Sunday 20 June, 10am-2.30pm, Eucalyptus printed hottie covers with Simone Bensdorp

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

In this workshop you will learn to make a cosy felt cover for your hot water bottle, then dye it with eucalyptus leaves to create a colourful design. This workshop is suitable for beginners and two different skills will be taught: wet felting and eco-printing.

First we will create the hot water bottle covers, using traditional wet felting techniques and natural New Zealand merino wool. Once the felting is complete, we will use eucalyptus leaves to eco-print vibrant colours onto the felt. Expect to create shades of orange and brown with the Eucalyptus leaves. Note: The eco-printing process takes two hours to complete in addition to the workshop time.

You are welcome to leave and return to pick up your hottie cover between 4.30 - 5 pm, or at another time that suits you during the following week.

Please bring 2 towels and a bar of soap, plus your hot water bottle (so you can try it on for size!). If you have access to Eucalyptus leaves, feel free to bring some along. It is also a good idea to bring a spare bag for your towels, as they may be wet after the class.

Please note: This workshop is for adults only please, as it is not suitable for children.

There are 8 places available in this workshop.

Minimum numbers are required for the class to run.

About your tutor

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.

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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