Saturday 27 August, 3-5pm, Small Foraged Basket

Learn how to weave a small basket from foraged fibres 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.

This course is a variation of our original basket made from tī kōuka and is a great chance for those who have learnt this technique to experiment with other materials, shaping and an alternative border. Beginners are also welcome to start their weaving journey with this course. We will teach you how to weave a basket using the stake and strand technique, which originated in the UK/Europe.

We will begin by using tī kōuka/cabbage tree leaves as these are such an abundant and multi-purpose material that we can find all around us. Then you will have a chance to experiment with a few seasonally available materials to create your own unique basket. These materials may include corn husks, ivy, willow, pine needles, dogwood etc. You are welcome to bring any materials from home you would like to try working with. 

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

Masks are required for this workshop.

Diana Duncan joined Rekindle as a tutor in 2019. She is a weaver and string maker who focuses on using locally abundant foraged materials, such as tī kōuka, willow, ivy and blackberry. Inspired by the wealth of materials that grow all around us, Diana enjoys exploring the natural world, creating useful items with what is provided so generously by nature. Through doing so, she'd aims to develop a deeper connection to this place and to others.

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. 



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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