Phillipa Crofskey (also known as Filipa Fairy) prepares a
teddy bear lantern for the upcoming midwinter festival.
Photo by Dan Hutchinson.
The first rule of lantern making is - avoid going up in
That information and other handy tips are at the core of the
annual lantern-making workshops soon to get under way in
preparation for the 2014 Mid Winter Carnival.
Chief lantern tutor Phillipa Crofskey said they had three
designs for people to choose from this year - ghosts, clouds
and teddy bears.
The ghosts were the easiest to construct but you still had to
get the basics right to avoid panicking hundreds of other
paper-lantern-carriers who came to the festival.
''I do safety tests on everything, light them [the candle
inside] and make sure everything is far enough from the
More than 400 lanterns were made and carried by the public
last year and the workshops leading up to the June 21
carnival this year had been expanded to cater for demand.
Ms Crofskey said the workshops were quickly booked out last
year and they were an important part of ensuring a lot of
people took part in the procession.
This year's carnival theme is A Winter Dreamland. Members of
the public are invited to make a lantern and join the
Two lantern artists were also creating something ''quite
different'', with some huge shapes starting to emerge in the
lantern-making warehouse, Ms Crofskey said.
Workshops will be held in South Dunedin, Northeast Valley and
the central city on the three weekends before the carnival,
which will take place on June 21.
To take part in the workshops go to www.midwintercarnival.co.nz.