Meet our talented featured makers of 2018

The Felt team would like to say a huge thank you to all the wonderful creatives we’ve met through our Meet the maker blog series in 2018 – you’re a truly inspiring lot! We loved bringing your stories and work to our readers and we’re really looking forward to meeting more amazing Aotearoa makers in 2019.

This was our 2018 line-up of awesome Felt makers… check out their shops and features if you missed them!

Sonia McManus of Sonia Therese Design, an eco-jeweller with a passion and a purpose
Sarah Jane Wilson, designer-maker of unique hand-woven products under her label Fearlessweaver
Rotorua potter Selwyn Hatrick of Geyser Pots, maker of domestic pottery and beautiful bonsai pots
Fused glass artist Roz Speirs of Clarity Glass, who swapped her business suit for a glassmaker’s safetywear


Kim and Chris Golding-Hobbs of Born to be BoHo, crafters of beautiful jewellery with bohemian spirit
Stu Whibley of 6by3, who reduces production waste with his upcycled advertising banner bags
Susan Manson, maker of fantastic Fully Woolly faux taxidermy and other woolly goodies
Christchurch designer/maker Nicola Baird, reducing fashion waste, one Snippet at a time



Mindful maker Angie Agatsiotis of Kerrs Road Organic Beauty, and her sustainable skincare and homewares
Rob Stanyon of Wooden Kiwi, crafter of surf-themed clocks and awesome accessories for the beach and bach
Maki Lourie of Sew Mama, who is passionate about making beautiful products, and making people smile!
Goblin wrangler and librarian Pam Vallender of Rednellav Goblin Catchers, and her cohort of Urban Goblins


Hilary Jacomb of Boa, crocheter of eco-friendly storage from repurposed clothing industry offcuts
Christchurch felter Simone Bensdorp of Wild Felt, and her beautiful and imaginative merino clothing and accessories
Hansby Design artist Cathy Hansby, and her vibrant art featuring birdlife from Aotearoa and Australasia
Brendon and Jane Harley of Grounded Art NZ, makers of high quality and original metal garden sculpture


Scientist and skincare maker Jo-anne Day of McGinns Madefresh and her batch-fresh, natural skincare
Matt and Julie Akehurst: all about community, handmade, and reducing the environmental impact of their Liberation Jewellery
Deep Green Inc‘s Shane-Maree Morris, inspired by her hometown, Māori and Pasifika design, and Aotearoa’s natural beauty
Christchurch jeweller Lara Hopwood of Geo Jewellery, maker of exquisite silverwork inspired by our landscape
Catherine Marion of Folklore & Flora, an independent artist who beautifully showcases the rich diversity of nature

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