Simone Bensdorp

Simone Bensdorp is a textile artist based in Ōtautahi Christchurch. She creates playful and practical works with felted wool, plant dyes and inks, and other local resourceful craft using New Zealand wool and other natural fibres. Her work is grounded by a philosophy of resourcefulness, using local, repurposed and sustainable materials wherever possible. Simone is passionate about keeping traditional felt making skills alive, while continuing to expand and push boundaries with contemporary techniques. 

Simone has been teaching with Rekindle since 2018 and was a part-time resident in the Rekindle workshop funded by a Creative New Zealand Arts Grant from 2020 to 2021. She can be found working in our Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre workshop on most Thursdays on the Craft Opportunities Programme, & often teaches within our Resourceful Skills workshop programme.

Walnut ink fabric printing 2021

Felt purse 2021

T'shirt yarn knitted dishcloth 2021

Felt wrist warmers 2021

Eucalyptus hot water bottle covers 2021

Felt boots 2021

Botanical Ink Making 2020

Images by Chris Cain. 


Natural Dyeing for Wool  2020

Images by Chris Cain. 



Eco-printing 2020

Images by Chris Cain. 



 Felted Cup Holders

Felted Hot Water Bottle Covers

Felted Woollen Slippers

Images above by Justyn Denney.