Monday, 28 July, 2014

Steampunk at the library

Christchurch’s South Library in Beckenham has gone steampunk, with a great range of themed events, displays, a market – and of course books. Drop in and see a gorgeous array of craftsmaship from the Victorian Future – from corsets to rayguns, jewellery to rocketships!

The highlight will be their Steampunk Runway evening on Saturday 2 August from 7pm, a fashion extravaganza showcasing the imaginative entries in their steampunk competition. Lords and ladies, lads and ladettes will be dressed to kill in their own special ensembles, alongside an array of steampunked objects. There will also be a steampunk-themed market in the library’s lobby on the night.

South Library is located at 66 Colombo Street, on the corner of Hunter Terrace. Displays continue until Sunday 10 August.

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Corsets South Library

rocketship at South Library

Friday, 25 July, 2014

Bunnies!

Why say it with flowers when you could say it with bunnies? (Yes, we know, we have a bit of a bunny-bias here at Felt HQ.) Whether you’re celebrating a new arrival, comforting a scraped knee or saying I love you, you have to admit these bunnies rate pretty high on the awww-scale.

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gee50

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Our toys and toys for babies and kids pages are jam-packed with appealing and original creatures, sure to become lifetime friends with their recipients. Hop on over and have a browse.

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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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winterstudio

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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silvereye

creativeaertz

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.

misscrow millicent print

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.

misscrow stacked huia brooches

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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.

misscrow henry print

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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.

misscrow tea rex print

misscrow workspace

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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hazyprints

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

loveideas

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

 
veeviolet

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.

julkunen

feralnz

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!

ulala

Wednesday, 9 July, 2014

Stories in silhouette

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

tasha

littleteapot

little_kiwi

princesses

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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