Being part of a community filled with creatives provides a sense of connection and creativity. Everyone comes to their craft from a different perspective and background. They use different methods and materials to make unique creations and share their stories.
Ayke & WhatNot's participation in the inaugural Meet the Maker event in 2020, not only provided me with an opportunity to establish the business in the Waitaki region but also introduced me to a community of creative artists and makers. It also allowed me to tell my story. That experience left a great impression on me, and Ayke & WhatNot is happy to take part once again in this year's Meet the Maker Creative Waitaki Studio Tour over Labour Weekend (23-24 October 2021).
Meeting people who stopped by the Ayke & WhatNot Studio was a great opportunity to engage with them and learn about what they found interesting when it came to our wood furniture and décor pieces. I believe that a big part of any space is its ability to tell your story, ground you and allow you to reconnect with what is important. Listening to how people would potentially use the pieces in their space was a great reminder of how each piece could transform a space through its functionality and its aesthetic appeal.
I certainly also enjoy being on the other side of the conversation whenever I get the chance, meeting with artists and makers and learning about their craft and influences when travelling around New Zealand.
I do hope you take the time to go out this Labour Weekend and support local artists and makers in the Waitaki region. For more information about the Meet the Maker Creative Waitaki Studio Tour, head to: https://oamaruoperahouse.co.nz/waitaki-arts-festival-meet-the-maker/
When visiting the Ayke & WhatNot Studio:
The studio will only be open to the public between 10am - 2pm on Saturday 23 October and Sunday 24 October 2021. If you want to visit outside of these times, please contact me to make an appointment.
You can find out where we are located in the Meet the Maker programme.
Only cash and Internet banking will be available on the day.
There are no public toilets available.
To ensure everyone's safety, Ayke & WhatNot will have all the necessary COVID-19 safety precautions in place.
Due to the small size of the Ayke & WhatNot Studio, only one person or bubble at a time will be allowed to move around inside the space.
Please wear a face mask when you are inside the space.
There will be a QR Code and Record Slips available to record your visit. This information is collected to assist in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic. The information will be given to public health officials for contact tracing if required. We will not use it for any other purpose and will destroy it after 60 days. It will be kept securely with Ayke & WhatNot.
Most importantly, please look out for one another and stay home if you are unwell.
Looking forward to meeting all of you!
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