Thanks to some hard mahi and some committed folk, our beautiful Matariki Community Quilt has found its new home at New Brighton Library. You can find the display on the first floor of the library, up the stairs and to the left.
All our thanks goes to Ron (Maungarongo) Te Kawa, our Stitch-O-Mat Community of creative quilt makers and of course to our sponsors Creative Community and Te puni kōkiri.
Stitch-O-Mat’s Conscious Clothing Market was established in 2019 as part of our month long 'Nothing New November' event, encouraging people to think about how their consumption contributed to climate change, pollution and the ethical issues associated with fast fashion. The market focuses on the sale of second hand, upcycled and handmade fashion and anything textile related.
The market is is held once a month at Te Kura Tewhito, the old Central New Brighton School site and home to the New Brighton Stitch-O-Mat, although we are looking forward to moving to an inside venue which will mean the market is no longer weather dependent.
Anyone can host a stall and stall fees are minimal to keep the project accessible to all. If you are interested in having a stall please contact us either via Facebook or phone.
To celebrate Matariki 2020, Stitch-o-Mat New Brighton, Christchurch’s community sewing project, is honoured to host renowned textile artist Maungarongo (Ron) Te Kawa as Artist in Residence during July.
Ron Te Kawa (Ngāti Porou) is an artist, storyteller, quilter and fashion designer.
During his time at Stitch-o-Mat, Ron will work on a Community Matariki Quilt. Anyone is welcome to watch and/or participate in this project.
He will also deliver workshops to groups of people. These have limited numbers, bookings are essential.
The workshops will focus on the development of practical sewing skills and bringing people together. Māori culture will be expressed through the decolonisation of sewing.
For more information and bookings, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2019, Ron delivered Whakapapa Quilt workshops at Stitch-o-Mat. This was a great success and received extremely positive feedback. By hosting him as Artist in Residence, more people will be able to access his art and workshops as many members of the community missed out in 2019. This way, more members of our community will be able to attend his workshops and interact with him while he works on the Community Quilt.
The Matariki Community Sewing Project has all been made possible with support from Te Puni Kōkiri and Christchurch's Creative Communities Scheme.