CraftMe is a growing Kiwi arts and crafts online marketplace. It allows artisans to manage, in a very user-friendly way, simple (and free) listings of their items or have the added clout of a more comprehensive online gallery.
An own online gallery allows each store-owner to describe fully the nature of their creations and philosophy. This store can also be linked to already existing websites or blogs. Alongside the marketplace we want to develop forums, blogs, chat-rooms and a media collection relating to the activities, events and community of the practitioners of CraftMe. Set-up of a store/gallery is very easy. However, assistance is offered in the setting up of individual galleries with artists who are intimidated by technology and have been disadvantaged by not being visible online.
CraftMe as a collection of online galleries, unlike isolated websites, works to give the artisan maximum exposure and representation. It is an affordable, accessible platform which enables artisans to exhibit and sell their work, including fine art, craft, and home crafts, in a global capacity. Within this online ‘stable’ of practitioners, each creator can easily manage their own career and sales administration.
Currently, each month, a new practitioner is profiled on the home-page. This is expected to be a dedicated section which can be can be expanded to reveal an interview or article about the artist/craftsperson. We also have a section ‘Artist and Creative services’, whereby a creative person or groups can offer tutoring, workshops mentoring or liaise concerning commissioned work.
As part of our marketing, we pay particular attention to the Search Engine Optimisation which ensures a very high ranking on Google search results for the listings on the website. Our excellent search results are usually ahead of other established websites in New Zealand.
Coffee sacks are made of Jute fibres.
Jute is one of the most important natural fibres after cotton is procured from the bast or skin of the plant’s stem.
Jute’s main cultivation is in Bangladesh, India and China. It is a long, soft, shiny vegetable fibre with golden and silky shine and hence called The Golden Fibre, that can be spun into coarse, strong threads. Jute is used chiefly to make cloth for wrapping bales of raw cotton, and to make sacks and coarse cloth.
Jute has many advantages as a home textile, either replacing cotton or blending with it. It is a strong, durable, color and light-fast fibre. Its UV protection, sound and heat insulation, low thermal conduction and anti-static properties make it a wise choice in home décor. Also, fabrics made of jute fibres are carbon-dioxide neutral and naturally decomposable. For the 100% bio-degradable and recyclable qualities it is eco-friendly.
The coffee sacks that were once used to store and carry organic fair trade certified coffee beans. Produced in a limited quantity, each piece is unique, features rustic markings and prints, and shows the branding and markings of the bags used in the process. They still carry that wonderful coffee scent, and maybe holes of the hooks workers used to lift the sacks. You can identify which company produced the beans and where they came from.
This smart line of Upcycled Products by Belles Craft is handmade from burlap sacks, which have transported green coffee beans to New Zealand from across the globe. The rescued, upcycled & repurposed sacks are turned into unique cushions, BBQ aprons, table runners, baskets and other homewares. They are versatile, 100% natural, 100% biodegradable.
Due to high attention to the smallest details and one off designs, they are stylish and have a great look. I love the scruffy and a bit rough look of these creations. All creations are combined and lined with other quality fabrics such as designer cotton to achieve that wow factor. Green living, earth friendly. They make GREAT Gifts. Hand wash only.
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