Paikea Designs offers handcrafted headpieces, caplets and flowers across Sydney. Each item is carefully created by business owner Angela Paikea, who believes the art of weaving together materials or plants has a way of uniting and building people, connecting them in a way that encourages, uplifts and frees spirits. The name ‘Paikea’ – meaning ‘tame whale’ – is from her father’s line of chiefs.  By developing this business, Angela is building on her family heritage and doing what she loves… help others.

An artist designer and weaving facilitator from Whangarei in the North Island, New Zealand, Angela migrated to Australia with her children in 2012 for a fresh start. While she misses the sea, smell and seafood of her hometown, and its beauty and simplicity, she now enjoys life in Sydney where – if not crafting – she can be found singing, playing guitar, spending time with her children, and laughing  joyfully.