Meet The Makers

Daniel Phipps

Daniel Phipps
A builder, joiner, and woodworker, Daniel has been working with wood, in one form or another, for the past 30 years. Over the decades, he has created everything from custom kitchen cabinets and fire surrounds to outdoor furniture, children’s toys, and unique timber artwork. Recently, Daniel has begun focusing on creating pieces entirely from native New Zealand timber species. All of the wood he uses is either salvaged from building sites, milled from trees which were downed in one of the South Island’s periodic wind storms, or driftwood collected from the one of the many Banks Peninsula beaches. Daniel’s fuel for woodworking is the fascination of the limitless designs, styles, and creations that can be wrought through wood.

Mary Townshend

Mary Townshend
Mary has been working with leadlight and stained glass windows for the past 15 years. As well as crafting original, one-of-a-kind pieces, Mary also rescues and restores damaged windows. Following the February 2011 Christchurch earthquakes, Mary became a frequenter of the many demolition companies around Canterbury where she recovered windows from many of the city’s classic villas, historic cathedrals, and iconic shops. Although she has an appreciation for all styles, she takes particular inspiration from the art nouveau and art deco designs. She frames her artwork so they can easily be inserted into existing widows or hung by chain either inside or out.

Plum Billy - Astrid Erasmuson

Plum Billy - Astrid Erasmuson
When we moved to Port Chalmers in 2017, I was enchanted by the abundance of native bird life that we’re so lucky to have visiting our garden. Inspiration struck, and I started creating prints and patterns inspired by these lovely birds.With a background in Graphic Design, and a passion for sewing and creating things, I’ve been dreaming of having my own designs printed on fabric for a long time.  The first tiny test run of scarves and swaddles were so popular at our little community market that I decided to jump in headfirst and order a much larger run of fabric. Since then, my range of products has expanded and I now make scarves, swaddles, tea towels, scatter cushions and more.           

Koromiko Creations - Sandra Staples

Koromiko Creations - Sandra Staples
Living in Diamond Harbour, after retiring, I decided to purchase an industrial sewing machine to help fill my days doing something I just love!  Creating has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember.  So now I happily sit in my sewing room, listening to music making my Koromiko Creations.  I do have a lot of help and advice from Lily and Twinks the teenage cats and a solid base of friends who are my review panel. With the tranquillity and peaceful serenity our little bay has to offer...what more can I ask  for when it comes to inspiration and sense or purpose? My husband and I collect the materials we need to make our "Save the Planet" bags, then I set to work  can so Heart and Soul Gallery can bring them to you. Thank you for helping us reduce landfill waste by purchasing our bags.  The more we sell, the more we save and the more we can do for our environment. Many thanks, Sandra.