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.
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.