Welcome to the first of my Meet The Makers Series. The Artisan craft is so important to me. I cannot put into words the admiration and love I have for the Artisan makers I work with. So I decided to introduce them to you through a Meet The Makers Series, to give you insight into the importance of ensuring that these skills are celebrated and retained. First in the series is Nancy.
Nancy Huggard – Sewing Extraordinaire - Machinist
Nancy is a Sewing Extraordinaire, creating HB sewn goods. Pillowcases, Pouches, Sunglass cases, Cushion covers. Nancy always endeavours to perfect my pieces for my customers.
Nancy has been helping me create my made fabric pieces since I launched in 2018. She has a wealth of knowledge of all things stitched and sewn. Her background spans more than 50 years in the rag trade. Gathering skills learned from her family, she progressed into a career as an extremely skilled machinist. Specialising in structured pieces such as jackets and coats, she has worked with a plethora of NZ fashion designers – one of the more recent, Kate Sylvester.
She has helped my business in so many ways. Giving me insight into a process I knew very little about. She has solved all sorts of design complications, & we work together to look for ways to use all the fabric we have, ensuring our waste is extremely minimal.
Alongside being a Sewing Extraordinaire Nancy is a Mother of 3, Grandmother to 5, an amazing human, and gentle and caring soul. She loves her coffee ;-) And is an avid flower enthusiast.
The world is blessed to have such a wonderful and talented maker.
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Auckland-based artist Helen Bankers has always been attracted to the natural world. Her work has taken her around the world for a myriad of publications and brands, but when she’s not on assignment Helen loves exploring the creative side of photography.
“Throughout my career I’ve learnt a lot about the importance of leading a balanced life,” says Helen. “I realised that I have an overwhelming desire to produce a more artistic and illustrative side of work.”
Outside of her magazine and commercial projects, Helen can be found in her home studio creating work that celebrates the natural world. She has a sharp eye for detail and particularly likes working with flora and fauna.
“I’m inspired by the paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe, and Australian florists such as Saskia Havekes at Grandiflora. I enjoy looking at the fine form and intricacy of flowers and plants,” says Helen, who lives with her engineer husband Dan and daughter Isla, in the eastern suburbs.
“From that passion grew a series with a focus on botanical studies.”
The abstract images, which often combine close-up detail, colour and texture, form the basis of Helen’s Limited Edition Fine Art Prints collection.
As well as having a passion for photographing nature, Helen has a talent for interiors and portrait photography. “I have a love for people and interiors,” she says. “I love telling the story of someone’s life journey through their homes and how their homes reflect the lifestyle they lead,” she says.
*From my experience shooting interiors, I’ve been inspired to create a range of botanical images that people can enjoy in and around the home.”
Helen’s Limited Edition Fine Art Prints are available on this site.
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