This workshop film shares with you a way to weave a basket from tī kōuka (cabbage tree/cordyline australis) leaves. This 20 minute film with Juliet Arnott guides you through the full process of weaving from scratch, with dried and soaked tī kōuka leaves. Weaving the basket will take 3-4 hours.
Additional films: When you purchase this workshop film you will receive two other films including
1. an introduction to Rekindle and our workshops which explains the kaupapa or the central idea behind our sharing of these resourceful skills. This film also sets the context of our work here in Aotearoa New Zealand, and acknowledges Māori as tangata whenua, those indigenous to this land.
2. an introduction to how we prepare to work with tī kōuka leaves, and how we consider carefully as pākehā our work with tī kōuka in the context of this being a vital part of the ecosystem we live within, and tūpuna or ancestor to Māori.
You'll need: A pile of 30-40 or more leaves that have fallen from tī kōuka (cabbage tree/Cordyline Australis), these leaves need to be soaked in water for 24-48 hours. Or you could try a similar natural fibre that you have where you are, or something else altogether like scrap fabric. A jar or inflexible container to weave around. Scissors. Water. A bucket, bath or tarpaulin to soak your leaves in.
Background to this technique: This basket is a non-traditional use of the tī kōuka in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Māori have many traditions in caring for and working with this precious plant, of which this is not one. We honour the longstanding relationship between Māori and tī kōuka and weave mindfully in the context of the impacts of colonisation on craft practices here.
The technique taught here comes from knowledge learnt by Juliet Arnott in England and Scotland where her family comes from, most especially through willow weaving with Norah Kennedy at the Kingcombe Centre, in Dorset, England.
Your tutor: Juliet is a craftsperson and occupational therapist. She founded Rekindle in 2010 after years of practicing craft which involves caring for overlooked materials often wasted and the wellbeing this purpose gives. Since 2016 Juliet's work has focused on creating opportunities for resourcefulness as the antithesis to wastefulness. Juliet continues to run Rekindle and is now based in Ōtautahi Christchurch, Aotearoa. @ju_and_pip
We are grateful that the production of these films was made possible by a grant from Creative New Zealand, and the dedication of the tutors involved.
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