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Crafty way to make new friends is attracting crowds in Miramar

Aug 26th, 2016 | By | Category: Editor's Picks, Front Page Layout, Latest News, News


Mags Chalecka-Harris (left) making Christmas crafts at The Makery.


A creative craft and DIY community in Miramar is has become a regular sell-out success with people from all over Wellington.

Geometric shelves, wall hangings, terrariums, and cushions have featured in The Makery evenings.

Hannah Medland and Vanessa Singh, the women behind it, say it’s about creating a space for anyone to meet others in the community and build friendships.

“A common interest like craft is a great way to bring people together,” Hannah says.

But many people don’t have the motivation to give things a go on their own, Vanessa says.

“So having a group of people that comes together, learns new skills and has lots of fun ‘making’ was a cool chance to meet that need,” she said.

The Makery was launched in May 2015, using a room at the Salvation Army Miramar, and have about 35 places each time.

Workshops always have a catchy name that gives a hint as to what projects are on offer for the night.

Big Clay Out, To Dye For and It Grows On You are all past workshops that have been at capacity on the night.

The women use social media to promote the events and have developed a modern, professional looking brand, Vanessa says.

“We are really blown away every workshop with the interest. Our social media posts reach an incredibly wide range of people and every event is full in the first few days of advertising,” she says.

The next event is Serves Up, creating serveware, on September 12, at 7:30pm.

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