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. 

Images - Above: Portrait by Justyn Denney. Tools forged by Douglas, picturing in first image: scorp & spoon knives, & in second image: scorp, twca cam, & an engraving knife. Below: Douglas finishing a spoon carved from black walnut, & a group of his spoons by Justyn Denney. 

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. A tī kōuka bowl & mat woven by Juliet 2019. Below: 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.

Tatyanna Meharry

Tatyanna is a skilled and considered practitioner and a ceramics teacher in much demand in Ōtautahi Christchurch. She has many triumphs including having won the Supreme Award at the World of Wearable Art not once but twice. One of the inspiring parts of Tatyanna's practice is her research, mapping, collection, documentation and use of local earth which she processes into clay for ceramics, and into pigment for glazing.

Tatyanna shares workshops related to use of locally found clay materials, & the  involves combining layers of local clay & inclusions to produce a pair of stratified cups or bowls that appear as landscapes when fired.   @tatyannameharry

Steven Junil Park

Steven Junil Park is based in Ōtautahi Christchurch. 

He is the pair of hands behind the label '6x4' under which he explores all manner of objects to do with human living, focusing on apparel. His practice explores and masters object-making including clothing, jewellery, shoes and furniture. He makes individual works that often feature reused, natural dyed, or locally found materials.    @6x4online

Steven teaches a workshop with Rekindle that shares the skill of hand darning.

Simone Bensdorp

Simone is a textile artist and teacher with a passion for sustainability and creativity. Her work is grounded by a philosophy of resourcefulness, using local, repurposed and sustainable materials wherever possible. She is committed to keeping traditional felt making skills alive, while continuing to expand and push boundaries with contemporary techniques.

Simone's workshops aim to equip people with practical skills, whilst providing a safe space for creative expression and learning. She loves sharing the knowledge of traditional crafts, and the inevitable stories, laughter and connections that come with it.


Hilary Jean Tapper

Hilary Jean Tapper is a dollmaker, illustrator and filmmaker based in Christchurch, New Zealand. She is currently studying her masters in Arts Therapy, teaching dollmaking and creative wellbeing classes, and creating dolls and illustrations which travel across the world. She is a lover of gardens, quietness, long forest wanders, reading, drawing and making little people.  @hilaryjeantapper