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.
This beautiful, rustic-looking recycled silk chiffon ribbon from Daniella is plant-dyed a delicate rose blush pink – what a gorgeous wedding trimming! This is just one of a colourful range of Daniella’s beautiful upcycled textile ribbons that are perfect for tying posies and buttonholes, or wrapping around that special gift.
Glen and Linda Turner are the creative minds behind Studio Three Two Four, a Christchurch-based small business specialising in striking wooden mosaic wall art and home decor pieces – all created from locally sourced materials. Glen has been making one off items for many years using the resources available to him. Whether it’s a piece of furniture, custom wood art or a home decor item, he has always enjoyed what he does and the sense of satisfaction that comes with it.
Shane-Maree Morris is the creative force behind Deep Green INC, based in vibrant Wellington. Her beautiful cushions, bed and table runners, and wall hangings 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.
Matt Akehurst of Liberation Jewellery worked as a scientist in microbiology for twenty-seven years before leaving to follow his passion. Now navigating through the world of small business together with his wife Julie, they place an emphasis on community, handmade, and reducing the environmental impact of their products.
These colourful, stylish earrings from Liberation are made from fragments of broken skateboards – yes, skateboards! Taking advantage of the colourful plywood lamination characteristic of modern boards, they are eye-catching and very comfortable and light to wear.
We’re loving the description of this gorgeous yarn from Elmtree: “A crazy bat was carded with soft NZ Merino and Polworth wool, and handfuls of recycled thread offcuts from my local weavers’ looms. Together with the occasional slivers of fabrics and some green and purple sparkly glitz, the whole bat spun up into a party on my trusty wheel….”
Hilary Jacomb of Boa handcrafts beautiful, eco-friendly and functional homewares, a business that she developed after teaching herself to crochet in her first year of university. Her original designs are a modern take on a traditional craft, and use only repurposed materials: discarded fabric off cuts from the clothing industry that would otherwise be destined for landfill…