Tuesday, 28 January 2014

MEET THE TEAM for Sew Some love at SPLORE!

I am sew very excited to have some talented folk joining me to host our pop up at Splore this year. It is my privilege to introduce to you the creative cats that are hosting the sewing, crafting costume making tent SEW SOME LOVE at Splore 2014. Join us over here.
Erin Ellis is a typographer and illustrator with a specialty in hand drawn lettering. Originally from the Jersey Shore, she has lived in Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco. Here in Auckland she freelances and teaches lettering workshops, sharing her spirit and skill. She finds endless inspiration in natural forms, and can be found wandering the city admiring old signage, or in the wilderness (or your front yard) snipping flower specimens to draw. She's passionate about reimagining natural materials, encouraging love and respect for our environment. She's looking forward to creative collaboration and learning from other amazing minds at Splore.


Laura Forest is a professional photographer and artist known for her ethereal way of capturing moments in time. She also documents social, environmental and cultural projects that give back to the community. She is inspired by natural forms, materials and landscapes. Before turning full-time to photography, she forged pathways for community development in the arts sector by day. By night, she created individual jewellery pieces from found objects and recycled silver. She doesn't know how not to be passionate and dedicated to the things that matter the most. She is looking forward to the way Splore weaves creative people, artwork and diversity into a stunning landscape.


Emily Cater loves to draw. In the corner of my bedroom, Millicent Crow HQ, I turn my drawings into gocco prints, screenprints, cards, bunting, pouches, stamps and badges, which I sell through my business Millicent Crow.  I get a lot of my inspiration from the past and love finding photographs of people’s ancestors abandoned in op shops – I often use these photos as starting points for my drawings.  Finding new uses for old materials is important to me and you might find an old blanket being given a new life as a backing for one of my brooches, or one of my pouches lined with a vintage sheet.  I’m looking forward to being able to do some recycling magic at Splore and to help people embrace their creativity!

Sew, bring your costumes, bring some fabric, bring your straw hat to pimp out with some colour. Come join a workshop, come say hello, and remember you can RSVP first over here!

Sunday, 12 January 2014

A New Year A New You!

Talking to friends and family, we all have similar resolutions for the new year, similar in the sense that we all want to learn something new. A new skill. So for those of you or your friends who may want to learn how to sew this year ... Well you're in luck we have new year courses all around the place. Auckland Central, West & North Shore. Check out our Workshops & Classes page for more info.
Although our upcycling courses are not 'Sew From Scratch', they are suitable for expert sewers to beginner sewers who can work their way around a machine. Of course any questions welcome just get in touch! xx

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Fresh Flyers!

Feeling rather spesh, and a little profesh as I've finally got my mits on some freshly printed flyers for Sew Love! These couldn't have been more exciting as two talented friends totally helped me out to create them. The wonderful Laura Forest styled and took the pictures and superstar typographer Erin Ellis did the hardyards in layout. The cherry on top was the spontaneous freehand lettering that makes the whole thing pop! Erin you're such a gem. Producing something so pretty to hold in my hands and share with everyone is all the much more better when its been a collaboration between friends and these two I have only met this year but consider such crafty creative sisters of mine! Thanks you guys xx
The dress I am wearing is made from a mixture of sheets, its a shirt tunic pattern self drafted last year.
The shoes I got from Savemart in New Lynn.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Sew Some Love at SPLORE 2014

The countdown begins to one of the most colourful, community spirited, creative, cray cray events ever!
SPLORE 2014 
Feb 14-16th 
TAPAPAKANGA REGIONAL PARK
Are you ready to Show Some Love? & SEW Some Love NZ?
Sew super dooper excited to announce Sew Love will be a full time sewing and craft zone at Splore 2014. 
Costume making, hearts to go on everything, bunting for your tent or van, flower crowns, paddle fans! Everything you may need to party by the sea! Sewing machines, needles n thread the lot!
We're helping Splore to be a zero waste festival with 100% recycled materials.
Craft together, laugh together. 
Sew together, love together.
38 days to go...
Tickets & more about the festival HERE

Monday, 6 January 2014

Prana NYE Festival - Opoutere Beach (photo heavy)

Erin & I have just returned from 5 days of NYE festival fun at Prana Eco Retreat, a short pine forest walk from the incredible Opoutere beach. A woodlands setting full of healthy food, yoga, new connections, and open heartedness. We loved popping up a few crafting picnics and making with new friends. Erin was a superstar prepping glorious signage and helping craft up a storm. Not to mention smiling all the while carrying all our gear like donkeys! Thank you so very much Erin. Also a special thank you to our Prana family who always sought us out each day and got amongst all the sewing. Hand on heart space! xx

After our first morning pop up of Frida Flowers, and the following day an afternoon pop up of Love Bunting, we attempted an evening pop up with Postcards from Prana...under dim tent fluro lighting. It was a bit of a mystery bag when it came to pencils, crayons and stamping letters, and it was hard to take photos well, but in the morning we had a bunch of colourful suprises in hand ready to post out to the makers. They each had notes from your Prana self sent to your returned-to-reality self.
More photos over on our facebook page xx
Prana thank you so much for having us we cannot wait till next year to return and do it all again better & brighter. 
Thank you for welcoming us with open arms & for feeding us such glorious enriching food.

Tairua Wine & Food Festival

As a Coro girl I always loved going to Tairua Wine & Food Fest & this year I thought it would be great to pop up there. On Saturday, Tairua certainly turned on the sunshine as always and we had a festive day at market. So great to see some old local school friends and familiar Auckland faces down visiting the Coro. I tried to pack a colourful punch into my 3x3 space with sewing kits, stationary, clothes & accessories for sale. Alongside a sewing bar to thread up some bunting. A day fuelled by mango lassi's and sunshine smiles :-)
Thanks for hanging out and bringing chocolate Helen & Tom
Thanks to Erin for crafting up another beautiful Sew Love sign 
xxxx
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