All posts filed under: Design

Environmental Artists | Nature meets waste

At WHT we love nothing more than artists who can produce sensational bodies of work using naturally occurring materials or even waste products such as plastic bottles, ocean detritus and outmoded CDs as their primary resource. American stick work artist Patrick Dougherty studied hospital and health administration before returning to North Carolina University to complete a degree in art history and sculpture. Using carpentry skills, he began exploring tree saplings as a sculptural material. Starting with single trees, his work soon evolved to a monumental scale and over the past 30 years, Dougherty has produced more than 250 giant scale artworks and become internationally acclaimed. Two beached fish on Botafogo beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil were the marketing tool chosen to promote the UN Conference on Sustainable Development at the Rio+20 in 2012. Made entirely from plastic bottles, the enormous installations were backlit at night to create a vivid light display. Scheduled 20 years on from the original Earth summit in 1992, Rio+20 was “a chance to move away from business-as-usual and to act to end …

Transform our world | United Nations Sustainability Development Goals

The United Nations has set down 17 aspirational global goals for a more equitable, greener and healthier planet by the year 2030. The Sustainability Development Goals are a universal “call to action” to end poverty and hunger, obliterate gender inequality, triumph over climate change and improve clean water and sanitation globally, to name a few. For change to occur, it is essential that companies, governments, and individuals collaborate to work towards making an impact. It’s the small things that count such as turning off lights, drying clothes in the sunshine, and saving on paper by using a notebook instead of printing screeds of documents from your printer. We’ve heard it all before but cutting down on waste by composting, using a recyclable coffee cup, shopping vintage, buying “funny fruit”, and walking instead of driving, are small and achievable adjustments to our daily routines. They’re all within our humble capabilities. When governments and corporations get onboard, then change can have a more significant impact. Our parent company Sproutworld has opted to focus on improving education and has …

Interview: Kelly White | Vintage Collector

Meet Kelly White, who collects everything from vintage handmade to vintage homespun with battery rescue hens in between. Words by Meryl Hancock, photographs by Ken Brass. You could be forgiven for thinking it’s a blonde Shirley Temple who answers the front door of a brick cottage in the Sydney suburb of Kyeemagh. Bold ringlets, a vintage print dress with a delicately scalloped neckline, perfectly coordinated clogs and an adorable smile greet Australian Country. Oh, and the exuberance of youth. I’m waiting for the improvised tap dance. Instead Kelly White motions us into her hallway and my eyeballs start to swivel. The show begins with a wall of vintage plates to the left, a vivid shower of retro skirts to the right and two sociable chooks that keep bobbing in and out of the frame. It is captivating and we’ve only seen a snippet. Growing up surrounded by treasures, such as her great grandfather’s paintings and her mother’s antique and contemporary quilts, Kelly has continued a collecting tradition. The house is brimming with history as it was …

Interview: NZ designers | George and Willy

We love a feel-good story of childhood friends who end up working together because they share the same passions. New Zealand designers and makers George Wilkins and Will McCallum have done just that and judging by their after-hours fishing and rafting trips and the helicopter spotting game they created, their friendship certainly doesn’t seem to have suffered. The founders of George and Willy design, make and produce quality handmade goods – all things they wanted or needed themselves. It’s the process of making and creating that spurs them on. As they say on their blog: ‘We love making stuff … it is our passion and it continues well after the working day is done. Many after-work hours are spent here in the workshop, creating and bringing to life personal projects we all get excited about.’ And here at Who’d Have Thought, we’re thrilled to be featuring one of their products, the Studio Roller in the store! The idea for it came from a roll of kraft paper, which developed into a simple wall-mounted bracket to hold the paper so that it …