Craftwork given a modern twist

By Kiri Gillespie

Craftwork is making a comeback in Tauranga and one local woman is keen to reinvent the pastime into a modern, get-together.

Amy Campbell said making crafts had made a comeback, especially in cities such as London, New York and Melbourne where modern craft classes were popping up.

"I've talked to lots and lots of friends locally and there is a real desire out there to make and create and get away from our screens and use our hands to craft awesome, creative things," Ms Campbell said.

Craftahontas classes are designed to offer lessons in craftmaking. Classes will also be on offer for children during the school holidays.

Ms Campbell said there was nothing else like Craftahontas available in Tauranga. "Night classes have typically been focused on learning one specific craft, and you have to commit to evening classes every week over a term. With Craftahontas, you choose which craft project you most want to make and take home, and then choose where you want to take the class - daytime or evening, Tauranga or the Mount. Plus, the class includes fresh-baked goodies and a range of hot teas.

"We are also offering special Mums and Bubs classes..."

Lynn Sinclair from Clay Art Studio at Tauranga's Historic Village said she had noticed more people showing an interest in crafts again.

Feeling crafty?

Clay Art Studio classes are held at the Historic Village 17th Ave. More information can be found at 07 571 3726 or

Craftahontas classes begin in early August and will be held during the day (9.30am - 11am) and in the evening (6.30pm - 8pm) and in two locations - the Matua Hall in Tauranga (101 Levers Rd) and the Omanu Hall in Mount Maunganui (195a Valley Rd). More information can be found at

- Bay of Plenty Times

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