When grandfather and builder “Papa Stu” embarked on his new project of Timber and Twine Handmade Toys, he also began a journey into new technologies and production techniques. His tactile timber toys are lovingly made in his Christchurch workshop using beautiful native reclaimed timbers and natural finishes, and are designed to inspire imaginative, naturally engaging play for preschoolers, and sensory experiences for babies.
West Coast jeweller Adele Stewart’s delight in flowers began as soon as she was aware of them in her infancy. By the time she was three years old, she was amazing her Mum’s friends by giving them a personal tour of the garden and telling them all the names of the flowers. That enthusiasm for flowers hasn’t faded…
Flax sculptor Chris George and his partner Kaye Blaker live a simple life in a converted shed tucked up in the hills of the Bay of Plenty, growing their own food and making unique flax creatures for galleries and markets, and on Felt as The Caretaker.
Southland dad and furniture maker Darren Scott has making in the blood. Growing up doing renovating and building, teaching himself his trade, and supplementing his learning with some on-point courses, he now produces beautiful wooden furniture and homewares with a philosophy of sustainability. … Read more »
Russian-born Valentina Karpenko is the mastermind behind the young small business Pink Basket, for which she creates a menagerie of distinctive, appealing, and personality-filled toy creatures.
Daniella Jordan specialises in producing hand-made, hand-dyed fabrics from her North Island home. Her beautiful textile prints are produced with sustainable, organic and non-toxic materials, and tap into the beauty of the local plants…
When Shanon Povey of MaoriArt was made redundant from 22 years of being a storeman, he found himself at a turning point. Seizing opportunity from chance, he turned to his abilities in woodcarving and moko tattoo, with the goal of using his skills to become … Read more »
Angela Hume of Pale Grey Skies was brought up in wild and beautiful Northumberland, in the North East of England, and now lives in equally wild and beautiful Aotearoa. The scenery and changing weather are an inspiration for her products, which are hand made from … Read more »
David Gillard of WoodgrainNZ is passionate about the manipulation of timber, creating interesting designs and revealing the natural beauty of New Zealand native and exotic timbers. In his Auckland workshop David handcrafts unique artistic and functional pieces that are predominantly created from recycled timbers sourced … Read more »
The L’oil balms brand is created by Kelly Dorgan in her home in Beckenham, Christchurch, which she shares with her artist partner and their two teenagers. Their property (which they have dubbed Birdwood Studios) is a bit of a creative hive with music, dance, food … Read more »