Y-Our Hands was started with the goal to encourage the involvement in hands based skills. We are a social enterprise designed to promote and foster creative industries. Our principle values include community, sustainability, and the development and preservation of local skill.
Rachel Mills and Maeve Woodhouse founded Y-Our Hands after each working with the local manufacturing community in their respective industries. They both realised the same struggles and roadblocks along the way. Many local manufacturers are now unable to sustain themselves, due to both a lack of business with the majority of manufacturing going offshore, and a lack of a younger generation wanting to learn the necessary skills to keep the integrity of the industries alive.
Rachel began teaching sewing and patternmaking workshops in 2017, after realising the workshops can be used as a tool to teach people the value of a product that has been made with care, rather than in a production line.
They then formulated the buy one, give one model together, as a means of getting people involved in both the making and supporting of locally made goods.
Maeve has trained in Melbourne as both a goldsmith and leather worker. She co-founded the jewellery brand Hera Saabi, and now divides her time between being the sole goldsmith for the brand, and collaborating on other projects. Maeve is all about supporting locally made.
Rachel has trained in fashion design and patternmaking. She learnt to sew from a very young age, with her mother being a sewing teacher, and is now incredibly passionate about maintaining the local make industry, and encouraging others to get involved. Rachel now divides her time between her eponymous clothing label, working as a freelance patternmaker, and running sewing and patternmaking workshops.
WRITING + ILLUSTRATION TEAM
Following her journalism degree, Jessica has written for multiple local fashion publications in Auckland, including NZ Herald Viva and Fashion Quarterly. Jessica is now residing in London and heads up our writing team.
Also living in London, is our illustrator and journalist Jeremy. Following on from being awarded junior features writer of the year at the Canon New Zealand Media Awards in 2014 and 2015, Jeremy then completed his Master of Arts in Journalism from Columbia University.