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Roll up, roll up for the Great Winter Warm Up!

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Craft-lovers of Napier and Hawkes Bay, prepare for the return of the Great Winter Warm-Up Craft Market this weekend. That’s right, the crafty people behind Napier’s Department of Curiosities and Fine Things have collaborated once again to bring you this curated collection of over thirty five stalls, each selling unique, local, handmade products.

Shoppers will be enticed in with a free hot chocolate to fortify them as they browse the stalls, and the first thirty shoppers through the doors on Friday will receive a goody bag with a variety of donated products and vouchers – so make sure you’re there quick smart!



Great Winter Warm-Up Craft Market is being held at the Army Drill Hall on Coote Road, Napier. It runs on Friday June 13, from 5pm – 9pm and Saturday June 14 from 10am – 3pm. For more information visit their Facebook page.


Warming up Winter in Hawkes Bay

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

The weekend of 14 and 15 June sees the return of the Made It Here crew with a Mid-Winter Warm-Up Craft Market at Asher Hall in Napier

Jo, Nicola and Andy are the minds behind the Made It Here pop-up shop in Napier before Christmas last year. Building on the success of that, they are collaborating again to bring you a curated collection of more than 30 stalls, each selling unique handmade products.

Felt shops are well represented at Made It Here, so if you can’t make it there, you’ll still be able to find all these gorgeous Hawkes Bay goodies on Felt:

 galleryThe Made It Here Mid-Winter Warm-Up Craft Market is being held at the Asher Hall, corner of Tennyson and Dalton Streets in Napier on Friday 14 June from 4pm till 7.30pm and Saturday 15 June from 10am till 3pm. Rumour has it there’ll be complimentary hot chocolate and cake, so don’t miss out!

Making it Here in Napier

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Look out Napier, because the Made It Here market is back! The first Made It Here market bubbled up for Christmas 2012 when a group of local makers noticed an opportunity to sell local handmade products in Napier.

In the short space of two weeks a venue was found, local makers contacted and the first of these pop-up markets opened its doors. And now, Made It Here is popping-up again on 23rd February in the Ocean Boulevard Mall, Napier.
galleryCome along and see this selection of fine crafting talent from the Hawke’s Bay. Stalls will be open from 9am until 1pm.

Rumour has it that plans for the next extravaganza are already fermenting away…

Pull the Wool, Tuesday 13 September, Hastings

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Pull the Wool, 6pm, Tuesday 13 September, Hastings
Jess and Jo, the founders of the Fruit Bowl Craft Jam, are holding the mother of all Stitch and Bitch sessions on Tuesday 13 September.

It’s at Opera Kitchen in Hastings, the venue of the hugely successful Craft Jam for Christchurch in March. The very cool doco Handmade Nation will screen at around 6.30 pm and there’ll be knitting, crocheting, felting, stitching and yarning till about 9.30pm.

The good peeps at Opera Kitchen will keep everyone fed and watered. You’ll need a little pocket money for some kai and there’ll be a few crafty goodies to add to the collection. There could even be a special guest appearance by the Haumoana Mens’ Knitting Circle. Bring your sticks, your hooks and any curly conundrums about the Way of the Wool and Jess and Jo will find a spinner or hooker to help you out.

One shiny $2 coin will get you through the door. Take your mum, your nan, your man, your besties, your craft posse, your natty-knitters, your peggy squares – the more the merrier.

Fruit Bowl Craft Jam, 4 & 5 December, Hastings

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Fruit Bowl Craft Jam, 4 & 5 December, Hastings

Hawke’s Bay is the place to be this weekend – the inaugural Fruit Bowl Craft Jam is kicking off at noon on Saturday at the Hawke’s Bay Opera House Plaza in the heart of Hastings. Open from 12 till 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday, the Fruit Bowl Craft Jam features the work of more than 40 fabulous makers from Napier, Hastings and beyond, including lovely Felt people Furchin, Kazzalblue, Just a Girl, Erin Carver, Jo Pearson, Wildflower Designs, Silverworks and Frank and Dean.

Head along and say hello (I’ll be there at the Felt stand) – it’s going to be a fantastic weekend of crafty shopping, so if you’re in the area, you’d be crazy to miss it!

When: 12–5pm, Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 December
Where: Hawke’s Bay Opera House Plaza, Hastings
Admission: Free

Featured Seller: Just a Girl

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Just A Girl is the collection of Hawke’s Bay artist Katherine Quinn, whose whimsical illustrations are exhibited regularly around New Zealand and find homes around the world. Working from her kitchen table in Taradale, Katherine uses acrylic paint, chalk pastel, coloured pencil, thread, silk tissue and other collaged materials to create her characters.

What do you make? I make small collaged paintings on paper.

How did you get into your craft?
I think I was born into it… being creative is like the vitamin supplement that my body craves… it makes me happy, it settles me, calms me and it makes me feel good about myself.

Do you have formal training or qualifications in your craft?
I went to EIT in Hawke’s Bay and got a diploma in visual arts and design in 1997.

Your favourite materials, tools and processes?
I love love love paper, I am also fond of graphite, ink and pastels. I really enjoy the process of layering.

Five words that describe your mind: busy, silly, organised, determined and critical.

What inspires you?
I am a firm believer that our stories are not for us alone that they are for us to give courage, support and wisdom to each other… I am inspired by this thought. (more…)

Featured Seller: Furchin

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Born and bred in Napier, Jessica Hills of Furchin studied sculpture at Elam before spending four years teaching English in Croatia where her daughter Anouk (now 5) was born. A fluent speaker of Croatian and very talented crafter, Jessica also plays the guitar and loves vegetarian cooking, crosswords and the sea – and she’s soon to become wife to an acupuncturist and stepmother to three boys – congratulations Jess!

What do you make?
I sell a range of hand-printed greetings cards, cushions, home accessories and mei-tai style baby carriers, all handmade and using recycled materials wherever possible. For friends, family and myself I make clothes, toys, paintings, bags, books, bunting…

How did you get into your craft?
I was born into a family of makers. Dad built half our house from scratch and is the definitive DIY dynamo, mum is an amazing multi-talented crafter and my older sister is a fabulous jeweller. Thanks to my parents’ self-sufficiency ethos I learnt many skills as a child (sewing, sawing, spinning, knitting, baking, bottling, gardening). More importantly, I gained the confidence to have a go at pretty much anything – most recently pouring concrete.

We grew up without a TV in the house, and would ask ‘what can I make?’ when the entertainment ran out. I’ve had at least one creative project on the go ever since. These days, as a stay-at-home mum, crafting has become not only a much-needed creative outlet but also a way for me to support my daughter and myself. After years of friends telling me ‘you could sell that!’ I discovered Felt and thought ‘hmm, perhaps I could!’ The rest, as they say, is history…

Do you have formal training or qualifications in your craft?
I have a BFA in sculpture, which informs everything I make in a roundabout way. I swapped large-scale installation works for small-scale crafts when I became a mother, but funnily enough a lot of the work I did at Elam addressed the art/craft divide and traditional notions of ‘women’s work’.

Your favourite materials, tools and processes?
I love carving into a fresh block of lino and then peeling off the first print; discovering gorgeous vintage fabrics and un-loved blankets in op-shops; the satisfaction of packaging up and sending off finished orders; my trusty old Bernina sewing machine; and seeing happy babies riding around town in my carriers.

What inspires you?
Cups of tea and living by the sea. My products are inspired by necessity and function, vintage textiles, timeless design, the beauty of natural forms and materials, and creative re-purposing.

What are you currently listening to?
In the workroom it’s usually Gillian Welch, Woolshed Sessions, Will Oldham, Juana Molina, the lovely ladies of jazz… Soothing sing-along stuff on my $6 stereo.

Recommend an album: Bonny ‘Prince’ Billy Sings Greatest Palace Music

Describe your workspace:
Alternately shambolic/ultra-organised, teeth-chatteringly cold/stickily hot (depending on the season) and emphatically too small! Often branching out to include dining table, lounge floor, coffee table, bed…

Five words that describe your mind: inquisitive, voracious, analytical, always open

Is there a philosophy behind your work?
Philosophy sounds a bit lofty, but I do believe in the inherent energy of objects – which is why I don’t like the idea of my child playing with toys made by other children in dirty factories from toxic plastics that will still be around in 100 years. Something bought directly from a local maker is better quality, a better shopping experience, and better for the earth. I like to think I’m part of a rising handmade movement that promotes responsible consumption and provides an alternative to mass production, rampant capitalism, child labour, disposable culture and pollution.

If you were a crayon, what colour would you be?
A red Stockmar block crayon (I went to a Waldorf school).

Your favourite childhood book?
I was a bookworm so this is hard, but Astrid Lindgren jumps out as a favourite author. Carl Larsson, Shirley Hughes and Jill Barklem (Brambly Hedge) for illustrations.

What are you reading now?
A.S. Byatt’s The Game, Hawke’s Bay for the Happy Wanderer (an engagement present from my parents), and back issues of World Sweet World. Next on the list are Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and J. S. Foer’s Eating Animals.

Do you have any pets?
A black cat, Frida, who’d happily spend all day perched on my shoulder. I’m trying to teach her to say ‘Avast, me hearties!’ in time for the next Talk Like A Pirate day.

The Furchin kids’ range of cushions is now stocked exclusively by newly opened Poppets in Napier – keep an eye on Jessica’s Felt shop as the rest of her cushions are added over the next few months. You’ll also find Jess at the Taikura Christmas Fair, Hohepa Country Fair and Haumoana Market Day.

Greenmeadows Craft Market, Saturday 27 June, Napier

Thursday, June 25th, 2009


Napier’s newest indoor craft market kicks off this weekend at Greenmeadows Hall in Tait Drive, from 9am till 12.30pm. Head along and say hi to Pagan of Spun Out Originals who will be selling her handspun and knitted winter woollies.