My greeting cards made their first public appearance at the Thames Market Day, with me having a table set up alongside my father’s stall where he sells his jewellery boxes made from recycled kauri and other NZ wood. It was so encouraging to see people’s reactions to them and to get some great feedback, and of course to make some sales.
The night before I had made about 30 flax flowers (putiputi) from the soft variegated coloured flax in Mum and Dad’s garden. Even though the colours will eventually fade when they dry out, they will still stay a bit two-toned. Several people were interested in a demonstration of how they were made and I enjoyed giving them away to anyone who admired them, that is, until a lady came along and wanted to buy the whole bunch!