Art Viva was born in 1995 by Jim and Louise looking for something different to do on their relocation back to Tasmania after living in Sydney for 20 years.  After 8 years of enjoying making these great funky knitting needles it was time for them to move in a different direction and so Art Viva was up for sale.  
And so one Saturday morning, Mary-Jane was surfing the internet and came across the Art Viva For Sale advertisement and ran and found the swing tag from her pair of 4mm Art Viva knitting needles which had been given to her as a birthday gift some months before to confirm that this was the same product.  Mary-Jane was so smitten with her knitting needles that she convinced husband, Andrew, that they could be the new owners of Art Viva.
The rest is history, Andrew and Mary-Jane Baker, both Tasmanians, bought Art Viva in September 2013 and are enjoying building on the product range from their workshops in the beach side town of Tasmania, Australia.
Art Viva now has a permanent weekly stall, site 298, at the iconic Salamanca Market, Tasmania.

You truly can’t beat something that is hand knitted or crocheted!  At Art Viva we can help you get started, find that perfect gift for your craft buddy or to treat yourself.  We hand make gorgeous silky smooth wooden knitting needles, crochet and tunisian hooks, all showcasing our glossy hand painted tops, available in a range of colours while adorning fun white polka dots.  Our needles and hooks are made from sustainable Tasmanian Oak timber giving them warmth and durability.  There is truly something delightful when using a natural product like wood, it forms a natural sheen with continued use and it has been said that it is great to use for people who suffer from arthritis.  Also available are double pointed knitting needles, small funky Knitting and Crocheting kits (we have a fabulous kombi tea cosy kit), Learn to Use a Drop Spindle kits, Learn to Knit kits, Learn to Hand Dye Wool kits and quirky Tote bags.