Gemma has been a resident craftsperson at Rekindle and is one of our regular tutors. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Canterbury School of Fine Arts, and weaves her long-held dedication to resourcefulness into everything she touches. Gemma’s time in the Rekindle workshop developing brushes and lightshades has been funded by Creative New Zealand.
Image above by Justyn Denney.
Gemma has spent months developing ways to make useful functional brushes from exposed tī kōuka fibre and local hazel for handles. She is now sharing these skills in our workshop programme.
Image 1 & 4 by Alex Yerks
An Orkney-style chair made by our Rekindle collective, with tī kōuka or cabbage tree leaf back woven by Gemma.
Images by Justyn Denney.
A workshop Gemma developed for younger children to be able to play and create with the tī kōuka leaves.