Julie and her husband Mark are Americans who fell in love with New Zealand so decided to move here! As well as selling arts and crafts 'Clever Kiwi' has a workshop room for teaching and Julie (who is a Fibre Artist) taught the first class on Felting. They are planning many more classes, so if there is something you would like to learn ask them and they will try and arrange. They also like to have Artists working in the shop. On Friday there was a lady spinning wool. I was enjoying watching so Julie told me that on Saturday they had many Artists coming into work. So I promised to come back and bring my husband with me.
Some of the Art & Crafts for sale: Garden Sculptures, Paintings, Wood turned Bowls, Glass Jewelry, Clay Figurines, Felted Wraps, Dolls, & Hats, etc
I liked the display of old sewing machines above the coloured fleece.
On Saturday the place was buzzing with Artists. There was a lady making flax flowers, an artist drawing portaits, a potter making a chicken and a wood turner turning an incredibly small piece to thread glass beads onto for earrings.
And yes for those wondering I did take my husband and he was impressed too. One of the items in the shop he thought was a good idea, was a CD of Northland photos, great for tourists especially. We had fun working out where the photos had been taken.
They are so new that their website is not up and running yet, but I will update this post when it is. In the mean time you can check out their listing on 'the big idea page' it has more information and contact details. OK here's that update their website is still under construction but check it out.(30 May 2010)
If you have not been and had a look, get yourself down there I'm sure you will like it.