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The inaugural festival of Necessary Traditions ran from 8 – 19 November 2018, with over 40 crafts practitioners sharing their resourceful skills. More details about the festival programme can be found here.

The main event was on Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 November and involved these skilled people demonstrating their necessary traditions at the stunningly restored Te Matatiki Toi Ora Arts Centre in Christchurch –

Beeswax candle making by Jeff Robinson, Blacksmithing by Chris Daube, Bookbinding by Sandy Corbett, Boot/Shoe making by Louise Ayling, Boot/Shoe making by Louise Clifton of Shoe School, Buttonhole hand-sewing & Darning by Steven Park of 6×4, Ceramics with local pigments & clays by Tatyanna Meharry, Doll making by Hilary Jean Tapper, Dying with plants by Arina Terekhova of Blue Gum Fibres, Felting by Simone Bensorp of Wild Felt, Fine Woodworking by the Centre for Fine Woodworking, Foraging by Peter Langlands, Greenwood Garden Rake making by Greg Quinn, Growing your own food by Angela Clifford, Hand block printing by Kuva Zakheim, Heritage Earthbuilding by Kerry Mulligan, Knitting and spinning by the Spinners & Weavers Guild, Kintsugi repair by Yuka O’Shannessy & Yoko Shimoyama, An Astute Assembly, Kuksa & Spoon-carving by Alex Yerks from USA, Leatherwork by Peter OBrien of Village Leather Craft, Letterpress and Typesetting by Ferrymead Printing Society, Mandolin making by David Simpson, Music by Flora Knight & friends, Mutual Aid Networks by Gen de Spa, Pin-hole photography & Camera Obscura by Stefan Roberts, Preserving the season’s bounty by Kate McMillan, Rag Rug-making by Vita Cochran, Sydney, Raranga Harakeke Weaving by Benita Wakefield & whānau, Refurbishing jewellery by Jacky Morren, Repair, refurbishment, & recycling of e-technology by Alan Liefting, Sewing from reused cloth by Sylvia Houston, Soap-making by Anthea Madill, Spoon-carving by Douglas Horrell of Cleft Craft, Story-telling by Sharon Moreham, String-making by Rekindle, Sustainable Household products by Samantha Fay, Tī kōuka weaving by Rekindle, Timebanking by Addington Timebank, Traditional Chair-making by Richard Hare, Upholstery by Nigel Cook, Willow basket weaving by Peter Greer, and many more.

The next festival dates are yet to be set, but if you would like to stay up to date with this please join our mailing list.

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