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Winter Garden Light - Workshop #2

Wednesday 16th June, 6pm @ Community Art Works (81 Achilles Ave.)

Book Tickets: www.eventfinda.co.nz/2021/winter-garden-light-workshop-2/nelson

Thank you to everybody that attended our first workshop - we're off to a great start!

Our second workshop will be next week and is for those that missed out on the first one and anybody that came to the first one and needs more help or would just like to continue working together. If you've mastered it you're very welcome to come along and help others.

Winter Garden Light is a project for the community by the community. The project will initially feed into two events; the Victory Matariki celebrations on 2nd July and a gathering at the Waimarama Community Gardens on the 4th July.
The project is about the power of community and the importance of bringing people together. It will also shine a light on just a few of the local community groups but in particular the Waimarama Community Gardens.

The project comprises a series of origami stars created from basic sonobes (modules), the building blocks of modular origami structures. When the stars are brought together, a small computer built into each star will communicate with other nearby stars and then through a series of LED lights, bring them to life.

The workshop is led by Paul Lowry, a local expert in modular origami, a member of the Light Nelson Collective and Trustee of the Waimarama Community Gardens Trust. More workshops will be added depending on numbers. You will be taught the technique of folding the sonobes and using them to create the stars. No previous experience is necessary (either origami or electronics) but as numbers and components are very limited so we do ask that if register that you commit to finishing a lantern (you can work individually but we recommend working as a group). You will require persistence and time (Paul can create one in about 2 hours but it is likely to be 2-3 times that if you haven't created one before, but you will have plenty of time before the events). 

Please make sure you book tickets here www.eventfinda.co.nz/2021/winter-garden-light-workshop-2/nelson

In July we will run workshops that will explain how to program the micro-controllers used in the lantern and how you can use it in your own projects in the future.

We suggest a minimum koha of $15 for each lantern to help cover the cost of materials (you will own the lantern, including the micro-controller, wiring and LEDs), but please donate what you can (obviously if you can donate more that would be great; it will help cover the cost for those that can't as well as any additional costs of the project). A small battery USB 'power bank' will be needed to power each lantern. If you don't have have one we can provide one (either to purchased or loan). Please note that everybody working on this project is donating their time (and a lot of time has already gone into the project). We also couldn't do it without the support of Community Art Works, a local charity organization who are hosting the workshops (a donation to CAW would therefore be very welcome).

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Winter Garden Light - Workshop #1

Wednesday 9th June, 6pm @ Community Art Works (81 Achilles Ave.)

Book Tickets: www.eventfinda.co.nz/2021/winter-garden-light-workshop-1/nelson

Winter Garden Light is a project for the community by the community. The project will initially feed into two events; the Victory Matariki celebrations on 2nd July and a gathering at the Waimarama Community Gardens on the 4th July.
The project is about the power of community and the importance of bringing people together. It will also shine a light on just a few of the local community groups but in particular the Waimarama Community Gardens.

The project comprises a series of origami stars created from basic sonobes (modules), the building blocks of modular origami structures. When the stars are brought together, a small computer built into each star will communicate with other nearby stars and then through a series of LED lights, bring them to life.

This is the first workshop that will be held this month led by Paul Lowry, a local expert in modular origami, a member of the Light Nelson Collective and Trustee of the Waimarama Community Gardens Trust. More workshops will be added depending on numbers. You will be taught the technique of folding the sonobes and using them to create the stars. No previous experience is necessary (either origami or electronics) but as numbers and components are very limited so we do ask that if register that you commit to finishing a lantern (you can work individually but we recommend working as a group). You will require persistence and time (Paul can create one in about 2 hours but it is likely to be 2-3 times that if you haven't created one before, but you will have plenty of time before the events). 

Please make sure you book tickets here www.eventfinda.co.nz/2021/winter-garden-light-workshop-1/nelson

In July we will run workshops that will explain how to program the micro-controllers used in the lantern and how you can use it in your own projects in the future.

We suggest a minimum koha of $15 for each lantern to help cover the cost of materials (you will own the lantern, including the micro-controller, wiring and LEDs), but please donate what you can (obviously if you can donate more that would be great; it will help cover the cost for those that can't as well as any additional costs of the project). A small battery USB 'power bank' will be needed to power each lantern. If you don't have have one we can provide one (either to purchased or loan). Please note that everybody working on this project is donating their time (and a lot of time has already gone into the project). We also couldn't do it without the support of Community Art Works, a local charity organization who are hosting the workshops (a donation to CAW would therefore be very welcome).

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Four years ago a number of us came together at Community Art Works over several weeks to work on a project 'Camp Light' for the 2016 Light Nelson event. It was a collaboration between the Collective and The Sukita Project.
Last year the project was presented at the Costume and Textile symposium (CTANZ) at the Suter and following that we were asked to write a paper for 'Context' which we are very proud to now see in print!

A big thank you to our Kayan community, Community Art Works and to everybody who worked on this project.

The Light Nelson Event has unfortunatly been postponed until 2021 due to the restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The event has also been rename 'Te Ramaroa'. More information can be found on the event website.

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Jamie first became involved in Light Nelson when he was just 11, helping Lori with the 'I'm going Bat's' project. Two years later Jamie became the youngest Light Nelson artist when he created a paddle boat for the 2016 event.
Shortly after, Jamie wrote the programming sequence and helped assemble Anthony Genet's St Elmos fire sculpture exhibited at Lux in Wellington. Jamie has continued to work with Anthony over the years, helping to create the control circuits for the 'Cathy Wheel' neon artwork for the 2018 event, and then more recently the "Guiding Star" artwork that adorned the cathedral at Christmas.
Under Anthony's guidance, and with help from the wider Collective, Jamie, now 17, has continued to develop and learn new skills, now working with glass for his project for the 2020 event.

"I just gave Jamie the tools to work with and as the capable young man that he is he took the opportunity and made the most of it." Anthony said.

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