Nana Sakaguchi of Hena Hena has a passion for giving vintage kimonos new lives and letting them shine again. Compared to designing and making clothes from new fabrics, upcycling these beautiful items needs a lot of extra work. However Nana believes this is a worthwhile task: to pass on the beauty of Japanese kimonos to future generations as wearable and useful items.
Adrienne Mulqueen of Adrienne’s Loom has been weaving since 1979. She loved it from the moment she threw her first weft, immediately feeling she wanted to do nothing else but weave. Life has taken her in different directions over the years but it has now allowed her to return to her looms. Adrienne is passionate about producing textiles that people will enjoy using – she’d really rather you didn’t tuck her creations away for “best”!
Whether it’s a wedding, anniversary, birth of baby, anniversary or death of a loved one, flowers play a significant part in all of these times. Botanical dyeing can preserve your treasured bouquet – and talented textile artist Karen Williamson of Nuku has come up with a lovely personalised silk scarf keepsake infused with the unique patterns and colours of your own flowers. You provide the bouquet(s) to be used as the dye source for a luscious eco-dyed Nuku silk scarf, and you’ll receive in return something, beautiful, eco-friendly and special to wear while holding those memories close.
Through her work as textile artist and eco dyer, Karen Williamson of Nuku finds a spiritual connection to the land and its changing seasons. Using only natural resources, foraged from the local Kaipara landscape, Karen infuses prints of leaves, petals, seeds and bark into natural fibres to create a unique range of scarves, clothing and gifts. The name Nuku comes from te reo Māori, meaning earth. Karen lives in rural Kaiwaka and is building a sustainable lifestyle on a half-acre section with her husband, Luke.
Christchurch yarn-crafter extraordinaire Pip Currie rediscovered the joy of knitting while at university, and is now completely obsessed with all things knitting, crochet and fibre related. She loves the joy of making and creating with her own two hands, the wonder of natural fibres, and the amazing feeling of wearing something handmade. Wanting to be able to share this passion with others led to Littlest Pip Knits.
Otago-based graphic designer Astrid Erasmuson loves to sew, so her talents have been perfectly combined in her Plum Billy textiles: swaddles and wraps, scarves, cushion covers and tea towels. Working from her home in Port Chalmers, she’s inspired by the native birds that enjoy her garden. Her native avian and botanical designs are brought to life on quality natural cottons and linens.
This bright and fresh tui and kowhai silk scarf from Kiwisilks will make a great addition to your summer wardrobe – or a beautiful, light and postable gift for friends and whānau overseas. Kiwisilks designs are hand painted on high quality Habotai Silk, so every one has slight variations that make it unique.
Mmm, lovely, light, warm and snuggly merino. We can’t get enough of it and we love the range of stylish merino scarves available from Silvereye this season.
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…
Just the thing for chilly mornings – a gorgeous infinity scarf from Marian Smale in upcycled, unused fabric remnants. Soft, cosy and so very chic.