Wednesday, 23 July, 2014

Fresh on Felt

 
Lots of lovely things for the kids this week, but there’s plenty for the grown-ups to covet too. Take a browse through our line-up of fresh new sellers…

designer decor and original art

lovelylou – beautiful things for your beautiful home
eclecticaroh – homewares with a traditional Kiwiana feel
millefiori – gorgeously colourful quilts
piwakaathome – bright and beautiful lampshades

children’s clothing, accessories and toys

jokidd – made to order, customisable baby bibs
little-perfect – create the perfect little party for your little ones
craftmaker – cute hand knitted teddy bears
appleblossomnz – made to order art for wee ones
lazydaisy – adorable soft toy owls
bethanysgift – sweet baby quilts

 

clothing, jewellery and accessories

skylark01 – elegant and enchanting jewellery
sickly_sweet – kawaii inspired jewellery and accessories

gifts and goodies

winterstudio – clever upcycled bottle glasses
daisyandoat – practical and clever book covers/carriers

 
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Tuesday, 22 July, 2014

Notes from the Antarctic vortex

You don’t want to face a polar blast without the gear for it – make sure you’ve got the accessories to see you through to spring.

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We have piles of snuggly handcrafted goodies to keep you toasty warm over winter – check our clothing and accessories pages for more!

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Featured seller: Miss Crow

Printmaker Emily Cater has a busy and interesting life – which includes performing in a handmade mermaid and mariner dress with her band Mermaid and Mariner! She’s also just taken part in the Auckland Art and Craft Fair and is currently working on some giant landscape paintings and a new zine. These diverse and colourful interests shine through in her gorgeous range of Miss Crow prints.

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What do you make?
I love doing detailed line drawings and I make lots of products that are based on these. I turn some of my drawings into screenprints which I then print onto fabric and make into brooches or fabric pouches, others I turn into gocco prints on paper, or digital prints, or cards.

How did you get into your craft?
I’ve loved drawing and doing crafty things my whole life, and started selling at markets back in about 2006, when they had the Craftwerk markets in St Kevin’s Arcade in Auckland. Back then I was selling tote bags and t shirts which I printed with stencils, but wanted to print more detailed images.

About five years ago I was lucky enough to find a print gocco (a small Japanese screenprinting machine) on Trade Me… it was languishing in someone’s garage in Pukekohe. This has enabled me to do much more detailed prints, and I have moved into screenprinting on fabric too.

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Connections with music have also helped me practise and display my art – last year I illustrated a multimedia show called The Explorers’ Club: Antarctica which my partner performed around the country – now that we have a band together (called Mermaid and Mariner) I have been channelling lots of my crafty efforts into making things like band costumes and posters… lots of fun!

Do you have formal training or qualifications in your craft?
No, I just love to practise!

Your favourite materials, tools and processes?
So many! I love doing line drawings, preferably with a really skinny pen. Gocco printing and screenprinting always seems like magic to me. I love painting with oils, watercolour or gouache, and sewing when my overlocker’s not being too temperamental.

What inspires you?
I love drawing old-fashioned looking people and get lots of inspiration from finding abandoned photos of people’s ancestors in op shops or markets. I’m very inspired by remnants of the past like beautiful old signwriting, rambling gardens or tumbledown houses. In 2008 I had an exhibition of paintings called Ghost Towns based around these fascinations. I’m also very inspired by the natural world and botanical illustration, and I love collecting seedpods and leaves to draw.

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Is there a philosophy behind your work?
That creativity should be a part of everyday life and that it’s important to notice the magic in the everyday.

Describe your workspace:
A creative mess! When I found a plastic tyrannosaurus sitting inside a tea cup on my desk I should have taken that as a sign that it was time to tidy up, instead I sat down and drew it (the resulting tea rex print is for sale in my Felt shop)!

My main workspace is a desk in my bedroom – that usually houses the reference material for whatever I am drawing at the time, so lately it has been covered with a collection of leaves, feathers, and yes, plastic dinosaurs.

I usually screenprint on the lounge floor and often have my sewing machine and overlocker on our coffee table. We have to do lots of checks for stray pins when we’ve got visitors! My partner is a musician so our lounge is full of instruments, adding to the general creative chaos.

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Your favourite feedback from a customer:
When I see customers out and about wearing my products I always feel like that’s great feedback.

What are you currently listening to?
Lots of podcasts – This American Life is a favourite in our household. July Flame by Laura Veirs is an album that’s on high rotation on the iPod at the moment.

Recommend an album:
Fox Confessor Brings The Flood by Neko Case – it has been a longtime favourite.

Your favourite childhood book?
Pippi Longstocking – I loved the way she was so rebellious and I was always envious of her parlour full of gifts.

What are you reading now?
Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas – it’s harrowing at times but a fascinating exploration of ambition. I’d recommend it if you enjoyed his book The Slap.

Do you have any pets?
Yes – a fierce but very cute cat called Loulu!

If you were a crafty superhero, what would your name and superpower be?
Supermesswoman – able to turn any room into a mess in a matter of minutes!

What was the last handmade item you bought and what attracted you to it?
I bought a beautiful print today from my friend Sophie Oiseau – I was attracted to it because it looked like a scene from a vintage children’s book.

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You can see more of Emily’s gorgeous prints in her Felt shop here. Emily has also generously offered a this sweet prize pack of one A4 “Love is always making two cups when you only need one” print, one screenprinted fabric huia brooch and one bird badge to one lucky Felt blog reader. If you’d like to be in the prize draw, just leave a comment below telling us what inspires you about Emily’s story and her work. The draw will be made on Friday 1 August and is open to New Zealand residents only.

Win a gorgeous print from Miss Crow!

Wednesday, 16 July, 2014

You’re invited

Got a wedding or a party coming up? Felt’s got you covered for creative, colourful and beautiful customised invitations. Our sellers offer some lovely printed customised sets, like this one from Creative Box

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We’re also very taken with these gorgeously delicate laser cut cards from Clover Design – each one is a personalised artwork.

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Or you can purchase a digital file and print your own with options like these from Kelly Louise Designs and Hazy Prints Studio.

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Whatever the occasion, our paper goods designers have a great range of invitations to chose from. Have a browse!

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Fresh on Felt

 
Gorgeous things for you, for your loved ones and for your home – it’s all to be found in our gathering of fresh new Felt sellers this week.

designer decor and original art

billdan – stylish magnetic knife holders, knife blocks, chopping boards and blocks
upholsterer – quality upholstered furniture made with careful craftsmanship
veeviolet – whimsical prints and cards hand drawn with ink and watercolour
offbeat – sculptured wood monsters, robots and creatures, from recycled hardwoods
princesses – beautifully intricate prints and cards with fairy-tale inspriation

children’s clothing, accessories and toys

kidsletters – unique and fun handmade, hand painted MDF letters
hadleys – colourful and practical baby dribble bibs
tinkatailor – sweet retro-inspired upcycled garments for your little one

 

clothing, jewellery and accessories

treeoflife – lovely jewellery from vintage objects, beads and semi-precious stones
lilygriffin – beautiful wearable art necklaces made from hand painted leather
purse-love – sweet and brightly colourful tote-bags
smilenz – fashionable and practical one-off New Zealand merino clothing

gifts and goodies

pinnyjunction – quality, hand-crafted and fun aprons and pinnies
clayfinch – gorgeous wee ceramic and polymer clay figurines
calicocrafts – lovely scented candles, melts and candle kits

 
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Friday, 11 July, 2014

Winter style

There’s no need to sacrifice style for warmth with these great winter fashion offerings. Practical and flattering, the pieces in our handmade clothing and accessories pages include something for everyone.

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Tempted? We certainly are! You can see more gorgeous Kiwi handcrafted and bespoke fashion clothing here on Felt. Don’t forget to check out our accessories too!

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Wednesday, 9 July, 2014

Stories in silhouette

Make someone’s day with one of these beautiful handmade fairy-tale gifts.

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Fresh on Felt

 
It’s a small but perfectly formed collection of fresh Felt sellers this week, with some warmly colourful creations to brighten your winter days.

designer decor and original art

kakahicraft  – lovely, unique decor, gifts and goodies
pocketsofzest – quirky and playful scrabble art
littledearcr – sweet and colourful prints, height charts and invitations

children’s clothing, accessories and toys

gee50 – sweet and colourful handmade toys
saygrace – custom onesies and canvases
kidezkotton – quality, practical baby accessories

 

clothing, jewellery and accessories

lilygriffin – stunning painted leather necklaces
pandora666 – beautiful spiral knot necklaces
knotntie – gorgeous crochet flower hair clips

gifts and goodies

cherielavida – handmade treasures reflecting a Latin American love affair
inspiredsoap – luxurious natural handmade soap

 
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Tuesday, 8 July, 2014

Featured Seller: Cornflake Purl

Bronnie of Cornflake Purl started up her knitted-goods business after relocating to the Manawatu from Wellington when her father was diagnosed with cancer. She confesses she’s a little bit obsessed with music and even more obsessed with coffee. She also claims to read too much (is that possible? -Ed.) and loves getting out and catching up with friends.

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What do you make?
I make hand knitted scarves, cowls, beanies and mittens using a mixture of either New Zealand or vintage wool, along with ombre wool from Estonia. I love mixing texture and colour to make unique winter accessories that will keep you warm on those chilly winter days. My most popular pieces are scarves made using a vintage Shetland lace pattern or an old Victorian lace pattern which looks like interlocking arrows when knitted up.

How did you get into your craft?
Knitting is something that I had always wanted to learn and I was fortunate to have a friend teach me how about four years ago. My mother and grandmother were avid knitters so I was able to pick their brains if I got stuck or messed up when I was in the early stages of learning. Anyone who knows a knitter will tell you it can be an addictive craft. When my father was diagnosed with cancer we spent weeks at the hospital and I would always take my knitting needles with me as there was a lot of waiting around time. Other knitters at the hospital would come and have a chat and share some tips as well. I was able to really hone my skills during this period and now I’m at the point where I’m passing it on and teaching friends how to knit.

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Do you have formal training or qualifications in your craft?
Nope. I have just picked up bits and pieces of knowledge from friends and family who knit, from books and from YouTube.

Your favourite materials, tools and processes?
I mainly work with wool as it has so many amazing characteristics – it is a natural and renewable fibre, gives warmth, is breathable, as well as being a treasure to wear. I use vintage knitting needles – there is something special (and eco-friendly) about using a tool that has created clothing for generations gone by and still able to be used again and again. My labels are printed on organic cotton and then hand sewn using vintage cottons inherited from my great-grandmother.

What inspires you?
The idea of making modern accessories by using a craft that has existed for generations and passed down from one generation to the next. Knitting has been used to clothe everyone from newborn babies to soldiers going off to war. There is something special about starting off with a ball of wool and making a garment from scratch simply by making one stitch at a time. It is a skill that was used by sailors and samurai, yet is associated with little old ladies. It is great that things are changing and that there has been a huge resurgence in handmade and handcrafted items.

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Is there a philosophy behind your work?
I aim to create pieces that will protect from the cold and let you get out there and do whatever you need to do with no excuses. Many of my scarves feature arrowhead designs, the arrow being a Native American symbol of protection. It is also a little reminder to point you in the right direction and follow your dreams no matter how horrible the weather (or life) might be on any given day.

Sustainable living is also a big part of my philosophy so I only use natural fibre and try to use local producers or vintage wool as much as possible. I am also excited to have just received a shipment of organic wool which I can’t wait to get started using!

What are you currently listening to?
My playlist currently contains a lot of Mazzy Star, Nick Cave, Patti Smith, Tori Amos, and the Mark Lanegan Band.

Recommend an album:
Let England Shake by PJ Harvey.

Your favourite childhood book?
A well-thumbed old copy of Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. It’s probably not the best book for children, but my overactive childhood imagination was swept away by this dark brooding tale that transported me to another time and place.

What are you reading now?
The Mitford Girls: The Biography of an Extraordinary Family by Mary S. Lovell.

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Who is your hero/heroine?
Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton, along with Wellington born World War II resistance fighter Nancy Wake, who was known as the “white mouse” and one of the Gestapo’s most wanted people. Both showed incredible courage and valour in the most trying of circumstances.

A favourite quote:
“We all have our own Everests to climb. And just like there’s no shame in being defeated by the real one, there’s no shame in being defeated by our own personal mountains. It is all about never giving up, and acting with courage and dignity in the big moments. The only real shame lies in refusing to try.”
- Bear Grylls

Do you have any pets?
Yes. I have quite possibly the two naughtiest cats in the world – a tabby called Possum and a fluffy Manx called Mischief.

What was the last handmade item you bought and what attracted you to it?
A pair of Candy Foxx men’s earrings from a designer in Lithuania. They are crafted from polymer clay and resin in gold and black and match perfectly with a pair of my glasses. Definitely not just for the boys though – I have kept this pair for myself!

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You can see all of Bronnie’s gorgeous range of warm woollen accessories here. Bronnie has also generously offered a this prize of a gorgeous “Steptoe” teal wool cowl to one lucky Felt blog reader. If you’d like to be in the prize draw, just leave a comment below telling us what inspires you about Bronnie’s story and her work. The draw will be made on Friday 18 July and is open to New Zealand residents only.

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Monday, 7 July, 2014

Ngaio’s Market 6035

Wellingtonians, be sure to make your way to Ngaio for a dose of crafty goodness at Market 6035 on Saturday 26 July. This colourful maker market features thirty fabulous stalls of local handmade goodness, including some familiar Felt faces.

You’ll find it all happening at the Ngaio Town Hall at 1 Ottawa Road, from 10am to 3pm. Don’t miss it!

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