Over the last few weeks, I have been developing a series of colourable items. Here are the first ones in this series - my colourable patches. They feature designs from my Dinosaur Activists, Kiwiautomata, and Poster Kitties ranges.
I have recently launched the consultancy branch of my business - Copper Catkin Consulting. I noticed that I just kept getting asked for ideas and tips on how I set up my stalls, so I decided to do something about it!
Sometimes, it's just too hard to get started on something you know you need to do - and I seem to be good at helping people with that, so here I am!
My very latest drawing, Mānuka, had its very first outing at Eat, Drink & Be Crafty 2017 yesterday. This drawing was inspired by my interest in Rongoā Māori (Traditional Māori healing), and will be the first in that series.
Or 'what I did in my holidays'
It’s hardly been the summeriest of summers in Wellington, NZ, but we have still managed to be very productive, here at Copper Catkin HQ.
Hung up on you
As a customer, I want to be able to pick things up and look at them without having to ask or open the packet - but I also want them to have cute packaging, that will protect them and make a nice gift. I want to be able to grab and go without waiting for packaging.
As the owner, I don't want to spend hours untangling loose earrings; I want the majority of my stock to be packaged and ready to hang. I want packaging that won't look foxed too quickly, and won't be damaged if there's a little drizzle.
One of these things is not like the other one
One of my personal quirks has always been which things should be matchy-matchy (cutlery and other homewares - I hate when my knife and fork are from different sets), and which things should be more eclectic. There are still rules, though; I need a unifying theme - for example, when I wear mismatched shoes, they both have to be sneakers, and the socks need to be from the same set (so that the thickness and fit isn't weirdly different).
If you’ve ever been to Wellington, NZ, you will know why the thought of outdoor markets gives so many stallholders anxiety. I have certainly done my share – trying to catch flying stock, hanging onto gazebos and umbrellas, worrying about rain, dealing with mud, watching the sky constantly… It can be calm and sunny when you leave the house, and by the time you pull over to start setting up, it’s like a totally different season. We have had gale force winds, snow, floods, electrical storms, weatherbomb lows…
From the tiniest seed...
It seems like just the other day, I was thinking about getting back into making things for craft markets - but that was waaaay back in April! And here we are, with Copper Catkin getting nicely established, back into the swing of things!
We're getting the hang of the whole craft market scene again - it's a bit like riding a bicycle, as they say. It's great market research, too, pun intended. I've missed that general sense of inspiration that you get by osmosis, simply from being surrounded by creative people and their wares all day.
We've had great feedback on the first batch of designs. I've been drawing and working away whenever I can to make some more designs out of those drawings, and I have several new collections on the way.
Are you interested in providing research inputs for Copper Catkin? Would you like to see your shape used to develop garments that will actually fit and flatter you?
If you answered 'yes', then please send me through a set of 3 'technical' photos (these are for the garment development) and 5-10 'dynamic' photos (these are to help visualise how the garments and the fabrics might perform 'in the wild').
Your original photos will never be displayed publicly, and you will only be credited if you want to be.