Embrace Design and Fellow Artists
Embrace Design and Fellow Artists opened in November 2018. It was an exciting new step in our business plan. Opening our shop was important for us as well as the community. Like many artists we had lost a massive collaborative retail space known as CraftWorld/Nzique in the last quarter of 2018. For many of us it was one of the few retail spaces we occupied.
We located a shop that had been empty for a while down the road from our workshop however the shop would be too big for us alone. It was a difficult time with Christmas just ahead of us so we reached out to our friends who we met on markets and offered spaces to them in our new shop.
We have felt welcomed by the Tawa community, many tell us they are happy to support handmade art by locals. Embrace Design and Fellow Artists started as a shop with only artists from Tawa, we have since branched out inviting artists from outside of the Wellington Region to join us as well.
180 Main Road Tawa, 5028 Wellington
Nikki crochets characters from Star Wars, Dr. Who, Harry Potter and fantasy creatures like unicorns or alien squids. Fan favourites include Yoda Hats, Daleks and Cat Bum Coasters.
Frabella Soaps are passionate about the land and keeping things natural. They follow organic practices to ensure their land and animals are kept in the best condition. They are excited to bring a slice of their paradise to you in their luxury goats milk soap. Frabella Soaps are handcrafted in small batches using traditional cold processed method, to preserve the natural goodness of their ingredients.
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Caroline grew up in the very centre of England, where the nearest beach was several hours away. Flowing behind the streets where she lived, there was a small brook that fed into the Sherbourne River. Now, living in Wellington, New Zealand, Caroline feels very lucky to have a plethora of waterways around her; from the rugged beauty of Makara beach, to the winding Pakuratahi River. In these places, she can put day to day life aside and allow inspiration to take seed. Whether that’s from the tui feeding on the flax that she walks past, or an idea in her mind that is given space to flourish. Here, by the water, is where Sherbourne Silver begins.
BOW WOW BOUTIQUE
Alex hand makes themed dog and cat collars, leads, harnesses and bandannas. Alex can customise leads, collars and harnesses to your pets’ needs and size.
THE WEAVING ARTIST
Jacqueline was fortunate enough to grow up in rural New Zealand which gave her a strong connection to the land. She is a self-taught artist who has been drawing and painting as long as she can remember. Since moving to the Wairarapa four and a half years ago, Jacqueline finally has the time and space to create and share her art with others, where the very soul of the people and the land begs you to be creative, in whatever form you choose.
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Sally is a fabric magpie! Bright colours, subtle tones and “out of the ordinary” designs feature in her creations. Sally chooses materials of excellent quality. Cottons, including certified organic where possible, calico, canvas and linen are her preference although she will feature occasionally vegan leather or P.U. If you prefer a carry all that is locally-made, well made, distinctive and without a store logo, check out the S Wish collection.
Sally is also pleased to offer Microwave Bowl Cosies in a variety of colours and patterns. The Bowl Cosies are perfect for protecting fingers and furniture very hot bowls and are designed to go in the microwave with the bowl. They are completely microwave safe, reversible, machine washable and also great for holding bowls of cold ice cream! The Bowl Cosies can be used to hold jewellery on a dresser, corral TV remotes, hold sewing supplies, keep keys near the front door and more.
Briony is a small artisan silversmith, making jewellery from her home in Ngaio, Wellington. She love colour and works with silver, gold plate, cold enamel and recycled objects, like ceramic tap tops. Briony named her business Star Stuff because of a Carl Sagan quote which points out that the atoms we, and everything around us, are made of were formed in the hearts of exploding stars - we are literally star stuff. She names her pieces in honour of the wonders of space.
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