Posts Tagged ‘makers’

Craft adds up!

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Christchurch Maths Craft Day, Sunday 18 June

Here’s something for the geeky crafters out there – or is that crafty geeks?

Discover the maths behind craft and the craft behind maths at Christchurch’s first Maths Craft Day, Sunday June 18 in The Great Hall at The Arts Centre.

Featuring seven craft creation stations as well as public talks by mathematician crafters, the day-long celebration of maths promises to engage people of all ages. Make a Möbius strip, crochet a hyperbolic plane, build a fractal sculpture, fold an origami octahedron, and listen to talks about the connections between maths and crafts.

While you’re at The Arts Centre, why not also explore the newly opened Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities in the old Chemistry Building (now once again part of the University of Canterbury, housing the Classics Department) and discover the ancient relationship between mathematics and craftsmanship?

Christchurch Maths Craft Day is open to everyone: experts and amateurs, maths-fans and maths-phobes, the crafty and the curious.

Date: Sunday June 18
Time: 10am–5pm
Place: The Great Hall at The Arts Centre
Cost: Free entry
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Christchurch Maths Craft Day, Sunday 18 June

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, kupu of the day: auaha

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Nau mai! On day four (wha) of our exploration of maker-related kupu for Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, we’re looking at a powerful word for makers, one which can be used as a noun, verb or modifier:


1. (verb) (-hia,-ngia,-tia) to shape, create, form, fashion.
Whakamahia anō ngā angaanga hei kanohi mō ngā whakairo. Ko te kōngutu o te angaanga ka auahatia hei mahi pā kahawai. (Te Ara 2012.) The shells are used for the eyes in carvings, and the lip of the shell was fashioned into a fishing lure.
2. (modifier) creative, innovative.
3. (noun) shape, form.
4. (noun) creation, formation.
(Definition courtesy of Te Aka Māori-English, English-Māori Dictionary.)

We could present just about every handcrafted piece on Felt when we talk about creation, formation and innovation – but here are just a few pieces we thought encapsulated this kupu well:

Tino pai! Check in again āpōpō for the last of our Māori Language Week series of maker-related kupu and beautiful handmade taonga. Ka kite anō!


Fab Lab XCHC presents: Maker the Movie

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Fab Lab XCHC presents: Maker the Movie

At 7.30pm this Sunday, Christchurch’s new creative innovation workshop, Fab Lab XCHC, is hosting a special screening of Maker, a documentary about the maker movement.

The maker movement is sometimes called the third industrial revolution, and subverts traditional manufacturing by building on innovative concepts such as open source, local manufacturing, crowd funding, and digital fabrication. Breaking the hobbyist movement stereotype, “Maker” delves deep into this ecosystem of design and manufacturing in the internet era. The film explores the ideas, tools, and personalities that are driving the maker movement – and returns with a timely snapshot of one of the transforming influences of the current age.

The movie is being screened simultaneously in Auckland and Wellington in association with Mindkits and Auckland tickets have already sold out (sorry guys) but Wellington still has seats. There are only 50 seats available for the Christchurch screening so don’t hesitate – tickets are $10 (including complimentary popcorn and soda, sweet!). Get yours now!

This is also a great chance to see Fab Lab XCHC in action!

Introducing… Makertorium

Friday, April 19th, 2013

There’s a marvellous new makers’ event happening at Te Papa soon, and the team at Felt are very excited to be a part of it. Say hello to the inaugural Makertorium, a celebration of Kiwi ingenuity and maker culture!

On 27 April creators, tinkerers, crafters and inventors from all over the country will be heading to Te Papa to show off the skills that make them tick. With over fifty exhibitions and installations spread over eight zones, Makertorium promises to be a day of creativity and fun.

This is the first exhibition of this kind to be held in New Zealand and attendees will experience some of the best craft, design, tinkering and inventing in the country. There’ll even be hands-on workshops, including classes for mini-makers to learn about LEDS, electronics, digital design, rocket construction or even building a World War One-style periscope!

Several Felt sellers will be represented in the Craft Zone. Coulter and Coulter and Yana Skaler of Chromatophobic will be displaying their gorgeous creations, and Sebastian Denize of Handcast Pewter will be bringing out the hot metal and demonstrating pewter casting, medieval style. The Felt team will also be onsite – we’d love to meet you!


Doors open at 10am and the Makertorium experience will continue all day until Te Papa closes at 6pm.

Makertorium is a joint venture between The Wellington Makerspace, Makers Org NZ, Mohawk Media, Diatom Studio, pixelbrid and Marmalade Monkey. It’s supported by the Wellington City Council and hosted by Te Papa. To find out more visit the Makertorium website or their Facebook page. You can also follow them on Twitter. For behind the scenes news and snapshots from the team follow the Makertorium 2103 Storify stream.

Otaki Festival of the Wind

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Here’s something a bit different – and a really fun day out! Whether you’re a maker or just enjoy a great day at the beach, bring your kites and your sense of fun for the Kapiti Coast’s inaugural Otaki Festival of the Wind.

Exercise your crafty skills to make some kites or other wind powered things, and come along to the free, open-air, eco-friendly fun to be held on Otaki Beach on the Kapiti Coast. Even if you’ve never made a kite before, come and enjoy the creations of other kite makers and learn how to make your own!

Be wowed by every kind of kite imaginable from the giant to the tiny, acrobatic and single line. There’ll be kite buggies and kite surfing as well as every kind of kite – weird and wonderful, traditional Maori and international designs.

Prizes will be given for: best home made kite, best kite made from recycled materials, the kite least likely to fly but flying (we love that one!), best newspaper kite and the people’s choice kite.

A festival for everyone – from kids to grown ups, amateurs to professionals – come and join in the fun. The Kites will be flying from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 9 march, and for those who really get the bug, there’ll be a casual flying day on Sunday as well. There will be classes, workshops and other events leading up to the event and admission on the day is free. Find out more on the Festival’s Facebook page.