Friday, 30 January, 2015

A Patriotic Call to Yarn

The National Army Museum is seeking the assistance of crafty New Zealanders to produce a memorial of a handcrafted poppy for every person lost by our nation in the Great War – that’s over eighteen thousand poppies.

These very special tributes are being displayed at the National Army Museum in the form of a cascading waterfall of poppies in the Museum’s memorial area.

Currently the museum has received nearly ten thousand poppies, so they’re over half-way to their target of 18,166 poppies. The poppies can be handcrafted in any way (knitted, crocheted, sewn, soft crafted), but they must be a red Flanders style poppy. There are several patterns available to assist contributors.

You can find out more about the project and the history behind it by visiting the National Army Museum website or their Facebook page.

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Image: leather poppy by Petalcraft.

Wednesday, 28 January, 2015

Fresh on Felt

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hemihomewares

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We’ve got gorgeous craft with a cause this week, and a whole array of other beautiful handmade goodies sure to delight. Check it out!

designer decor and original art

birdsinboots – lovely homewares and art inspired by our gorgeous native animals
rockyracoon – unique design pieces and decor items from everyday things
saltytraders – upcycled, handmade, waste free wall art
123artgle – colourful paintings of undersea landscapes
honeybeehive – vibrantly colourful wax wall art
hemihomewares – quality recycled wood homewares, supporting Auckland City Mission

children’s clothing, accessories and toys

attireforsire – children’s clothing and accessories for special, formal occasions
dotdashnz – 100% cotton jersey wraps and beanies for newborn babies
wilrobin – sweet toys, garments and quilts for wee ones

 

clothing, jewellery and accessories

lauren_jane – gorgeous gloves made from a mixture of colours, yarn types and plys
matildagrace – upcycled vintage button and bead bracelets
promisedland – beautiful Kiwi-designed garments supporting the Anti-Trafficking Alliance

gifts and goodies

amabalms – luxurious balms packed with delicious ingredients

 
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Monday, 26 January, 2015

The artful garden

There’s nothing like a bit of eye-catching art to create a point of interest in your garden. We were delighted to find, on a recent perusal of our gardens and outdoors section, that we have some gorgeous garden art that also provides some home comforts for our winged friends as well – what could be better?

This elegant garden sculpture “Windsticks” by NZ Art is also a clever bird feeder – just skewer fruit or bread onto its long canes. We can see it foiling the dastardly plans of a few cats!

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We’re also loving this bookish birdhouse by Hibiscus and amazing vortex design mosaic bird bath by Estbau – art for you and amenities for the birds: solved!

Felt has a great range of garden art to suit every style of garden, and now’s the time to be getting out there and enjoying it! Why not make it a project this summer to make your garden more enjoyable for everyone who visits it?

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Wednesday, 21 January, 2015

Fresh on Felt

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Gorgeous things for kids feature this week in our line up of fresh new sellers – part of a lovely wee gathering of goodies for all ages.

designer decor and original art

bunnypixie – striking mixed media works on paper

children’s clothing, accessories and toys

little12 – bright and modern baby bibs and headbands
makeandb – engaging felt toy gardens for wee ones
anjalisdolls – lovely custom made rag dolls and taggy toys
blossomkids – beautiful and practical skirts and dresses for little ones
dutchgirl – delightful illustrated paper bunting for kids

 
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abstrcmosaic

clothing, jewellery and accessories

abstrcmosaic – unique fused glass jewellery and mosaics using upcycled products
suzesbeads – unique, bold beaded necklaces
gypsieaprons – gorgeous fully reversible aprons

gifts and goodies

tulabotanics – wild-crafted and organic herbal products to heal the body
madebyang – sweet handcrafted skincare and button jewellery
baby-beans – attractive customised wedding signage and decorations

 
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Monday, 19 January, 2015

Featured Seller: Bailey’s Alchemy

Emmaline Bailey, the talented hand behind the striking images of Bailey’s Alchemy, is a self-taught artist. Born and raised in Auckland, Emma enjoys drawing, painting and making jewellery (her second love after her art) and she also has a huge interest in interior design. Her dream goal is to have a shop in a few years. (She’d prefer now, but good things take time!)

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What do you make?
Art prints, cards and apparel with my original artwork and, at times, hand-made crystal jewellery.

How did you get into your craft?
A few years ago I was in a bit of a rut. Working full time in a dead end job that wasn’t inspiring me. I would get up, go to work then come home, have dinner and watch TV. I had lost touch with my creative side. I decided I needed a change and so I quit my job to paint full-time. It was a bit of a big step and for a while, it was fine and I was happy painting again, but I needed a regular income.

One night I was brainstorming with my partner and Bailey’s Alchemy was born (then Bailey and Bailey Designs) Which started off as handmade jewellery and paper-goods. Ever since then it’s all fallen into place with a lot of patience and dedication. And now I’ve incorporated more of my artwork into the brand with art prints and printed apparel.

Do you have formal training or qualifications in your craft?
No, but I have always drawn, ever since I could hold a pencil. It has always been a part of my life and I think it has a lot to do with the fact that my whole family (and some close relatives) are artistic or creative in some way.

Through high-school I was more focused on my art but I only became serious about it as a profession almost five years ago. Art school never seemed “right” for me.

What inspires you?
I get inspiration from almost anything, and aspects of my life. It’s more about a feeling I get from images that I come across on the internet or while flipping through a magazine. It’s usually a face that intrigues me and evokes an emotion. They say the eyes are the windows to someone’s soul, this is what I look for. Plus seeing other super talented people doing creative things motivates me as well.

Is there a philosophy behind your work?
Not really. I draw/paint what comes to mind but usually I try to create beautiful images with traditionally pretty elements such as kittens and flowers, but the twist is that I fuse them with more macabre things like skulls and anatomical body parts.

Describe your workspace:
Organised chaos filled with a bounty of art supplies.

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Five words that describe your mind:
Optimistic, dreamer, loony, passionate, eccentric

Your favourite feedback from a customer:
I love all of the feedback I get but its amazing to know how much I inspire others to pursue their art. That really makes my day!

What are you currently listening to?
Broods, Haim and Elliphant. I have a very eclectic taste in music.

A favourite quote:
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou.

Do you have any pets?
No. But would love to get adopt a dog one day.

What was the last handmade item you bought and what attracted you to it?
Candles from Trio Soy Candles. Oh my gosh, they are divine and smell so yummy! I have quite the collection!

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To see more of Emma’s beautiful and intriguing work, make sure you stop by her Felt shop Bailey’s Alchemy.

Emma has very kindly offered us this appealing and colourful floral digital art print (below), as a prize for one lucky Felt blog reader. To win this gorgeous prize just leave a comment telling us what you like about Emma’s story and her work. The draw will be made on Friday 30 January and is open to New Zealand residents only.

baileysalchemy XO

Sunday, 18 January, 2015

On the calendar: E Nga Uri Whakatupu

An extraordinary and beautiful collection of traditional Māori kākahu and weaving from five generations of one family is now a major exhibition at Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato.

E Nga Uri Whakatapu: Weaving Legacies of Dame Rangimarie Hetet and Diggeress Te Kanawa is a tribute to the life achievements of Dame Rangimarie Hetet (1892 – 1995) and her daughter Diggeress Te Kanawa (1920 -2009) (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Kinohaku), tohunga of mahi raranga whatu (traditional Maori weaving experts).

These remarkable women are acknowledged as New Zealand’s finest traditional Māori weavers. Their generosity of spirit and passion for the revival of Māori women’s arts gave new life to traditional Māori weaving in Aotearoa. The Hetet and Te Kanawa collection comprises more than 75 individual pieces and this is the first time the collection can be seen in one exhibition.

E Nga Uri Whakatupu also acknowledges other Māori weavers, such as Emily Schuster and the role of the Māori Women’s Welfare League and Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa (National Māori Weavers Collective).

The exhibition runs at Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato until 28 July 2015.

Image: Detail, Kahu Kaka, Kahu Kura, (cloak), Diggeress Rangituatahi Te Kanawa, Hetet/Te Kanawa Collection, Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato.

E Nga Uri Whakatupu

Friday, 16 January, 2015

Giraffes for fun and fundraising

Here at Felt HQ in Christchurch we’re in love with the colourful giraffes that have taken over our city. (Yes, you heard right and we haven’t overdosed on leftover Christmas pudding – Christchurch has been invaded by giraffes!)

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Christchurch Stands Tall is an art project and fundraiser which has seen a colourful herd of hand painted giraffes distributed all around the place. Artists have donated their time to paint or decorate fibreglass giraffes, and these are roaming the streets until 24 January. After this they will be sold in a fundraising auction to raise money for local charities and turn the city’s Summer of Fun into a helping hand for those who are in need. Schools also had the chance to pain their own herd of baby giraffes, which are distributed around indoor locations in Christchurch.

Locals young and old are enjoying following the trail map on a “giraffe hunt” to find all the gorgeous beasties, from abstract designs to a Batman-themed one in New Brighton and even the classic “Longest Drink in Town” giraffe in Tai Tapu.

So inspired were we by the ubiquitous ungulates that we decided we had to have our own giraffe hunt on Felt – turns out there are vast savannahs of them here! Here are a few of our favourite Felt giraffes…

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If you’re in town catch the Christchurch giraffes quick before they disappear – there’s only a week left to see them all! A trail map can be downloaded from the Christchurch Stands Tall website.

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Wednesday, 14 January, 2015

Fresh on Felt

hamstermax

kuroneko

scatterlings

 
There’s some great use of colour and detail in this week’s line up of fresh goodies. Grab a cuppa and browse in comfort!

designer decor and original art

scatterlings – attractive detail and landscape artworks on wood and canvas
laurawood – artwork inspired by the beauty of form and order found in nature
jessprints – original graphite drawings, digitally coloured
hamstermax – striking retro-modern furniture in ply and formica

children’s clothing, accessories and toys

akachanlove – sweet textile toys for babies

 
kellyharris

planetpearl

barefootgeko

clothing, jewellery and accessories

planetpearl – soft, snuggly and beautiful floral crochet scarves
barefootgeko – engaging silver jewellery with international inspiration
kuroneko – bright and modern everyday useful accessories
kellyharris – exquisitely detailed sterling silver jewellery

gifts and goodies

gemview – intriguing gemstone bowls made from adhered semiprecious stones

 
laurawood

Saturday, 10 January, 2015

Mapua Makers Market – back for 2015!

Out and about in the Nelson and Bays region this weekend? Well, we’ve got a good reason to head on over there – the Mapua Makers Market is holding its summer market day this Sunday 18 January, so mark it on your calendar!

This indoor craft market places an emphasis on the makers and their products. You’ll see a great range of unique, high quality, quirky and interesting handmade goodies, lovingly created by the person selling them.

Of course there’ll be some familiar Felt makers there to say hello to – just look at these lovely goodies:

The Summer Mapua Makers Market will be open from 10am to 3pm in the Mapua Hall on Aranui Road, Mapua.

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Wednesday, 7 January, 2015

Lazy summer afternoons

“Summer afternoon — summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
― Henry James

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