Meg Prebble from Dora Papers is one of our wonderful stallholders at Petone Winter Markets - but that's not all she does! She teaches, makes, and has exhibitions, and her work is instantly recognisable. Let's get to know her a bit more today.
An Introduction to Meg
I'm Meg Prebble, I'm an artist and crafter who loves working with paper. I make a wide range of things - from mini book earrings to metre-tall pohutukawa trees, marbled papers and pop up cards. The two unifying factors are my ongoing fascination with the possibilities of paper, and the native bush and birds of Aotearoa NZ.
How did Dora Papers come about?
The origins for Dora Papers came from the earrings I made for myself. I've always loved working with paper, enjoying both quilling and marbling as a child. A few years ago I made a range of these wonderfully lightweight paper earring for myself, and it just made sense to share them with others. Of course I needed a name, and chose to recognise the woman who always inspired and encouraged my art and craft - my grandmother, Dora Bagnall. I've branched out a lot since those early days, and have continued to develop and refine my paper art techniques.
I have an exhibition on! The Paper Art of Meg Prebble opens at Alfred Memelink's Artspace Gallery in Petone on September 9th, and runs until October 8th.
A range of my work will be on display, including paper plants big and small, life-sized bird paintings in watercolour and marbling, and marbled bird earrings the size of a thumbnail.
What are you working on now?
Right now, writing this in the week leading up to the exhibition, I'm finishing the last few bits of work for it, with some cabbage tree branches to go. I also have a number of hot air balloons and dirigibles in various stages of completion currently cluttering up my table - look out for them at the next Petone Winter Market, September 16th!
What were the exhibition details again?
The Paper Art of Meg Prebble opens on 9th September, and runs until October 8th. At the Alfred Memelink Artspace gallery on the Petone forshore, which is open Tues-Sun, 10-5. I hope you stop by for a look, and if you want to say hi to me come to the opening, September 9th 2-4pm.
Where can we find out more?
Find Dora Papers on Facebook:
Find Alfred Memelink on Facebook:
Find "The Paper Art of Meg Prebble" event on Facebook
Or come and see Meg at Petone Winter Market - September:
Nini Mulyani of Things Unseen
Nini Mulyani is the wonderful woman behind Things Unseen. One of the things that I find most charming about her products is how each and every one is different, and assembled from pieces sourced all over the globe to be given new life as fantastic jewellery. Another striking thing about Nini is that, while most stallholders have fully-loaded station wagons, Nini can pack her entire stall into a suitcase and catch the bus, or walk. She was kind enough to chat with me about her special skill of travelling light.