JL’S Origins

“Growing up in New Zealand instilled in me a strong connection to nature and a deep appreciation for organic materials.”

Judith grew up on northern New Zealand’s Bay of Islands.

The beach was her playground—rocks were toys, and driftwood, seashells and seaweed were art supplies. For Judith, playing “house” meant drawing floorplans in the sand with a stick, dragging driftwood walls into place, then decorating her conjured spaces with seashells and kelp. At night, the tide came in and washed it all away, so she’d start again in the morning…