First of all, Happy New Year to you and yours!
Thank you for your continued support throughout 2017. We had a good year with some pretty exciting developments (the opening of Two Tusk Gallery, for one), and we're looking forward to an even better 2018.
Now, as you know, there are five senses and we've got all of them covered.
When you Google the small rural area of Tahekaroa the main thing that comes up is that it has a river and there are lots of trees. But we know better.
Tahekaroa is home to the extremely talented Laura Layton, who produces intricate and gorgeous illustrations using the humble pen and/or pencil.
Laura has always loved to draw anything from nature. An abundance of native birds thanks to a bird rescue/release programme close to her home, and the natural beauty of our flora and fauna ensures that Laura is never without inspiration.
Last year, we commissioned Laura to put pen to paper and create our gorgeous new logo that was part of our re-branding and refurbishment project.
Tucked under Auckland's Harbour Bridge lies the charming neighbourhood of Northcote Point. It is here that Chrissie and Charlie Seakins create simply beautiful pottery inspired by New Zealand, and have been doing so for over 30 years.
The simple yet effective designs are quintessentially Kiwi and many of their unique pieces have Muriwai sand (from our rugged west coast) suspended in the glaze. So, by taking home a piece of Pacific Painted Pottery you are also taking a piece of the land from which it came.
Most recently, Pacific Painted Pottery was selected to provide all the plates for a brand new eatery in Auckland's CBD. A wonderful achievement for such talented craftspeople.
Well done Chrissie and Charlie, we are so proud to have your pieces in-store.
Manawa Honey NZ was founded in 2011 by the Tuhoe Tuawhenua Trust, a land-based trust responsible for 9,000 hectares of bush clad lands about Ruatahuna. The Trust aims to sustainably manage the land and resources of their region for the benefit of current and future generations. At the same time, they are developing commercial enterprises that create employment for their people and growing their local economy.
Manawa Honey NZ has been established to bring unique honeys from the Heart of New Zealand to the world. As traditional gatherers of honey from their local forests, you can trust that Manawa Honey NZ has been produced with the greatest care and respect for the natural world in which we all live - all the way from the forest and the beehive to the jar.
We salute their initiative and support their commercially-savvy community.
Growing up on a farm in the Waikato, Ian Blackwell's father taught him about the value and versatility of timber. After sanding back a bit of old Rimu one day Ian fell in love with native NZ timbers. Rimu continues to be his personal timber of choice, providing a unique , striking and contrasting grain unlike any other.
A carpentry and cabinet making apprenticeship led Ian into a career working with wood. Developing his technical skills and gaining experience over the years only fuels a love of working with timber and as a result he has developed a hand finished range to be truly proud of.
Today Ian is lucky enough to call the rugged West Coast of the North Island home and together with the his production team, they are proud that all of their wooden products are lovingly created and distributed by our talented team in Riverton (30 minutes West of Invercargill).
Cut using the latest laser technology every product is then assembled and finished by hand. You can be sure that every one of our pieces has been put together with great care, attention to detail and the Pride of the South!
Whilst working as an art director in advertising in the 80s in the UK, David Kerr ventured into landscape photography.
Learning the craft on his own time, David initially honed his skills shooting imagery in both the UK and Europe, and decided to return to his home country of New Zealand in 1984 to start publishing a range of premier postcards.
Over the past 30-odd years there have been more than seven books published, a comprehensive range of designer collection Postcards, Calendars, Postage Stamp designs and many corporate publications.
David has also won several photographic competitions, and was named the official licencee for the 1990 New Zealand Commonwealth Games for Postcard product, and in 1986 won the Tourism Design Award for souvenir design from the New Zealand Tourism Board.
Now that's what we call a self-made success story.
Melding the art of the flame and the kiln with elegance and high quality finishing, Penny Ryan Design offers unique jewellery, handcrafted from mainly art glass and fine metals, each piece being a testament to the endless ideas that flow from Penny.
Penny Ryan, jewellery designer and glass artist, brings beautifully crafted jewellery reflecting the spirit of our beautiful land to customers across the globe. Designed here in New Zealand and inspired by the environment, from the oceans to the mountains, the earth to the sky, you will find earrings, pendants, rings, bracelets and charms each with its own special meaning and soul and carefully crafted here in New Zealand
Founders Penny and Darrell and the Penny Ryan Design NZ team are very proud of the thought, care and exquisite detail which goes into each timeless design. Penny and the team are also proud to be a New Zealand owned and operated company and they stand behind the quality of their products.
Celebrate your special New Zealand memories with Penny Ryan Design NZ Jewellery!
Born in Christchurch, Margot Moller has studied Visual Communications and has put her skills to good use by working for many years in television broadcast design for companies including TVNZ, Sky TV, HBO and Disney.
Margot has drawings permanently on display in Timaru's Aigantighe Art Gallery and has illustrated a book for Bruce Foster, 'Jim Hendersons People'.
Now living in Auckland with "Pebbles" the rabbit and "Freddie" a miniature schnauzer, Margot creates bespoke artwork upon request and a steady stream of NZ landscapes showing an abundance of character and charm.
A small family-run business in the heart of Dunsandel, Canterbury have been up to their elbows in all things possum for over 40 years. Possum Pam has grown from one small retail outlet selling gorgeously made possum pieces to being a major supplier in possum, sheepskin and calfskin products.
Priding themselves on creating only the very best quality pieces, these experienced furriers stand by everything they make because everything is made-to-order. No mass produced items here!
From traditional gloves, socks and slippers through to their quirky nipple warmers and luxurious shoe liners, Possum Pam guarantees to bring you only the very best of what possum, sheepskin and calfskin has to offer
Timber Arts take the natural beauty of New Zealand's native wood and crafts it into gifts of distinction.
For 20 years, Timber Arts has been handcrafting items from native timbers with their work being enjoyed all over the world thus earning them a reputation for high quality workmanship.
The New Zealand forest is a production of nature found in no other land, and Timber Arts work with a range of 19 native timbers, using the different colours and grains to produce a unparalleled finish and unique pieces.
Wood has always been an important part of human existence. Today, the timbers of our forests are a treasured national resource and are justifiably protected. In creating works of art from each small piece of wood used, the Timber Arts craftspeople place a true value on our forest heritage.
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