Saturday 2 October, 10am-1pm, Tī kōuka string: up-cycled vessels and handle repairs

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.

Learn to make string/rope to transform a jar into a beautiful hanging vessel, or repair/add a handle to your own object.

In this workshop you will learn to make string with tī kōuka (cabbage tree) leaves including how to splice, loop and join, so you can up-cycle or repair items. This skill will last you a lifetime!

We will first make some string samples. Then you have the opportunity to make or repair handles for items you may have brought with you or, choose from a selection of jars or bottles provided to make a hanging vessel to take home. You could even use your newly learnt splicing skills to make a tī kōuka bracelet.

There will be options for making different types of handles depending on what you bring along. These techniques work well for adding beautiful and strong handles to wooden boxes, drink bottles, jars, draws and broken plastic flexi tubs or for making toilet roll holders. We will provide drills for making holes of various sizes.

Please wear comfortable work clothes and enclosed shoes as we will be using tools. Bring in any items you would like to make handles for.

It may not be possible to add handles to everything however we can discuss options for you to use at home with your new skills.

If you have access to fallen tī kōuka / cabbage tree leaves, do bring in as big a bundle as you can! We would be most appreciative as we always need more of this valuable resource. Ideally they would be soaked in water for 3-4 days before the workshop. If you wish you could also bring your own scissors and gardening gloves if your hands are not used to handling rough material.

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

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:

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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