Meet the maker

Meet talented artists, designers, artisans and craftspeople from all over Aotearoa New Zealand in Felt's featured maker interview series…
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Peter Coulter of Reclectica is an ex dentist, ex signwriter, now furniture maker and spoon carver. Peter has long had a fascination for green woodworking, but it wasn’t until a tree fell across his driveway that he took up spoon carving. Tree Felling, Green Woodworking, Signwriting, Blog Categories, Wooden Spoons, Carver, Driveway, Dentist, Fascinator
Beautiful and useful: how a wooden spoon becomes an object of desire
Peter Coulter of Reclectica is an ex dentist, ex signwriter, now furniture maker and spoon carver. Peter has long had a fascination for green woodworking, but it wasn’t until a tree fell across his driveway that he took up spoon carving.
Kay Buchanan of Leather Creations has always had a passion for the arts – be it music, craft, painting, drawing, photography, theatre, costuming or film. Add to this a deep commitment to the ethics of her work and the inspiration of living in Aotearoa, and the result is her truly beautiful, fantastical range of leather and textile clothing and accessories. Ethics, Leather Working, Kay, Commitment, Theatre, Goth, Maker, Passion, Textiles
Costume, character and crafts(wo)manship: the leatherwork of Kay Buchanan
Kay Buchanan of Leather Creations has always had a passion for the arts – be it music, craft, painting, drawing, photography, theatre, costuming or film. Add to this a deep commitment to the ethics of her work and the inspiration of living in Aotearoa, and the result is her truly beautiful, fantastical range of leather and textile clothing and accessories.
Like many makers, Christchurch craftsman Ben Teeuwen’s journey started with making handcrafted gifts that drew compliments and led to word-of-mouth interest. From that emerged a plan to fashion beautiful jewellery using natural timber and recycled copper. His shop name, Cobredera, comes from the two Spanish words for his favourite materials: cobre (copper) and madera (wood). Handcrafted Gifts, Christchurch, Craftsman, Timber, Compliments, Mouth, Spanish, Recycling, Two By Two
Copper, timber and time: the sculptural forms of Cobredera
Like many makers, Christchurch craftsman Ben Teeuwen’s journey started with making handcrafted gifts that drew compliments and led to word-of-mouth interest. From that emerged a plan to fashion beautiful jewellery using natural timber and recycled copper. His shop name, Cobredera, comes from the two Spanish words for his favourite materials: cobre (copper) and madera (wood).
An advert in a shop window was the first step in a new creative direction for Colleen Jamieson. In her hilltop cottage in the rural Northland district of Kaipara, she now weaves flax into beautiful kete, household items and traditional Māori clothing, while her daughter Dusk assists with the running of her Felt shop, Souly Fibre. Maori Designs, Maori Art, Northland, Hilltop, Shop Window, Flax, Botany, Household Items, Florence
The art and science of Souly Fibre
An advert in a shop window was the first step in a new creative direction for Colleen Jamieson. In her hilltop cottage in the rural Northland district of Kaipara, she now weaves flax into beautiful kete, household items and traditional Māori clothing, while her daughter Dusk assists with the running of her Felt shop, Souly Fibre.
Simonetta Ferrari makes her delicious Buoni Sapori condiments from the heritage organic produce of Gunyah Country Estate in Windwhistle, Canterbury. A member of the Selwyn Food & Wine Trail, Simonetta can also be found presenting her creations at the Hororata Highland Games and the Royal A&P Show in Christchurch. Highland Games, Organic Produce, Country Estate, Canterbury, Wine Recipes, Ferrari, Trail, Heritage
Featured seller: Buoni Sapori
Simonetta Ferrari makes her delicious Buoni Sapori condiments from the heritage organic produce of Gunyah Country Estate in Windwhistle, Canterbury. A member of the Selwyn Food & Wine Trail, Simonetta can also be found presenting her creations at the Hororata Highland Games and the Royal A&P Show in Christchurch.
Auckland-based Alex O’Connell of The Adventures of Alex O & Co named her crafting venture after the adventure of her own crafting journey – and her personality-filled, colourful, animal and pixie characters are testament to the liveliness and fun she’s found along the way. Connell, Auckland, Pixie, Alex, Purpose, Personality, Crafting, Artisan, Journey
Featured seller: The Adventures of Alex O & Co
Auckland-based Alex O’Connell of The Adventures of Alex O & Co named her crafting venture after the adventure of her own crafting journey – and her personality-filled, colourful, animal and pixie characters are testament to the liveliness and fun she’s found along the way.
Jack Faulkner of The Cabin Supply Co hails from Scotland, first coming here for a ski season six years ago. Constantly thinking about the next thing to make and learn, Jack’s so far dabbled in silversmithing, ceramics and letterpress (and leatherwork of course!) – and the back pocket of their jeans always has a stash of bits of paper with doodles on them. My Workspace, Peg Board, Work Space, Corner Desk, Home Office, Pegboard Storage, Vanity, Ski Season, Cabin
Featured seller: The Cabin Supply Co
Jack Faulkner of The Cabin Supply Co hails from Scotland, first coming here for a ski season six years ago. Constantly thinking about the next thing to make and learn, Jack’s so far dabbled in silversmithing, ceramics and letterpress (and leatherwork of course!) – and the back pocket of their jeans always has a stash of bits of paper with doodles on them.
Joe McMenamin describes himself as an an obsessive doodler. “I doodle everywhere. I even doodled on my arm and had it tattooed. The organic flowing doodle pattern that I use in most of my work has represented many different things, from birdsong to Darth Vader’s thoughts!” Doodle Patterns, Joes, Doodles, Darth Vader, Organic, Thoughts, Donut Tower, Doodle
Featured seller: Joe McMenamin
Joe McMenamin describes himself as an an obsessive doodler. “I doodle everywhere. I even doodled on my arm and had it tattooed. The organic flowing doodle pattern that I use in most of my work has represented many different things, from birdsong to Darth Vader’s thoughts!”
Sarita Muir’s love of animals is very apparent in her creations and in her day-to-day life, as she divides her time between design for her label Evelyn Rose Design and rescuing unwanted rabbits and guinea pigs. Sarita finds it an exciting time to be a designer-maker, saying “The digital printing age has really embraced small businesses, creating new opportunities to print small runs of fabric.” Muir, New Opportunities, Rose Design, Unwanted, Guinea Pigs, Evelyn, Rabbits, Small Businesses
Featured seller: Evelyn Rose Design
Sarita Muir’s love of animals is very apparent in her creations and in her day-to-day life, as she divides her time between design for her label Evelyn Rose Design and rescuing unwanted rabbits and guinea pigs. Sarita finds it an exciting time to be a designer-maker, saying “The digital printing age has really embraced small businesses, creating new opportunities to print small runs of fabric.”
Silk artist Kay Satherley paints in vibrant dyes onto Habotai silk in a rustic shed that’s cold in winter and hot in summer, but the ideal environment for her creative process. Inspired by her garden and natural surroundings north of Auckland, Kay has hand painted and sold well over a thousand pieces, each one unique. Rustic Shed, Dyes, Environment, Process, North, Vibrant
Featured Seller: Satherley Silks
Silk artist Kay Satherley paints in vibrant dyes onto Habotai silk in a rustic shed that’s cold in winter and hot in summer, but the ideal environment for her creative process. Inspired by her garden and natural surroundings north of Auckland, Kay has hand painted and sold well over a thousand pieces, each one unique.
Jo Drysdall may be familiar to many in the Felt community as Felt’s support desk operator, but she also has a horticultural alter-ego which manifests as Big Bunny, the long-eared proprietor of a Felt shop specialising in organic seeds and gardening goods, grown in her suburban Christchurch garden. Big Bunny, Organic Seeds, Alter Ego, Suburban, Felt, Gardening, Community
Featured Seller: Big Bunny
Jo Drysdall may be familiar to many in the Felt community as Felt’s support desk operator, but she also has a horticultural alter-ego which manifests as Big Bunny, the long-eared proprietor of a Felt shop specialising in organic seeds and gardening goods, grown in her suburban Christchurch garden.
Furniture maker and fine woodworker Natasha Courtney first came to New Zealand from the UK in 2001, backpacking with a working holiday visa. “The first place I went to was Waiheke Island, thinking I’d stay for a few days, but I ended up staying there for 10 years.�” She now lives and works on the Coromandel Peninsula handcrafting beautiful furniture, and smaller items such as jewellery boxes and chopping boards. Working Holiday Visa, Working Holidays, Jewellery Uk, Jewellery Boxes, Waiheke Island, Coromandel, Chopping Boards, Peninsula, Courtney
Featured seller: Natasha Courtney
Furniture maker and fine woodworker Natasha Courtney first came to New Zealand from the UK in 2001, backpacking with a working holiday visa. “The first place I went to was Waiheke Island, thinking I’d stay for a few days, but I ended up staying there for 10 years.” She now lives and works on the Coromandel Peninsula handcrafting beautiful furniture, and smaller items such as jewellery boxes and chopping boards.
Holly Dark of Little Laneway Design is a designer and print artist based in Hamilton. From her home studio she produces a range of uncluttered and cheerful New Zealand-inspired designs, which she turns into lovely decor and homewares. Bed Pillows, Cushions, Cotton Pillow Cases, Main Bedroom, Home Studio, Unclutter, Print Artist, Hand Print, Sweet Home
Featured seller: Little Laneway Design
Holly Dark of Little Laneway Design is a designer and print artist based in Hamilton. From her home studio she produces a range of uncluttered and cheerful New Zealand-inspired designs, which she turns into lovely decor and homewares.
Deborah Sax of Piccalilli takes vintage wool blankets, haberdashery and accessories, and turns them into impeccably tailored and beautifully finished children’s clothing. Deborah combines these vintage finds with contemporary fabric to make beautiful and robust modern day heirloom garments. Vintage Wool, Vintage Finds, Piccalilli, Contemporary Fabric, Sax, Haberdashery, Wool Blanket, Heirlooms, Robust
Featured seller: Piccalilli
Deborah Sax of Piccalilli takes vintage wool blankets, haberdashery and accessories, and turns them into impeccably tailored and beautifully finished children’s clothing. Deborah combines these vintage finds with contemporary fabric to make beautiful and robust modern day heirloom garments.
Talented yarn wrangler Jina Voyce of White Noise Maker (known on Felt as Houseshoes) produces gorgeous made-to-measure crochet slippers for men and women, as well as very snuggly mittens. Her robust construction techniques, combined with interesting ornamentation and vibrant colour schemes mean her creations are practical and attractive – just the thing for these chilly winter days! Noise Makers, White Noise, Crochet Slippers, Winter Day, Colour Schemes, Wrangler, Mittens, Attractive
Featured seller: Houseshoes
Talented yarn wrangler Jina Voyce of White Noise Maker (known on Felt as Houseshoes) produces gorgeous made-to-measure crochet slippers for men and women, as well as very snuggly mittens. Her robust construction techniques, combined with interesting ornamentation and vibrant colour schemes mean her creations are practical and attractive – just the thing for these chilly winter days!