What inspired you to start your work?
Soap making has been in my family for generations, so I was destined to take up the practice at some point. With my easily irritated skin, making my own soaps, shampoos, skin care, and even laundry powder, was a necessity (I’ve even expanded into making my own dishwashing detergent!). But bored with the plain old soap bar, and inspired by the beauty and artistry of nature, I started getting a bit more creative with this family tradition. It was my mother that took it to the next level, using her skills as a chef to create soaps that looked good enough to eat!
Describe your creative space, where you bring to life your work?
Making skin care is not so different to cooking – especially when you’re making it look like food – so all my work is done in a kitchen.
What do you love most about your handmade business?
The thing I enjoy most about my work is working with materials from my own garden. There’s something primal about taking nature, things that I’ve watched grow from seedlings, and transforming it into things I can use to clean my hands or moisturise my face.
What are you most looking forward to about being at the Auckland Fair?
This is my first Auckland Fair, so I’m looking forward to showcasing my work to a new audience. I’m also always excited to meet fellow crafters, and checking out their creations.
What has been your biggest triumph to date?
My biggest triumph is creating a cake soap that looked so delicious, a little girl tried to take a bite out of it!
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