Posts Tagged ‘wellington’

Wellington Mayoral candidate Celia Wade-Brown on dressing sustainably

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

We were stoked to get the chance to talk to Celia about dressing sustainably while still looking snappy as a Councillor. Especially in the lead-up to the Wellington Mayoral elections, it’s great to see how an environmental conscience doesn’t stop at the fashion gate (so to speak), and, at any time, it’s refreshing to see politicians do what they preach. Celia, you got my vote!

What is your motivation behind making sustainable fashion decisions?
Getting ready for the Mayoral campaign has been a learning curve I’ve relished. As well as explaining new policy and good achievements like safer cycling, light rail, computer access for refugees, cleaner city harbour, ultrafast broadband, Fairtrade Capital and community gardens, now I have to dress to show I can lead the city, without sacrificing my values – or over-spending. Fortunately, choosing clothes can be fun and sustainable!

How do you go about finding the right stuff?
After a few colour tips from Samantha Hannah, I met some very sympathetic Wellington fashion designers and added to my op shop collections. A quick explore when I’m passing the Salvation Army in Rintoul St, Taranaki St or Tawa is usually worthwhile, even for basics like jeans. In more up-market spots in Cuba Street like the Recycle Boutique or, for something really special, Ziggurat, I often find a beautiful bargain. Jewelry is either a few well-loved pieces from my mother, made by myself or sourced from Trade Aid for a splash of colour.

What did you score in your latest quest?
I wanted smart pieces in cream so I enjoyed choosing a linen jacket from Untouched World, a silk shirt from Starfish and an end-of-line bargain from Voon. I’m sure these choices will last me for many years. Janet Dunn has set up ReDunn Fashions to up-cycle pre-loved clothing and I bought this amusing jacket at her first soirée. Natural fabrics, recycled gear and new ethical items make a happy combination -lovely clothes and good businesses.

Salvation Army jacket / Andrea-Moore top

Janet Dunn jacket / 'Annual Preloved Fashion Sale'-jacket and Starfish blouse


Handmade 2010

Monday, August 10th, 2009



click this link to register your interest in an event celebrating all things handmade, at Te Papa, Easter 2010!

Smarten your Snapper competition…

Monday, August 10th, 2009

Craft2.o is running a rather awesome competition along with snapper

It’s free and easy to enter. The prizes are:
-a snapper loaded with $100
-a free table at Craft2.0 wellington (awesome!)
The details are on the Craft2.0 website:
and a bit of extra inspiration
You could make:
screen printed snapper cover
knitted, crochet, felted snapper covers
soft toys as snapper covers
plastic and old books snapper covers
non practical snapper covers the snapper has to work there are no rules on the size f your cover
just remember snapper cards are
- the size of a credit card
- allergic to metal
- not good inside anything too thick

Yay, why not!!

tape 'n' tapes

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

Don’t forget Handmade Nation screening on Monday!

In the meantime, why not make a lamp out of all your old tapes? I found it here



Outdoor Knit

Friday, July 31st, 2009

outdoor knit

Its the new graffitti- and It’ll make you smile…

You may have seen the “it’ll all be ok” installation near the Wellington bypass… (it even got a mention in the Dom Post)

Or perhaps you’ve noticed a tree limb lovingly wrapped in a knitted cosy somewhere?

If this sort of thing takes your fancy, Nikki White of the exellent Outdoor Knit Blog is calling for helpers on her next project… “A Fence full of Hearts”

Check out her blog, or the facebook event page to get involved, and spread the love!

(also, check out this for some amazing international knit graffiti pics…)

outdoor knittree


Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

I’m really excited about an event that we’re sponsoring next month. It’s called Fabric-a-brac, and basically it’s the fabric equivalent of a huge second-hand clothes market. All those of you who have an oversized stash of fabric that you’re really not going to get through in your lifetime (or, perhaps that you want to add to), Fabric-a-brac is for you! And it’s not just for material – there will be all sorts of sewing related goodies up for grabs as well. Oh, and we’re giving away copies of World Sweet World too. What would a fair be without a few freebies :)

12noon – 4pm,  Saturday 18 April
Brooklyn Community Centre, 18 Harrison St, Wellington

Stalls are really, really, really, REALLY cheap, so do get in touch with Josie if you’re interested in selling, or getting a group of friends together to do so:

Start sorting out your sewing room – this is going to be fun! Hooray!