With Wellington renamed as the Middle of Middle-earth for the week, The Hobbit Artisan Market will be its Shire, full of all things Middle-earth.
Stalls will run from 12 noon to 6pm daily from Saturday 24 November until the end of the premiere on Wednesday 28 November, and from Sunday until Tuesday, each of the three films in The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy will play on a big screen in the market from 6-9pm.
From glass blowers to leather workers, jewellers to sculptors, 30 artists will be displaying and selling their work at the five day market. There will be prosthetic demonstrations, competitions and Hobbit-themed New Zealand food.
Reprising the old-world charm of lacework with flax, Rowan's unique lacemaking is singularly of New Zealand. Her wearable jewellery pieces balance simple pleasure with serious artistic merit.
"I want to create the antiques of the future." Steph Lusted's varied collections combine industrial materials with precious metals, often incorporating found items from nature such as bugs and butterfly wings.
The Dumpling House
This range of handcrafted dumplings will include a special edition for mushroom-loving hairy footed creatures: the Six-mushroom Dumpling with enoki, shiitake, oyster, woodear, portbello and button mushroom.
Props Sculptor for The Hobbit Trilogy, Anneke is also known for her work on The Chronicles of Narnia where she created the magnificent carved details of the titular wardrobe. Her award-winning bronze artwork has been exhibited around the world.
Textile designer Phillipa Cowdrey, AKA Miss Philly, worked as a Costume Assistant for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey utilising her skills in weaving, screenprinting, leatherwork, beading, embroidery, fur work and hand stitching.