BOUTIQUE AND WORKSHOP
The MADCAT boutique and workshop is located in the Old Anchor Inn, a beautifully restored villa within Founders Heritage Park, open air museum in Nelson. It is easy to find on Atawhai Drive, distinguishable by the old windmill that still has its functioning blades. It is on a bus route or it is a short walk from the city centre. There is a large free car park. Founders Park is well worth a visit. It has a café, a small train that runs on Sundays and various obsolete vehicles for children to play on including a full size aeroplane, fire engine and crane. There are other artisan workshops to visit within the park and static historic displays.
There is an entry fee to the park itself but this is waived if you are only intending to visit my workshop. You just mention this to the receptionist situated within the Windmill. The park regularly hosts music, food and beer festivals. If you would like to visit me during these festivals please contact me and I will meet you at the entrance and take you in through another gate that is closer to my workshop.
The MADCAT workshop houses the large cutting table and machinery. The textile printing tables are on the verandah. I am happy to talk you through my design process and show you examples of my design work at different stages of completion. Please contact me if you wish to visit in a group of 6 or more so I can set aside time to show you around. Some days are very busy especially in Summer. I post details of the day and time I am planning to screenprint on my FaceBook page in Summer, but in Winter when the weather is unpredictable I can only print when the weather allows.
Within my boutique there is a room set aside for MADCAT skirts, tops and T shirts together with a changing room for trying on garments.
I store pieces of all my printed textiles so you can choose your own fabric which I can then make into a skirt and send to anywhere in the world where there is a postal service. I do not charge extra for a made to measure skirt providing you can come into the workshop for me to measure you. I can make alterations to any skirt to ensure a good fit while you walk around the park or visit the café.
There are two rooms within my boutique set aside to display wedding dresses, bridal wear and corsets. I close the workshop for an hour when I have a bride visiting to ensure I can give undivided attention to discuss her dress or work on fittings.
The workshop / boutique is open to the public:
Mid Winter – JULY & AUGUST Friday & Sunday 11-4pm.
Spring – SEPTEMBER*, OCTOBER & NOVEMBER Thursday, Friday & Sunday 11-4 pm.
*first week in September I am involved with the Art Expo so will only be open Friday and Sunday
Summer – DECEMBER, JANUARY & FEBRUARY Monday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday 11-4.30pm.
Entry to Founders Park is free for MADCAT customers.
Please contact me and make an appointment if you want to visit outside these times 027 828 9551