“There are no walls or fences. My garden’s boundaries are the horizon.” - Derek Jarman, Modern Nature (1989).

In the desolate, hostile landscape of Dungeness, Jarman created an unconventional, uneven and random paradise with his garden at Prospect Cottage. Here he gardened without convention or constraint, finding therapeutic comfort and peace.

Tāmaki Makaurau based artist Kat Aucamp shares a kindred approach in their knitwear design practice. Knitting without patterns or rigid frameworks, Aucamp champions learning through doing and experimenting, rejecting stuffiness and conformity.

This workshop will demystify knitting as a craft, offering a starting point for queer people wanting to design and make their own original clothing. Aucamp will breakdown the process of knitting a garment from start to finish, using an item of clothing that you already own as a framework. There will also be a focus on how to knit cheaply by sourcing from opshops.

The workshop is open to anyone from the rainbow and takatāpuhi communities of any age. No knitting or design experience is required. Experienced knitters are also welcome to attend and learn an alternative approach!

All materials will be provided and you will leave with needles and yarn to begin your knitting journey. Bring along one item of clothing that you love the shape/ length/ fit of such as a tank top, vest or t-shirt.

Brought to you by Burnett Foundation Aotearoa with additional support from the Gerrard and Marti Friedlander Charitable Trust, the Sir William & Lady Manchester Charitable Trust


  • Free


  • Sat 13 Jul


  • 11:00 am — 1:00 pm


  • Aaiotanga Community Space
  • 22 Emily Place
  • Auckland, 1010