Sat 5 June 9am - Mon 7 June 1pm, Queen's Birthday Weekend Resourceful Skills 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 weave, carve, print and felt all in one resourceful-craft packed long weekend! This Queen's Birthday Weekend package is aimed at out-of-towners but all are very welcome to book.

This package includes 14.5 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) Spoon-carving (4 hours): learn to make a spoon! you will learn basic whittling techniques with straight & curved whittling knives, and learn all about the ancient traditions of greenwood-working.

2) String-making (1.5 hours): 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.

3) Basket-weaving (4 hours): this course will give you a resourceful skill that you'll be able to use in so many ways for the rest of your life!  This technique for basket-weaving can be used with many different materials. We will teach you how to use tī kōuka / cabbage tree leaves as these are abundantly available. 

4) Felt-bowl making (2 hours): learn how to make a felt bowl using natural, undyed, New Zealand wool and traditional felting techniques. Wool felt-making is the oldest known way to make fabric, simply by combining wool, soap and water. This handmade product requires no fancy machines or chemicals, it is a simple practice that anyone can learn and use. You will design and make your own bowl and leave with the skills to continue felting at home.

5) Eco-printing (3 hours): In this workshop you will learn two different techniques to print botanical materials onto fabric. First we will use foraged plants and food scraps to upcycle an item of clothing using the ‘Eco-printing’ method. This method uses heat to transfer the plant pigment onto the fabric and can produce stunning results! While our garments are in the dyepot we will have a go at Hapa-zome, to create colour by pounding leaves and flowers onto fabric. 

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, as well as time from late afternoon to explore the city. It also finishes in time for those wishing to catch an afternoon/evening flight on Monday.

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.

Diana Duncan learnt tī kōuka string and basket making from Juliet Arnott in 2016 and joined Rekindle as a tutor in 2019. In this time Diana has explored this materials use in a myriad of ways. Having studied fashion design and worked in clothing repairs and alterations Diana has always enjoyed creative design and problem solving. Her desire to tread lightly on this earth and conserve its resources has found a natural fit with this locally abundant and durable material. She has also worked with willow and is eager to deepen her weaving knowledge experience.

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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