Come along and learn how to weave a basket with Diana Duncan in a workshop held at our Matatiki Toi Ora Arts Centre workshop, which is located upstairs in the former Boys’ High building at 28 Worcester Boulevard.
In this workshop we will construct a round frame basket. Beginning by making ‘god’s eyes’ to join two willow hoop frames together, we will then insert willow ribs and use a combination of locally gathered ivy and tī kōuka / cabbage tree leaves to weave the basket using an under-over technique.
Please wear comfortable practical clothing including enclosed shoes, and bring close fitting gardening gloves and secateurs with you if you have them. Please be aware that occasionally some people can develop a mild rash when working with ivy. The gloves will minimize this, as will the removal of leaves prior.
If you have access to tī kōuka you may like to bring a small bundle which has been soaking in water for a couple of days. You may also like to gather some ivy for weaving. Any other long, thin, flexible vines from your garden that you would like to experiment with are also welcome.Look for flexible, trailing, unattached pieces without branches which are at least as long as your arm and no thicker than a pencil. Pull them through your closed fist to remove the leaves and then coil them up. Either bring them fresh or allow them to dry and then soak overnight.
We make use of tī kōuka/cabbage tree leaves in this workshop as these are such an abundant and multi-purpose material that we can find all around us.
Tangata whenua have been weaving with tī kōuka for hundreds of years here in Aotearoa. If you are interested learning traditional Māori weaving techniques, we can recommend contacting the wonderful team at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa who teach these locally. We also recommend the amazing mahi and workshops of the Kahu Collective.
To learn more about tī kōuka and how we work with it, click HERE.
Masks are required for this workshop.
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.
Participants who have COVID 19 symptoms, or who are required to self-isolate due to being a close contact, must not attend the workshop.
If you need to miss the workshop in order to isolate, we need to be advised of this as soon as possible, so that we can try to fill your space. Depending on the circumstances, you will either be offered a refund or a credit.
Refunds or credits will not be given if participants arrive to the workshop unwell and they will be asked to leave.
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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