10am Sat 23 Oct- 1pm Mon 25 Oct, Labour Weekend Craft Package

This series of workshops takes place in our Rekindle Workshop, upstairs in the Boys’ High building at The Arts Centre, 28 Worcester Boulevard

This is a chance to learn some of our most popular and foundational crafts.

Weave, carve, darn, make soap and sharpen tools all in one resourceful-craft packed long weekend! This package is aimed at out-of-towners but all are very welcome to book.

This package includes 17 hours of tuition and 6 different craft workshops - a selection of our most popular resourceful skills. There are only 8 spaces available on this course to ensure that those participants get the most out of their experience.

1) Soap-making (2.5 hours): Sonia Barrish will show you how easy soap making can be so that you can build confidence towards making your own soap at home.

Together you will make a gentle and non-drying soap that contains shea butter, coconut oil and olive oil. You will also discuss the soap making process and how to develop it to suit your needs. You will go home with a bar of soap to cure and sample.

2) String-making (2 hours): learn how to use tī kōuka / cabbage tree leaves to make a strong and beautiful twine, among other applications, with Diana Duncan. Rekindle’s most popular workshop, this technique for making string and rope is simple and can be used with many different materials.

3) Hand-darning (2 hours): Learning how to darn and repair your clothing makes it last longer and age beautifully. It also grows your connection to your clothes through this hand-work. Steven Park of 6x4 offers a beautiful opportunity to re-engage with the ancient art of clothing repair.

4) Spoon-carving (4 hours): learn to make a spoon with Douglas Horrell of Cleft Craft! you will learn basic whittling techniques with straight & curved whittling knives, and learn all about the ancient traditions of greenwood-working.

5) Sharpening (2.5 hours): learn the basics of sharpening - how to get a great edge on everything from kitchen knives to woodworking tools to garden implements. Make friends with your tools and make them last a lifetime with this essential resourceful skill.

6) Basket-weaving (4 hours): this course will give you a resourceful skill that you'll be able to use in so many ways for the rest of your life!  This technique for basket-weaving can be used with many different materials. We will teach you how to use tī kōuka / cabbage tree leaves as these are abundantly available.

Further information will be sent out before the weekend - including what to bring, the timetable and what to expect.

The timetable will allow time for rest/lunch in between workshops. It also finishes in time for those wishing to catch an afternoon/evening flight on Monday.

About your tutors

Sonia Barrish has a passion for living simply and sustainably. She enjoys and respects nature’s bounty and believes in making use of what can be found in nature to fulfil our everyday needs. Much of what she has learnt has been self-taught through extensive research, as well as trial & error. Sonia is now keen and ready to pass on this knowledge to others to enable their own sustainable lifestyle journeys.


Steven Junil Park is based in Ōtautahi Christchurch, and is currently a part-time resident in the Rekindle workshop funded by Creative New Zealand. He can be found working there most Thursdays. 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

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. You can find him on Instagram and Facebook as @cleftcraft

Diana Duncan learnt tī kōuka string and basket making from Juliet Arnott in 2016 and joined Rekindle as a tutor in 2019. In this time Diana has explored this materials use in a myriad of ways. Having studied fashion design and worked in clothing repairs and alterations Diana has always enjoyed creative design and problem solving. Her desire to tread lightly on this earth and conserve its resources has found a natural fit with this locally abundant and durable material. She has also worked with willow and is eager to deepen her weaving knowledge experience.


Bookings are essential, non-refundable and non-transferable. We do, however, understand that things come up and try and accommodate people to the best of our ability. This can include moving people to another class or a refund - but please be aware that this is reliant on us filling the original spot.

This is because all of our pricing, and our efforts to keep costs as low as possible while still paying the tutors a fee commensurate with their experience and allowing them to cover the costs of living, is based on running these classes with a certain number of participants.

We are grateful to be able to offer this workshop in a partially subsidised manner because of support from Creative New Zealand, and from Te Matatiki Toi Ora the Arts Centre.

Management of COVID-19 risk:

Participants who are unwell, or who are required to self-isolate, must not attend the workshop. Refunds will be given if participants need to miss the workshop in order to manage the risk of COVID-19, however we need to be advised of this as soon as possible, so that we can fill the space. Refunds will not be given if participants arrive to the workshop unwell on the day.





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