Dunedin fashion designer Tamsin Cooper presents Hearts in
Crafts Sundays at 7pm on TVNZ Heartland (Sky Channel 17).
A renewed interest among New Zealanders for handmade
crafts is at the heart of a new television series featuring
Dunedin designer Tamsin Cooper.
Hearts in Crafts is hosted by Ms Cooper and
Auckland-based landscape designer Justin Newcombe.
Filmed throughout New Zealand over the past year, the 13
episodes are being broadcast on TVNZ Heartland each Sunday at
When initially contacted by TVNZ, Ms Cooper thought she was
being asked to feature on the show as a craft designer, but
the company asked her to audition as a presenter.
It is the first time she has made television and she hopes to
be involved in any future series.
"We have many, many master crafts people in New Zealand.
"This is just the tip of the iceberg, really, and I hope the
series continues because it's fascinating," she says.
Ms Cooper says each episode features different New Zealand
craftsmen and designers, including those who are
Many have famous clients throughout the world but are less
recognised domestically, she says.
"It's fantastic giving a voice to their successes and
bringing their stories to a wider audience."
In each episode, she and Mr Newcombe also demonstrate how to
make different items and master various craft techniques.
There is an emphasis on recycling objects and using materials
in less traditional ways.
Community crafts feature as the show explores markets and the
hosts are taught new skills.
A golden heart is also awarded each episode to someone using
craft to help others.
"There are lots of layers to the show. It's got something for
everyone," Ms Cooper says.
Men featured in the programme prove craft is not a feminine
domain, she says.
Those without Sky can view Hearts In Crafts on the
internet, via TVNZ's website.
• Hearts in Crafts screens Sundays at 7pm on TVNZ
Heartland (Sky Channel 17).