Resourceful Craft Practitioners

We are fortunate to work with an extraordinary group of craft practitioners, all who have an affinity with the kaupapa of resourcefulness. You can see below some of their work and find out where to find out more about their craft practice.

Douglas Horrell

Douglas Horrell has been teaching with Rekindle since 2017 and specialises in hand-carved, functional items such as spoons and bowls, as well as having  an interest in chair-making and other greenwood traditions. He also has a growing interest in toolmaking - forging his own tools from high carbon steel. He hopes to offer locally-made carving tools to Rekindle students in the future. 

Douglas is currently a part-time resident in the Rekindle workshop funded by a Creative New Zealand Arts Grant. He can be found working in our Arts Centre workshop on most Thursdays, & often teaches spoon-carving & tool sharpening within our Resourceful Skills workshop programme.  @cleftcraft

Gemma Stratton
Gemma is currently a part-time resident in the Rekindle workshop funded by a Creative New Zealand Arts Grant. She can be found working in our Arts Centre workshop on most Fridays, and also teaches tī kōuka basket weaving, string making & how to make little tī kōuka folk within our Resourceful Skills workshop programme.
Images - Above: Weaving an Orkney-style chair with tī kōuka or cabbage tree leaves, photographed by Justyn Denney. Below: Weaving large tī kōuka forms commissioned to hang at the Riverside Market in Christchurch. Gemma & partner Ruben Hamblett engineered the extraordinary internal structure for these large hanging forms so that the use of anything other than local materials was minimised. Materials used included hazel, harakeke & tī kōuka. 

Below: Gemma shares how to make little folk from tī kōuka leaves.

Greg Quinn

Greg's working life has consisted predominantly of orchard work, learning the care & craft associated with growing fruit. He continues to work with people on their Home Orchard Care. His craft practice has developed in the last two years to include green woodworking, a change from the orchard yet an extension of his working closely with trees. Greg now makes greenwood furniture, rakes, pegs, food storage crates, brooms & other objects of use. The craft skills gained in working with experienced practitioners like Richard Hare, Alex Yerks & Juliet Arnott, combined with his own practice & exploration, have become an integral part of his life.

Greg is currently a part-time resident in the Rekindle workshop funded by a Creative New Zealand Arts Grant. He can be found working in our Arts Centre workshop on most Wednesdays, and also teaches green woodworking skills within our Resourceful Skills workshop programme. @homeorchardcare

Images - Above: Greg making a greenwood rake (photographed by Justyn Denney). Below: Greenwood stools & hazel clothes pegs.

Juliet Arnott

Juliet maintains a craft practice alongside her directorship of Rekindle. She has been working with undervalued materials & resourceful craft traditions for 18 years. Her work includes green woodworking, willow, tī kōuka & other basketry, studies of the Orkney chair -  this all leading her to establish the Resourceful Skills workshop programme in Ōtautahi Christchurch in 2017, & the festival of Necessary Traditions in 2018. Juliet's previous work includes founding the Whole House Reuse project 2012-2015 & Rekindle's furniture series 2010-2015.

Juliet can be found working in our Arts Centre workshop on most Mondays, and also teaches spoon carving, string making, basket weaving, stool making, mat weaving, chopstick carving & other workshops within our Resourceful Skills workshop programme.  @rekindle_nz & @ju_and_pip

Images - Above: Juliet making a greenwood stool 2018 (photographed by Justyn Denney). Teaching a children's spoon carving workshop in our Arts Centre workshop 2018 (photographed by Johannes Van Kan).

Below: Willow washing basket 2017. Orkney-style Chair for Whole House Reuse project, chair base made with rimu & chair back with carpet underlay bound with thread from an un-spun jersey, 2015.

Below: An Orkney chair made from Orcadian black oat straw grown by Harry Flett, and driftwood found at Marwick Bay on the Orkney Isles, Scotland, 2004.

Below: Basket nest woven from hazel in Clissett Wood, Herefordshire 2003 where Juliet learnt about greenwood practice. Treehouse woven over 7 days from willow, hazel & hedgerow clippings, Norfolk UK 2002.