Saturday 5 and 12 December, 9.30am-12.30pm, Teddy Bear workshop in two parts

This class with Hilary Jean Tapper is held at our Arts Centre workshop, which is located upstairs in the Boys’ High building at 28 Worcester Boulevard. 

Create your own Courage Bear from a re-purposed towel or wool blanket using hand stitching and a hand-crank sewing machine. In this workshop you will learn how to craft a Courage Bear including how to stitch, turn inside-out, stuff, assemble and adorn with ears and face. You will also learn how to use a hand-crank sewing machine (don't worry, it's a lot of fun!). You will have the opportunity to create a special message of courage to go inside your teddy too. Courage Bears are cuddly and full of inner strength; an ideal playmate for little ones, or a soft friend to hold. 

You will need an old towel, blanket, two tea towels or other thick cloth to create your Courage Bear from. Courage Bears are best made from an old stiff towel or woolen blanket. Please bring along any re-purposed materials you would like to make your Bear from and/or any stitching materials you have at home - more details will be sent to you before the workshop. Re-purposed fabrics and materials will also be provided. Please also bring along a pen and some scrap paper or notebook to copy the patterns into.

This workshop is spread over two days and you will be encouraged to stuff your Bear in the week between the classes if you have time. 

Please note this workshop includes just the making of the Bear, you will be provided with patterns and directions for how to make outfits, and specific outfit classes will be made available after the workshop.

This class is suited to adults, though capable youngsters 12 years old and over can attend with adult supervision.

There are 7 places available in this workshop.

Minimum numbers are required for the class to run.

About your tutor

Hilary Jean Tapper is a children's illustrator, creator of Courage Dolls and arts therapist in training, devoted to sharing the healing and moving power of the arts and creative expression. Hilary created her first doll five years ago during difficult circumstances, and was so moved by the process that she began regularly making dolls which soon began to sell online. Hilary has since made dolls of courage for women all over the world, each with her own story of inner strength, and pursued the study of arts therapy, bringing a therapeutic and contemplative mood to her dollmaking classes. Self-sufficiency, resourcefulness and natural materials are a significant aspect of Hilary's dollmaking; she uses hand-crank and foot-treadle Singer sewing machines and re-purposed natural fabrics, threads and wool stuffing. 

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:

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: the workshop space being set-up with a minimum of 1 metre space between group members;  hand sanitiser being provided & its use required; hand washing facilities nearby; no sharing of tools/materials, regular disinfection of shared surfaces, and everyone is invited to bring a mask to wear if they’d prefer to do so.

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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