South­ern crafters show their wares

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Ven­dors from far and wide con­verged on South­land this week­end to show their wares at the South­ern Crafters Mar­ket at ILT Sta­dium South­land.

Event or­gan­is­ers es­ti­mated about 20,000 peo­ple vis­ited the 180 stalls at the mar­ket on Satur­day and Sun­day.

South­ern Crafters Mar­ket sec­re­tary Jan Ni­chol­son said it was ‘‘wall-to-wall’’ peo­ple at the sta­dium on Satur­day.

‘‘There’s quite a good spread of peo­ple from Christchurch, Dunedin, Cen­tral Otago and ev­ery­thing in be­tween.

‘‘We’ve got quite a group of reg­u­lars, al­though we’ve got a lot away with school hol­i­days, with peo­ple away with their fam­i­lies.

‘‘So we’ve got a lot of new stalls, and they’re all to­tally dif­fer­ent than what we had be­fore.’’

One of the new stalls this year was Steve and Rachel Wil­liams’ Musco­gen Woods.

Based in Fair­lie, the cou­ple’s stall proved proved to be a hit with their wooden gar­den mush­room sculp­tures, selling about 60 dur­ing the week­end.

Steve Wil­liams said he had first come up with the idea 15 years ago, but had only started mak­ing them in earnest dur­ing the past eight months.

‘‘It’s all done by chain­saw. We use macro­carpa, larch, elm, ba­si­cally any wood but pine and eu­ca­lyp­tus.’’

Closer to home, an­other first­timer was Diane Hor­ton from Gore.

Hor­ton is the owner of From the Scrap Heap, mak­ing works of art from junk and ev­ery­day items.

‘‘I get most of it from my hus­band’s scrap heap.

‘‘He’s a me­chanic, so he has an abun­dance of bits and pieces to choose from.’’

Stall­holder Kaye Keane said the In­ver­cargill event was im­por­tant for ar­ti­sans look­ing for a place to sell dur­ing the win­ter months.

A reg­u­lar at the mar­ket, Dunedin-based Keane hand­crafts dolls for her Rich Lit­tle Rag Dolls busi­ness.

‘‘A place like this is great be­cause you’ve got an out­let in the win­ter, and you don’t have to worry about the weather.

‘‘As a craftsper­son, you need some­where to sell your goods.

‘‘We’ve had two good days. It’s full of good peo­ple here and the crowd are lovely.’’

KAVINDA HERATH/STUFF 634536374

Musco­gen Woods stall own­ers Steve and Rachel Wil­liams won sec­ond prize for best pre­sented stall at the mar­ket dur­ing the week­end.

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