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TLC’s hands-on Winter workshop experience

28 June - 13 July 2021

This three-week event will sustain your creative fire and get you through the cold season by taking your skills to new levels. Through a series of specialised boutique classes run by experts in their fields, you will learn some wonderful old-school techniques with a contemporary twist.

Winter Skills is about hands-on creativity, tapping into the history of the craft and creating your own unique piece of art. Whether it’s through forging a knife, sculpting a figure, eco dyeing, or crafting with punch needle – the choice is yours. Enjoy a safe, hands-on, few days of fun guided by experienced tutors. Make a treasure you’ll value for a lifetime and create a Winter memory you’ll want to share with friends and family.

Meet our Winter Skills Tutors

Birgit Moffatt – Eco Dyeing (12 - 13 July)

birgitBirgit Moffatt is a German practicing artist, who has called New Zealand/Aotearoa her home since moving here in 2011. Coming to New Zealand was not only a change in culture, location and lifestyle but also the beginning of her creative adventure that eventually led to an artistic career path.

In 2017 she received a Bachelor of Applied Arts majoring in Textiles. Birgit is currently working out of her studio where she creates art for galleries and exhibitions and also frequently runs workshops.

People who attend Birgit's two-day workshop will explore the possibilities of eco dyeing on silk, wool and paper. Participants will learn a variety of different techniques for fabrics and paper. While the focus is on the exploration and experimentation of natural dyes to stimulate creativity and connecting with nature, each participant will go home with their sample pieces, one eco dyed silk scarf and one or two small folded eco dyed paper art books.


Dennis Berdinner – Knife Making (3 - 4 July, 10 July)

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An experienced and skillful sculptor, Dennis has been passing on his knife-making skills to hundreds of people for over 17 years.

"I'm 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. Their delight with their handiwork is a thing of beauty too!" 

Ever wanted to make your own knife? In this three-day class over two weekends, learn how to develop a design then forge and grind a piece of spring steel into a wonderful utility knife perfect for slicing, dicing and chopping.

Suitable for all levels of skill.


Leah Creaven - Punch Needle (1 and 8 July)

ILeahrish-born Leah Creaven is a textile artist, tufting beautiful large-scale rugs and running punch needle workshops in the Wairarapa region. “I’ve always believed art to be an integral part of the home,” she says. “It’s my aim to create something that’s not only functional but is viewed as art too. Art isn’t always hung up on the walls.”

Discover a modern approach to rug hooking in this Punch Needle workshop. The art of needle punching has taken the world by storm in recent years and is often referred to as painting with wool.

One big reason to love punch needle: it’s so versatile! There are a wide variety of things to create, from canvas wall hangings and floor rugs to pillows, fashions products and more.

Suitable for all levels.


Javier Murcia – Figurative Sculpture (28 June - 2 July)

Javier WEBJavier Murcia is a professional sculptor born in Spain. Trained in figurative sculpture, he studied fine arts in Spain and has international experience of 20 years working in the film and art industries. He arrived in New Zealand in 2013 and after five years at Weta Workshop he decided to concentrate on his personal artistic career. His most recent work, Eidos Collection, is a step out of the conventional work he normally does. It has been exhibited in Vienna and New York at the beginning of 2020. Now, Javier is focussed on his studies of the human figure in order to upgrade skills for new work. 

People who attend Javier's five-day Figurative Sculpture Workshop will have an opportunity to work with a professional figurative sculptor and a life-model to learn how to capture the presence of a model in clay. 

Work with a life model and learn how to build a human figure in clay. If you've done this before then upgrade your figurative sculpting skillset! This class is open to everyone. It doesn't matter if you come with 2D media/illustration skills or you are already a 3D artist - physical or digital. Javier will guide you to learn about balance, symmetry, structure of the body and some anatomy in order to give you more confidence in approaching the human form.




Please note 
  • Each class has a maximum and minimum number of students. If you register for a class, payments must be made immediately on receipt of the confirmation email to confirm your place in the class.
  • These classes are suitable for people 16 years and older.
  • If there are any changes to COVID19 alert levels we will adhere to government restrictions and inform you of any necessary changes.
  • Winter Skills is a new creative endeavour and is not part of the regular TLC programmes. Enrolled students are required to pay the advertised price.
Class Cancellation Policy
Please note – Each workshop needs a minimum number of students to run, and in the unlikely event this number is not reached by Friday 11 June, the class may be cancelled. All who have paid and registered by that date will receive a full refund of the class fees they have paid.
No refund will be provided for people who have paid and registered for a class but do not attend, or cancel after Friday 11 June 2021.