meet the maker

Tiny treasures: the amazing shrinking artworks that become beautiful jewellery

Tiny treasures: the amazing shrinking artworks that become beautiful jewellery

Tabatha Davison of Tabby & Mimi moved to New Zealand in 2010, after a working holiday here when she met her partner. She has gone from London, to Queenstown, to the sleepy town of Athol – where she loves spending her time on long walks by the river with Poppy the dog. She also works at the local Brown Trout Cafe, and volunteers for the rural fire service. Tabatha loves making jewellery and custom pieces for people, and says it’s a real joy to see someone’s face light up when they receive her work.

Harvesting wild roses – the natural evolution of Fox River Bath Company

Harvesting wild roses – the natural evolution of Fox River Bath Company

Life has been busy of late for Fiona McDonald of the Fox River Bath Company on the South Island’s West Coast. Teaching her child via correspondence school, attending the Co-Starters Business course at Westport, and preparing for markets, along with running not one but two businesses – it’s enough to make her realise it is time to take it back a notch and focus on doing less, but doing it even better.

Nature, culture and symmetry in print: art and textile design by Jill Butler

Nature, culture and symmetry in print: art and textile design by Jill Butler
From her home studio in Auckland, Jill Butler designs and screen prints fabric, which she then makes into homewares, accessories and stationery items. Jill used to dream about having a place to sell her work where no door knocking was required, and where she could have total control over the colours, design and pricing of the screen printed products she sells…