140 Clifton School of Arts 9-4pm, 28th July 2018
About the Class
A magic and rare opportunity to learn traditional Maori weaving with visiting and acclaimed weaving artist Alice Spittle.
Make a traditional woven basket in this full day experience looking out to sea at Clifton School of Arts. Connect with nature and get creative while using traditional New Zealand Maori techniques along with your own contemporary ideas to explore this amazing plant and fibre.
Alice will teach you the traditional techniques of weaving with New Zealand harakeke (flax) and together you will explore and discuss the processes, traditions, Tikanga (protocols) around weaving, as well as how to nurture the plant and how to harvest sustainably. All materials and resources are provided.
Alice graduated from Te Wananga O Raukawa in Otaki, NZ (2002) with a Diploma in Maori Design and Art and started her journey into the expression of art in Christchurch, NZ where she exhibited and sold her works nationally and internationally.
She has a deep passion for creating artworks that inspire, challenge or initiate change. Alice also weaves with traditional NZ Harakeke (Flax) fibre as well as paints in oils and acrylics and her artworks have depth and texture that combine various mixed media mediums into her works. She prides herself on using the highest grade and quality paints and materials.
Alice has created and developed her own solo exhibitions, workshops and events throughout NZ and Australia and has helped establish arts collectives and groups that she still actively participates in.
She has run successful weaving workshops around NZ, Australia and the US. She recently ran a series of weaving workshops during the 2016/17 Woodford Folk Festival and was also invited to teach at the renowned Spirit Weavers Gathering in California in June.