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Legacy of Yarns – Dunedin 2014

Our plans are moving along nicely and we hope to have a fun-filled event for you to enjoy. The event will open on Thursday 24 April and close on Sunday 27 April 2014.

REGISTRATION – UPDATED

Although registrations have now closed, you can still come along on a Day Pass at $10.00. The classes are pretty much all booked out, but there are a couple with a place or two left, so see the updated Registration booklet for details.

VENUE

John McGlashan College, Pilkington St, Dunedin is the venue for everything except the National Exhibition which will be held at the Dunedin Railway Station. Classes, lectures, trades, challenge displays and tutor and displays will all be at the college as well as the opening and closing ceremonies. A dinner is also to be held there. There will be plenty of room for interest group meetings, knit and natter, hands-on display and much more.

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS

Iconic Tours have put together special travel arrangements for Creative Fibre members, with set transfer prices between the Airport and City, and Venue Transfers to/from John McGlashan College. For full details, download the PDF.

ACCOMMODATION

There are a number of motels, hotels and B&Bs in Dunedin for registrants to book into. We also have a limited number of beds available at John McGlashan College, mainly in the junior boarders section. These rooms are share twin rooms, with ablutions downstairs. Meals will be included in the price of these rooms.

Not got your accommodation yet? There are still rooms available at the school. Lovely tranquil surroundings, individual rooms, single or share, that are carpeted with comfortable beds. No worries about meals as they are all provided (Saturday dinner extra). No transport worries. If you get tired or need a bit of peace, there are very pleasant areas around the college and in the hostel for you to rest and enjoy the company of others during the day, and in the evening.

Single rooms – $130 a night plus a one-off cost of $30 for towels and duvet.

Share rooms – $100 a night per person plus a one-off cost of $30 for towels and duvet

Please note that shared ablutions are downstairs.

Please send details and cheque to: Nola Allan, 2 Spenser St, Milton 9220

TRADES

The trades have an excellent venue booked. It is close to all other venues and the space is very comfortable with excellent amenities. We are looking forward to an exciting range of products for sale.

TOURS

We have two tours organised for you. A day trip to Milton to visit the Bruce Woollen Mill as the main attraction, and a half-day trip around our delightful peninsula is the second tour.

CHALLENGE: ‘FLORA, FAUNA, FIBRE’

Our challenge for 2014 takes the form of a celebration of Otago’s natural legacy. We want you to let your imagination run wild and create a piece inspired by our amazing wildlife and natural environment on the Otago Peninsula. Using any fibre, including wire or plastic, and any manipulated fibre technique, create a piece that can be functional, artistic or wearable. Our venue allows for many display options so size is not an issue. Before you get creative, please remember that you are responsible for any costs involved in delivery and return.

EDUCATION

Education is a major focus of our event and the education sub-committee has been working hard to make sure there will be something for everyone – hopefully two or three ‘somethings’!

It is lucky indeed that fibre artist Stacey Harvey-Brown will be in New Zealand this April, and she will also teach at our event. Stacey is a weaver and tutor based in the United Kingdom; she has some wonderful ideas for all fibre artists, not just weavers. We are really looking forward to hearing her speak. We must not forget all the talented artists and tutors we have here in New Zealand and we have tried to ensure they are well-represented. The classes on offer cover a wide variety of skills and techniques, from beginner to more experienced, including knitting, spinning, fibre presentation, crochet, weaving, dyeing and colour theory, wet and needle felting, and computer-aided design.

Most classes will be half or full day and will offer specific skills and techniques. We also have a variety of lectures which are aimed to entertain and inspire people. All in all, we are sure that attendees will take away heaps of ideas to inform, motivate and invigorate them. A full programme will be provided in the expression of interest pack.

EXHIBITION

The exhibition will be displayed at the Dunedin Railway Station where the Porters Lounge gives us a good sized area to hang the exhibits. Dunedin Railway Station is one of the most beautiful large historical buildings in New Zealand. It attracts many tourists and local visitors to view and photograph. Visitors can board the historic gorge train departing for the Taieri Gorge. This will give us a good variety of foot traffic for viewing the exhibition. We will have a shuttle bus available to take registrants from John McGlashan College to the Railway Station and back again.

For all the latest event news, visit the Taieri Creative Fibre blog.