Tuesday 23 November, 10am-3.30pm, Frame basket from foraged materials

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 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. 

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.

Any other long, thin, flexible vines from your garden that you would like to experiment with are also welcome.

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.

Minimum numbers are required for this class to run.

About your tutor

Diana 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.


Bookings are essential, non-refundable and non-transferable.

If attending the workshop does not feel right for you at this time (level 2), we will refund you (minus 15% for booking/wesbite costs/refund processing) or defer your booking to a later date. Refunds will not be given if participants arrive to the workshop unwell on the day, and they will be asked to leave.

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 will incur a $5 admin fee.

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.

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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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.






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