The little Fair that Could – Turns 5

by Sue Tyler on April 22, 2011

Saturday marks the 5th birthday of Craft2.0, it’s not only wellington’s biggest space for all things bespoke, handmade and indie design, it’s also New Zealands. Which is something pretty awesome and rather special, that’s happened because people keep visiting the fair and discovering all the new talent — and yes shopping.


Craft2.0 is held at the Dowse Art Museum, Laings Road, Lower Hutt — easiest way to get there is by Valley Flyer (num. 91). The doors open at 10am and close at 3pm. Friends of Craft2.0 get in half an hour early and also get a big huge bag of discount vouchers and crafty treats and tasty treats to see them through a day of shopping.

There are some BIG 5th Birthday Celebrations lined up:

  • The Amazing Travelling photobooth will be upstairs taking free photos till 1.30
  • A windy Wellington inspired free Craft Project Upstairs in the work room
  • Our hugest prize draw yet — all you need to do is donate to the red cross Christchurch appeal to enter
  • Spot prizes all day long for shoppers, which range from gift bags to badges and super yummy fudge from Café Reka.

Also upstairs you can donate item to the Fukudamachi Kindergarten Project, Japan Disaster Relief. We welcome any donation of handmade items that reflect the following considerations:

  • Children are aged 3-5
  • Clothing items are required more than toys
  • Clothing can include skirts, shorts, tops, dresses, polar fleece, hats
  • Japan is heading into spring, but it is still very cool in the mornings/evenings in that part of the country (in March it is still snowing!)
  • Please consider weight and bulk
  • All items must be new (customs regulation)

Then at 2pm it’s the event inside an event – the Great Welly Jam off where 24 jams go head to head in a challenge to see which is the most tasty. Possibly the most exciting  choice will be between our Tom’s damson cheese and wife Viv’s jam. They are going head to head, and all I can say is that I hope that jam will be the winner on the night.

So plan a day out at the Dowse, there’s a fully licensed cafe, loads of great exhibitions and a craft fair like no other.

John D April 23, 2011 at 10:40 pm

nc tht y r dntng t Jpn.

Hw bt ChCh?

ftr ll, t s th bggst nvrnmntl dsstr n rcnt NZ hstry (n pr wth Ktrn, ccrdng t lss djstr frnd f mn).

[This comment has been Disemvoweled for trolling. Sincerely, the Wellingtonista Magical Elves.]

Kowhai April 24, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Disasters are not a competition. I think you have a shitty attitude and nothing is stopping you organising something yourself or just donating. Sorry if that sounds harsh, but if you are not having a dig maybe you should think about how you are coming across.

sue April 24, 2011 at 9:09 pm

John if you read the entire post you’d see that at Craft2.0 you could donate to both Japan and Christchurch.

Catherine April 24, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Best Craft 2.0 *ever*, although have possibly overdosed on cupcakes (should I seek medical attention?) Well done Sue – it was superb 🙂

Joanna April 25, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Your dress was so fantastic! And your hair! Woah!

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