Ecolyte Soy Candles offers a range of exquisitely fragranced candles in beautiful containers which can be refilled time and time again.
The range was developed by Isha Edwards in 2006. As a practitioner of Wholistic Therapies in Auckland, Isha's focus is on using only natural and chemical-free products around her home and her clients. When you burn an Ecolyte candle you know that you are using a natural product that's not going to harm your environment. Only the highest quality fragrances are used and there is also a range which uses pure essential oils.
Isha’s mission: to inform people of the benefits of using soy candles and to offer quality products for sale at realistic prices.
With vivid memories of being a 4-year-old busily lining up her dolls and “teaching” them, Lisa Melrose of Fun Worxx Publishing wasn’t surprised when she decided to study Montessori Early Childhood Education as a career.
After many years of teaching, Lisa felt a strong pull towards equipping our little people with a healthy set of life skills and emotional awareness. Combine this with her love of all things patterned and colourful, it was the natural step to start creating a set of delightful picture books and activity books designed to help support children between the ages of 3 and 8 years old, in developing their skills in perceiving, understanding and managing emotions.
Characters include Penny the Princess, Ronny the Robot, Betty the Bee and so many more wonderful personalities that will keep children busy (and learning) for hours!
If it's been a while since you popped into the store, you may not have met our lovely store manager, Lisa Caughey. She's been instrumental in the recent changes and refurbishment that has breathed new life into the shop.
This is Lisa's story, in her own words...
Dreams do come true. Just sometimes not quite the way you imagined them.
For years I have wanted to do a roadie from Kaitaia to the Bluff. A slow drive roadie. No passing lanes, no google maps. I dreamed of stopping whenever I wanted to buy plums from roadside stalls, linger at artisan workshops, meet the people out there living their creative dreams and eventually heading back to the big smoke with a combi full of craft, art and memories.
As a single mum with two kids, how I was going to do a roadie wasn’t all that obvious. I am welded to school zones, timetables and the daily grind of bringing home the bacon. I have no sense of direction and can’t even find Brazil on the world map.
In 2016 I became the most recent Head Elephant at Parnell’s venerable Elephant House store. The Elephant House doesn’t actually have anything to do with elephants. For over 35 years it has championed, promoted and sold art, craft and wares made in NZ. The artisans and crafters that sell through the Elephant House come from Kerikeri to Invercargill!
Clearly I was on my roadie. For the last year I have lived, breathed and dreamed NZ art and craft. The Elephant House sells on behalf of the artisans and being in the store has brought NZ to me.
Last year we gutted, stripped, scrubbed and refitted the Elephant House, giving her a much needed upgrade to reflect the changing quality and improvement of Made in NZ. Opening Two Tusk Gallery in our loft space at the Elephant House to champion emerging NZ artists was a logical addition to our elephant sized desire to showcase the best of our country and support our creative talent.
Our doors are always* open for casual browse or a friendly chat.
*Not literally always, we have opening hours which you can check out here.
Our newest artistic space, Two Tusk Gallery, had a successful opening for the Pieces of Wood exhibition this past Saturday.
This beautiful and spiritually moving exhibition brings together a group of eight emerging New Zealand artists whose work with wood is aimed at challenging your heart, mind and soul. These mystical explorations in wood include sculptures, paintings and traditional Maori carvings.
The gathered crowd were treated to a heartfelt and humbling karakia (blessing) by contributing artist Warren Castle, followed by two more friendly hello's by sculptor Geoff Irving and painter Mark Graham,
Thank you to those who were part of this special day and we invite you all to come along with an open mind, and perhaps have your perspective on art changed forever.
Pieces of Wood is open to the public for seven days, up to and including 30 July.
Look into the history of New Zealand and you’ll find an intrinsic relationship with wood. From the ancient Maori through to today’s creative talents, working with wood takes more than just artistry; you must work with the knots and grain, and tease the timber into revealing itself to you.
Two Tusk Gallery, our newest artistic space, is proud to present Pieces of Wood; a group exhibition of emerging New Zealand artists whose work with wood is aimed at challenging your heart, mind and soul. These mystical explorations in wood include sculptures, paintings and traditional Maori carvings.
Pieces of Wood is open to the public from Saturday the 10th of June to the 30th of July, with an intimate exhibition opening on the Saturday afternoon from 3pm ~ all are welcome. Come with an open mind and perhaps your perspective on art will be forever changed.
Two Tusk Gallery is dedicated to promoting local artists and their work. It is our vision to become THE place in Auckland for people to purchase original New Zealand art for under $1000.
Jo Carson-Barr has been writing for children for around five years now but what makes this creative endeavour even more rewarding is that it is collaborative effort with her son Simon Barr to produce beautiful children’s picture books, with a distinct New Zealand flair.
Blending their stories with humour, Te Reo and NZSL, Jo and Simon have published Talking to Nannie, The Goodbye Chair and Waata the Weta: Can He Find the Perfect Home?, all of which are perfect for children aged between 1 and 7yrs.
Perfect for sending overseas, or adding to your own bookshelf, Jo and Simon’s delightful books are being enjoyed by children, parents and grandparents all over the world.
Mystical stories in wood, Eternal in the Past, Eternal in the future!
Geoff Irving is a woodwork teacher in Ngaruawahia. He lives and crafts his work in Hamilton and relaxes in Raglan.
He completed a three year Woodturning Trade course at the Ultimo T.A.F.E. in 1984 and a degree in Design at the U.T.S. Upon his return to Aotearoa, Geoff was strongly influenced by the wairua/spirit of Maori Art and Whakairo /wood carving.
When creating his sculptural pieces, Geoff likes to interweave this influence with the mystical writings of the 19th Century Persian Prophet Baha’u’llah, “The ancient Faith of the Maori was carved in wood and stone and will continue to shape the identity of all those fortunate to call these wonderful Islands home.”
The pulse of this ancient Faith is renewed from age to age.
Coffee pods are incredibly popular with those who take their coffee seriously, but think about all that rubbish!
Following a suggestion from a relative in Switzerland, Astrid Widmer has found a way of turning the empty pods into elegant adornments that anyone would look stylish wearing. Over the past two years, Astrid’s intricate designs have become even more ambitious and gets people doing a “double take” to figure out how on earth they are made from coffee pods.
Not having a Nespresso machine herself, Astrid is reliant on the generosity (and caffeine habit) of friends and supportive local businesses to provide her with the used capsules that she uses to recycle into her creations.
Astrid is proud that by using her imagination and skills, she can create stunning jewellery and gifts, while at the same time save thousands of aluminium pods ending up in the landfill.
Jo May produces her vibrant designs in Whangarei, Northland.
Inspired by New Zealand's natural coastal beauty, her original silk paintings depict native birds and beaches from all over the country in amazingly bright vivid colour.
These paintings are then printed, by hand, to make other products such as art prints, calendars, and many other gift items which are popular with both tourists and locals alike. Jo's most popular pieces are are the outdoor garden art range on aluminium.
Jo has worked full time on her art since 2000 and although her studio is private, she sells in exclusive outlets all over NZ and at local events and shows.
Elizabeth Kingston has retired from the work force, but not from her lifetime speciality of hand knitting gorgeous gifts for newborn babies.
Elizabeth was only nine when she began a lifelong hobby of hand knitting.
As time went on and more babies came into the world through her own family, friends and work mates, Elizabeth produced beautiful timeless hand knitted sets, comprising of Jacket, Hat, and Bootees for the newborn.
Elizabeth’s true passion is using traditional patterns, and modernising them for today’s Mums. Many are unique and exclusive and all are handcrafted for anyone who adores and wishes to pamper newborn babies.
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