Sat 21 August 10am - Sun 22 August 5.30pm, Winter Craft Weekend Package

This series of workshops takes place in our Rekindle Workshop, upstairs in the Boys’ High building at The Arts Centre, 28 Worcester Boulevard

Learn to carve, make soap, patchwork, felt, eco-print and make natural inks all in one resourceful-craft packed  weekend!

This package includes 13.5 hours of tuition and 5 different craft workshops - a selection of our most popular resourceful skills.

There are only 8 spaces available on this course to ensure that those participants get the most out of their experience.

1) Spatula-making (2 hours): An introduction to basic whittling and safe knife techniques for beginners. Design and make a simple spatula for your kitchen.

2) Soap-making (2.5 hours): Sonia Barrish will show you how easy soap making can be so that you can build confidence towards making your own soap at home.

Together you will make a gentle and non-drying soap that contains shea butter, coconut oil and olive oil. You will also discuss the soap making process and how to develop it to suit your needs. You will go home with a bar of soap to cure and sample.

3) Jogakbo (2 hours): Jogakbo is a traditional Korean style of hand sewn patchwork made from small scraps of different textiles. They were used as domestic wrapping cloths and were meant to bring good luck to whatever was inside.

In this workshop you will learn how to prepare your scraps and the basic stitches that will allow you to make your very own jogakbo. Please bring some scraps of material that you would like to use in making your jogakbo.

4) Eucalyptus printed hottie covers (4.5 hours): In this workshop you will learn to make a cosy felt cover for your hot water bottle, then dye it with eucalyptus leaves to create a colourful design. This workshop is suitable for beginners and two different skills will be taught: wet felting and eco-printing.

First we will create the hot water bottle covers, using traditional wet felting techniques and natural New Zealand merino wool. Once the felting is complete, we will use eucalyptus leaves to eco-print vibrant colours onto the felt. Expect to create shades of orange and brown with the Eucalyptus leaves.

5) Botanical Inks (2.5 hours): In this workshop you will learn the basics of creating ink from natural materials. Together we will make two different inks using foraged local plants and/or food scraps. We will then carve our own pens from bamboo, and use these to experiment with different inks and modifiers to create a wide range of natural colours.

You will leave with a sample of ink, your handmade pen, and the knowledge to keep creating ink on your own.

Please bring a 2 small jars to store your ink in, and pen and paper if you wish to take notes. All other materials will be provided.


Further information will be sent out before the weekend - including what to bring, the timetable and what to expect.

The timetable will allow time for rest/lunch in between workshops.

About your tutors

Simone Bensdorp is a textile artist and teacher with a passion for sustainability and creativity. Her work is grounded by a philosophy of resourcefulness, using local, repurposed and sustainable materials wherever possible. She is committed to keeping traditional felt making skills alive, while continuing to expand and push boundaries with contemporary techniques.

Simone's workshops aim to equip people with practical skills, whilst providing a safe space for creative expression and learning. She loves sharing the knowledge of traditional crafts, and the inevitable stories, laughter and connections that come with it.

Sonia Barrish has a passion for living simply and sustainably. She enjoys and respects nature’s bounty and believes in making use of what can be found in nature to fulfil our everyday needs. Much of what she has learnt has been self-taught through extensive research, as well as trial & error. Sonia is now keen and ready to pass on this knowledge to others to enable their own sustainable lifestyle journeys.

Douglas Horrell has been teaching with Rekindle since 2017 and specialises in hand-carved, functional items such as spoons and bowls, as well as having  an interest in chair-making and other greenwood traditions. He also has a growing interest in toolmaking - forging his own tools from high carbon steel. He hopes to offer locally-made carving tools to Rekindle students in the future. You can find him on Instagram and Facebook as @cleftcraft

Steven Junil Park is based in Ōtautahi Christchurch, and is currently a part-time resident in the Rekindle workshop funded by Creative New Zealand. He can be found working there most Thursdays. He is the pair of hands behind the label '6x4' under which he explores all manner of objects to do with human living, focusing on apparel. His practice explores and masters object-making including clothing, jewellery, shoes and furniture. He makes individual works that often feature reused, natural dyed, or locally found materials.    @6x4online

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.

We are grateful to be able to offer this workshop in a partially subsidised manner because of support from Creative New Zealand, and from Te Matatiki Toi Ora the Arts Centre.

Management of COVID-19 risk:

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.




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