The Arts Menagerie doing the unthinkable
We`ve been fortunate in the last 35 years, without the orders, commissions, contracts, contacts, knowledge, retail outlets, artshows, customers, the goodwill and support of countless people none of it would have been possible. Its never been that easy, the creatives industries aren`t known for being a stable career!
Its time for fresh thinking as the economy falters at the mere sniffle of another analyst who still don`t want to remember GREED of the few got us into this mess. Being in the creative industries make it that much harder
So we are going to do the unthinkable for some, we have set up an Arts Organisation to be run with the help of other creatives, utilising our Ponsonby studio and gallery space, run events, website, workshops, share our knowledge and collaborate with other creatives. Whether an arts student, professional, part time craft worker, a retired opera singer or someone who just needs to connect with their creative side.
This is about giving something back, The Arts Menagerie is free.
This is no off the cuff idea, over the years I have been fortunate to meet entrepreneurs, academics, strategists, creatives who have shared their ideas and encouragement. Those people as well as our existing Customers, Retailer buyers, Art show organisers and Designers who specify our products makes this idea possible.
As I am also realist
To the typical New Zealand knocking machine..............don`t. its a very small country.
Ola Hoglund and Marie Simberg-Hoglund would have to be NZ's foremost artisans with a huge international reputation, so its a great accolade to have the ceramic lights included in their stunning new gallery, many of the pieces especially made for them. Their experience in galleries, craftmanship & shipping glassworks around New Zealand and overseas is a great asset.
Höglund Art Glass Studio and Gallery
Their studio and gallery are one of Nelson`s iconic attractions too.
OPEN DAILY Visitors welcome 10am – 5pm
(closed 1 January, Good Friday, Christmas & Boxing Day)
This new series of Handtool sculptures are inspired by a collection of Ronald`s great grandfathers work tools. It celebrates the trades as well explores family histories and connections. New tools are being added, starting with a recent commission for Hair Dressing scissors. Colours and details can also be customised more information here.......
The Ceramic Dome Jars have been recently commissioned for VIP Suites in the Ritz Carlton Shanghai. New patterns and detailing were created to reflect the Art Deco Interiors.
Pillow Talk is the debut collection from Romersk Sleepwear. Named after the 1959 romantic comedy “Pillow Talk”, the collaboration of velvets, silks, and florals take us back to a glamorous time where Elvis Presley topped the charts, Marilyn Monroe ruled the box office, Dior created the “new look”, and sugar was 8 cents a pound. This is our daughter Sophie`s exciting first venture and was recently launched in Melbourne .