During Artweek – (11th – 20th October 2013) The Avondale Creative Spaces ran a 2 day workshop and event called “Weaving a Story”. The aim was to open up Avondale dialogue by inviting creative groups, school children and locals to emerge and work together on a creative community project with the end results will be installed at various locations along Avondale’s main street and in a planned ‘pop up’ Gallery space.
Wed 16th October – The School’s Weaving a Story workshop day
Four local schools were invited to send 5 students to participate in a one day workshop hosted by Avondale Intermediate School. The day included learning traditional and contemporary weaving skills using recycled and created materials.
“The students worked alongside mentors to help to word the stories of life and incorporate them into the woven artwork. They worked together with other students and along with learning weaving skills they gained team work, leadership, creative and problem solving skills” The workshop was run by Mesepa Edwards.
The workshop was set up to give the children an experience of weaving techniques and how to work with recycle materials. What unfolds for them will be their own expressions of their individual stories, what Avondale means to them. Mesepa’s role was to inspire them to weave in different ways and encourage the children to give things a go.
The Schools workshop outcomes and documentation of the day will be exhibited at the Avondale Creative Spaces in mid November.
Sat 19th October – Community Weaving a Story Workshop – 1-4pm
All Creative Community groups and individuals were invited to share their skills and participated in a 2nd workshop that was open to the local community at the Avondale Community Centre. The group that gathered was so keen we are planning another workshop to complete the designs even further – Saturday Nov 9th 1pm – 4pm at the Avondale Community Centre.
To the following local businesses who supported us by providing materials many of which were either destined for the landfill or recycling station.
Avondale Intermediate School
The Creative Souls Project – Deahne Lakatani
The Sewing Workshop – 13 Rosebank Rd. Phone:09-828 3636
West Auckland Resource Centre