Craftspeople show their wares

Lowri McNabb
Lowri McNabb

The second annual Marlborough Craft Festival will be hosted by Marlborough Girls' College on Sunday. Maike van der Heide talks to three home-based crafters and creators who will be at the festival. -

As winter approaches and life shifts from outdoors to in, there is nothing as satisfying as making your own crafty creations to brighten up the home.

Not everyone is equally talented at these sorts of activities, but something as basic as cutting and gluing paper - childhood revisited - can create some stunning results.

A helpful place to start a paper-based project is, an online business owned by busy Blenheim mum Lowri McNabb.

She sells and shares materials and ideas on her website, providing inspiration and ideas and allowing others to have a go at whatever pace they choose.

This weekend, she will be at the Marlborough Craft Festival, where she will have some of her most popular papercraft items for sale. They include scrapbook and craft packs which are great for beginners and children.

"They contain a mix of general craft embellishments without having to go and purchase complete packs of anything."

There will also be ribbon and button packs, craft stickers, wooden tags, washi tape and "just a variety of what's on my website".

Lowri sources product from within New Zealand where possible, although she comes from further afield. Originally from South Wales, she also lived in Canada before moving to New Zealand.

She has worked in investment banking and trained as a chef, but finally settled on a more creative career, which saw her design for scrapbook companies, make her own stationery and invitations, and become in-house designer for Echo Park Paper. Her work has been featured in a range of craft and lifestyle publications and blogs.


The annual Marlborough Craft Festival will be held this Sunday, April 6, on Marlborough Girls' College's Nelson St field, from 9am to 2pm.

Besides craft stalls featuring local crafters and some from further afield, there will be food, coffee and entertainment. 

The Marlborough Express