Friday 22 July, 9.30am - 1.30pm, Craft Opportunities- Whisk brush making with Gemma Stratton

Come along and learn how to make a Whisk brush with Gemma Stratton 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.

This workshop is free/low-cost for Community Service Card holders, though donations are appreciated. The standard workshop price of $73 applies for those without cards. Please select the appropriate option at the bottom of the page. 

In this workshop, you will learn our string-making technique to make a strong, even length of tī kōuka (cabbage tree) leaf cordage, then used to bind the prepared fibres into a whisk-style hand broom. 

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 tī kōuka / cabbage tree leaves, please do bring in as big a bundle as you can! If not, don’t worry -  we have enough for you to use, but are always happy to receive more of this valuable resource.

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.

Minimum numbers are required for the class to run. This class is weather dependent as Gemma is travelling long distance to assist with Rekindle's willow harvest. If the harvest needs to be postponed, the class will be too. It would instead run on Saturday 30 July.

Now based in Te Tai o Aorere/Tasman, Gemma Stratton has been a resident craftsperson at Rekindle. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Canterbury School of Fine Arts, and weaves her long-held dedication to resourcefulness into everything she touches. Gemma’s time in the Rekindle workshop developing brushes and lightshades was funded by Creative New Zealand.

Gemma has taught a variety of workshops using tī kōuka (cabbage tree) leaves within our resourceful skills workshop programme.  

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. Here's why.



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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