We have the great privilege in Dunedin to meet and work with many amazing artists and textile practitioners. We met Kirsten Kosh, graduate of the Dunedin School of Art, leading up to our UNSTITCHED pop up in 2017. She has wonderful skills with wire work and jewellery, and lead a fantastic workshop of weaving wire pendants in a workshop that was completely booked out.
Recently she has been studying eco dyeing, using traditional techniques for printing fabrics with flowers, herbs and other found items, including rusty nails!
Kirsten has agreed to share her knowledge in workshop for us. Kirsten will bring in examples of her eco-dyed garments to help participants understand the technique and see the possibilities for their pieces.
"We will assess the dye properties of different fibres and weaves, and work in pairs using dye materials, mordants and ways of folding and binding our fabric to produce different effects."
Saturday 10th October
11am - 2pm
Stitch Kitchen Studio, 88 Vogel Street
For further info and bookings, email now
Numbers for this workshop are strictly limited, so if you are interested in this fascinating area, please register your interest early to avoid missing out.
If you are unable to make it, we will run this workshop again, so do keep an eye out for updates.
We held our first official AGM on Monday 20th August, 2018. A fantastic opportunity to review the highlights of the last 3 years since we were established as a not-for-profit trust.
Our Chair, Fi Clements, shared about our UNSTITCHED events, in association with Fashion Revolution; our community fashion shows held as part of the Vogel Street Party; our Bags For Good project; the many community workshops we have and continue to run; and the Swap Shop for minimising textile waste.
We had many people to thank, including Alison Milne (my mum), Marion and Alister Maxwell, for all their work helping to get various donations of fabric scraps and pieces into order for the Swap Shop ; and the many helpers who have helped to sew bags and make the Bags For Good project possible.
You can read the full Chair's Report here, and the full Minutes of the AGM here.
Thank you to everyone who has been involved as we've grown over the past 3 years!!
125 years ago, women of New Zealand used all their available resources - their time, energy, voice, feet, and embroidery skills, to win a major victory towards equality; the right under the law of our land to vote.
This was not a victory to end all battles on social, economic, racial, and gender inequality, but it was a momentous beginning.
Today the skills used by our inspiring predecessors are still alive and well, and provide inspiration for many to find their own way to express their views and add their voice to the cry for justice in our world.
or is it just an excuse to get together with friends and play with textiles...?
Both, really, and why not? :)
Our creative pennant making workshop, kindly hosted by Dunedin Public Library, will give us the opportunity to meet other like-minded crafty people and share skills and ideas around how we can make life in our community... city... country... world that much better.
We hop you will be able to join us:
Monday 1st October 2018, 1-4pm in the Dunningham Suite on the top floor of Dunedin Public Library.
Koha of $5 covers materials and tuition.
Email us for more information. For bookings, email the library.