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Necessary Traditions: Willow Basket Weaving Workshop

Necessary Traditions: Willow Basket Weaving Workshop

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  • Mon 12 Nov ’18, 9:30am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 13 Nov ’18, 9:30am – 4:30pm


The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora, 2 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch


Adults Only

Ticket Information:

  • Workshop cost: $172.50

One-day introductory Willow Basket Weaving workshops with Peter Greer on 12 and 13 November 2018.

These workshops are part of the inaugural Necessary Traditions festival, a celebration of resourcefulness, craft and the re-invigoration of traditions vital to the sustainability of our people and planet.

In this workshop you will spend a day making a small round basket and in doing this you'll come to grips with basic willow basketry techniques. You will create something natural and beautiful, enduring and strong, and feel the satisfaction of making it yourself.

The basic willow weaving techniques learned can later be used to make baskets out of a variety of other materials.

With natural materials, and just a few simple tools, we can produce beautiful, functional baskets. In an ever complex world it is very grounding to get back to basics and make by hand a product that is useful and regenerative for us and the ecosystem we live within.

We here at Rekindle are so happy to have Peter Greer, Willow Basketmaker here for Necessary Traditions from Onekaka, in Mohua, Golden Bay. Peter has been weaving baskets for more than 30 years as this ancient craft has long intrigued him. You can find our more about his work on his Willowworks website or his Facebook page. Peter's baskets can be ordered online via his website, or found in Christchurch at Frances Nation, our neighbours at the Arts Centre.

Each of Peter's basket are unique, handcrafted using traditional techniques. All are made from basket willow grown, harvested and processed on his stunning property at Onekaka. Peter describes finding it "extremely satisfying to produce something non-toxic, which has a very small carbon footprint.

Indeed my willow plantation is a genuine carbon sink and the baskets themselves are made from plants that have been busy sequestering carbon all year, and since the baskets are built to last, that has to be good for the planet."

Strong and durable, his baskets often become the workhorses of the household and are treasured for their good looks.

All workshop materials are provided.

These workshops are suited for adults only, no children please. Bookings are essential and non-refundable.

Huge thanks to the Arts Centre, Te Matatiki Toi Ora, for supporting the festival and this workshop.

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