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.
Be Happy Food Co produce a range of flavoured and unflavoured cashew and almond milk, here in Wellington, New Zealand. To showcase their new and beautiful packaging I created a range of product images, taking cues from the soft colour palette in the products, created with all natural ingredients. Delicious to drink and look at! Styling featuring a healthy dose of Wundaire (that jug in the first image on loan from my partner in crime The Forest Cantina!!), a sprinkling of Citta linen and a dash of my favourite international brand, Muji.
The Neighbourhood Studio here in Wellington, New Zealand offers the occasional screen printing workshop for junior creative types during school holidays. Creating some imagery to promote these classes was a wonderful opportunity to make use of all the whimsical heritage craft items that owner/operator Eloise Evans uses to decorate her beautiful studio. The screens in these photographs feature the illustrations of friend and collaborator Greta Menzies, who also teaches at the studio. Keep an eye out for the next series of workshops and a big thank you to my miniature models for lending their time!
The Neighbourhood Studio here in Wellington, New Zealand is running a natural dye class with Bonnie De Gros titled Natural Dye Basics - Earth Tones in Linen & Cotton. Earth tones and linen! I was so happy to create the promotional imagery for this workshop. Eloise Evans (owner/operator of the studio) and I ran through the entire process, pausing for the moments when magic happens and then combined these process images with still life of the utensils and ingredients required for natural dye. Enlightening!
All round talented local artist Paige Jarman is gaining momentum with her beautiful signature blue patterned ceramic dishes and bowls. We worked together for the latest issue of Homestyle, documenting the very beginning of the pottery process right through to the enjoyment of the finished objects in a fully styled explosion of colour and texture. To find out more about Paige and her recent success check out the April/May issue of Homestyle and then try and stop yourself from ordering everything Paige makes! Here are the published images and a few extra...
Can't Live Without launched their debut product last year, the ever popular (and growing more so by the day) Coffee Cane Coconut body scrub. Jeremy Dean and Rebecca Barwood hand blend their 100% natural scrub in small batches and their passion for what they do shows in their dedication to the artisan process; they love producing this incredibly sensory product for their stockists and consumers. Working with their incredible ethos in mind and after getting to know the people (who really are the greatest!) and the product I was able to produce a visual identity for their brand through art direction, styling and photography. Incorporating adventure, the idea of local exploration and products with revitalisation and stillness, the experience of working with Jeremy and Rebecca was one of the best of 2014 for me. Also a big thanks to my amazing assistant Anna Briggs, hand model and photographer extraordinaire!
Laikonik is based in Sydney, Australia and their products celebrate the art of the handmade textile and are inspired by Polish folklore and Scandinavian design. The Once-A-Year Book is designed to (as the name suggests) celebrate each year of a child's life from birth to 18 through photographs and accompanying stories. The book itself is concertina style with the covers of the tenth anniversary editions letter pressed with illustrations by Laura Blythman. Josephine Palmer, the designer behind Laikonik, approached me to produce a series of photographs to celebrate the tenth anniversary of her product, incorporating the Once-A-Year Book, it's keepsake box and photographs of some of the beautiful families I work with regularly. As a photographer I completely appreciate how this product preserves memory through photography. As a daughter I absolutely appreciate that my mother kept her own handmade version of this concept for me; it means the world to me now.
Taylor & Main import carefully selected Nguni cowhides and Nordic reindeer hides to Wellington, New Zealand from South Africa and Norway (respectively). This is the side project of two of my all time favourite collaborators Dan and Sally Main. Here is a wee selection of photographs from projects we have worked on together, including the styling and photographing of Sally's own textile designs from her 2014 Bachelor of Design graduating collection. An honourable mention must go to Phil and Averil Kingsbury. Their beautiful self renovated home was always our first choice for location and I'm sure in the future I will be able to share equally amazing architectural endeavours from their move to Queenstown, New Zealand.
MakeUse is the ongoing research project of Holly McQuillan and the creative forces she collaborates with. Through the use of patterns and stencils that McQuillan has made open source, anyone (and I mean anyone, the process is genius) can create any one of the garments from this collection. Built around concepts of zerowaste in the production of fashion garments, the magical and earth saving aspect of this collection is that the word offcut becomes obsolete, nothing goes to waste. Every garment begins as a single flat piece of fabric cut from a standard width bolt of cloth. As well as the strong imagery already associated with the branding and ethos of MakeUse, the concept that sparked with my own design sensibilities was the idea of something flat becoming a form with physical depth. I sought out domestic and industrial spaces that I could photograph in a way that suggests both flat and form simultaneously. These images are paired with the fashion portraits, where we worked with model Sophie McElwain-Wilson from Kirsty Bunny. Her hair was crafted at Willis York and Elise MacMillan was our makeup artist (and lighting assistant). Talented MakeUse videographer Mon made a cameo as the male model and we were supplied footwear by I Love Paris and artfully handcrafted jewellery from Vanessa Arthur and Fran Carter. Any creative person knows the struggle it takes to materialise a concept from a vision; presenting this work has been the most fulfilling moment of my career to date. What really topped the project off was the creative and talented individuals I got to collaborate with from the MakeUse team: Jen Archer-Martin, Greta Menzies, Emma Fox-Derwin, Jo Bailey, Karl Kane, Jason O'Hara, Mon Patel and Isaac Dalkie. Intrigued? Join us at Objectspace in Auckland, New Zealand this July for an exhibition and series of workshops.
Libertine Blends is not your grandmother's tea, unless your grandmother is Vivienne Westwood and fancies her tea with a dash of rock 'n' roll. Libertine Blends was born in the suburb of Berhampore in Wellington, New Zealand and is the passion project of the talented and effervescent Jacqui Wales. Jacqui is passionate about local produce and her community and she often collaborates on food and tea combinations with her favourite local café Rinski Korsakov's, where I photographed Jacqui for her portraits.
Jacqui is my dream client. From the beginning we were on the same page in terms of how her product should be represented photographically, so with a dash of product photography, a scattering of rainbows and quite literally a kilo of silver I created her first campaign images.