Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sneaky peek

Here's a quick sneaky peek of a few of the types of goodies that will be on sale at the market this Sunday. Hope to see you there (10am-3pm Devonport Community House)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Meet the Seller - Jess Whiting of Bam Bam Creative

Meet Jessica Whiting of Bam Bam Creative, A name very familiar in Auckland Craft circles. Learn a little about what makes this crafter tick! 

How long have you been involved in your craft?
my whole life! But in this avenue, about a year

What is your craft?
I make fabric covered wall art, magnets, brooches, cards and special one of a kind fabric works on canvas. My work is definitely vintage inspired and I guess you could say it's a little bit Kitsch — in all the right ways.

Each piece is hand drawn, hand cut then covered in meticulously selected fabrics from a HUGE stash that I have collected over the years from markets and 2nd hand stores — some of them are new however, it depends what catches my eye really.

My designs are based on animal silhouette's with Fawns, Rabbits, Mice and Squirrels. I also make New Zealand native bird shapes of Fantails, Tui's, Kereru and Nga Huia Birds. I try and come up with a new design every couple of months, so there is always something new to look at.

How did you get started creating?

It all came about out of necessity really (as the best ideas often are!) — I was re-decorating my daughters bedroom and wanted something a little different to put on the walls. I found that normal decals were quite destructive and expensive, so I came up with this idea after a bit of mucking around (and plenty of prototypes later...) I posted some of the 'before' and 'after' room make-over photo's on my facebook, had loads of positive comments from my friends — the spark that started the fire!

What inspires you?
the fabric! I love to buy fabric and am often inspired to create a silhouette by the pattern. For example, my first design was the 'Babe in the Wood' fawn, and that was inspired by the 'Birds and Butterflies' print, and has been the most popular so far and has received quite a bit of attention.                      
What is your favourite book?

The Danish Girl' by David Ebershoff — such a beautiful book, and really inspirational, I always want to paint again after I read it.                       
What is your favourite food?
Japanese! Kura on Queen St is my absolute favourite restaurant, I could eat there everyday for the rest of my life quite happily.                       
Favourite inspiration site, blog or online shop?
I have so many it was hard to narrow them down!

How did you come up with your shop / stall name?
ah ha! This is actually a question that I get asked a lot and it can be really hard to answer! The 'Bam Bam' part was a bit of a joke between myself and a friend of mine, so when it came to creating my own business name it was the natural first choice. I chose it because it can mean lots of different things to different people, it's also a name that is hard to forget and makes quite a cute personality — and it gets a bit of a laugh which is always good! I combined it with 'Creative' so that I can use the name for my Graphic Design work, along with my other creative works and not just limit myself to craft.

Apart from the Devonport Craft Market, Where can people buy you work?
Each month I endeavour to be at Kraftbomb (last Sunday of the month, Grey Lynn Community Centre)

Jess is also one of the brains behind Auckland Craft Collective (go Jess!)
See Jess and her Bam Bam Creative wares at the next Devonport Craft Market (1st November 10-3pm, Devonport Community House, Clarence St, Devonport)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

1st November Market gearing up to be a good one!

The next Devonport Craft Market is just over a week away. A list of our fabulous sellers will be uploaded to the blog over the weekend so you can check out who will be there.

Check out the lovely poster for the 1st November Market. Designed by Cat Taylor of Cat Taylor Designs - Thanks Cat.

and lastly but not leastley, we have a monthly advert going in NZ House and Garden Magazine-Directory section. The first one is in this month and we are very excited! Check it out for yourself below!


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Meet the Seller- Porcelain Rove

Say Hello to one of The Devonport Craft Market & Craft Social's regulars - Jaime Young of Porcelain Rove

How long have you been involved in your craft?
All of my life in some way I have always loved creating things and making gifts for friends and family.

What is your craft?
At the moment I work primarily in the medium of clay, slip-casting vessels curios and whatever else I can imagine. My cups are cast from disposable coffee cups that I have decorated. I shape them after they have left the mould changing the surface contour, colour and size so every piece is unique.

How did you get started creating?
When I was little we had a brilliant make and do book  that I spent many rainy days making things from the articles, I became quite addicted to creating with clay while completing a bachelor of design.

What inspires you?

So many things, nature, urban landscapes, new things, old things. I love tactility and connecting with an object through the experience of using it. I find clay very inspirational, the way it changes from a soft mouldable lump to a finely finished smooth functional and durable creation that many of us as an everyday part of our lives. 

What is your favourite book?
I also adore curious stories like Alice in Wonderland, a twisting of reality, the somewhat unusual. I want to share this through the items I create something surprising and unexpected, objects that are not readily available elsewhere.

What is your favourite food?
I’m a slightly obsessive baker… so muffins, scones and biscuits preferably with chocolate.           

Favourite inspiration site; blog or online shop

How did you come up with your stall / shop name?
Fate mixed with practicality, I chose the name as my email address about 8 years ago and after discovering a love of ceramics it stuck.

Apart from The Devonport Craft Market, Where can people buy your work?
Direct from me by email or Blog:

You can see Jaime and her beautiful work at the next Devonport Craft Market (1st November 2009, 10-3, Devonport Community House, 32 Clarence St, Devonport)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Craft Social - This Sunday Night

Come along - Be Crafty and Social!

Theme for the Craft Swap this month is Pink or Breast Cancer Awareness.

Sunday 11th October
Devonport Community House
$3 per person

Hope to see you all there!

Monday, October 5, 2009

It was raining, it was pouring....

The weather was not on our side on Sunday, it rained and rained and soaked our very brave outside stallholders. We still managed to have about 1000 visitors through the doors, which was lovely.

Those that braved the elements to come and see us were treated to a range of baked goodies from the Scouts, the sweet sounds of the Acapella group and over 50 stallholders keen to show off their crafty goodies.

We had a stack of fab new stallholders who received a positive response from the crowd, and the regulars who knitted, crocheted and snipped as they chatted to their customers! A talented bunch indeed.

Exciting things are on the way for November and December. Its Christmas Gift season our lovely stallholders will be presenting you with loads of goodies for those special people in your lives. The market truly has something for everyone so if you are looking for something original come and pay us a visit. We have markets 1st and 15th November in the Community House and will be holding a market on the Windsor Reserve as part of the Devonport Christmas Festival on Sunday 6th December.

Thanks again to the stallholders for making the day a lot of fun and to the customers for braving it through the weather and supporting the Crafting and Devonport community.

All the best
Sarah and Sarah

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The weekend has arrived!

bestival bunting, originally uploaded by czuczy.

Hi everyone,
Just a quick reminder that The Devonport Craft Market will be on this Sunday 10-3 (we've added an extra hour to take advantage of the lighter days).

We have over 50 stalls this month selling all manner of crafty goodies so come and start your Christmas shopping... you won't regret it!

Don't forget the market is cash only. If you do come along without your pennies, there are cashpoints a short walk away. Most stallholders will take cheques as well. Just no eftpos or visa sorry!

Hope to see you this Sunday.
Sarah B and Sarah M