To kick off our 2020 Meet the Makers series, we are heading to Northland, Aotearoa to meet with Carly Low, the brains and hands behind Fair + Square soapery - artisnal, handmade, cold-pressed soaps making all that is natural, luxurious.
(Oh and if anyone is looking for me I am out busily collecting skimming stones)
What is the gift you have give that you are most proud of?
An antique suitcase (found in an op-shop) full of flat round skimming stones I spent countless days searching for on the shores of lakes and rivers. It weighed about 15kg.
If you could give anything to anyone, what would it be and why?
A genuine smile to a stranger, because it is free, it brings joy to the recipient and everyone returns a smile.
One x $50 gift or ten x $5 gifts?
One x $50 gift because quality wins over quantity every time.
What is your favourite Christmas food/tradition?
Spending time with my large boisterous family, drinking and eating in to the wee hours of the morning.
What is the favourite gift you have received and why?
My greenstone necklace from my Mum. It is a fairly chunky, full round circle with a hole in the middle, perfect size for my index finger. I hold it multiple times a day and every time I do, it makes me think of my Mum and how amazing she is.
Do you still have it?
Yes, I never take it off, it has been around my neck for eighteen years and counting.