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Thursday May 5, 2016

Artisan afternoon at the Roxy By Amy Harrison MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

To celebrate and support local designers and artists, get along to the Roxy Cinema next Sunday. The Artisan Afternoon will be selling a range of products for adults, including jewellery and art. It is part of Craft Central, a regular market founded by Miramar seamstress Libby Dearnley. She was inspired to start the market to support local people, she said. “I just get people on board with true handmade, really good products.” One of Libby’s rules for her craftspeople is that they must run their own stalls. This allows customers to engage directly with those who made the pieces. “It gives people more of an appreciation for the product,” she said. Many of the stallholders are mothers and the craft markets have become a way of involving women in business again, after they have had children. “It’s a boost for their confidence.” Libby started sewing when her

young daughter started dancing and needed costumes for recitals. From there, Libby decided to try her hand at selling her products and that led to Craft Central.  Artisan Afternoon, from noon to 6pm, Sunday, May 15, Roxy Cinema, Miramar. Entry is free. For more details, go to Facebook and search for “An Artisan Afternoon”.

Artist in residence at the Roxy Cinema for the week leading up to the market, Joe McMenamin, standing in front of his work. PHOTO CREDIT: SUPPLIED

Let’s bake Members of the Strathmore Park community are invited to take part in Let’s Bake: A series of baking fun. The classes, run from the Strathmore Park Community Centre today and next Thursday, allowing locals a chance to learn to bake, help out and enjoy freshly made home-made baking. Classes take place from 10am to midday. Kids are welcome with a whanau member.



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