In celebration of their 20th birthday, Huia Vineyards unveiled "Inseparable Huia", an artwork by Dr Fiona Pardington, inspired by the love story of the now extinct Huia bird and Huia vintners Claire and Mike Allan. The event and partnership was conceived by Morven McAuley at Tradecraft, who always has the best ideas. The "Inseparable Huia" adorns limited edition lables of Huia. A perfectly imperfect still life was created and installed by Sophie Wolanski of Muck Floral and the event was hosted at Odettes Eatery in Auckland, New Zealand.
The Artists' Edition of The Great New Zealand Wrapping Paper Book is the second clever wrapping paper book from The Kiss Co and in this edition Ami Muir has bought together designs from 10 New Zealand artists and designers! Artwork from (brace yourself) Greg Straight, Ami Rogers, The Monster Company, Angela Keoghan, Sly & Co, Emma Hayes, Alex Fulton, Katrina Ward, Sally Shand and Sarah Rose.
UK based designer Sadie Hawker handcrafts each (often unique) piece for her jewellery collections. Working with the key colours from each collection I created images that embraced the fun and glamour of Sadie's pieces with a lot of sparkle and a good dose of Chanel.
Woolfresh is an innovative absorbent and deodorising wool product first introduced to market in the Llana bag and is now being produced as an element of a range of energy supporting socks. For this project the manufacture of the socks was a central concept and the patina and aesthetic of the factory in Levin, New Zealand was paired with product shots.
Charlotte Minty is an interior designer here in Wellington, New Zealand. We work together photographing her completed projects, beginning with this compact inner city apartment. Beginning life with an industrial aesthetic, Charlotte reimagined this one bedroom apartment as a light filled, soothing environment with a new kitchen and bathroom for the retired couple who call it home. It has clever space saving features, such as a guest bed that is stowed away day to day in the living room wall and stackable occasional furniture. Here are some of my favourite textures from this project, which you can see in it's entirety on Charlotte's blog. I look forward to sharing more projects from this talented designer and friend!
Natty is the brand of Wellington based designers Cat McKay and Fiona Gibb. All their product is handmade here in New Zealand and stocked in their charming Berhampore boutique and workshop as well as gift stores throughout New Zealand. Enjoy this selection of images of their textiles, stationary and jewellery! Shot in the Twig & Arrow studio, epic chair collection from Felicity at Wundaire and thanks to my gorgeous sister Rosie for assisting and modeling!
The Kiss Co is a New Zealand based publishing company and purveyor of beautifully considered children's books and gift products. Founder Ami Muir worked with illustrator Sara Mutande on The Great New Zealand Wrapping Paper Book to produce a collection of 10 wrapping paper designs that are contained cleverly as a book. Enjoy a selection of images from our take on kiwiana for a tasteful audience! Thanks as always to my hand model Anna Briggs, additional props from The Neighbourhood Studio and manicure from Spring Spa!
Llana is the thesis project of three Massey University Masters of Design students, Amy Blackmore, Avara Moody, Annabelle Fitzgerald and American entrepreneur Darrius Langston. It is a bag that bridges the gap between active and working lifestyles and is a result of the desire to incorporate an innovative moisture absorbing and deodorising product, Woolfresh, into the apparel market. The images for this project were to accompany the written component of the thesis of the three students and also to support the crowdfunding campaign to take the bag from prototype into production. Shot on campus at Massey Wellington, with landscape details from the Wellington region and our greenery plinth was created by Twig & Arrow. Model is Xanthe Whiteley from Kirsty Bunny.
Huia Vineyards, in Marlborough, New Zealand, is where Claire and Michael Allan handcraft their certified organic wine. In partnership with Morven McAuley from Tradecraft (amazing woman, amazing company!) I spent from sunrise to sunset in a day in the life of Huia. The people, the place, the fascinating processes behind biodynamic, organic growing and the family and food at Huia made this project a highlight. Enjoy these images with a glass of Marlborough's finest!
Wellington ceramic artist Paige Jarman and I set up a late afternoon picnic to style and shoot her work for New Zealand Design Blog. Paige and I have previously worked together for Homestyle magazine, and I love watching Paige's work develop! I'm looking forward to the next project already. You can find Paige's ceramics online at Common Times, at Small Acorns in Wellington and The Poi Room and The Auckland Art Gallery in Auckland, New Zealand.