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Are men ‘man enough’ to knit?

by Sue Tyler April 12, 2013

There is a bit of a knitting renaissance taking over the world. It’s cool, it’s hip and as proof, the ultimate gentleman of hipster cool, Ryan Gosling, likes to unwind after a long day with some yarn & pair of needles – he’s described a day-long knitting session as “one of the most relaxing days […]

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Return to the valley of the dolls

by Robyn December 14, 2012

I was in Wellington, my first time back since I left in April, and I was furiously catching up on things. I got the bus out to the Hutt and visited the Dowse Art Museum. It was choice, but as I left the gallery, I spied something much more intriguing across the square. Over at […]

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Christmas Shopping – Part 2

by Sue Tyler December 8, 2012

Today it’s all about the markets, for there are many markets to be found in our fine city at any time. Sadly, Christmas seems to bring every Tom, Dick and market out of the woodwork. So I’m going to focus on some of the better curated markets where you walk in with high hopes of […]

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Christmas Shopping – Part 1

by Sue Tyler November 23, 2012

For many Christmas is about the newest shiniest toys and things that break within 10 minutes of the box being opened, a season of malls, bad music and chain stores. But those people are not us, oh no, for we know that Wellington is an abundance of boutique shops and delightful markets. So with the […]

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Give pottery for Xmas gifts, gain a mother’s love

by Joanna November 22, 2012

You know what’s a nice thing to do? Buying pottery to give to people as gifts. You know what else is a nice thing to do? Pimping your mother out. Awww yeah. It just so happens that my mother is a potter, and she’s having her annual pre-Christmas open house at her studio/gallery this weekend […]

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Zinefest 2012

by stephen clover November 13, 2012

Wellington Zinefest annual zine market and festival returns to Mighty Mighty this Saturday, November 17th. Now in its 6th year, Wellington Zinefest is New Zealand’s longest running festival of zines. ‘Zines’ or ‘fanzines’ are self-published magazines created to highlight music scenes, fandoms, activism, craft, creative writing or simply the zinemaker’s own oddball obsessions. Zinefest brings […]

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More pop than a firecracker

by Sue Tyler October 31, 2012

Saturday sees the return of Craft2.0 to Wellington, and the long wait for the November fair to come around is totally worth it. It’s also totally worth reading to the end of this post for a Craft-tastic  giveaway. Saturday’s fair runs from 10am till 4pm. Craft2.0 will be in its grandest and largest space ever, in the upstairs […]

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Three dates for your diary

by Joanna October 24, 2012

This is a somewhat random roundup of press releases that caught my eye. October 25 (that’s tomorrow) sees Powertool Records present Bulletholes 4: Exploring the Unknown – the New Zealand roadshow at Bar Medusa. I don’t actually know any of the bands featuring, nor can I testify to how the album sounds, but nine years ago […]

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Craft2.0 is back in the City

by Sue Tyler June 29, 2012

Tomorrow, Saturday 30th sees the return of Wellington’s favourite fair Craft2.0 in the sunny and light atrium of the Chaffers Dock Building, downtown Wellington City It’s a celebration of all things, craft, handmade and indie design, in one place for just one day.  A curated selection of  crafters, makers and designers will offer a world […]

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Get creative for Queen’s birthday weekend

by Sue Tyler May 31, 2012

Typically a Wellingtonian makes haste for the nearest airport or road come Queen’s birthday weekend, but the reverse is starting to happen for those of a creative bent as Handmade happens for the second year in a row. Handmade is home to all sorts of making related things – from cooking to crafting they are […]

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