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« on: April 17, 2006 12:05:36 AM »

Well, I've been living here for awhile now, but I still don't really know all the exciting crafty places to buy supplies or handmade goods. In fact, I know barely anywhere! I only really goto Spotlight, Kirks and Knitworld for supplies, and I don't really know anywhere for handmade stuff.

Please share your knowledge! Smiley Any good cafe/restaurants would be appreciated too!

« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2006 02:36:22 PM »

Hey there! Well it's been a while since I lived in Wgtn (I miss it!) but I used to work at Trades Hall in Vivian St (no smirking, please) so at that end of town I would recommend:

Goldings Handcrafts in Marion St (about halfway down, opposite the entrance through to Marion Square). They have all kinds of everything. http://www.goldingcraft.com
Olive Cafe in Cuba Street (the garden out the back is just gorgeous on a sunny day)
Fidels Cafe in Upper Cuba (same side as Olive, but a block or two up, close by the fish place).


« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2006 02:12:11 AM »

Its been awhile for me too, but when I lived there I mostly frequented:
Ed's juice bar
Krazy lounge (krazy chips. YUM!)
The family ( a crazy zine/ clothing store I don't now if its still around though)

Well actually I was an animal rights activist/vegan so i mostly only went to places that sold good vegan food and hung out in town for protests and shit. Crazy times.

Oh and that free art place accross from the library? I can't remember what its called, but thats AWESOME. I hope thats still going. The womens centre in welly is awesome too.

I don't think that was much help. sorry!

« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2006 03:49:47 AM »

Rhiannon - I love love love Krazy chips. mmmm, tasty. You might know Mark Eden? Used to work in the same building with him (Trades Hall) and some of his vegan/animal rights cohorts :-)

Was the free place you're thinking of Vincents? They're still going strong,


« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2006 04:01:49 PM »

I just heard about
New Zealand Exhibition of Jewellery Design 2006, 8 - 11 June 2006 here in Wellington
they have a section called The Marquee which is aimed at 'designers/craftspeople
who usually choose to sell their work through more informal venues, such as markets and community events.'

here's the twist applications closed on April 20th, had anyone heard about this event?
I'm still appliying, just in case becuase it could be quite good - cross fingers
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2006 11:04:07 PM »

hah yeah miriam, I know Mark. He's a strange strange creature. : ) we spent alot of time with him and wellington animal action while we were in wellington, we moved down partially to help out!

« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2006 02:38:52 AM »

ah i love welly.... but am now winding up the last two months of my 3 years here.... if you know where to look there are so many crafty nooks and crannies all over town.

some things off the top of my head:

global fabrics on that street off cuba street (opposite Floriditas restaurant) has great fabrics

fabric warehouse (i think is the name) on kaiwharawhara road near all the interior design and upholstery shops

bead village (i think is the name) on jackson street petone has a good selection of beads and cheaper than the ones in town

great op-shopping in petone and other suburbs like kilbirnie (the mary potter hospice shop etc)
some suburbs have craft days too i think the last saturday of the week or something. as about the ones in
kilirnie and brooklyn

i go to life drawing on thursdays at the turnbull house. its cheap ($4 for students) and you get to draw a model and listen to classical music (on tape) a great relaxing way to end thursday i think

hunting down the poems and excerpts about wellington set in stone all along the harbour front

and cafes! i love fidel's at the end of cuba, the parade cafe on oriental parade, pranah in newton. cheap eats i love are like jewel of nepal in newtown and dinners at the hare krishna's (good cheap vegetarian karma free food). the choices... oh the choices!!

wellington has a way of growing on you and revealing itself if you give it some time. and before you know it you'll have discovered your own favourite corners..... ah i will miss you welly....
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« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2007 01:41:56 PM »

im moving to wellys b4 the end of january (currentlyt living in the naki!) to finish my art dip at the learning connection in island bay. Hav u heard much about the course? I know one person in wellys! so if anyones keen to adopt me i promise i wont bite!

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« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2007 11:22:36 PM »

I recommend two places for finding groovy people.  First stop, Oblong on the little mall off Cuba Mall (does it have its own name? not sure).  Oblong is the local cooperative run internet cafe and the Freedom Shop anarchist book shop runs out of there.  There's good community notices in there (look for the Magnetic Fridge Diary flyer) and it has a good couch for crafting on.

Most importantly is the Revolutionary Clandestine Sewing Circle which meets at 128 Abel Smith Street (Community House) on Sundays at 3.  Heaps of cool stuff happens at 128!

And hang at either of those two places and you might get to meet Mark E!

Oh I miss Wellington..

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« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2007 06:00:34 PM »

thanks for the plug rayna (and mazal tov on the new baby!)

sewing circle has been on hiatus for a while but is now resurrected seeing as i'm homeless and got nothing better to do. so, clandestine revolutionary sewing circle, sundays 1pm at the activist community centre 128 abel smith st. ooh, and our myspace is www.myspace.com/sewingcircle. and you might see my badly photocopied posters around town as well.

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