Creative Matakana is back for a second year of workshops in May 2018.
The inaugural 2017 series of 5-day creative courses was a near-sellout with rave reviews.
Josephine Connor and Vivienne Kerr met over a decade ago, they finish each other’s sentences and are cheerfully rude to each – signs of a good, long friendship.
Viv is in charge of admin. “This was all Jo’s idea,” she says. “I don’t have a creative bone in my body. I’m the proverbial ‘backroom Charlie’.” Jo’s inspiration for Creative Matakana was the Autumn Art School in Wanaka. She lives in Epsom and Viv lives in Pukawa on Lake Taupo. So why Matakana?
“Well, it’s a hive of creativity with loads to do,” says Jo, “and at an hour north of Auckland, it’s the perfect spot. But it was mostly to do with having great friends here who were amazingly generous in volunteering time and energy to make it happen.”
Local businesswoman Tanya Svendsen, owner and designer at The Design Pod in Matakana, said there was a definite spike in sales during the week in 2017. This year there’ll be some shorter courses, so hopefully participants can indulge in more retail therapy and being in the May shoulder season, accommodation businesses will find Creative Matakana helpful too.
This year, five-day courses include drawing and painting, flax weaving, creating a children’s story book, textile eco-dyeing, watercolours, a digital camera and how to make a Windsor chair from a block of wood. Two and three-day workshops cover cast glass, iPad art, totem sculpture and fabric art.
There’s also a series of four ‘Landscape Days’ this year; innovative garden design with Lynda Hallinan, Andy Hamilton and others, two guided tours of Gibbs Farm sculpture park, a special dinner, and a finale event at the Vivian Gallery.
Bookings open on 8 January – for further information and tickets visit the Creative Matakana website or their Facebook page.