Saturday 11 February, 1.30-4pm, Introduction to Botanical Ink Making

Course Overview

In this workshop you will learn the basics of creating ink from natural materials. Together we will make two different inks using foraged local plants and/or food scraps. We will then carve our own pens from bamboo, and use these to experiment with different inks and modifiers to create a wide range of natural colours. You will leave with a sample of ink, your handmade pen, and the knowledge to keep creating ink on your own.

Please note: This workshop is for adults only please, as it is not suitable for children. Please bring a 2 small jars to store your ink in, and pen and paper if you wish to take notes. All other materials will be provided.



Rekindle Workshop
Upstairs in the former Boys' High building
Matatiki Toi Ora Arts Centre, 28 Worcester Boulevard.


Level Duration Format
Beginner  2.5 hrs In Workshop



Bookings are Non-refundable 
A partial credit may be issued if you are unable to attend due to illness or COVID isolation. Please advise Rekindle as soon as possible, prior to your workshop. 
Credits will not be issued with less than 24 hours notice given. 



Simone Bensdorp 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.

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.



We are grateful to be able to offer this workshop because of support from Creative New Zealand, and from Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre.


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