St Bathans Gallery
Name: John and Lesley Ecksmann
Business Name: St Bathans Gallery
Where are you from?: Central Otago
What do you sell at the market?: Laser engraved photography, gifts and souvenirs on timber
Where have you come from? Australia
Why did you choose to work in the medium you do?: We enjoy challenges, we get excited by new possibilities and we like to do things we haven't done before. When we moved to NZ 4 years ago the laser machine quickly became the creative outlet and change we had been looking for, combining that with the amazing qualities of wood has been very rewarding.
What do you love about the market?: We love the high quality of the products that the wonderfully talented stall holders at the market produce, and to be able to present them to a world audience in such a beautiful and vibrant setting is unsurpassable.
Who is your biggest inspiration?: We would have to say our parents and their free spirited approach to life, to travel and explore.
What's the one thing you can't live without?: Each other.
What has been your biggest adventure?: There are two that are hard to separate, the first was travelling around Australia for 3 years when we were younger. The second is our big move to NZ and travelling this country for 18 months in a motor home, finding and photographing places that most visitors do not get to see.