This class with Diana Duncan takes place in our workshop at the Arts Centre, which is located upstairs in the Boys’ High building at 28 Worcester Boulevard.
In this workshop participants will learn to weave a small floor mat measuring approximately 400 mm x 600 mm, for use as a door mat or anywhere in your home.
This technique has been developed with thanks to Creative New Zealand, Simone Bensdorp and the talented Ilke White (check her online workshops out!) and can be used to weave mats in a range of sizes.
We will be using large 12 mm size crochet hooks to help us weave the leaves together. You are welcome to bring your own crochet hook if you have a favourite one.
This workshop is quite physically demanding for the hands and arms and requires sustained concentration. We will take breaks and you are encouraged to bring a good lunch, drink bottle and snacks with you to keep your energy up.
We will be using tī kōuka/cabbage tree leaves as these are such an abundant and multi-purpose material that we can find all around us.
It is helpful if you have worked with tī kōuka previously or have spent time on other large scale weaving projects.
If participants are able to, it would be much appreciated if they could bring some tī kōuka leaves which have been soaking in water for 3-4 days. If you are left handed or would prefer to use your own scissors then please bring these with you. Please wear comfortable work clothes and shoes.
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.
There are 6 places available in this workshop. This class is suitable for adults.
Minimum numbers are required for the class to run.
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.
All changes are subject to a $5 admin fee.
We are grateful for the support of CNZ, which has allowed us to offer this class at a subsidised rate.
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: at least 1m distancing between people; hand sanitiser being provided and its regular use required (please bring your own if you have an allergy); hand washing facilities nearby; regular disinfection of shared surfaces and tools.
All participants are required to wear a face mask, unless they have medical exemption.
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, and they will be asked to leave.
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