Rekindle has achieved 6 major projects to date and many other smaller outcomes so far. This has been made possible by a large number of people who have, since 2010 worked alongside Juliet Arnott to enable this mission toward greater resourcefulness.

The main projects & stages of Rekindle include:

        • 2010   Rekindle first begun whilst based in Auckland.
        • 2011   First waste-wood furniture prototypes & commissions completed.
        • 2012   Moved back to Ōtautahi Christchurch. Set-up furniture workshop & developed salvage process.
        • 2012-2015   Made & sold a range of furniture & offcut products. Set-up Rekindle Studio in collaboration with Shop Eight, & Rekindle shop.
        • 2012-2015   Whole House Reuse project instigated, stalled, instigated, stalled, instigated, nearly stalled & then completed. Whole House Reuse book published. 
        • 2014   Auckland Design Series & Waterfront Pop-Up completed.
        • 2016-2017   Resource: Rise Again project completed, some outputs from this project are in the 2017 Best Awards.
        • 2016    Zero Waste Ōtautahi event at FESTA. Support provided in Kaikōura for post-EQ waste minimisation. 
        • 2017 Launch of Resourceful Ōtautahi with opening of workshop at Ferrymead Heritage Park, and an inner city Resourceful Skills Workshop Pop-Up.
        • 2018 March - We published our first volume of the Journal of Resourcefulness.
        • 2018 April/May - Lincoln University Oak project completed with many new craftspeople making stools and spoons from timber felled onsite.
        • 2018 June - Relocated our workshop to the Arts Centre in central Ōtautahi Christchurch city to continue to offer an ongoing programme of Resourceful Craft workshops.
        • 2018 November - the inaugural Necessary Traditions festival at the Arts Centre, where over 40 resourceful craft practitioners shared their skills & their practice.
        • 2018 December - commenced Resourceful Ōtautahi Walking Tours via a partnership with Planeterra & G Adventures. This gave visitors to Ōtautahi Christchurch, an experience of resourcefulness told through the history of Rekindle's work & examples of other resourceful aspects of the rebuilding city.
        • 2019 November - Waiata ki te wai/Songs for water. This was part of Yo-Yo Ma’s Bach Project, which explored how culture actively shapes a better future, and involved Yo-Yo performing with talented musicians and weavers of Ōtautahi.
        • 2020-2021 A subsidised Resourceful craft workshop programme for Selwyn District Council delivered in libraries around the area.
        • 2021 Delivering craft workshops at Christchurch East School via Creatives in Schools funding.
        • 2021 Our Resourceful Craft workshop programme at Te Matatiki Toi Ora Arts Centre continues, thanks to Arts Grants from Creative New Zealand, and support from the Arts Centre.


Some of our other past projects include:

  1. our collaboration with Shop Eight to create life in the centre of Ōtautahi Christchurch just as the central Red Zone was drawn back and the city centre started to slowly breathe again,
  2. the establishment of the Rekindle Studio in Ōtautahi Christchurch, a shared studio space that provided lone-working creatives and small teams with studio space in the central city when this was a novelty,
  3. our first pop-up shop in New Regent Street,
  4. the Offcut Series, a series of works made from our furniture offcuts from artist in Ōtautahi Christchurch,
  5. large archways constructed for The Concert, and epic music festival put on by the Student Volunteer Army, where volunteering earned your festival ticket,
  6. our making of a long line of trestle tables for the first Social Soup event in Cashel Street,
  7. the establishment of the Rekindle shop in a shared space with The Auricle,
  8. our interior design and fit-out for The Auricle,
  9. the Pegahorn, a large sculpture made with children at the Chomondeley Children's Home, for Sculpture on the Peninsula,
  10. our collaboration with Kilmarnock Enterprises to generate well-made products from waste whilst generating good work,
  11. the Auckland pop-up shop on Te Wero Island in December 2014.

The ever-changing collaborative space at Shop Eight that Liz Phelan & Juliet Arnott opened together in April 2012:

Social Soup in Cashel Street: bringing people back into the very centre of Ōtautahi Christchurch, December 2012. A work by Tessa Peach & Heather Hayward which included a long, long line of our trestle tables

The archways made from offcuts for The Concert:

Our delightful encounter with Prince Charles, who told us "You're right, nothing should ever go to waste!"

Our furniture & Offcut products, made from timber that would have otherwise gone to landfill via the Burwood Resource Recovery Park. This is being landfilled due to lack of viable technology in place to separate this untreated material from treated timber.

Our pop-up shop on Auckland's waterfront in December 2014, the fit out made from waste exhibition panels, carpet and ply, in collaboration with Dragonbox Design: