Where: EcoMatters Environment Trust, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

Turn old bicycle wheels into unexpectedly beautiful and useful pieces with upcycler Silvia Spieksma - a great gift idea for the person that has everything! Please choose from one of two options below and book your ticket accordingly.

Wall Hanging
Make a wall hanging and bring some color to your home or outdoors.
Weave strips of fabric, plastic bags and yarn through bicycle wheels to create a one off original wheel weaving artwork. This workshop is suitable for adults & children 6 and over.

Garden Trellis
Bike wheels make a good frame for plants to climb on. Make use of old inner tubes and thick bamboo poles to create a trellis. This together with a climbing plant will make a stand-out present. This workshop suitable for adults - children will require the help of an adult if interested in building a trellis.

There are 2 workshops to choose from. Please indicate your preference through the ticket you book above.

Got children keen to attend?
- One child (under 12) free with one paying adult.
- Your child will need to be supervised by a caregiver at all times if participating in a workshop.

Silvia’s thoughts around using less, re-use and recyling.

Recycling, upcycling, making do and living a simple life is the mantra I try live my life by. I don't like wasting resources. If I want or need something my first question is: do I really need it? If the answer is yes, I go and search for 2nd hand, or upcycle existing materials into something new.

This means that sometimes I have to be patient, and the solution may be a little while away. For me this is way more satisfying than the instant gratification that had little thought or effort put into it.

Silvia has held workshops around re-use in Avondale and at EcoMatters. Together with Rosebank Primary children she built an elephant out of plastic waste for the 2017 Whau Arts festival.

These are fun and engaging ways that she likes to use to bring awareness around waste and living more sustainably.

Currently she is involved in a new project setting up a community garden at Avondale's old Preschool.

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