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.
Rekindle journey toward resourcefulness…
- 2010 Rekindle first imagined whilst living in Auckland.
- 2011 First waste-wood furniture prototypes & commissions completed.
- 2012 Moved back to 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.
- 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 to 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 Christchurch city to continue to offer an ongoing program of Resourceful Skill workshops that can be booked via this link.
- 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 gives 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. Visitors also visit the Rekindle workshop & learn to make string from tī kōuka or cabbage tree leaves.
Some of our other past projects include:
our collaboration with Shop Eight to create life in the centre of Christchurch just as the central Red Zone was drawn back and the city centre started to slowly breathe again,
- the establishment of the Rekindle Studio in 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,
- our first pop-up shop in New Regent Street,
- the Offcut Series, a series of works made from our furniture offcuts from artist in Christchurch,
- large archways constructed for The Concert, and epic music festival put on by the Student Volunteer Army, where volunteering earned your festival ticket,
- our making of a long line of trestle tables for the first Social Soup event in Cashel Street,
- the establishment of the Rekindle shop in a shared space with The Auricle,
- our interior design and fit-out for The Auricle,
- the Pegahorn, a large sculpture made with children at the Chomondeley Children's Home for Sculpture in the Peninsula,
- our collaboration with Kilmarnock Enterprises to generate well-made products from waste whilst generating good work,
- the Auckland pop-up shop on Te Wero Island in December 2014..
....and more to come.
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 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: