Artisans find community venue
Amy Craven loves buying and making crafts so much she has created a community event around it.
The 28-year-old is a keen wearable arts creator and spent two years making costumes for blockbuster film The Hobbit.
But after a lull in the industry, the self-employed mother of one decided to mix her talents with community action.
The New Lynn resident has paired up with the Avondale Community Society to create a boutique weekend market in the heart of Avondale.
Beginning this weekend, Artisans in Avondale is a high quality market offering unique, unusual and mostly local hand-made goods.
The difference between this and other weekend markets will be in the quality of the products, Miss Craven says.
"They're all unique and a bit different. There's lots of crochet and baby-related things as well as prints from traditional artists, hand-made garments and leather products, gourmet cupcakes and artistic dolls. We're aiming more towards the artistic side," she says.
A market-goer herself, Miss Craven says Artisans in Avondale has more of a community focus and is not just about making money.
Avondale Community Society treasurer Wayne Coe says the market will bring more people to Avondale, which is good for neighbouring businesses.
It is also a good creative opportunity for West Auckland artists, he says.
"It's a good place for them to bring their wares forward to the community," Miss Craven says.
"The best thing is to give the struggling artists the opportunity and the local market, rather than having them pay lots of money at galleries and paying a commission. Here it's a direct sell."
The market utilises one of Avondale's oldest buildings.
The market will be held in St Ninian's Church Hall during winter and outdoors when the weather is better.
The beautiful building is 153 years old and many overlook it as a venue, Mr Coe says.
"I don't think a lot of people know it's here.
"It needs promotion."
Artisans in Avondale will be at St Ninian's Church Hall from 10am this weekend. Visit facebook.com/ArtisansinAvondale.
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