Once upon a time... there was a land far away from all the other continents on earth with a unique flora and fauna and no mammals - this land was later called Aotearoa and then New Zealand. Amongst numerous endemic beings was a plant nowadays known as Harakeke, Phormium tenax or New Zealand Flax. When Maori settled in Aotearoa they discovered it's many unique qualities. It was an important fibre, medicine and food plant, and to this day treated as taonga/treasure. This is the "Beauty" in my little yarn story. It shall embody the natives, the beloved, the good. Read more...
to my island
Art, craft and design to support consciousness and healthy concepts of living together on this planet.
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.
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.
The ancient Polynesian belief is that the artist is a vehicle through whom the gods can create.
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!
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!