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.
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