Saturday 27 May, 3-5pm, Whakatū Nelson- Multi-purpose Brush

Course Overview

In this workshop with Gemma Stratton you will learn how to make a versatile brush using tī kōuka / cabbage tree leaves and hazel wood sticks. You will learn to make very fine cord using our tī kōuka string-making technique, with further skills in fibre preparation and extraction, basic hole drilling and a useful lashing technique to bring your brush together.


This workshop is running in conjunction with the Changing Threads Contemporary Textile Fibre Arts Awards 2023  in Whakatū Nelson, run by the Arts Council Nelson.



Please note; All materials and tools will be provided but please bring some leaves. If you have access to tī kōuka / cabbage tree leaves, do bring in as big a bundle as you can! Also bring an intention or job for your brush and if time allows we can work to tweak the brush for the specific job. This class is suitable for adults.




The Refinery Artspace
114 Hardy Street, Whakatū Nelson


Level Duration Format
Beginner  2 hrs In Workshop



We are reliant on reaching minimum numbers to cover the costs of running workshops in Whakatū Nelson. Therefore, bookings are strictly non-refundable unless we can be advised in enough time to be able to sell your ticket to someone else.

Please let us know as soon as possible if you think you may not make it so we can try to do this for you. You may also choose to transfer your booking to another name. If Rekindle needs to cancel the workshop for any reason, you will be fully refunded



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.


We are grateful to be able to offer this workshop because of support from Arts Council Nelson and Creative New Zealand. 


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