Be Sustainable, Be Creative, Mindfully Make
Providing people with the skills & materials to upcycle indoor and outdoor décor to their unique taste.
The Re-Creators can design a sustainable, upcycling workshop specifically for your theme and occasion! School holidays, birthdays, community activations - you name it, we will design and deliver.
Our space that delivers practical, creative and innovative pathways that unlock values from localised waste streams through the sharing of equipment, space and ideas. Creating a West Auckland epicentre for a movement that will connect our creative community, rangatahi, tamariki and green entrepreneurs to ideas, resources, equipment and education to support a sustainable, low-carbon way of living.
Esther is our Waikato ReCreator. Originally from Kenya, Esther is studying a masters in environmemtal sustainability. She has been working with migrant & former refugees communities learning DIY upcycling skills.
Anis is originally from India and has learned the art of sewing and design in New Zealand. She is an original team member delivering a variety of classes across Tāmaki Makaurau.
The purpose of The ReCreators is to enable our community live more sustainably through creative upcycling. Upcycling reduces consumerism, stopping the extraction of virgin materials and diversion from landfill. It provides local employment through optimising our resources for a new life.
Our core work encompasses the following SDG's.
My masks arrived this morning. I can actually breath now not fog my glasses while wearing a mask🥰. And I love the soft pastel colours.
"I attended a furniture restoration workshop a few months ago. At that point I'd never seen an electric sander let alone used one. The workshop was fabulous and I wanted to let you know that I have just finished restoring a very tatty rimu desk - it now glows, smells fabulous and I use it every day. Thank you!"
"Just came home from upcycling painting workshop and found it extremely enjoyable. Ger, the facilitator was awesome and allowed the participant s to experiment with the different paints and techniques."
"My children attended the Lotions and Potions workshop and really enjoyed it. So good to teach the kids about sustainability and recycling. They brought home jars with bath products made with kitchen and natural ingredients...they smell wonderful and my children love using them!"
"I enjoyed the course (Upcycle Painting Techniques) and really found it most informative. It is not too late even at 79 to learn something."
- Grahams Edmonds
"I’ve been admiring my new journal and reflecting on what a lovely evening it was (even though I felt the need to have a glass of wine after I got home...). What a wonderful way to get a bit of creativity in life. I realised that I need to do more creativity with my hands and not just with my mind!
Thanks very much for the great memories and the great experience."
"Loved the zentangling workshop. So amazing and relaxing!"
"Awesome sessions! My boys thoroughly enjoyed the sewing of a Matariki star and also at another course the painting, drilling and assembling a planter box.
I was impressed the boys managed to focus to complete the items and they are so proud of the end result. Friendly and engaging facilitators really made the morning a school holiday win!"
"We loved the workshop- our bug hotels are currently in our garden hopefully already receiving hosts. I specially liked that the supervisors were really hands-on, helping kids and parents such as me who are not as confident around tools."
"Ordered 2 masks from The ReCreators and amongst all the madness of lockdown level 3 and probably huge amount of orders, the masks were delivered to my letterbox 2 hours later! Very impressed with the service and the masks."
The ReCreators believe that collective business power will help both artistan and consumer alike. By coming together under one brand, our multi-culturally diverse artistans can share their skills, showcase their products, all of which have been lovingly restored, revived or crafted from sustainable materials. Consumers can choose to either learn new skills through workshops, purchase custom made products or purchase from our pre-made selection. All of our workshops and products are priced using the Living Wage as a minimum.