From $150

Artist and maker Vita Cochran responds to the exhibition "Louise Henderson: From Life" by teaching you how to make a hooked rug from old woollen garments and fabric. But first, Curator, New Zealand Art, Julia Waite will introduce you to Henderson’s colourful, boldly geometric works and her love for craft and textiles.

Louise Henderson was not only a painter but also a skilled embroiderer, weaver and designer. As one of the first New Zealand artists to commit herself to an overtly modern and colourful style, her works might very well have been an inspiration for Vita Cochran, a maker of contemporary textile objects such as handbags, accessories and embroideries, which draw on craft, art and fashion history. Vita’s work has been collected by major museums in New Zealand and is sold at Anna Miles Gallery in Auckland. Her most recent exhibition After Paintings (2019) showcased handmade rag rugs inspired by modernist paintings.

Rag rug making is a craft that developed out of necessity when fabric was a very precious commodity, and rugs for the floor an expensive outlay. Old, worn out or damaged garments are cut up and hooked through a backing fabric to produce a strong, warm and useful item. Recycle and repurpose materials that would otherwise go to waste in an innovative way to create an original product imbued with history.

By the end of the workshop you will have learnt about the history of rag rugs, discovered how to choose and prepare materials, learnt the technique of hooking and started making a small sample rug, which you can finish at home.

Materials and equipment will be provided, but feel free to bring woollen materials you’d like to repurpose; aim to find things that have a reasonably tight weave or knit.

- Coffee, tea and refreshments provided.
- This workshop includes a half-hour meal break. Please bring your own lunch, or visit our Gallery Cafe.
- The non-Members price includes a one-year Membership with Auckland Art Gallery.
- If you are a Gallery Member with a valid guest pass, you can bring a friend for the Members price.

Maximum attendance: 15

This workshop has a minimum attendance requirement which, if not met, may cause it to be cancelled. If this is the case, those registered will be fully reimbursed.

$2 per hour to a max of $12 on weekends and a $12 flat rate for weekday evenings at The Civic car park. Find out more

Last updated: 22 October 2019