Weaving art and lives together

Paula Rigby is a skilled weaver, with years of experience creating beautiful items from natural fibres of harakeke or flax, feathers, and more contemporary fibres. Matariki is a time when weaving was taught and practised, and garments were made using the fibres prepared in the previous year. In this interview she shares her knowledge of…
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The caged bird sings no more

I awoke this morning to the news that Maya Angelou had died. Immediately, I felt a slight twinge of shame – her books, especially her poignantly titled autobiography I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, have been on my to-read mental shelves forever and a day. Yet the first thoughts about her that I could…
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Trading Cards Holiday Programme

Trading cards is a Holiday programme where students design and create their own set of trading cards similar to the "weetbix" cards. Students use our webcams to create interesting avatars for themselves (as you can see in the examples above). They also use an internet site to produce a cartoon character. These images are then…
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Claymation holiday programme

Discover the process of producing animated movies, in the style of Wallace and Gromit. Plan an original story, create your own characters and craft your own movie using digital photography. Claymation is a fun and very popular course run over 2 days during the school holidays. On the first day students will give some thought…
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Playing with Inkscape

Workshop Club Montage The above montage features work from  Workshop Club participants. The theme for this module was graphics and we spent quite a bit of time with a great piece of free software called "inkscape". The process included taking a drawing they each produced with pen and paper, scanning it, tracing it in inkscape…
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Kapa haka

Kapa Haka is commonly used to describe a modern day performance of traditional and contemporary adaptations of Māori waiata, mōteatea, poi and haka. The prestigious Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival is being held in Christchurch from Wednesday 4 March to Sunday 8 March 2015. Kapa haka at Eastgate. Flickr: CCL-2012 Kapa haka is an…
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Ngā Manu Tīoriori (The Songbirds) – The Christchurch City Council Waiata Group

The Christchurch City Council Waiata Group has been in existence on and off since 2000. However, following the initiation of Dr Terry Ryan as Christchurch City Libraries’ kaumātua, it was decided that the group would meet regularly in a more ‘formalised’ arrangement. The purpose of the group is to tautoko speakers at various occasions that…
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