Artist Profile: Borrowed Earth Design



Richard Butterworth
Ngati Porou, English

Adele Robinson
Fijian, English

Richard and Adele work in their purpose built studio based in Auckland and have been working with clay for a significant part of their lives. Clay will always be the foundation of Borrowed Earth’s artistic expression, however, they are currently enjoying exploring the use of their designs on fabric by creating a new range of reclaimed and upcycled furniture and interior design products which illustrate the beauty and uniqueness of Maori kowhaiwhai patterns. Richard and Adele have a vision to become a lifestyle brand known for handmade processes and sustainable choices that are NZ made.

“We live in an inspiring landscape where nature is always close. Our backgrounds and where we live are entrenched in all of our designs and we are committed to producing handmade works that are made to last and proudly share our stories of Aotearoa with the rest of the world.

Our mission is to bring pattern, texture and colour into your home. To embrace sustainability without compromising quality. Together we can make positive changes to the world by the choices we make everyday.”

Manaaki whenua manaaki tangata haere whakamua.
Care for the land, care for the people, go forward.