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Folk­lore in Clyde

Your Home and Garden - - Contents - Text by Fiona Ralph. Pho­tog­ra­phy by Guy Fred­er­ick.

The stars of Folk­lore are a host of New Zealand-made pieces de­signed by Sarah and Todd which fea­ture the pair’s pho­tos of Cen­tral Otago and the wider South Is­land. As well as linen cush­ions, cash­mere scarves, note­cards and fur­ni­ture, there is a range of soaps, skincare and can­dles pack­aged in their prints. They’ve also de­signed ce­ram­ics, log car­ri­ers and chop­ping boards. “Sarah has a back­ground in graphic de­sign and we wanted to be able to share the im­ages in more de­sign-led medi­ums,” the cou­ple say.

Hand­made ce­ram­ics de­signed by Sarah and Todd fea­ture a de­pic­tion of the Cen­tral Otago land­scape, which is dear to the cou­ple’s hearts. The South Is­lan­ders, who met at Can­ter­bury Uni­ver­sity, have lived in the area for 10 years and were in Dunedin prior to that. Their cur­rent home lies be­tween Clyde and Alexan­dra. “As land­scape pho­tog­ra­phers we re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the gen­uine four sea­sons that oc­cur in Cen­tral Otago.” They were in­spired to pur­sue land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy af­ter a year in Canada’s Rocky Moun­tains.



Af­ter 10 years as land­scape pho­tog­ra­phers and the own­ers of a com­mer­cial stu­dio, Sarah and Todd Sis­son launched Folk­lore in 2016, with the ad­join­ing Sis­son Gallery open­ing last year to dis­play the pair’s pho­tog­ra­phy.

The build­ing that houses Folk­lore and Sis­son Gallery was de­signed to fit in with Clyde’s her­itage precinct. Todd built the store fit­tings him­self, while Sarah, a for­mer Your Home and Gar­den ed­i­to­rial as­sis­tant, planned the lay­out.

Along­side their own pieces, the cou­ple stock lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional prod­ucts se­lected with a fo­cus on nat­u­ral tex­tures and unique crafts­man­ship. There is Moroc­can

glass­ware by Beldi, Deejo knives from France and hand-felted woollen rugs by Nepalese brand Muskhane, as well as an ar­ray of plants, fur­ni­ture,

table­ware, jew­ellery and more.

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