners Silvan Salvage.
The full catalogue of materials from one home.
Whole House Reuse: Deconstruction published 2014. Design by Matthew Galloway. This celebrated the home due for demolition, and the family and what the act of deconstruction meant to them. It also offered a full catalogue of materials from the home for creatives to select from.
This small building below is Cocoon by Nic Moon and Lynn Russell. It was built from materials from the deconstructed home, and this is just one of over 400 outcomes that were created in the Whole House Reuse project.