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A New Year

Posted on January 4th, 2016

2015 was a whirlwind of a year.  We’ve been back in New Zealand for two years now, and we’ve gotten to a point where we’re feeling pretty settled here in Wellington, in our cosy little place amongst the bush and the birds.  We’ve developed our little routines and rituals, found favourite spots and lots of […]

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Wrap it Well

Posted on December 15th, 2015

Just a quick post to share a couple of my favourite homemade gift-wrapping ideas, in case you need a little inspiration for dressing up your Christmas presents this year. If you’d like to make some unique wrapping paper, how about trying these ideas: Painted giftwrap – grab some acrylic paints in Christmas colours and paint […]

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Brewing Adventures

Posted on November 19th, 2015

You might not know this about me, but I like to brew beer. Over the past few years, this interest has grown from a passing phase to a full-blown passion. Now we that find our house is becoming too small to support our habit… a whole wall of our bedroom is stacked with boxes of […]

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Market Finds

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Posted on November 15th, 2015

Just wanted to show you some of the awesome art that I bought from other artists at Craft Central! There were lots of talented people there, but I need to be a bit realistic about how much art I buy, so I had to restrict myself… here are my fab finds this year:

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‘Tui’ print by Joe McMenamin, an artist and high school art teacher whose work I’ve admired for a while now.  The hand-drawn line detail is incredible, and I love the pop of colour from the powdered ink he uses.  You can find more of his work here.

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Robin print and a pack of eight greeting cards featuring a range of bird illustrations by Melissa Boardman from Bird Plus Bird.  I love the way Melissa manages to capture a bit of each bird’s character in her drawings.  This little robin looks so inquisitive and alert, just like these birds in real life.  Check out Bird Plus Bird’s website here.

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This final print is a linocut called ‘The Readers’ by an artist called Penny C.  Penny is a self-taught printmaker like me.  Something about this print really speaks to me.  I can imagine it hanging in a child’s room, maybe my own child’s room one day.

I’m a big believer in supporting local artists by buying their quality, unique art when I can! If you are too, then you must check out felt, New Zealand’s online marketplace for hand-crafted goodness.  They’ve also just released their Christmas catalogue – have a look here!


Craft Central Wrap-Up

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Posted on October 26th, 2015

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There are lots of words I could use to describe the Craft Central market on 3rd October… exciting, encouraging and inspiring are just a few of my favourites.  I had such a great day.  It was awesome to finally show the works that I’ve been piecing together over the last few months, and to get to talk to people about how and why I make what I make.

This was my first real craft market since I came back to NZ, almost two years ago now.  It was also the first time I had shown any of my art prints (excluding cards) to a public audience, which was thrilling and a little scary at the same time.  I reckon it takes a bit of guts to put your (personal, soul-conveying) work out there for everyone to see.  It really helped that before the market had even opened, an established artist (whose work I really admire) came over to compliment me on my work and to buy a print! People were really interested in my work and I got a lot of encouraging feedback.  It was nice hearing people talking to each other about what they liked and didn’t like about various prints.  I managed to sell quite a few works, and it is exciting to imagine them now framed and hanging in homes around the country!

I met some other printmakers (easy to spot, as they know at first sight how much work has gone into a lino print, and what’s involved in the process), lots of bird nerds (which I mean as an absolute compliment), and plenty of lovely friendly people who were roaming about having a look at what was on offer.  It was also great to meet some of the other artisans who were running their own stalls.  The event was extremely well-organised and everything being sold was made by hand, which made it a really beautiful atmosphere to be selling in.  There are so many clever crafty people in Wellington!

I’m super stoked with how the day went, and am now full of ideas for fresh prints and new selling opportunities.  I’ve been given details of some upcoming markets and a great-looking shop in Auckland that could potentially sell my work.  There’s also an art club out in Naenae that I might start attending, which would be a nice way to meet some other artists.  All in all, I’m super inspired by the possibilities that can emerge from events like this and really keen to show my work again!

My experience at Craft Central reminded me that it’s worth taking a risk and putting yourself out there sometimes.  It also served as a reminder that the aim is not for everyone to like me/my work, but for it to reach even one or two others, or for me to forge some kind of connection to someone else.  I think I achieved this goal quite nicely this time.  Thank you for your support!