Ceramicist Janine Rata was born in the north of England and emigrated to Taranaki in the late 1980s, while in her early teens. She left her background in corporate IT in 2005 to dedicate her time to beginning a family (she has been married to Hone for more than 20 years now and they have two children), and it wasn’t until 2015, while searching for a creative outlet, that she discovered the potter’s wheel. She has been addicted ever since.
Is it a coat rack, hat stand, or wall art? Yes! The Forest HangR from Darren Scott Design is a stunning wall mounted coat piece made of up to nine New Zealand native timbers. Each HangR is an individual and no two will be the same.
A small but dedicated salvage team based in Christchurch, The Silvan started out life as an art gallery and café. When their building was lost in the 2011 earthquakes, the team came back fighting, shifting their focus to saving and repurposing beautiful timbers, hand salvaged from damaged buildings. Founders Debra and GT believe in minimising waste and reusing everything they can to make pieces that are practical, beautiful, and full of soul.
Eiko Kawaguchi of Studio A & Co lives and works in Waikuku, North Canterbury, her home for the last seventeen years. From her studio in a heritage mill complex she creates stunning, ethereal jewellery and tablewares in heat resistant borosilicate glass. Her love of glass as a material, and the lampworking method, shines through in her unique, delicate creations.
Joe Wright of Bearwood Workshop handcrafts his beautiful wooden homewares and sculpture – all made from sustainable and recycled New Zealand native timber – from a little tractor shed in Glendhu Bay overlooking Lake Wanaka. After years of working as a designer in many different disciplines, running his own consultancy and clocking up the air miles with large corporations as clients, he decided to shed it all and go back to his roots. His days are now spent following his passion: designing and making simple, beautiful, sustainable items that will stand the test of time.
After a career in New Zealand’s fashion industry, Rachel Moore felt it was time to combine her textile knowledge and and artistic creativity together – leading to the creation of her Ingredients Design brand (also known as texdesign here on Felt). Rachel works with 100% linen fabric for its environmental and tactile qualities, and sees her work as providing the ingredients to make a space a home.
Jenny Wilson of One Green Leaf Ceramics made her first pot when she was at intermediate school. She’s tried dozens of crafts since then, but keeps coming back to clay. About 18 months ago Jenny bought a good second-hand kiln and set herself the goal of paying for it by selling her ceramic work…
Shane-Maree Morris of Wellington-based Deep Green INC creates beautiful cushions, bed and table runners, and wall hangings that incorporate feathers, flax, paua shell, textured fabrics and contemporary patterns. She’s inspired by the diversity and energy of her hometown, Māori and Pasifika design, and the natural beauty of Aotearoa.
Sandra Grieve of The Felted Room loves to use eco friendly, recycled and sustainable materials for her diverse range of imaginative and appealing textile art and homewares, which includes eco cat and dog beds, dog coats, pet toys, NZ wool character cushions, home decor items, soft sculpture, everlasting bouquets and much more!