Saturday 4 March, 10-3pm: Tī kōuka and hazel hand brush

Course Overview

This workshop will show you how to make a hand brush using locally sourced resources: tī kōuka / cabbage tree leaves, as these are abundantly available, and hazel wood. The brush can be used for all sorts of jobs – from the workshop bench to the kitchen floor. Techniques and skills that will be covered during the course of the class include cord-making using our tī kōuka string-making technique, basic draw knife practice, hand-drilling and fibre preparation. 



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


Level Duration Format
Beginner  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. 


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.  


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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