It is a stellar representation from the art world’s finest taking part in the Open Weekend and Art Show on November 7 and 8 at Windsor Gallery, 386 St Asaph Street.
With over 130 pieces in the show and over 30 artists represented, from Aotearoa to Dubai, this promises to be one of the most exciting events for lovers of art.
Photographer Andris Apse; sculptors Anneke Bester and Matt Williams; and artists Joel Hart, Bruce Stilwell, Belinda Nadwie, David Woodings, Svetlana Orinko, Philip Beadle and Ivan Button (paying homage to Jackson Pollack), gives an indication of the high calibre of artists being showcased.
Whatever your taste – urban or abstract, photographic or sculptural – this art show speaks to all ages and all periods of life.
For those captivated by an exhibit, be assured every artwork is for sale.
Open 10am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday November 7 and 8. See online and Facebook below, or
@windsorgallerynz on Instagram.
Unless you are someone who walks around the house with their eyes closed, you are going to notice what is on the four walls of your humble abode. Whether you are a DIY diva or a pay and walk away type, Metropol has put together some tips for wowing your walls.
BOHO BEAUTY: A macramé wall hanging (like the one pictured) is something that from afar with its neutral colours appears simplistic but a closer inspection showcases the intricacies of the bohemian style goodness. Not to mention, they can easily be tailored to anyone’s design style.
PICASSO PRODIGY: Unless you are living in the Louvre your art doesn’t need to be by a famous artist. Our September 3 issue ran an article about getting creative with Resene paints. In short, paint your masterpiece yourself or enlist the help of the little ones to create some abstract artwork.
Baskets are an easy luxe, warm and timeless décor addition to any room. Use your chosen woven as a fruit bowl or coffee table decoration or sit them on the floor to store plants, dried flowers or blankets.
Or, take inspiration from Instagram blogger Lisa Leonard and start your own basket wall.
Thrift for woven baskets to paint yourself or show your support for fair trade by purchasing similar pre-painted woven baskets from places such as Trade Aid.
Your basket wall is also something you can add to over time.
It may be winter, but it only takes a few warm nor’westers and a couple of 20°C days for us to start planning for sunny days and al fresco entertainment. So, it’s no surprise September is one of the busiest months for The Crowded House Furniture Company, purveyors of stylish and competitively priced outdoor furniture.
Since launching in 2011, the company has sourced and imported its own brand of New Zealand-designed furniture to Kiwi specifications (generous proportions, tough enough to handle sunshine and snow).
Dealing directly with manufacturers keep prices competitive, as does its no-showroom, viewing by appointment model.
Ranges of mix-and-match dining settings, lounge suites, and large bar and stool combos are constructed of UV resistant polyethylene rattan over solid powder coated aluminium frames, in classic black and brown, complete with cushions.
Call Jodi on 0275332298 to arrange a viewing, or shop online.
If you’re looking for a reason to venture over to Sumner, we have just the place for you. The Ivy continues to be a local favourite after six years in business, and just by one visit it’s easy to see why – being greeted by Karen and her faithful golden retriever makes for a pleasant experience.
She really wishes to thank everyone for the ongoing local support and is proud to say, “The Ivy has been bustling and busier than usual for this time of the year.
“Borders being closed hasn’t slowed availability of our carefully curated range of both imported and locally sourced items.”
The range includes everything from kitchen to garden, books, homewares, clothing and accessories, baby and children’s, and of course, home fragrance.
The shop itself smells divine with a combination of a beautiful range of locally produced and imported candles, diffusers and more – including the ever popular Lyttleton Lights candles.
Open Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm and weekends 11am to 4pm. Follow @theivysumner on Instagram and The Ivy on Facebook.
‘Support local’ are the current buzzwords right now and we are betting that they’ll stick around for a while. We caught up with Liz Bloomfield from Coco Gifts who is arguably the queen of supporting local.
She employs locally, with both of her teammates (Andrea and Blossom) living in St Albans.
She also donates to local schools and organisations and buys stock from local people and wholesalers.
But whilst it’s commendable everything that Coco Gifts are doing, it is also important to remember to share your support with them.
Go in, have a browse, shop around and say hello – the friendly team will welcome you in with open arms (and a safe distance).
Liz also adds, “Thank you so much for all the support over the lockdown period”.
“I appreciate all the messages of encouragement, the online orders, and community love we have received over this difficult time.”
Paramount to Rachel Ferguson, proprietor of clothing, gift and living store Dalethorpe House, is the desire to enrich the lives of her clientele with merchandise that is focused on quality, integrity and craftmanship.
Visitors to Darfield will find Dalethorpe House on level one of the former General Store building, built in 1914.
Its distinctive white weatherboard exterior and original kauri tongue and groove interior are richly evocative of a past era when quality garments and wares were a given.
What a pleasure to browse this beautiful space where every garment, every item of gift or homeware, has been discerningly curated to provide an exquisite selection of contemporary yet enduring pieces.
The Ferguson family’s long association with ‘Dalethorpe’, one of Canterbury’s oldest sheep stations, encapsulates the ethos behind Dalethorpe House – an understanding of a life well-lived and pride in product.
Find Dalethorpe House at 51 South Terrace, Darfield, phone 03 317 9250.
From her boutique store The Flock in The Tannery, Melody Leveridge is helping change the way we shop for the better.
Melody sources natural, organic and environmentally sourced materials, while supporting New Zealand industry and craft-makers – and shoppers are discovering they can find beautiful, unique products, and contribute towards creating a better future.
“Our dedication to supporting designers, crafters, makers and industries in New Zealand is coupled with an appreciation for design from around the world,” Melody says. “We therefore enjoy sourcing goods that are produced responsibly and ethically overseas.”
Brands on offer include From (knitwear), Kowtow, Elk, The Busy Finch, Popkraft, Ingrid Starnes, Triumph and Disaster, Anoint, Pieces of Eight and many more.
Since taking over the shop, Melody has reduced imported suppliers by 70-80 percent and enjoys inspiring and educating her clients. “It’s a no-brainer,” she says of the shop’s concept. “It makes sense to have the purchasing dollar in New Zealand, rather than overseas.”