{.a bit of thought & a lot of heart.}

by devourslowly

Auckland is far from creative Mecca that has long been a deserving title for Wellington.  That said, there are still pockets of crafty communities scattered around this smashing city.  Sometimes it takes a little bit of close attention to notice these creative juggernauts.  Here are some of my favs:

  1. Stephen Richardson of Parinto – The creative soul behind the now defunct Richard and Son – Stephen made the smooth transition from traditional storefront retail to an online following for tee-shirt fanatics.  The Parinto team selects unique and gorgeous graphic submissions to print on their yummy tees.  There is a pop up store between now and Christmas eve nestled just behind Agnes Curran on Franklin.  By the by, if you visit Parinto on the weekends you will get to sample Cinnamon Spoon cupcakes (no harm to do some shameless self-promotion).  Dapper tee shirts and yummy cupcakes – WIN WIN!
  2. Bayley Collins of Bird in a Bunny Suit – Auckland based illustrator Bayley Collins is absolutely amazing.  Her bird and animal illustrations are stocked by New Zealand as well as Australian stores.  Every piece of work is a little bit cheeky.  Definitely a must see for discerning collectors.
  3. Kraftbomb – Auckland’s answer to the growing trend of handmade craft markets.  This once-a-month-affair takes place @ Grey Lynn Community Centre on the last Sunday of each month.  Hosted by local artists City Down and Karla Hansen, the market is a mini treasure trove for unique presents made with LURRVE.
  4. Richard Kuoch of Podgy Panda – Illustrator Richard Kuoch has a knack for creating over-the-top-cuddly-cute-characters.  His work has a strong Asian pop-art influence which constantly reminds me that though Auckland is a small city, it really is a melting pot for a host of proud cultures around the world.