Meet the Makers

Urban Crafters offers the best from crafters and makers from the South of New Zealand.

When these talented people have products on our shelves, we will share their story and links here. 
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,

Whimsy

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.

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.

Attitude Design Studios

Attitude Design Studios is a small business based from our home in Tainui. Gavin, with the suppport 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.

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.

GeckoArt

GeckoArt is a family affair, we create Garden Art, Wall Art, Housewares and Natural, Educational toys for children.

 

All our work is individually and uniquely handcrafted.

 

The childrens range is Untreated Radiata pine with a Lavender and beeswax finish, and our Art range only uses recycled native timber.

Barbara Robinson

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.

Christine Bennett

Papercraft has been my 'thing' for over 20 years. Currently I make stamped greeting cards, and hold classes to show you how to make them too. 

 

This works in well with my

farming cattle, sheep and alpaca, and all my other hobbies - including spinning, weaving, knitting and crochet

Leashay's Jewellery

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.  

Kaori

Jackson

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Rona 

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Urban Crafters

I have run Urban Crafters Pop-Up Shops for the past 3 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.

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.

Sinclair Creations

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. 

Cas Designs

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".

Mossy Bees

Kate, Scott and the Mossy Bees crew care about saving the planet.

 

They make beeswax wraps from from local, organic beeswax (including from their own hives). They believe sustainability should be affordable and fun.

Eat with Kate

Eat with Kate is a preserve business that specialises in creating delicious chutneys, relishes, sauces and jams. 

My focus is on delivering great flavour in every jar. My passion is all things food! 

Eat with Kate makes a great gift, addition to your cheeseboard or condiment to add to your meals.

Kay's Bags

I make bags in wonderful coloured fabrics and repurposed denim with individual touches such as unique buttons and trims.

These bags are made with love and made to last. All my bags have linings and good sized pockets for keys and phone.

Ideal as a treat for yourself or as a gift for a friend

Maggie

Treweek

My years of travel and cultural experiences have had a huge influence on my creative style.

My painting and pottery express my love of colour and different cultures. It's where I find fulfillment.

I have exhibited and sold my unique artwork nationally and internationally, and now call Dunedin home.

Nellie's

Soaps

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. 

Pip Weber

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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.

Mava Creations

 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.

Bottle Clocks

Creating artwork from recycled materials has been Graeme's passion for 20 years.

He takes great satisfaction in turning somebody's special bottle, eg wedding, anniversary, 

into a functioning wall clock, barometer, or weather instrument.

Copper Curl

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.

Decorative, different.

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.

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.

Annie T

I make one size dresses in good quality fabrics including wool/mix, merino, vibrant velvets, colourful and unusual designs in cotton and jersey knits.

The Wickery

Hi I’m Kay of The Wickery.  I’m a Dunedin Mum who started out personalising foil candles for my children’s special events, then for family and friends.

 

This has now expanded into pouring beautiful jar candles using 100% soy wax which make a lovely gift or gorgeous scent for your home.

Eric Dyer

Bone Carver

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Aurora

Homewares

Having spent many years as a milliner and designer, I recently decided to broaden my creative horizons and now also make a variety of items for the home.

 

All the items in my kitchen and dining range are made from natural fabrics (cottons and linens) and are designed to replace any disposable bags, cloths and packaging, saving the environment and your money. 

250 George St, Dunedin 9016

(opposite Golden Centre Mall)

0274542414

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