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Summer Skills offers chance to supercharge your creativity

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The Learning Connexion School of Creativity and Art has launched a new creativity summer school taught by some of New Zealand’s leading contemporary artisans.

Summer Skills is a four-day event running 21 to 24 January 2020 that will take your skillset to new levels in knife making, jewellery enamelling or leatherwork. It will comprise of three specialised boutique classes run by experts in their fields, and utilise the Learning Connexion’s studio resources based in the beautiful native bush near Taita Gorge in the Hutt Valley – a great location for Summer.

“Summer Skills celebrates the rise of craft and the creative processes of the modern artisan,” says Kiran Gandhi of The Learning Connexion.

“These classes are about hands-on creativity, tapping into the history of each craft while working towards creating your own unique piece of functional art.”

Whether it’s through jewellery enamelling, leatherwork or knife making, this is a rare chance to learn some wonderful old-school techniques with a contemporary twist. The classes are suitable for beginners and those wanting their skills tested.

“Summer Skills offers a safe, hands-on, four days of fun guided by experienced tutors,” says Kiran. “Make a treasure you’ll value for a lifetime and create a summer memory you’ll want to share with friends and family.”

About the Summer Skills Tutors and Classes

Sally Laing – Jewellery Enamelling
Taranaki designer jeweller and enameller Sally Laing has over 30 years’ experience teaching and practising enamelling in New Zealand and Europe. She specialises in the art of vitreous enamelling, a complex process that entails fusing powdered coloured glass on to precious metals.

Her enamel and sterling silver contemporary heirloom jewellery has featured in exhibitions in New Zealand and across the globe. Now based in Taranaki in the seaside town of Oakura, she draws inspiration from the colours, textures, patterns, and forms of the region's natural environment and wildlife to create her distinctive pieces.

People who attend her four-day Jewellery Enamelling Workshop will learn the process of jewellery enamelling, and produce their own piece of unique jewellery. Enamel is a specialised kind of glass that is applied to metal (copper or silver) and then fired in a kiln. “We will make a number of pieces which can be made into ear rings, pendants or brooches, exploring the use of transparent enamel on fine silver and using cloisonne wires and fine silver or gold foils,” says Sally. “Come and make some lovely, unique gifts for yourself, or a loved one.”

Tim Mills – Leatherwork
Tim Mills has been working with leather since 1974, when he made his first leather belt. Initially teaching himself, he gradually moved on to more complex projects including, bags, wall hangings, decorative projects, motorcycle accessories, chessboards, and furniture.

He currently works from his studio at Nautilus Creative Space in Owhiro Bay, Wellington. Tim’s work has appeared in many art exhibitions within New Zealand, and he is a member of the Association of New Zealand Leather Artisans. His work has been established with the domestic and export markets.

As an experienced tutor, he is keen to share his knowledge with aspirants of leathercraft, both young and old. He combines a friendly approach with an in-depth knowledge of, and passion for leather. People who attend his four-day Leather Workshop can expect to design and make items such as knife sheaths, journal covers, wallets, belts and sandals - take your choice.

Dennis Berdinner – Knife Making
Dennis is an experienced knife maker, with a life-long passion for sculpture and creativity. For the past 15 years, he has been passing his knife making skills on to hundreds of people as a well-respected tutor at The Learning Connexion School of Creativity and Art. "I am always amazed at how quickly they have been able to work with a design they have drawn up and then transform a piece of car spring into a purpose made tool," says Dennis. "Their delight with their handiwork is a thing of beauty too."

People who attend his four-day Knife Making Workshop can expect to learn how to develop a design, and use this to transform a piece of spring steel into a functional knife for use in the kitchen, by forging and grinding. "Slicing a tomato with ease is a beautiful thing," says Dennis. "A super sharp edge and a well-balanced knife makes all the difference when it comes to prepping food for a dinner or a picnic. I enjoy cooking and so teaching myself to make knives had a fairly primal motivation."

For more information and to enrol click here

For expressions of interest contact us at ps@tlc.ac.nz or on 0800 278 769

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