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 on beautiful Waiheke Island.
Mandy’s first workshop partnership was with 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.
Mandy has offered hand knitted readymade bespoke pieces in addition to offering workshops for hand-crafters to make their own, held on Waiheke Island. She takes commissions for those with creative ideas of their own.