Dunedin: String making with Tī kōuka Cabbage Tree leaves, Saturday 5 September, 2.30-3.30pm

Rekindle founder Juliet Arnott is coming to Dunedin to teach workshops as part of the wider ‘Mapping the Anthropocene in Ōtepoti Dunedin: climate change, community and the creative arts’ project. Huge thanks to the Otago Community Trust and the Dunedin School of Art for their sponsorship of this event, and for supporting Juliet to come down.

This workshop is being held at the Dunedin School of Art, and more directions will be emailed out to you prior to the event.

Learn how to use tī kōuka / cabbage tree leaves to make a strong and beautiful twine. Rekindle’s most popular workshop, this technique for making string and rope is simple and can be used with many different materials.

Tī kōuka cabbage tree leaves are such an abundant and multi-purpose material that we can find all around us. If you have access to fallen/brown cabbage tree leaves, please feel free bring a big bunch along with you, which have been soaked overnight or longer.


There are 20 places available in this workshop. Minimum numbers are required for the class to run.

Also we are delighted to share a related event:
At 3.30pm on Sat 5th September, Dr Janice Lord, Associate Professor at the Dept of Botany, University of Otago will give a talk and display about indigenous textiles plants and their leaf properties. Janice’s research is ‘motivated by a desire to provide plant-based knowledge that will contribute to species conservation, improved ecosystem services and climate change mitigation.’ So please do stay on for this.



Bookings are essential, non-refundable and non-transferable. We do, however, understand that things come up and try and accommodate people to the best of our ability. This can include moving people to another class or a refund - but please be aware that this is reliant on us filling the original spot.

This is because all of our pricing, and our efforts to keep costs as low as possible while still paying the tutors a fee commensurate with their experience and allowing them to cover the costs of living, is based on running these classes with a certain number of participants.

Management of COVID-19 risk:

Please be assured this workshop will be managed with the utmost care in terms of risk management in relation to COVID-19. This will include: the workshop space being set-up with a minimum of 1 metre space between group members;  hand sanitiser being provided & its use required; hand washing facilities nearby; no sharing of tools/materials, regular disinfection of shared surfaces, and everyone is invited to bring a mask to wear if they’d prefer to do so.

Participants who are unwell, or who are required to self-isolate, must not attend the workshop. Refunds will be given if participants need to miss the workshop in order to manage the risk of COVID-19, however we need to be advised of this as soon as possible, so that we can fill the space. Refunds will not be given if participants arrive to the workshop unwell on the day. 


We are grateful to be able to offer this workshop in a partially subsidised manner because of support from Creative New Zealand.

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