Outlet for crafty creations . . .
The recent Covid-19 lockdown gave rise to new pastimes for Gizzy people. Many took up arts and crafts for the first time, while for veteran crafty folk like Amy Moore, having to stay home was an ideal opportunity to indulge their passion without the usual interruptions. Amy is now organising a winter market to provide an outlet for these creative endeavours.
Gisborne's first indoor winter market could become a regular event if it proves successful, says organiser Amy Moore.
Planned for 11am to 4pm on Saturday, July 25 in a former plumbing warehouse at 73 Carnarvon Street, Amy says it will be a great way for people to support local art and crafts-makers who do not have a physical shop.
“Any way of helping locals by supporting small businesses and artisans is a must at the moment. We are hoping for a great atmosphere with live Gizzy musical talent jamming away in the background and refreshments including top-quality coffee,” says Amy.
“It should be a good vibe.”
Amy has noticed a growing popularity of arts and crafts in recent months.
“During the Covid-19 lockdown, a lot of people got a bit crafty. They dug out things they had popped away when life was busier — knitting, scrapbooking, sewing, cross-stitching, all pastimes that you can do at home. So, it's nice to provide a market for people who might want to sell the things they've made.”
Around 20 stall-holders will sell knitwear, weaving, jewellery, pillow-cases, plants, art, bags, mosaics and more.
Amy's WorkShop space next door will also be open selling her own “handmade goodies and some vintage treasures”.
She's been “crafty” since childhood and began making hand-poured soy candles about 15 years ago. Her creativity grew to encompass room sprays, natural balms, bath salts and woven wall art.
“I love making things with beautiful scents or foraged from nature,” she says.
She recommends craftwork as “therapeutic, a way to really escape . . . especially weaving or something you can really get lost in.”
If the event goes well next Saturday, Amy is considering establishing a regular indoor winter market.
“If there's a really great turn-out and the stall-holders want to come back, then yeah, we'll do it again. We are lucky enough to have a venue so it's just a matter of filling it up with something for everyone. Gisborne has some great markets in the warmer months so this is very much a winter thing.”