Since 2010 Rekindle has evolved more than 10 different projects that have all focused on resourcefulness; 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.
Rekindle work includes:
2010 Rekindle first begun whilst based in Auckland.
2011 First waste-wood furniture prototypes & commissions completed.
2012-2015 Moved back to Ōtautahi Christchurch. Set-up furniture workshop & developed salvage process in post-earthquake red-zone where demolition was fast, wasteful and happening at scale. Made & sold a range of furniture & offcut products, this link tells the whole story of this first major project.
2012-2015 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. Five professional design teams focused their skills on commercial waste in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Pōneke Wellington and Whangarei.
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 - Published 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 workshop to the Te Matatiki Toi Ora Arts Centre in central Ōtautahi Christchurch city.
2018 November - the inaugural Necessary Traditions festival at the Arts Centre, where over 40 resourceful craft practitioners shared their skills & 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 Delivered 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.
2021 Launched Craft Opportunities programme to address barriers to access to our workshops. This provides free workshops for 'Community Service Card' holders and for those being supported by local NGOs.
As a response to this nationwide call for the Resource: Rise Again project, the following 5 designers/teams worked to undertake a thorough exploration of their chosen commercial source of waste in order to test their design responses and their feasibility.
Ambrosia Crum (Ngāpuhi) through raranga worked with commercial rope waste from the ports in Tāmaki Makaurau.
Some of our other past projects include:
He told us "You're right, nothing should ever go to waste!"