Monk House Design

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Marta Katarzyna Buda is a freelance textile designer and maker based in Wellington, New Zealand. Alongside designing fabrics, her weaving practice, collaborations with other makers and an online store full of sourced wears, Marta & Doug have a daughter, Anouk. 

Throughout Marta's practice, she aims to create considered pieces that have sustainability and longevity in mind. She also exhibits her work, and through our conversation, talks about other creative projects such as Best Wishes, an online store for all things delicate and domestic that she co-runs with her partner, Doug.

Using traditional textile techniques to construct dialogues between colour, shape, and texture alongside using natural materials, Marta's loom-woven bags have a captive worldwide audience. Each strand signifies the time, energy and integrity that goes into making the bags and the finished product embodies this. 

We are thrilled to welcome Marta to Monk House Design and thank Doug for taking some pictures of their space in Wellington just before the Courier picked up our bags.  

Tell us about where you live? 

I live in Wellington -a small but complete city which marks the end (or the beginning) of the North Island of New Zealand. It's a hilly ocean town that is lush with greenery and views. It is possible to walk from one end of the central city to the other in less than an hour -although I don't go into the city very often these days. One is never far from the ocean or an incline in Wellington and it is often windy. There is something magnetic to Wellington and I have always come back here even when I have tried to leave.

Do you have a daily routine? What does that look like? 

My weekday routine revolves around my daughter Anouk's school day; the usual morning rush to school then the traffic back home, and then my workday begins. Because I work from home I have some little rituals I have to do before I can start work. These are not the indulgent kind of rituals I would like to have but I have accepted that tidying up the morning disorder is, for me, an important step to clear my head mentally and prepare my space to weave/sew/paint/draw/email/packing orders for Best Wishes -whatever it is that I am working on and is most urgent. My daylight workday strictly ends at 2:15 pm when I have to leave to pick up Anouk from school. Lately, most of my time has been spent weaving and I have little goals I set in my head early in the week. Because I try not to work when my daughter is at home I often have to work in the evenings to achieve the goals I have set myself. It's not an ideal balance but it works with my life as a mother. Beyond the morning routine of first and second coffee, our weekends are varied depending on what is happening in our lives. 

Can you tell us a little about Best Wishes Studio? 

Best Wishes is a little online shop I have with my partner Doug. We started 2 years ago with one product -a handwoven organic cotton towel made for us by a charitable trust in India. As a maker, I am sensitive to how things are made, from what and by who and this is reflected in the makers we work with for our own products as well as for the items we stock by other makers. It's a shop of the things we love and believe in and many of the products we stock are also made by people we love and believe in.

Three most used websites? 

Oh! The truth is so lame: Gmail, Netflix, a tie between my online banking and varying news sites? 

I don't really spend much time browsing the internet and when I do it's usually for specific things like trying to find a particular pair of shoes I saw on holiday that are 2 seasons old or something as equally boring as that! My friend Mary recently sent me a link to some great videos on Nowness; the "In Situ Reviews", it was a good reminder that there are great and interesting things on the internet. I also have a subscription to MUBI which is good when you need a break from the numbness of Netflix. 

Your plans for the rest of 2018? 

Survive the next 9 weeks of Anouk's final school term while making bags for an exhibition in Japan in January. This will all happen as if on fast forward and then I will feel even more manic until we go on holiday in mid-December to the far North of New Zealand to celebrate Christmas with family.