Hana Makin began her jewellery-making journey in England, but now produces her pieces from her home beside beautiful Petone Beach. Inspired by this and the nearby Zealandia Sanctuary, her work features our fauna and landscape prominently (and in the case of the landscape, literally – small found items often make their way into her work). She’s inspired by found things, natural things and old things, and she loves handcrafting her Hana Made Jewellery in her workshop by the sea.
“Oftentimes I will simply work with an idea and let the creativity come to me as I make the piece. For me this part of what I do isn’t work. This is absolute joy! I love being in the studio working on new pieces.” One of the things we love about the jewellery of Sonia Thérèse is the stories she tells.
Jewellery maker Anna Quartly of Pigeon Thomas says that the inspiration for her work comes from living off-grid and self sufficiently. With the beautiful natural vista of Kahurangi National Park visible from her Golden Bay/Mohua home, she finds she is able to stay focused on what is important. She loves to create pieces that are special – one of a kind – working with natural materials that are simple, pure, and renewable.
When Canterbury jeweller Fiona Boeyen of Fantail & Co Jewellery was younger, she wanted to be an archaeologist. How people lived a long time ago – and how they decorated themselves with jewellery – fascinated her. As she grew up, this interest developed into being a jeweller herself, still with a strong interest in history. Fiona enjoys making her distinctive style of earrings, rings and pendants, and loves to meld river stones, sea glass, and semi precious stones into her work.
Manawatu maker couple Kate and Heather often get asked about their business name – Defining Ply, or Ply for short. “We chose our name as a nod to our (exceptionally dorky) penchant for word play. Ply can mean tempt with wares, twist threads together, or working as a master of your trade. Defining Ply is a verb, something we do, something that can evolve; we learn, we pull things together, we work with our hands, we hope to draw like-minded humans to us.”
Tauranga artist Neda mastered the art of hand cut and enamelled copper jewellery in Persia and now brings her unique work and designs to New Zealand, in her Felt shop Nanda
Kim and Chris of Born to be BoHo craft the bohemian spirit into every piece of their jewellery ranges, from their handmade and unique works of jewellery art, to their fun and frivolous assembled designs. This spirit is also reflected in their way of life…
Sonia McManus of Sonia Therese Design is a jeweller with a passion and a purpose. Before becoming a jeweller Sonia attained three university degrees (including a PhD in civil engineering!) but she put all that aside to follow her true creative passion – eco-ethical jewellery