Tuesday, January 6, 2015

craftcamp summer 2015

Its been a busy festive season here at craftcamp hq. Hope you are all keeping well.
I am going to run a week of workshops for the last week of January to celebrate the end of the school holidays!
Get in touch to book:
gabrielle.l.oconnor [at] gmail.com
Craftcamp Summer 2015
A whole week of art and crafty fun
With Gabby O'Connor
January 26-30
TOI PONEKE, Studio 29
63 Abel Smith Street, Wellington
9.30-12, 1-3.30pm each day
BYO lunch if staying for the whole day [supervised]
$25 half day/ $50 full day
for beginners to advanced students aged 5-14
Places limited to 10 students maximum per session

Monday 26th 
Introduction to basic printmaking techniques
Make a stamp

Tuesday 27th
AM: Pet softies
Make a softie version of your favourite pet, or make a pet if you don't have one already!
Basic sewing skills.

Sculpture project.
We will get out the hot glue guns and found materials and make an awesome sculpture.

Wednesday 28th
Self portrait drawing session.
A range of drawing exercises will be taught, working with our selves as the subject

PM: Draw string bags.
We will hand sew small to medium draw-string bags that can be used for pencils, treasures, gifts, sunglasses. Make one or make many.

Thursday 29th 
Family Bunting - back by popular demand.
Using felt and glue, we will create a family portrait to hang on the wall. Don't worry if you have done this before - make one as a gift, or add family members to your original.

Soft Jewellery - one of my favourites!
Make badges, brooches and necklaces using felt and fabric off cuts. [no sew]

Friday 30th
"You choose Friday" - Whole day workshop.
To finish off the week I will have the studio set up with sculpture and sewing materials. Design and make your own projects. A lovely way to end the week.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Last Saturday in amongst preparations for a big project that I am working on in Christchurch, I ran some Soft Jewellery classes at the Dowse for kids and their caregivers. It was hard to tell who was having more fun, but the general consensus is there needs to be a grown ups only version of the class. Watch this space!
Firstly we went to visit the Wunderruma jewellery exhbition for inspiration. We talked about the different types of materials we thought the works were made of and how they were transformed to make amazing jewellery. We also got to talk about what jewellery was and what it could be. The Wunderruma exhibition was quite liberating for the kids, completely opening up the possibilities and perceptions. We couldn't stay long pondering the works though as kids exclaimed that they were inspired and ready to get to the class room. I showed examples and demonstrated how we could make a necklace using rope and cable ties as a starting point and then they hopped to it. Eventually we then made something to go on the necklace. Many made a brooch that could also be pinned to the necklace as an amulet.
Anyhow, here are the pictures...I have to get back to work!
And one of the students made me a brooch that I have been wearing proudly - thanks so much everyyone for your efforts
x Gabby

craftcamp spring 2014

Hiya - I have finally settled on a schedule for the October holidays. Details in the pic, or email me for more info gabbyo [at] paradise.net.nz

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Craftcamp December workshops 2013

Hello Craftcampers and friends of Craftcamp.
Craftcamp is back for a final workshop season for 2013, Dec 18, 19 & 20.
For this final workshop season we are changing venues.
We will be running the workshops in studio 29 at Toi Poneke Arts Centre, 61-69 Abel Smith st, Te Aro, Wellington.
Take the lift to level 2 and turn left.
However, I will meet everyone in the foyer 15 minutes before the workshops begin.

I have designed the 6 different workshops so that the craftcamp kids can make meaningful gifts or decorations for the holiday season or just some cool stuff for themselves in a fun and relaxed environment. 
All workshops are limited to 10 students and are for the beginner to more advanced craftcamper aged between 5-14. I will adapt the projects depending on the skill levels of individuals and students are welcome to make as many items as they are inspired to.
Many students stay for the whole day. As long as they come with a packed lunch [and you let me know] , I will be there to supervise.

Please email me for more information or to reserve your child's place in a workshop.

In other news, I have an installation as part of an exhibition called The Leading Edge at the National Library of New Zealand in Molesworth st. The work titled Order Structure Pattern #2 has been made from 200 metres of extension cord and rope and 4000 cable ties! http://natlib.govt.nz/visiting/wellington/leadingedge
It will be on for the next 11 months, so please, if you get a chance, go and have a look. The greater exhibition looks at fantastic inventions and design that has come out of NZ. Something for everyone.

Thanks again for your support of craftcamp and by recommending the workshops to your friends and family and for attending my workshops and exhibitions.

Kindest regards,
Gabby O'Connor

Wednesday December 18

Morning session: 9.30 am – 12 pm :: Peace doves or NZ native bird decorations – for your tree or windows. These workshops will be tailored to the skill and production ambitions of the student – sewing or assembled.
Afternoon session: 1pm – 3.30pm :: Paper Sculpture Workshop

Thursday December 19

Morning session: 9.30 am – 12 pm :: Plants and flowers sculpture workshop. We will look at examples of native plants and then make our own versions using recycled materials.
Afternoon session: 1pm – 3.30pm :: SOFTIES! Because it wouldn’t be craftcamp without a softies workshop! Using our range of awesome templates, and our extensive collection of fabric offcuts from Mandatory, Starfish and Kowtow, come and make a fun softie as a gift or to keep!

Friday December 20

Morning session: 9.30 am – 12 pm :: Family bunting  -  we will make a series of collaged fabric family or friend portraits that we will attach to a bunting string and decorate further [if time allows]
Afternoon session: 1pm – 3.30pm :: Wrapping paper and cards – make stamps, draw and collage personalised wrapping paper, gift tags and cards for your amazing creations.

New Location:
Studio 29, Toi Poneke Arts Centre, 61-69 Abel Smith Street  [near corner Cuba st]
$25 per session or $50 for whole day, payable on the day.
All workshops will be run by artist Gabby O’Connor who has extensive experience teaching art and design techniques to all ages.
Craftcamp loves making things – let them show you how!
Contact: Gabby O’Connor : gabbyo@paradise.net.nz / 021 389 707

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Craftcamp Winter 2013

An awesome day today with the craftcampers.
This morning we had good old softies workshop where we got out the trusty old templates and the kids then got designing their own versions. Some really great results - tooth pillows [complete with pockets for fangs], overfed robots, dogs, dollies and other lovely and strange creatures.

Then we had the the very first amazing plants and flowers workshop where we first looked at and discussed the components of flowers. Then we observed and drew real flowers and then made our own with wire, coloured masking tape, card, paper and other random bits and pieces.
So much beautiful work. I managed to have a moment to document some of the process too. 
May [the maker of the above work] missed out on the team photo as she was too engrossed in making. What awesome making it was! 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Craftcamp Winter 2013 workshops

Hi Craftcampers and friends of craftcamp.
I am sorry for the hold up in getting the schedule out. Thanks for your patience.
I can finally announce some new workshops along with some old favorites! For crafty kids 5-13 years.
I have the twoThursdays of the holidays booked at Thistle Hall - cnr Cuba and Arthur st, Wgtn.
$25 per session//$50 for the whole day. Morning/afternoon tea included [please indicate any allergies]
Classes are limited to 10 kids per class.
Book now!
Hope all is well and if you haven't seen it already, I have an art installation called Cleave on the corner of Victoria [86]  and Mercer st [opp Lido Cafe, Library and next to the wine store]
It is on till Sunday.


9.30-12pm good old softies
Make a friend or a gift. No sewing experience necessary.
1pm - 3.30pm amazing plant sculptures
Using recycled materials we will make tree, plant and flower sculptures.
9.30-12pm cupcake pin cushions
This is a no sew workshop [unless you want to] using fabric and cardboard, make 1 or more cupcake pin cushions.
Great for gifts! 
1pm - 3.30pm paper sculpture
Using recycled materials, explore a variety of ways of making 3dimensional artworks.
Bring a box 

021 389 707 //

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Craftcamp Summer - all day softies!

The first workshop for 2013 was just wonderful! An amazing group of craftcampers who made a fantastic collection of softies. We had the Big Bang in softie form by Eli, a bunch of self portrait softies by Tuhina, Isla and Ruby. A koala, a unicorn, a squirrel and a girl. Just magnificent! I love my job!!! Thanks to local Wellington businesses Mandatory Menswear, Kowtow and Starfish for the wonderful fabric remnants.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Xmas Crackers

Oh what a wonderful bunch of kids and workshops!
Some fantastic softies, great Xmas decorations and excellent wrapping paper and cards.
Thanks craftcamp kids for all your effort and ingenuity. You are a crafty bunch and I love how you reinvent the wheel in front of my eyes!
So merry Christmas and happy new year to all and I look forward to catching up with you in the new year.
Speaking of which, I have Thistle Hall booked for Tuesday 21 and 29th January for workshops.
The details of which will da nnounced shortly.
Watching this space.
Xx gabby

Monday, November 26, 2012

craftcamp xmas edition

Hello Craftcampers and friends of Craftcamp.
Yes, it is that time of year again!
I have a few workshops on offer in the days leading up to Xmas. All upstairs at Thistle Hall, Upper Cuba st. And yes, I am back teaching too!!
As school finishing times are all different it makes scheduling the workshops a bit tricky.
I have tried my best to have something for everyone though! 
These workshops are great for both kids [age 5-13] to make cool crafty gifts and for parents who need to do some time in town finishing off the Xmas shopping [or just relaxing]
I will also be running some workshops at the end of January. This schedule will be announced soon.

Morning workshops are from 9.30am- 12pm

Afternoon workshops are from 1pm – 3.30pm

Spread the word, tell your friends!
Looking forward to hearing from you
x Gabby

Mon 17 Dec    1.00-3.30pm                NEW!! Cardboard and scrap fabric Cakes [no sew] with Gabby
make a xmas or celebration cake for display or decoration                                                                          

Tues 18 Dec   9.30am-12.00pm             Party softies  [sewing] with Gabby 

Tues 18 Dec   1.00-3.30 pm             Xmas decorations and brooches[no sew] w Gabby

Fri 21 Dec       1.00-3.30 pm          Wrapping paper and cards with Tess 

Sat 22 Dec       9.30am-12.00pm                
NEW!! Cardboard and scrap fabric Cakes[no sew]with Tess
make a xmas or celebration cake for display or decoration  

Sat 22 Dec      1.00-3.30 pm    Peace Doves  decorations[sewing]

* we will have paper bags and stamps available for the kids to wrap and personalise their creations for gift giving
 ** all workshops  use recycled materials 

Craftcamp loves to make cool stuff, let us show you how!

FOR: AGES 5-13
WITH: Gabby O'Connor and Tessa Hansen Cane
AT: Thistle Hall, Upstairs, cnr Arthur & Cuba streets, Wellington

HOW MUCH: $30 per workshop or $55 for a whole day 
All materials and morning/afternoon tea provided, please indicate any allergies.

INFO:  Check out www.craftcamp-nz.blogspot.com
CONTACT:      e) gabbyo@paradise.net.nz or ph) Gabby on 021 389 707

Gabby is an artist who loves to make stuff. She has had 20 years of teaching experience - yes that is true! She started teaching ballet as a teenager where she also taught a range of dance styles as well as gymnastics, has taught art and design at a tertiary level and kids art and craft with craftcamp and at the City Gallery Wellington. 

Tess is a designer who loves to make stuff too. She is also great at baking. 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Craftcamp Spring 2012 Workshop

The first workshop was a new one, Spring Chandeliers, and the results were really lovely!







Then in the afternoon it was time to become designers and artists for the art teatowel workshop...

Isobel's pet cat Becy and embroidered flower

Natasha's spring time tea towel

Isabella's marine life

Frank's Robot Robot

Theo's Robot Robot



Miriane's sun, cat and hedgehog (spiky spike)


Thanks everyone for a fantastic day!