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...kia ora
and welcome...
to my island
of fabulousness...

Art, craft and design to support consciousness and healthy concepts of living together on this planet.

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cloudyarn - corespun mohair and alpaca
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lampshade - handspun wool on wire, stitched leaves
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scarf - handspun and handwoven natural and plant dyed fibres
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Leaves cannot die #1 - Fibre sculpture detail -  misc fibres handspun on wire, baltic amber, stitched Pohutukawa leaves, driftwood - for the whole story check out my blog
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Be the change
you wish to see
in the world.

Mahatma Ghandi

Natural fibres and plant dyes have a special beauty and energy I adore. I knit, crochet, felt, weave, dye, eco-print and sew... although my passion is spinning local fibres in natural shades or in dyes from plants I collect. It's the slow process I love - creating with my hands from raw materials, something totally unique and sustainable.

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Accounting for Emissions - Brochure GIZ, detail
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Kaurifish
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Dom Bistro (Brazil), healty lunch bistro with a pomgranate tree in the backyard
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package design for a knitting kit - Wayby Wools, New Zealand
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Design interrelates with our everyday lives and has therefore the potential to change our world.

Design for a difference

As a Graphic Designer I get the chance to immerse myself in other peoples' lives, their abilities and views. I can use my skills to help in spreading ideas and messages to make the world a great place.

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The Systems Thinking Playbook for Climate Change, a toolkit for interactive learning - GIZ, detail
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The ancient Polynesian belief is that the artist is a vehicle through whom the gods can create.

Erenora Puketapu-Hetetmeeting

When I sit down and make my pictures I feel free - able to enter unexplored worlds without any rules and restrictions. All the critters of my soul are allowed to show up and connect with the real world. When I work on certain ideas I always incorporate the unexpected!

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spinning

Love is paying attention.

William V. Pietsch

I'm Isla, an Artist and Designer currently living in South Taranaki, New Zealand. My main concept of life is being in the moment, which means 'paying attention to all kind of things fully' and I strongly believe that humans should use their ingenuity for healthier concepts of living together on this planet.

I was born on an Island in the Baltic Sea - raised in a country which no longer exists. I studied Interior Design and Graphic Design in Germany, and lived and worked as a Freelance Designer in Berlin, Italy and Ireland.

I'm passionate about exploring the unthinkable - admiring the 'beauty with lack of intentions' - in nature, art works and life! Eventually I hope to live off my own permaculture food forest and fibre heaven - together with my husband and many other creatures!

If you are interested in something or if you wish to leave a comment feel free to email me at: isla@islafabu.com or connect with me on Facebook or Instagram.

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Creating space

October 2018

I admit when it comes to mother nature's treasures I'm a hoarder - shells, leaves, pebbles, driftwood, sticks, rusty objects.. I also find beauty in every little yarn scrap or tiny fibre residue and can't just throw them away. So what do you do when you are not blessed with a big studio? There is no other way then making space from time to time. Otherwise instead of being inspired I'm starting to feel overwhelmed by all the possibilities and although I'm surrounded by my vast collection I'm not looking at it any more.  Read more...

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