Saturday, 25 April, 2015

Lest we forget

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

John McCrae, May 1915

mderuyter

Wednesday, 22 April, 2015

Fresh on Felt

foxhole

artisanface

pslill

 
I couldn’t help but notice the lovely shapes and textures in this week’s line up of fresh new sellers. All sorts of goodies with tactile appeal!

designer decor and original art

pslill – atmospheric lino-cut artworks
themacrameroom – unique and stylish macramé wall art
rubycat – beautiful and practical quilts and kitchen towels
foxhole – stylish dipped concrete planter pots

children’s clothing, accessories and toys

toerag – fun toys and games for active kids
littlebands – funky headbands for little ones
knittingann – gorgeous classic knitwear for babies and toddlers
bellabeau – sweet knit hats for babies
upsydaisy – repainted and rejuvenated op-shop dolls
lisadolls – hand knitted dolls with colour and personality

 

toerag

sonjatees

rubycat

clothing, jewellery and accessories

sonjatees – screenprinted tees inspired by New Zealand and the outdoors
harumedo – sweet bracelets, earrings and pendants
victorianrse – intricate jewellery with a steampunk theme

gifts and goodies

artisanface – handmade cosmetics: no parabens, lead, lake dyes or nasties
arkadianz – strong and colourful tuggy toys for dogs
hobdid – diverse and creative art and craft items
simply_sweet – detailed, papercrafted art and cards

 
knittingann

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Monday, 20 April, 2015

May’s craft forecast for Devonport

The next Devonport Craft and Fine Food Market isn’t far away, Aucklanders, so mark your calenders for this fix of fine food and crafty goodness.

There’s a crowd of great Felt sellers present at this North Shore institution – so if you can’t make it to the market, find them here on Felt any time, any day. Here’s a selection of what’s on offer…

colourhappy

The next The Devonport Craft and Fine Food Market is on Sunday 3 May, 10am – 2pm at the Devonport Community House, 32 Clarence Street.

zippitydoodah

Thursday, 16 April, 2015

Autumn leaves

Adorn your ears with the delicate shapes and colours of autumn…

whalebird

whiteleaf

Wednesday, 15 April, 2015

Fresh on Felt

pegcreative

jessieboston

mostsincere

 
I think we just missed autumn and went straight into winter! Never fear, our fresh new sellers have some warm and beautiful offerings to keep your toes toasty and your spirits up. Grab a mug of something hot and have a browse…

designer decor and original art

jessieboston – imaginative and whimsical artwork
pegcreative – friendly and attractive wall lettering for home or office
bethecrafter – small mixed media canvases, cards and prints
nevernot – colourful handwoven potholders and knitted dishcloths

children’s clothing, accessories and toys

nojo – cosy, comfortable children’s clothing and accessories
taylorcrafts – fun, practical and beautiful items for home and kids
sewandfond – cute cushions and stylish garlands
wee-dot – snuggly and warm baby booties and beanies
littlerednz – practical and stylish baby and toddler bibs
isabrook – bibs, bunting and fabulous felt food
onskates – sweet hairties, doorstops and childrens’ character drawings

 

wee-dot

revampnz

magpiesnest

clothing, jewellery and accessories

magpiesnest – lovely jewellery from from bits and bobs and finds
revampnz – stylish hessian tote bags and baskets
yoko – intricate macramé jewellery
mackiebk – accessories for him and her in gorgeous fabrics
fizzypops – handmade aprons in cheerful vintage and retro oilcloth fabric
sableink – gorgeous agate necklaces

gifts and goodies

mostsincere – beautiful hand painted writing paper
resilverednz – hand stamped silverware for gifts and special occasions

 
resilverednz

Monday, 13 April, 2015

Featured Seller: Hemi Homewares

James Anderson of Hemi Homewares makes beautiful upcycled wooden homewares with the philosophy of helping people with no home. With a strongly held belief in everyone’s right to food, shelter and warmth, James donates 5% of the purchase price of all his products to the Auckland City Mission.

His values also come with healthy dose of humour:

“Hello, My name is James and um… I’m a woodaholic.

It all started with my mum’s wooden spoon. Soon enough I was onto the hard stuff. Chopping boards, pizza trays, side tables. Friends and family would come visit me and see how I was doing, but it was too late. I had already built wooden walls around me.

It started getting worse.

I would wake up in the mornings with wood shavings all through my bed and I couldn’t remember how they got there.That’s when I said to myself I can’t kauri on like this. So I decided to get some help from Hemi at Hemi Homewares and I haven’t looked back since.”

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What do you make?
I currently am making unique shelving solutions from recycled woods ranging from custom installations to my own little designs. I use recycled timber, some from state housing demolition, and builders’ bins, and Hemi gives 5% of each product’s purchase price to the Auckland City Mission.

How did you get into your craft?
I started messing about with pallet wood for fun in my old 2m x 2m garden shed (that’s being generous on the dimensions too) and some creative spark, possibly from an electrocution, hit me and before I knew it I was working with kauri and featuring on some funky websites. ;)

Your favourite materials, tools and processes?
Theres something special about working with New Zealand’s fine woods, but what I really like is grabbing old, nail ridden, paint coated wood thats next destination is the tip, and revamping it to look new again and cheekily disguising it as a part of a shelf and trying to find it a new home.

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What inspires you?
My inspiration can be found in the people that have much less than me but are much stronger. I look to them when need be.

Is there a philosophy behind your work?
There is so much philosophy behind my work I barely get anything done! :)

I believe at the very core of society that every person has the inalienable right to food, shelter and warmth and until we all have that then we cannot move forward into a better society. I mean, it’s not like when humans first figured out how to make shelter that they were not going to share it with others. It’s annoying how the world is sometimes.

So I wanted to create a lifestyle, product, business, whatever it may be, that can encompass my values, give to those with less and possibly pay my bills as well.

Describe your workspace:
A creative haven of dust,
where good vibes is a must!

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Your favourite feedback from a customer:
I do a lot of weekend markets, which are always a fun day out, and have met some amazing people from all over the world and have struck up some really intriguing and thought provoking conversations. This of course isn’t feedback, but it’s very rewarding to have a complete stranger open up their brain and converse rather than think they are just a consumer at a market and I’m just a guy with a product.

What are you currently listening to?
Team Dynamite when I’m feeling funky, @Peace when I’m feeling chilled and a little Homebrew when I’m feeling flustered with how stupid humans are sometimes.

What are you reading now?
The Price of Inequality by Joseph E. Stiglitz. The book cost $30. I haven’t read much yet but I already know the price of the price of inequality. It’s $30.

Who is your hero/heroine?
The person who invented the orbital sander. You have saved me so much time and for that I am thankful.
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A favourite quote:
There are too many to choose from but here’s a typical Noam Chomsky quote that recently resonated with me.

“The general population doesn’t know what’s happening, and it doesn’t know that it doesn’t know.”

If you were a crafty superhero, what would your name and superpower be?
My name would be Woodman and my power would be to instantly make people to see the art or good in everything.

What would your advice be for those starting out in a crafty business?
I’m unsure if I am fit to give advice, especially since I’m currently accepting advice at the moment! I would only suggest making sure that there is room in the market for your product, so massive research, and if not… can you do it better than the others, and if so DO IT!!!

What was the last handmade item you bought and what attracted you to it?
I bought this really cool wall mounted shelf that could hold wine bottles, books, small plants… ;)

What’s in store for 2015?
Hopefully I can begin some woodworking classes at Auckland City Mission within the next couple weeks. I’m pretty excited about that and it should be a fun adventure!
Also I will be releasing more and more lines of shelving and other stuff in the near future. Can’t reveal too much though! :)

To see more of James’ homewares with heart, make sure you visit his Felt shop.

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Thursday, 9 April, 2015

Thinking warm

Anyone else notice a bit of a chill in the air this morning? I certainly found myself contemplating my drawer of woolly accessories.

If you’re feeling a bit underprepared in the winter warmers department, here’s a sweet selection of snuggly scarves to get those winter accessorising ideas going…

silvereye

kitchensink

Felt has a stunning range of hand knitted, woven, crocheted, felted and stitched scarves and shawls to help you survive the onset of chillier mornings – check them out now and be prepared!

cornflakepur

Wednesday, 8 April, 2015

Fresh on Felt

inkedxstitch

srd

littlewhimsy

 
Beautiful cross stitch, Scandinavian-inspired furniture, and sweet jewellery for youngsters headline our fresh sellers this week. We also have everything from knitwear to pest traps – quite the variety to choose from!

designer decor and original art

srd – premium plywood furniture inspired by mid century and Scandinavian styles
partylab – cool vintage, shabby chic, Scandi-style furnishings and decorations
raymondroad – stylish native bird wall art pieces
debbielove – inspirational wooden signs from reclaimed timber

children’s clothing, accessories and toys

littlewhimsy – sweet hand-crafted girls’ jewellery
patsys – gorgeous knitwear and knitted accessories for youngsters

 

partylab

patsys

clothing, jewellery and accessories

kara135 – beautiful handmade silver charm bracelets

gifts and goodies

heketarawood – an eco-range of bird houses, pest traps and natural products
inkedxstitch – stunning cross stitch kits adapted from contemporary New Zealand art

 
heketarawood

Tuesday, 7 April, 2015

Art of letterpress

intothewhite

letterpress
ˈlɛtəprɛs
noun
1. printing from a hard raised image under pressure, using viscous ink.
 

philpress

The art of the print is alive and well on Felt, as letterpress artists Into the White, Speedfox Studio, Black Fox Press and Christina Koot Design show with work that is amusing, eye-catching and quirky.

speedfox

Have a browse of our printmaking and prints pages for a huge variety of stunning prints, produced with a variety of printing techniques.

ckootdesign

Monday, 6 April, 2015

Time for a spot of Crafternoon Tea

It’s Crafternoon Tea time again Aucklanders – this Auckland craft institution is bringing the handmade goodness to Kingsland again this weekend. There are a fair few Felties amongst the more than 40 stalls at Crafternoon Tea so it’s guaranteed to be a great day of handmade excellence. Here’s a preview of some of what’s in store:

Head along to 400 New North Road, Kingsland this Saturday 18 April, from 10am till 2pm. And of course if you can’t make it there, you’ll find all this lovely crafty goodness here on Felt, anytime.

zippitydoodah