Mum-preneur leading crafty revival
Some people think folk art and crafts are dying.
Not so, in Taranaki, thanks to retro creative Katey Pittwood.
The young mum-of-two is leading a cross-stitch revival along with other favourite pastimes her grandmother taught her - but with an offbeat contemporary flavour.
After teaching visual arts in schools for a decade Pittwood took a giant leap of faith - in herself, and cut the paid-job cord to run her own business from the front portion of her home.
It was a move motivated by her desire to focus on taking her crafty passion to the masses and to balance spending more time with her little girls.
‘‘You’ve got to take a risk because life’s too short and if you don’t take a risk, I don’t want to go to my grave regretting anything,’’ Pittwood said.
Pittwood stages the resurgence from her studio and art gallery, Fox and Plum Creative Hub - a defunct funeral home in Strandon.
The mum-preneur and her partner spent more than a year renovating the gutted building and transforming it into an intimate environment where arty folk can converge, chat, have a nibble-or two, and unleash their creative inhibitions.
Recently its doors opened to the public and a variety of workshops are on offer including swear word cross-stitch, felt brooch, felt, animal collage, watercolour painting, and etching to name a few. For those arts and crafts that are not part of her forte she gets other people in to run specialised sessions.
‘‘It’s kinda like a collaborative space where people can come to a class, have yummy baking, cups of tea, sit around a table, get to meet other people and learn something new, and take home something cool at the end of it,’’ Pittwood said
While it may seem a contradiction in terms, the creative space has a chilled vibe, but is also a visual overload of quirky oddities and tasteful tat the self-professed ‘hoarder’ has collected over the years. ’’This is like my junk I put in the room. This is me, maybe,’’ she said.
Pittman’s funky decor includes taxidermy animals, movie theatre seating, a retro fridge, antique porcelain, colonial furniture, old school wicker baskets and more.
While Fox and Plum Creative Hub was still in the infancy stage, so far the response was overwhelming, Pittwood said. To find out more visit www.foxandplum
Katey Pittwood surrounded by her quirky collectibles.