Learn the art of Shibori...

 Photography and styling by Bonny Stewart-Macdonald

To the several thousand of you from Wellington who stop by Fancy every week... Your local (Newtown) learn-and-make space, The Neighbourhood Studio, are kicking off a series of one-day workshops teaching the art of Shibori. The first in the series is happening May 14th, and you're gunna learn how to dye fabric with natural materials, and create repeat patterns using traditional Shibori techniques.

More details or book your place (spaces limited to 8 people), go here.

For the rest of us, I just though these images (shot and styled by Wellington photographer Bonny Stewart-Macdonald) were too yummy not to share...

Knot by knot - modern macrame by NZ's Nalani Gloor...

Nalani Gloor started Knotty Bloom as a little creative side project. But - as things we love often do - it's bloomed into its own business, with a sunny studio space at home, an online shop, and stockists in the USA, Australia and New Zealand. 

Originally from California, Nalani moved from Melbourne to New Zealand with her partner Jesse just over a year ago, the two deciding to dial down the big city pace and enjoy a more laid back beachside lifestyle in Tauranga.  Nalani's mother taught her the art of macrame when she was quite young. She picked it up again a couple of years ago, and says she hasn't been able to stop since. For her, it's both a daily meditative, calming practise, and a natural extension of her interior design work (Nalani is a degree-qualified Interior Architect). 

Every one of Nalani's pieces - from teeny knotted plant holders to massive modern wall hangings - is made using locally-sourced New Zealand-made fibres. 

Knotty Bloom online store   /  Facebook   /   Instagram

Wishing back the long weekend, and a road-trip with one of these...

This long weekend, the husband and I took off on a roadie around Napier and the East Cape. 
Four days and four nights of pacific ocean surf, sunrises that turn valleys golden and sunsets that stain the landscape pink, roadside organic limes, bush-clad gorges, hidden waterfalls... Good God, this country is beautiful! That super cute couple in the photo up there agree with me. That's Beth and Joel, the 20-something duo behind new NZ outdoors brand Feldon Shelter.

You know how much I dig a story of following your passions; of creating a business out of what you love - so let me share this one with you...

After travelling and working abroad for a couple of years, Beth and Joel returned home, knowing they needed to get to work, but wanting to build a business of their own; one that would let them continue to enjoy their travel-loving lifestyle.

When fate put a roof tent in their path, they just knew. While the roof tent concept's been around since the 60's, there wasn't a tent designed here in New Zealand, and built specifically for NZ's unique conditions. So Beth and Joel created one. And, as they'd both yet to explore every corner of New Zealand, they headed out to road-test their first design.

They've spent the past year and a half designing, testing and refining - and travelling from Northland to the deep South - and then, just a month ago, launched Feldon Shelter and their Crow's Nest 2-man tent,.

The Crow's Nest features a built-in ErgoCell Queen mattress so it's super comfy, and was designed with small vehicles in mind - so they'll fit on a 4x4, but also a little hatchback. There's a very impressive list of specs and features built into every Feldon Shelter, you can read more about those here

Until you're able to head off on a roadie yourself, you can live vicariously through Beth and Joel's adventures - they record all their trips and share beautiful photos on Instagram and Facebook, plus they have a travel journal (and online 'camping handbook') on their website.

Feldon Shelters are available to buy online - or you can visit their workshop in Auckland's Kumeu, for a full rundown and a play inside one of the tents.

Amane and Me ceramics:

The beautiful mind behind Amane & Me is 29 year old Amane Cárdenas. 9 to 5 she works as a graphic designer in an Auckland studio (she moved here with her partner and her daughter 5 years ago, from her home in Mexico City), but after hours, she spends time on her personal project - the imaginary world of Amane & Me.

She brings her cast of characters to life through illustration, on clay, fabric and print. Along with these ceramics, Amane & Me produces tote bags, and an annual zine. An online store is in the works, but for now, you can buy Amane & Me at regular craft markets around Auckland, or by following the Amane & Me Facebook or Instagram.

Happy Sunday, lovers x Here's a few Fancy S P A C E S:

Fave bits: bleached floorboards, simple black cabinetry, got hobs for days, and that massive vintage china cabinet. I want a massive vintage china cabinet for all of the things. 
Also, copper has been way overdone recently, but this is a perfect, considered usage. Approved.

The home of Australian illustrators Inaluxe (go see the whole home tour over at Apartment Therapy)

Amazing beachfront home (much more of this one over at SF Girl By Bay). Especially lovin' the oven, and that outdoor pendant light up there.

Mean green.

You guys know I love a bedroom bench seat. Bonus points for white-painted floorboards and nude linen. See the whole home at Decor8.

Someone needs to start a blog that only features studio apartments (like this kitchen/dining/bedroom/living room). I love seeing itty-bitty space design. 

Steal this idea: One outfit hanging on the wall looks cool. (You know how they tell you to put out your next-day's outfit the night before - does anyone do that?)
Also, you can have a sideboard in your bedroom - there are no rules.

Yaaaaaaas. Minimal, but not austere. Super clean, but super soft.
Also, I spy brass bedside-light/shelving.

What are all these Scandinavians doing with so much wrapping paper in their homes? Every second place has a basket full of paper rolls next to their desk. Do they go to more birthday parties than us? Are they organising lots of lucky dips?

And finally, because Sundays are for crinkly autumn-toned linen.
And kittehs.

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