Meet the Makers
Urban Crafters offers the best from crafters and makers from the South of New Zealand. Of course we'd love to see you buying directly from our shop, but we also want to encourage and support our makers too - so for this reason we have included links to our individual crafters. If you have any special requests or want to know about their process in depth, you can contact them directly.
Note: If their named link goes nowhere it means they don't have an online presence and can be contacted through the shop,
Stitch and Knit Crafts
I have always enjoyed knitting starting at a very early age, then later learning to sew.
Making items for family and friends started me on the path to eventually selling them at markets - Wheat Bags, Baby wear, Dolls Clothes, Peg Aprons, Finger Puppets.
It’s wonderful to know that some items have travelled many kilometres from where they were made, here in Dunedin.
The Wright Bear
A year ago I started making bears again after a break of 20 years. This time I'm making small bears - up to 20cm tall.
Each one is handmade from my own patterns using mohair or vintage materials. I have also used the streets in Dunedin to help me choose their names.
I love making these wee bears and finding their special look and character. I have used tiny buttons and beads to make these bears so they are not suitable for children.
Nana Glamour is all about handcrafted gifts with a vintage flavour. Notebooks made from 1950’s fashion images, needle cases utilising old playing cards, tissue box covers with pinups and beautiful little boxes repurposed from tatty books, wallpaper and charming ephemera.
Choose from a handmade Christmas decoration, a movie star bookmark or little gift tags and fridge magnets all with an element of vintage appeal.
Rona enjoys creating items with fibre, any fibre, but mostly natural fibre. Some items even include fleece from her own sheep.
Her creations include wet-felted scarves, tree trunk vases, pot plant holders, coffee cup covers, woven shawls, flowers, and others.
With her skill set including felting, weaving, sewing there is sure to be something to appeal...
Lil Bird Studio
Lil Bird Studio is a cottage business that sells art works, craft and up cycled products. We are a husband and wife team who are the creators of Lil Bird Studio.
We believe in the therapeutic power of all things creative and this is our space where we love to create beautiful things that bring joy and smiles to our customers and their homes.
Kakanui Bears & Creations
For 30 years I have enjoyed creating Bears. They are made with lots of love, using unusual furs to give a unique look and all have their own personality.
I also think I’m a frustrated fashion designer, as making dolls clothes is another passion. They are made with quality fabrics and all meticulously sewn.
Flowers For Life
Hi I am Kelly Muir the creator behind Flowers For Life.
I have always had a fascination of playing and creating things from paper, I have been creating beautiful paper blooms for nearly ten years, and putting pops of colour into peoples worlds one flower at a time.
I have a range of standard items I sell but am always creating or reinventing new blooms all the time. I create everything from single blooms to wedding bouquets, funeral wreaths to corporate counter arrangements.
Lovingly designed jewellery made right here in Dunedin. Inspired by current fashion trends, Designer and Maker, Leanne has followed her passion for unique and fun jewellery for more than 15 years selling at markets and shops around the region.
Using a combination of materials including resin, glass, wood, metal and semi precious stones. Each piece is made as a limited edition.
Attitude Design Studios
Attitude Design Studios is a small business based from our home in Tainui. Gavin, with the support of his wife Rachael, has been creating beautiful and affordable art work for over 30 years now.
Many of the items that we make are inspired by Kiwiana themes. They like to create art from a variety of different materials.
Attitude Design Studios are also available for commission work.
Southern Lights Candles
When the children started leaving the nest I was offered to buy Southern Lights NZ. As I was looking to be more social than what farm life had to offer I jumped at the chance and took over and grew the business.
At Southern lights I make 100% soy candles using high quality fragrances and beautiful
re-usable glass jars.
I have run Urban Crafters Pop-Up Shops for the past 4 years - giving over 40 Vendors the opportunity to sell their crafts in Dunedin.
With a background in Sewing & Costume Design, as “Cameo Crafts” now create Kiddies Tutu Skirts & Ribbon Wands. And also currently crafting Scrabble Art - Wood Blocks, Coasters & Magnets.
I’m Cathryn Lyall, I live in Dunedin and I’m a passionate crafter. I have been quietly creative all my life.
A couple of years ago a friend introduced me to Taieri Spinners and Weavers’ group where I have met wonderful creative people and was introduced to needle felting. Despite stabbing myself, lots! I quickly became addicted to sculpting all sorts
of strange and wonderful creatures from bundles of fluffy wool.
I now felt to order and teach needle felting.
I am a Japanese born kiwi - I have lived in New Zealand for over 20 years and have recently relocated, with my family, south to Dunedin. I've done markets up North since 2011 selling my handmade Japanese
fabric bags and purses.
My products are very unique and one off, and I use my own imported quality Japanese fabrics and clasps, and all products are original and
handmade. I have a range of fabrics, and styles from Japan and I am happy to make one off items at request.
My life to the present has been about going back to basics, using what is available and not wasting, - reusing, repurposing and recycling.
I have gone through the cycles of the ‘current craft trends’ learning new skills along the way, which has lead me to the latest venture, putting various skills together and repurposing our beautiful wool blankets.
I am enjoying being able to produce little people’s shoes and toys knowing that I am helping people remember things that Nana may have had and knowing I am doing my little bit to reduce waste.
Little Lamb Wool Co has been created from this time.
For over 25 years I have enjoyed creating mosaics.
I love letting old English china live on in my hearts, crosses and mirrors, and where possible I try to incorporate a piece of vintage jewellery. Lately I've been working with glass, mirror and paua, bringing in more Kiwiana designs.
I'm based in Dunedin and am very fortunate to have my own home studio, my "happy place".
Kate, Scott and the Mossy Bees crew care about saving the planet.
They make beeswax wraps from local, organic beeswax (including from their own hives). They believe sustainability should be affordable and fun.
I have been an avid Sewer and Knitter for many years, and was an original vendor at the Urban Crafters Pop-Up Shop.
I love creating beautiful unique Patchwork Cot Quilts, and also make a colourful range of Oven & Pot Mitts, Aprons, Cushions and other Crafts from good quality fabrics.
Offer a wide variety of artisan soaps and natural body products. From creatively designed soaps either unscented or scented with either essential oils and quality fragrance oils.
Soaps and shampoo Bars are sold naked with just a label-as our aim is to reduce waste.
We provide a variety of nourishing Body Butters, Rich Face Creams, Hand & Body Creams, Natural Deodorants, Sugar Scrubs, Beeswax Lotion Bars and Lip Balms, Bath Bombs plus healing Salves & Balms.
Plastic containers are either recyclable, or PLA Cornstarch.
All soaps are Animal Cruelty Free & Vegan Friendly and No Palm and Sustainable Products.
I have always loved to knit and sew and enjoy seeing little people wearing my creations.
I use quality fabrics to sew a colourful range of dresses, skirts, aprons and babies bibs and pants.
I also only use Pure Wool/Merino to knit hats, booties and singlets and classic but trendy outfits for babies and toddlers of all ages.
Whimsy offers me the chance to bring joy by providing colourful, whimsical, unique gifts which will brighten your mood. I make Little Golden Book notebooks, buntings and greeting cards. I dabble in sewing, papercraft and jewellery also.
I am so proud to help run a totally New Zealand made gift store and look forward to promoting my hard-working Maker friends.
Divided Heart Jewellery
Hi my name is Sandra McNab and I have been making jewellery for 3 years now, after attending a night education course at the Otago Polytechnic. I trade as Divided Heart Jewellery.
All my jewellery is handmade and I mainly use Sterling Silver and copper, all the earrings have sterling silver posts or wires. As the Jewellery is handmade, each item will be unique even if similar to look at. I love being creative, so I have many different styles , which hopefully cater for everyone's taste and needs. All my jewellery comes with gift packaging and care pamphlet.
Deans’ Pantry On Finlayson
We are based just on the outskirts of Waihola and have been making homestyle
preserves since 2014.
As many products as possible are made from locally grown
quality seasonal fruit and vegetables. Some fruit is grown on our property (currants,
raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, plums and apples) but most of the stone fruit we
use is PYO from an orchard in Roxburgh so that it is tree ripened and fresh.
We recycle our jars.
I am an Oamaru Stone Sculptor based in Dunedin. Carving is my outlet to be creative and I carve from the heart.
All my sculptures have been sealed so can they can be used outdoors or in.
Copper Curl is Raewyn and Tony Auckram.
Curves in copper or silver wire.
Found or recycled objects,
beads, crystal, stone, shell...
Something unusual and attractive.
Original Designs by Emma JV Hogg
I am a Dunedin artist using my time at home with my children to create hand-crafted products for the Urban Crafters shop.
My range includes woven cotton earrings, knitted or crocheted dishcloths, knitted babies clothing and a new range of crocheted Teddy Bears.
Hemp Skincare NZ
My wide range of soaps and natural skincare are a treat for the eye as well as the skin!
I have a full range of 100% natural and vegan Hemp Skincare which include a very effective Muscle Rub, Eczema Balm, Deodorant, Moisturisers, Shampoo Bars and more.
Always Forever Vintage
I am based in Dunedin and have been creating jewellery
for ten years.
My passion with scrap booking papers led to a beautiful range. I also love working with mixed metals and glass.