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Craft made cool in new exhibition

Auckland City Council
Media release

4 February 2008

Craft made cool in new exhibition

Rediscover the traditional craft of embroidery in Hoopla! - a week long creative workshop and exhibition at Artstation from 27 February to 5 March.

Adults and children can learn the basics of hand stitching to create art works using embroidery hoops and a selection of fabrics, buttons, beads, sequins and thread.

Artstation’s gallery will be transformed into the Hoopla! parlour, a relaxed lounge-like working space furnished with beanbags, couches and a digital fireplace.

Participants can join a stitch workshop or visit the parlour to stitch in their own time.

Facilitators Esther Lamb and Shelley Simpson and invited artists Judy Darragh, Karen Dennis and Rachelle Wood will be available at scheduled times to teach and inspire. They will also create new work for the Hoopla! exhibition.

As the project evolves the parlour walls will be adorned with participants’ unique creations in stitch. A closing celebration on Wednesday 5 March marks the completion of the Hoopla! project. Participants will be able to collect and keep their embroideries at the end of the exhibition.

“Hoopla! fosters the sense of fulfilment and satisfaction that results from hand making an item,” says facilitator Esther Lamb.

Hoopla! is generously supported by Auckland City Council and Creative New Zealand’s Creative Communities funding scheme.


27 February to 5 March 2008
Artstation, 1 Ponsonby Rd, Auckland

Bookings: Esther Lamb ph 027 288 853 or email:
Cost: $5 per person to cover materials
Closing celebration: Wednesday, 5 March 3.30pm to 5pm

Artstation is Auckland City Council’s community arts facility. Located in the historic police barracks at 1 Ponsonby Road, it is easy to get to by public transport. The Link bus stops right outside.

Find out more about Artstation’s courses at


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