This week the Chronicle caught up with Lin Van Craenenbroeck, one of four founders of Made Gallery on Bow St, about her mask range and how you can order your mask.
When and why did you decided to start sewing the masks?
When we were in lockdown I wanted to provide my family with masks. Dirk my husband is a volunteer firefighter so there was the chance that he would get pulled out of our `bubble`, and coming back into it. So me, Dirk and youngest son Brenden wanted to wear some protection when going into town doing groceries. I posted pics on my FB page, friends like it and asked if I could make some for them and off it went….
Where in the community have the masks been utilised?
Margaret Dillon who is part of the program, Feed the Kids, saw the masks too, really liked them and asked if I could make a dozen for their team, to wear for the distribution of the food parcels.
So I did and then I came up with the idea to make them and sell them to the community during lockdown as a fundraiser for the Feed the Kids progam and donate the money to the Raglan Area school.
Where can you purchase them from?
You can contact me on my business FB page Moz-art and order them by sending me a message and you can buy them in our creative local space Made Gallery, the new building next to the Supervalue.
I am making daily new ones to have a constant stock available, as they go very fast!
You are the founder of the Made Gallery, How is the gallery progressing and what new developments have there been?
Yes I am one of the four founders of the Made Gallery. We are all very happy with our new creative space as it is our happy place where we can create and show people what Raglan has got to offer in talent. We opened 9 months ago and reactions have been overwhelming, people absolutely love our space and the local talent that we display.
Raglan is full of very talented artists who create high quality art pieces, including our local young people.
One of our goals was to get the talented young ones in and make them confident enough to show their talent…and we succeeded, which makes us really happy. These young artists are the future for Raglan being an arty town. Ataera Manu -Davies`s stunning Moari pen drawings are very popular.
And Sam Mclachlan`s drawings of rappers and Charlotte Solomon`s mandalas get a lot of oooh’s and aahhhh’s too. In 2006 when I immigrated from Belgium to this town , my dream was to own a little creative shop here and 14 years later my dream became reality and I’m loving it!