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Family Making Things – passing on tradition

6 Dec 2019 to 6 Jan 2020
10am to 5pm
The Slabbert family makes things. While they share a name and a passion for the handmade, they have each mastered a diverse range of skills.
Event type: 
Art, Craft, Exhibition
120 Victoria Street, Hamilton


 The Slabbert family makes things.  While they share a name and a passion for the handmade, they have each mastered a diverse range of skills: Mauritz in woodturning, Norma in quiltmaking, and Yvette in bobbin lacemaking.

As makers they share a sense of attachment and dedication to materials and process.  Their work shows immersive work habits, hours of contemplation, a long and slow production time, and many years of practice. The end products may allude to notions of function and use; but it is also infused with personal ideas, creativity, and aesthetic choices.

Their work is made in the spirit of our times as they use the advantages of new tools and technologies, but it is based on age-old techniques that honour tradition and skills that are passed down through many generations.

With this exhibition the family hopes to pass on the joy of making, the cultural heritage, and the inspiration to keep the making skills alive.

For more information please visit: https://familymakingthings.com and @familymakingthings

Bobbin lace by Yvette Slabbert

Wall quilts by Norma Slabbert

Woodturning by Mauritz Slabbert

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Waikato Museum - Te Whare Taonga o Waikato

14 Oct 2019

For an inspirational experience, visit us on the banks of the Waikato River in the heart of Hamilton's cultural precinct. Our exhibitions and activities tell the stories of this region and include visual art, social history, tangata whenua and science.