Quirky pieces at Hutt craft fair

BY MIRANDA TINDILL
Last updated 10:35 19/04/2011
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Miranda Tindill
Material culture: Ange Holtslag among her treasure trove of fabrics in her Petone studio.

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The Dowse art museum will once again host Craft 2.0 this Easter weekend, showcasing locally made craft works, made with an eye to whimsy.

"You can look at everyone's stuff and there's fun in it," said event organiser Sue Tyler.

The fair, which can attract thousands of visitors, is now in its fifth year.

The range of offerings is extensive, from accessories and house wares to paper goods and art prints, gourmet sweets to children's clothing.

All the goods are for sale.

The fair will also feature craft workshops for children and a new annual jam-making competition, Jam Off.

A regular contributor to Craft 2.0 is Silver Circus, a children's clothing label produced by Petone resident Ange Holtslag.

Silver Circus began when Holtslag was only 13-years-old.

She began whipping up clothes for her niece and nephew on her mum's sewing machine and has not stopped since.

Now a mother herself, she finds plenty of inspiration from her six-year-old daughter Lucy.

She said the fabrics drive her creativity, with many being vintage textiles.

"If I get hold of fabric with a 1950s print on it, I like to give a nod to that and make a '50s-inspired frock."

She was constantly "on the hunt" for new material and sourced them from all sorts of places, op-shops, garage sales, and auction lots.

Like Holtslag, the other crafters at the fair were committed to creating locally made and sustainable products.

Tyler said their craft community was supportive of one another and they have regular informal gatherings where craft and cocktails mix.

With a quirky twist to traditional techniques and a strong web presence, craft was now very much imbued with a youthful spirit. Despite its increasing popularity, Tyler was not about to move the fair to a bigger venue in Wellington.

"It's great for the Hutt community, they really get behind it."

 

WHERE TO GO

- Craft 2.0 at The New Dowse, 45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt

- Saturday April 23, 10am till 3pm

- Free entry

- To gain early entry to the fair and receive a handmade gift you can visit the website and become a friend of Craft 2.0: craft2.org 

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