Saturday 13 August, 3-4.30pm, String & rope-making

Come along and learn how to create your own rope or string with Diana Duncan in a workshop held at our Matatiki Toi Ora Arts Centre workshop, which is located upstairs in the former Boys’ High building at 28 Worcester Boulevard.

In Rekindle’s most popular workshop, learn how to use local plant materials to make a strong and beautiful twine. This technique for making string and rope, which originated in the UK/Europe, is simple and can be used with many different materials.

We will be using tī kōuka/cabbage tree leaves in this workshop as these are such an abundant and multi-purpose material that we can find all around us. If you have access to fallen/brown tī kōuka leaves, please bring in as big a bundle as you can! Please soak them first in water overnight if possible, if not longer. 

To learn more about tī kōuka and how we work with it, click HERE.

Tangata whenua have been weaving with tī kōuka for hundreds of years here in Aotearoa. If you are interested learning traditional Māori weaving techniques, we also offer Raranga workshops at Rekindle with Mihi Adams and Kahu Collective. We can also recommend contacting the team at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa who teach a full raranga programme as well as other Toi Māori.

Masks are required for this workshop.

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 non-refundable 

A credit may be issued if you are unable to attend due to illness or COVID isolation and advise Rekindle as soon as possible, prior to your workshop. A transfer fee may apply.

Credits will not be issued with less than 24 hours notice given. 

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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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