Come along and learn how to weave a floor mat with Diana Duncan in a workshop held at our Matatiki Toi Ora Arts Centre workshop, which is located upstairs in the former Boys’ High building at 28 Worcester Boulevard.
This workshop is free/low-cost for Community Service Card holders, though donations are appreciated. The standard workshop price of $101 applies for those without cards. Please select the appropriate option at the bottom of the page.
In this workshop participants will learn to weave a small floor mat for use as a door mat or anywhere in your home. 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.
We will be using 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. If you have access to fallen/brown tī kōuka leaves, please bring in as big a bundle as you can! Please soak them first in water overnight if possible, if not longer.
The twine-making techniques taught in this workshop originate from the UK/Europe.
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.
Masks are required for this workshop.
Diana Duncan 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
Participants who have COVID 19 symptoms, or who are required to self-isolate due to being a close contact, must not attend the workshop.
If you need to miss the workshop in order to isolate, we need to be advised of this as soon as possible, so that we can try to fill your space. Depending on the circumstances, you will either be offered a refund or a credit.
Refunds or credits will not be given if participants arrive to the workshop unwell and they will be asked to leave.
We are grateful to be able to offer this workshop because of support from Creative New Zealand, and from Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre.
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