Our Creative & Brave People

NEWS- NEW ARTIST BONNIE FRASER

NEWS- NEW ARTIST BONNIE FRASER

September 09, 2020

We are thrilled to have this talented young lady on board at Creative & Brave. Like many of our artists she is based in Aucklands Waitakere, a beautiful and inspiring place to live for any artist with a passion for capturing our native birds.
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ARTIST STORY- IRINA VELMAN AND JULIAN HINDSON

ARTIST STORY- IRINA VELMAN AND JULIAN HINDSON

September 09, 2020

Our ever popular West Coast artist Irina Velman is joined by a new addition to our whanau, Julian Hindson. Julian is also from Auckland so we are super chuffed to be supporting a couple of Aucklanders like us emerging from the undergrowth of level 3! Enjoy these gorgeous new works.
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ARTIST STORY- NICK VON K

ARTIST STORY- NICK VON K

September 09, 2020

Over the 30 years we have been in business we have supported many of Aotearoa's most talented and unique jewellers. Nick Von K certainly fits into this category, so you can imagine our delight when we had the chance to release his Huia range exclusively ... 
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The Mythical Huia Bird

The Mythical Huia Bird

September 02, 2020

This year we have decided to focus on some of our most distinguished endemic creatures. First up has to be the Huia bird. Its almost mythical legacy is one of nobility and loss. For those you who have not heard of the history of this beautiful and now extinct bird we present this wonderfully told tale by Michael Szabo.
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Belinda Fergusson Owner of Creative & Brave

NEWS- Our Belinda Opens Up To The NZ Herald About Covid 19

August 24, 2020

Former accountant Belinda Fergusson talks to the NZ Herald about buying into a small retail chain, the risks around having your business tied into your house and negotiating rent relief with landlords from the first round of lockdown.

What does your business do?

Creative & Brave is made up of six Auckland retail stores and an online store and we consider ourselves part of a little ecosystem representing more than 100 artists, jewellers, ceramicists and designers as we sell their Kiwi-made products....

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NEWS - WE GET CREATIVE & BRAVE BY CHANGING OUR NAME!

NEWS - WE GET CREATIVE & BRAVE BY CHANGING OUR NAME!

October 02, 2018

We have always felt that Texan Art Schools was a bit confusing for our customers, especially those just getting to know us; what did we have to do with Texas or Texans?!? Were we a school?? Or did we sell art supplies??

However, it wasn't easy to find a new name for such an iconic business that's been around for so long, we really wanted to find the right name...

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NEWS - OUR NEW STUDIO VISITS SEGMENT TAKES OFF!

NEWS - OUR NEW STUDIO VISITS SEGMENT TAKES OFF!

June 20, 2018

We have long wanted to share more of our artist stories with you and are pleased to announce the start of our Studio Visits segment! Working a long side talented local makers and designers is such a privilege, hearing their stories, watching them grow and retailing their products is a delight. Our Studio Visits are a way for us to bring you into this world, read more about this new journey and how you can follow us...
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NEWS - PAINTED PACIFIC POTTERY CELEBRATE LOYALTY WITH US

NEWS - PAINTED PACIFIC POTTERY CELEBRATE LOYALTY WITH US

May 02, 2018

Our loyalty club has been created specifically to reward you. If it weren’t for you, our supporters, fans and repeat customers we wouldn’t be going as strong as we are today…26 years and counting! Consider yourself a patron of all the talented artists, suppliers and small business owner's whose products currently grace our shelves and walls. Read more about our month of loyalty club celebrations and learn how to sign up here...
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ARTIST STORY - FINN MOUNTIAN

ARTIST STORY - FINN MOUNTIAN

May 02, 2018

Finn Mountain is a creative young man who has just started out on his journey as a businessman and ceramicist. He has a natural talent for the craft from envisioning designs and glazes through to completion. Read more including Finn's own gorgeously written bio.
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Behind The Scenes- Mr Chow the studio cat

Behind The Scenes- Mr Chow the studio cat

February 13, 2018

Read how over the course of a few cuddles, scraps and losses (of certain body parts) Mr Chow becomes an integral part of the Borrowed Earth studio team. We are thrilled to present Adele’s account of the life of Mr Chow.

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NEWS- Planting Kahikatea Trees With Martyn Milligan

NEWS- Planting Kahikatea Trees With Martyn Milligan

November 30, 2017

The giant and majestic Kahikatea trees are ancient survivors from the Jurassic period and once dominated the skylines of much of New Zealand’s swampy lowland areas. With the help of jeweller Martyn Milligan we are re-sewing the Kahurangi forest with these prehistoric beauties. Have you taken part in tree planting projects? Or nursed a tree sapling and planted it somewhere special? Its a pretty special moment and Martyn has hundreds of wee saplings ready and waiting to set roots in the Kahurangi forest.
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News- Look for sustainably made gifts

News- Look for sustainably made gifts

November 14, 2017

"A quick scroll on Pinterest will show you that there are some clever folks out there making awesome things from materials that would otherwise have been biffed." Our Te Huia cushions are right at the top if you are looking for sustainably made gifts so we were chuffed to see them featured in Your Home and Garden's Christmas edition for all to see!
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