About the Art Textile and Fibre Craft Workshop Experiences
New Zealand offers the most gorgeous of places to visit, not only visually but creatively.
NZ Textile Experiences invite local residents and visitors to the region to take time out and indulge in one or more of our hands-on fibre craft or art textile workshop experiences where you will create your own unique piece or design to take away with you.
Based in the Nelson Tasman region, this scenic area is renowned for its proliferation of art, artists and myriad of creatives, including a diverse range of textile and fibre craft practitioners.
The vision for NZ Textile Experiences is for you to enjoy those special experiences by creating textiles and fibre crafts in glorious New Zealand locations, with our fabulous tutors sharing their individual specialist skills along with knowledge of their local environment.
Textile and Fibre Craft workshops can be taken individually or in small groups, each taught by an expert in their field. This is an intimate experience, working in the artist's own studio or workshop, ranging from rural locations in bush settings to an eclectic art gallery and an inner city creative space.
If the workshop dates don't suit you send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we may be able to tailor a workshop to suit your individual availability. Please also inquire about our Workshop gift vouchers.
Meet the team and tutors at NZ Textile Experiences
Contemporary Textile Artist - Tutor - Exhibitor - Workshop Coordinator
Colleen's passion for creating textiles has taken her to many exciting and interesting locations, that has at times included attending workshops. The most memorable of those have been in the artists own creative spaces where it has been possible to fully immerse herself in the creative experience.
What drives Colleen's enthusiasm is the opportunity to share her extensive knowledge of Felting, Dyeing, Fibre and Textile Manipulation techniques with anyone wishing to try out something new or to the more experienced students ready to extend their skills.
Maggy Johnston MFA (hons)
Sculptor - Contemporary Textile Artist - Exhibitor - WOW Finalist - Tutor
Maggy has been a maker all her life. Translating her ideas by playing with unconventional materials that she often finds by fossicking, then turning them into unusual sculptural objects sometimes with purpose, other times they become Objet d'art.
If you attend any of Maggy's workshops be prepared to be challenged as she shares with you her philosophies of creating textile art with inherent meaning supporting her belief surrounding gender and environmental issues.
Maggy has her Masters in Fine Arts (hons), has attended numerous international residences and been a multi-finalist at WOW, winning two awards.
Flax Weaver 'Harakeke' - Fibre Artist - Exhibitor - WOW Finalist
Having woven with NZ flax/harakeke for more than 30 years, Yvonne has acquired an indepth knowledge of the tikanga, the passing of knowledge and of maori protocols to learners. Yvonne is passionate about working alongside students either new to the medium or to those already with harakeke experience wising to extend their skills, ideas and creativity in a fun and supportive environment. “It has been my personal journey to grow through raranga/flax weaving and the care of the harakeke plant. I go forward learning and sharing my art.”
Contemporary Basket Maker - Multi Media Artist - Writer - Tutor
Anita, a multi media artist, has a passion for using found and foraged materials to weave and sculpt baskets and other art forms. Over the past several years she has adapted her basic construction techniques to accommodate raw and natural materials and inorganic materials to create ‘Wild’ baskets. Anita's creative energy is infectious; you will not only learn traditional basket making methods but she will also encourage your wild ideas to flow.
Textile Weaver - Designer - Tutor
Karuna has a rich knowledge of hand woven textiles in industry and as a freelance designer, always being drawn to traditional techniques, quality natural materials and vibrant colour combinations. ‘I’m inspired by my beautiful surroundings, experiences and research findings. I love the connection that weaving gives me – to an ancient tradition and to this land which supplies the beautiful fibres I can weave into cloth.”
Designer - Dressmaker - Contemporary Textile Artist - Canvas Fabricator
Maria's Scandinavían influences are evident in her textile practices whether it be visual, fashion or fibre arts, her expressive nature and knowledge of design when drawing with thread is continually inspired by geometry, repetition and symbols.
"I am driven by the sense of touch and work from the kinesthetic body sensation towards the visual. I love using natural materials and I am passionate about sustainable design and preserving artisan skills".
Graphic Designer - Multi Media Artist - Sculptor - Tutor
Adi loves the process of transforming ideas into design, and the creative process of working with varying colours and permutations. " I am interested in the ideas that come from transforming images from the flora and fauna of New Zealand into contemporary digital designs - whether for artwork, fabric or paper."
Contemporary Textile Artist - Screen Printer - Arts Writer - Tutor - Costume Designer
Judith’s effervescent personality is contagious while learning all the tricks and tools of screen printing. Judith is an experienced tutor, has a passion for sustainability and loves to share her vast knowledge of colour and pattern when screen printing iconic kiwi designs.
Sculptor - Mixed Media Artist - Explorer of Fibre - Tutor
Found materials activate Deborah’s playful approach to creating sculpture, whether it is wicker, wool or harakeke. Deborah brings out the innate qualities of fibre or textile mediums on hand, reconstructing them into quirky shapes and imaginative objects. Recognised nationally and internationally, Deborah's sculptures are highly regarded often telling stories characteristic to New Zealand. Deborah relishes passing on her knowledge and skills to anyone keen to try out a different creative experience using natural fibres.