Projects: 2017 / 2016 / 2014 / 2013 / 2012


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We are a design store based in Christchurch, Aotearoa NZ, and our focus is on supporting and promoting local artists and creatives.

As part of maintaining our creative discipline and focus on our core values, we will be photo documenting a different creation each day that showcases the wealth of creative talent in our beautiful city. Each item must be created or designed by a local Canterbury based artist/designer/creator, and available for purchase in one of our HAPA stores.

As our city rebuilds around us its important to continue to value and acknowledge the creatives, the misfits, the dreamers... and the small businesses that showcase them.

We are the cracks in the pavement, the foraged flowers from demolition sites, the opportunities that arise from chaos...and we are beautiful MAURI ORA!


Day 17: On A High

These giraffes are handmade in Christchurch by Carol Hallett. Carol is our very first supplier, she turned up prior to us opening the first HAPA store with these beauties, and we fell in love with their workmanship and personalities. They even featured in a TVNZ interview we did prior to opening, and for months afterwards people would come in asking about the giraffes they saw on the tv!

Carol is a little like her giraffes, she's shy at times, but has a huge personality and an even bigger talent. And oh such beautiful eyes!!

Over the last few years Ive thrown all sorts of challenges her way - Carol, can you make me a stuffed Scaups duck? Carol, can you make me a scarf with a foxes head? And the latest challenge - Carol, can you make me a knitted rugby ball?!

And every time she says - yes, I reckon I can :)

PS watch this space, rugby balls will be ready this week in time for the Lions tour!