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.
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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....
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...
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... Read More
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... Read More
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. Read More
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.
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. Read More
"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! Read More
Based in the remote Golden Bay area of Nelson, Nick Feint is surrounded by national parks and lakes. The incredible beauty of this location has a deep impact on Nick's practice conceptually and can been seen in his delicate replications of native flora and fauna. Read more about this environmentally focused artist. Read More
The Loyal Workshop gives hope to women in India seeking to escape the sex trade by providing training and employment creating one of a kind leather goods in their workshop. We are thrilled to be able to take part in this project and become advocates for the women who make these satchels. Read more about the artisans and the beautiful story of hope behind this Kiwi owned business. Read More
October is Save The Kiwi month and its no surprise to us that Kiwis For Kiwi have made Kat Merewether an official ambassador. Her beautifully written and illustrated books feature the sassy, intelligent and nature loving character Kuwi...who happens to be a little Kiwi bird. Learn about Kat and take part in protecting Kiwi's with us. Read More
JS Ceramics is a family affair with Jenny Watt at the helm. Both the studio and Jenny's home are located in the harbour-side rural Te Puna, among orchards and lifestyle farms. Read more about her peaceful studio space and the process behind her creations. Read More