Mandy Mee is The Farmer’s Daughter. She grew up in the South Island’s Rakaia Gorge and is passionate about things hand-made. From a love of knitting bestowed by her high-country sheep-farming father, to an enthusiasm for home crafts imparted by her mother and grandmothers, Mandy is a creator.
This creativity has seen her establish The Farmer’s Daughter, a hub for ingenuity and making offered through The Annex café on beautiful Waiheke Island.
Mandy’s first workshop partnership was with Plump & Co, an XXL supplier of high quality felted New Zealand wools. Knitted with oversized wooden needles or crocheted with giant hooks, the end-product of this beautiful yarn is sculptural and tactile, adding warmth and texture to any interior space. It is knitting done for pleasure – a luxury not always afforded our mothers and grandmothers – and craft re-interpreted as an art form rather than a chore.
Ongoing, Mandy has curated and continues to offer a variety of workshops, Studio Home - Demystifying Facebook & Instagram was held recently for small businesses on the island. Vicki Roycroft from The Wildflower School is hosting a Christmas Wreath workshop and Jane Burn from The Annex & Island Coffee finished the year with a Christmas Ceramics course. Mandy has just announced her first workshops to be held in February 2017 - Natural Perfumery with Fleurs du Mal & Basket Coiling with Craft School Oz.
KNITTED HOME GOODS
Dyed in soft shades of walnut, grey and a warm white, Plump & Co yarns can be crocheted or knitted into blankets, wall hangings and cushions. Mandy has hand knitted a range of readymade bespoke pieces in addition to offering workshops for hand-crafters to make their own, held at The Annex café. She also takes commissions for those with creative ideas of their own.