June Edition

June Edition

Welcome to June

NZTE is on sabbatical in Central Otago and enjoying the art, culture, climate and wine across the region. Touchyarns in Clyde and Mrs Robinson in Tarras are boutiques not to miss if you venture into gold country

There are two fabulous events for creatives/designers coming up in Central Otago/Southland.  These are the Hokonui Fashion Design Awards (Gore) and WoolOn Creative Fashion Event (Alexandra).

Entries are closed for Hokonui however if you are a creative/designer and would like to enter the 2024 WoolOn Awards there are a range of exciting categories.  Enter before 31 July.  More information here.

Fibre/Textile Artist and Artisan Tutor Opportunity

We welcome interest from fibre/textile art practitioners and artisans who are interested in tutoring their own workshops under the NZTE umbrella.  

We have opportunities open in Central Otago and the Top of the South Island. If you or someone you know could tutor small workshops in these locations or elsewhere across Aotearoa we would love to hear from you. 

Contact us here for more info or to let us know your interest.

Welcome Renée Clothier - NZTE Tutor

NZTE is incredibly lucky to have Renée Clothier join our team and run her slow fashion workshops under the NZTE umbrella. Renée is a professional mender, Secondary School and adult educator and self-taught crochet specialist.

Renée currently has two workshops available. The 'Fashion Design Crochet' Workshop focuses on using a freeform crochet technique to make an original and fashionable neck piece and is on 10/11 August.

'Slow Fashion Mending' is a Workshop teaching speedweve mending (AKA darning) and uses a small loom to create a visible darning look on items of clothing, fabrics or linen. Once you learn the technique of speedweve mending you can build on from simple mending to creating more intricate patterns.

A third slow fashion based workshop is currently in the design stage and we hope to have Renée launching this in spring. No pressure Renée!  Email us here to let us know if there are any slow fashion related skills or techniques you would like to learn in a workshop environment.

Renée's one day workshops are held during the weekend days at Nelson College for Girls in Nelson. To book your place on Renée's workshops click here

Changing Threads 2024

Creative Director Ronnie Martin and Nelson Arts Council once again undertook an inspiring programme showcasing top textile talent at the recent Changing Threads Awards and Exhibition. This was the 15th anniversary for Changing Threads, an event that attracts many visitors to the region.

Congratulations to the Supreme Award winner Makyla Curtis from Tāmaki Makaurau. Makyla's creation (photo in white design) is called 'A whole story in the eye of the sea' and is silk, cotton and bookboard using a mix of nature printing, letterpress printing and bookbinding. 

Congratulations to Tracey Sullivan from Waiheke Island with Cloud Stories. This entry won the Dame Suzie Moncrieff and NZ Textile Experiences Award of Excellence (photo in black design). 

We are also thrilled Maggy J was a finalist. Maggy J tutors Transformative Textile Workshops where you recycle and create. Maggy's workshops can be booked here and are held in Richmond at Maggy's inspiring house and garden studio.

Local Spotlight

Colleen Plank

Colleen Plank has extensive knowledge of eco dyeing including dyeing fabrics and fibres with plants. Colleen has recently returned from Peru (photos below) and learned about authentic eco dyeing techniques.  

Colleen has had many years experimenting with natural dyeing and creating artworks that have been exhibited nationally and internationally.   

Colleen's June workshop is full however she has an Eco Dyeing Workshop coming up on 26/27 October where she will be sharing many tips and a variety of techniques that you can use in your own practice, including eco-dyed paper which is fantastic for incorporating into creative bookbinding.

Book here for Colleen's Eco Dyeing Workshop. Colleen also has a Contemporary Feltmaking Workshop 14/15 September and you can find more information here.