Where are your products made?
I make all of my tufted pieces and card holders in my wee studio in Mangawhai Heads in Aotearoa.
I design all of my art prints and have them printed locally in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland, New Zealand).
The recycled acrylic bag tags and wooden pins are designed by me in Aotearoa and then made in the UK. I have selected this company as they are environmentally conscious and pro active about looking after our planet. At this point in time I am also unable to find a manufacturer closer to Aotearoa who is able to work with recycled acrylic and sustainable woods.
What are your wall hangings made from?
I use a combination of repurposed, secondhand and new yarns when making my wall hangings. I use both acrylic and wool yarns and make sure I note on the listings if an item is vegan friendly (i.e not made with wool).
As I buy as much yarn as I can second hand, I use a burn test to determine if the fibre is natural or man made.
Each wall hanging is finished with a felt backing, a label with my logo (also made in Aotearoa) and a loop for hanging.
Why recycled, repurposed and sustainable materials?
As a consumer I have become so much more aware of my spending habits and the impact that these have on our planet. Personally I have stepped away from purchasing fast fashion and prefer to buy second hand or from small businesses who value ethical and/or sustainable practices.
I have always been someone who loves a good DIY challenge and experimenting with materials so that has lead me to create products using a variety of second hand materials. So far billboard vinyl scraps, recycled acrylic and yarn are proving to be a lot of fun to work with. I'm sure I will be adding to this list as I'm always on the hunt for fun materials to create with!
Any other questions?
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