Katey, who has 10 years experience teaching high school visual arts, now wants to focus her obsessive energy into helping others become crafty. Her collecting over the years has ensured the hub's interior is overflowing with a myriad of bits and bobs which Katey has spent hours extracting from op-shops. The self-confessed hoarder spends hours hunting for the ultimate find, with her collections including taxidermy animals, haberdashery, porcelain and clothing. When Katey isn't fossicking around the Hospice Shop or posting pictures on Instagram, it is highly unlikely that she is sitting still - with her time filled drinking coffee, making for markets, painting, sewing, re-purposing or sourcing something from afar to run a workshop with.
The hub first became a reality after Katey and her partner purchased an old gutted funeral home at the end of 2015. The hub is one part of the building which also houses Katey, her partner Earl, their two wee girls, Inky-Lou Plum and Fable-Bea Fox, and Stanley the three-legged cat.
Katey was born and bred in Taranaki and has always had a creative spirit. She recalls getting right on board the 90s trend of creating potpourri and spent many hours collecting wood shavings from around her renovated home to dye and perfume. She is very keen to share her hoarded treasures and has a wealth of creative knowledge, so come and join in on the fun!