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Claire from Tinker

Claire from Tinker

What do skull elbow patches, kitty pincushions and Virgin Mary candles have in common? They’re all part of Claire Warmington’s unusual repertoire, created in a Dunedin garden sewing room for her label, Tinker. Claire came to Dunedin from Wellington when she was 19 years old and has never left.  She loves the architecture and slower pace of life in Dunedin. “The fact that the op shopping is good helps too!” says Claire.

The Kewpie and Cake snowglobe. Buy it here.

The Kewpie and Cake snowglobe. Buy it here.

A background in the fashion industry has given her the skills to problem-solve when it comes to creating her wares. Combine this with the love of a good challenge and Claire relishes the process of executing her original ideas into a finished product.  Lately she has started making snowglobes. “There’s been a lot of trial and error but in a way that’s what I enjoy” she says.

We look forward to seeing what Claire comes up with next. Whatever it is, you can guarantee no one else will have dreamed it up before or had the ingenuity to put it into production. Find your next gift at Tinker.

On Claire’s wishlist from DunedinOnline is this zip purse from littleminx.

On Claire’s wishlist from DunedinOnline is this zip purse from littleminx.