All good things deserve to be revised, refreshed, and given a bit of an update.
Stitch Kitchen is a new story of gathering friends together around the table and sharing ideas, skills and resources to achieve more than what we imagine on our own, one stitch at a time.
Our old name: Just Atelier, represented our shared core value of seeking Justice (environmental and social), and Atelier being the french term for a studio for professional artists, assistants and students can work together producing pieces of fine art.
Over the last few years, our focused has grown to include wider community, not just students and designers. We needed a new name that highlighted the friendly atmosphere and home grown adaptability of textile arts. Our new name for our community projects: Stitch Kitchen, reflects the traditions of friends coming together to swap ingredients and recipes, share techniques, and create nourishing food to share with their families, while supporting and inspiring one another (just in our case; we're swapping textiles and creating awesome clothes).
Our studio, still located in the heart of Dunedin's historic warehouse precinct (world famous for our street art), will continue to bring together like-minded crafters, makers, artists of all walks, who share a love of creative design, our environment, and our community.
We will also be running more 'pop up' events in communities all around the city. This will make it easier for people outside the central city to access our various sewing bees, and be inspired by each others ideas for creative living.
For official purposes, we will still be the Just Atelier Trust. We are a registered not-for-profit, and our bank details and all the official stuff will stay the same.
We'll now simply be known by a name everyone can pronounce without a worried look on their face :)
We love the new logo, designed for us by Craig Scott of Self Destruct Studio.