01.05.2018

At Home & Work With: Stacey Weaver of Just South West


31 year old Stacey Weaver is a fine art photographer based in Christchurch. A couple of years ago, she founded Just South West – selling botanic art photography art prints. She’s now developing the brand into the gift market  – botanic fabrics are on the way, and Stacey also has a growing stationery line that includes new notebooks and custom wedding favours.

We visited Stacey at home (also the place she operates Just South West from) and asked her a few questions…

What projects are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I am working on the fabric I have had printed with three of my photographic prints. Plans are to develop this into pouches in two or three sizes but who knows where else it will take me!

In what ways do you give yourself work/life balance?
Meditation and getting fresh air is important to me to keep focused the creative energy flowing… and I always say ‘yes’ to my friends and family.

One of Stacey’s most popular prints, White Magnolia

What was a highlight of your past week:
Talking with Auckland’s Graphic Glass about our up and coming collaboration – so, if you have a splash back, shower wall, feature wall that needs filling…

Advice you would give to someone wanting to be their own boss in the design/creative industries:
Self motivation – you gotta have it!! Make friends with constructive criticism and keep believing in why you do what you do.

White Roses print

Pink magnolias – my fave

Peony

Packaging beautiful Wisteria prints, alongside samples of Stacey’s new custom fabric

What’s the best thing that’s happened to you work-wise/creatively over the past year?
Probably buying my house, with my own little Just South West cave. I didn’t have a specific set-up prior and it is so valuable to have a designated studio space.

What’s coming next for you (career-wise/creatively)? There are a few things up my sleeve at the moment and I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds in the coming year, in particular seeing JSW in situ on custom glass installations with Graphic Glass.

Bouquet I in Stacey’s home office

All images of Stacey by Kelly Shakespeare Photography

Finally, we’d love to know what you’ve been getting into lately:

Listening To:
Julia & Angus Stone – Snow

Reading:
I have just bought a copy of Big Magic to read

Visiting:
Melbourne in May – my second home

Eating/Drinking:
Not Caramilk now that my stash has gone!

New Just South West botanic notebooks

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15.01.2018

Petal Playground


I love kicking off The New year (see what I did there) with an extra-extra-goody, and this is that.
The new showroom / workroom of creative couple MarkAntonia.

A new studio from which Antonia can create her insane floral installations, Mark can continue his industrial and furniture design projects, and the two can create and sell their own MarkAntonia products – Disk and Leaning mirrors, a range of candles (actual FAVE), still life art prints in collaboration with photographer Claire Mossong, dried scented seasonals (potpourri for a new gen), dried floral bouquets (love this idea), and other limited edition projects. At the moment, in the pink-floored retail space out front, they have handmade steel and ceramic vases developed specially for their dried floral arrangements, blackened steel hanging racks, and a collab hand balm and cuticle oil.

Visit at 3b Central Road, Kingsland, Auckland.
Open Thursdays – Saturdays, or by appointment (check the MarkAntonia instagram or website).

Ah damn, now I want half a tree hanging from my ceiling.

The sweetest-smelling showroom, with MarkAntonia candles always alight.

Antonia really loves pink (you and me both, babeland)

Did you ever see a prettier workshop? Imagine coming to this ‘office’ every day to create…

MarkAntonia candles in Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring

Scented Dried Seasonals, also in Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring.
The dried flowers inside reflect the season the arrangement and scent is named for. 
Each comes with a l’il bottle of oils so you can keep the scent fresh

Still life art prints, styled by Antonia and shot by Claire Mossong

Top-up fragrance oils

Ceramic vases made especially for MarkAntonia

Buy ’em flowers that don’t wilt or need water

Antonia and Mark, feat. pink door.


Imagery captured by Auckland freelance photographer
Michelle Weir for The New

(You should hire her right meow).

 

03.11.2017

Boobs & Bananas


It doesn’t happen nearly often enough (I’m not complaining… I kind of am) and when it does, you gotta move fast. Wellington ceramic designer Felicity Donaldson has stocked up her Wundaire shop, with banana planters, boob vessels, a whole swag of her terrazzo range, and more. Time to treat yo self.

 

Photography & Styling by Bonny Beattie, Art Direction Felicity Donaldson

17.07.2017

With Love Woven Through


Photography & Styling by Indie Home Collective

 

Are these not the most exquisite woven hangings you’ve ever seen? Each one is a labour of love by Auckland-based Laine Toia, who was first taught to weave by her tupuna wahine as a young girl growing up in the Far North. A few years ago, recovering from a surgery, Laine was inspired to create her first wall hanging. She discovered the process of weaving to be almost like a meditation, and hasn’t stopped since.

Now a full-time weaver, Laine creates custom works for spaces of all kinds – from nurseries through to commercial locations, and continues to push and perfect her craft with each new piece.

Laine doesn’t have an online store. Instead, she works with each client to create a truly one of a kind piece, a piece that will perfectly compliment and complete their space, or mark a special occasion. I’m so pleased I get to show you those dreamy styled shots, but then straight after each one of those, a real good close-up… the detail is so beautiful, I’d even have a photographic print of one of these macro shots on my wall as art…)

Laine feels that she is also honouring her ancestors with her art form. She uses a number of centuries-old weaving techniques (alongside self-taught techniques she’s also now mastered), and says: “I know that my great grandmother, Apikaira was an amazing weaver who was taught by her mother. I come from a long line of weavers who made functional baskets and fishing nets for everyday life. My grandmother Maria, who was left-handed, wasn’t allowed to weave because it would always be crooked, so she was in charge of the plant gathering and prep instead. So I love how being left handed, I am able to use my hands to weave ‘not so crooked’ pieces of art.”

 

Laine Toia Bespoke Weaving

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