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Rekindle Whakatū


19 February, 2023
9:30 am - 4:30 pm

The  beautiful Fairfield grounds are full of stunning tī kōuka/cabbage trees which willingly shed their leaves, a gratefully received resource for us humans.  Come along and learn how to create your own tī kōuka basket, light shade or string at  a Rekindle Whakatū Workshop.

Sunday Feb 19th @ Fairfield

9.30 – 4pm light shade with Gemma Stratton

9.30 – 1.30pm Basket with Annie McKenzie

2.30 – 4pm String with Annie McKenzie

This course will give you a resourceful skill that you’ll be able to use in so many ways for the rest of your life!

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. The techniques taught in this workshop originate in Europe and the UK. To learn more about tī kōuka and how we work with it, click HERE.

Annie Mackenzie learnt tī kōuka string-making at Rekindle some time ago and and tī kōuka basket making from Gemma Stratton this year, alongside maintaining an artistic practice as a weaver and spinner, with hand hewn frugalness part of the evolving equation.
When she is not weaving at her loom, Annie can be found haunting wool sales and shearing sheds, tracing connections and gaining fleeces.
Annie has a bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Ilam School of Fine Arts, but learnt her craft through the New Zealand Woolcrafts Association of Weavers and Spinners Guilds.

Gemma Stratton  now based in Te Tai o Aorere/Tasman, has been a resident craftsperson at Rekindle. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Canterbury School of Fine Arts, and weaves her long-held dedication to resourcefulness into everything she touches. Gemma’s time in the Rekindle workshop developing brushes and lightshades was funded by Creative New Zealand.

Bookings @ Rekindle Whatatū

We are reliant on reaching minimum numbers to cover the costs of running workshops in Whakatū Nelson. Therefore, bookings are strictly non-refundable unless we can be advised in enough time to be able to sell your ticket to someone else.

Please let us know as soon as possible if you think you may not make it so we can try to do this for you. You may also choose to transfer your booking to another name. If Rekindle needs to cancel the workshop for any reason, you will be fully refunded

We are grateful to be able to offer this workshop because of support from Fairfield House and Creative New Zealand.