Husband-and-wife duo Sarah and Todd Sisson are putting Clyde on the destination-shopping map with their unique homeware store and photography gallery
Folklore is the homeware store in Clyde you need to visit
After 10 years as landscape photographers and the owners of a commercial studio, Sarah and Todd Sisson launched Folklore in 2016, with the adjoining Sisson Gallery opening last year to display the pair’s photography.
The stars of Folklore are a host of New Zealand-made pieces designed by Sarah and Todd which feature the pair’s photos of Central Otago and the wider South Island. As well as linen cushions, cashmere scarves, note-cards and furniture, there is a range of soaps, skincare and candles packaged in their prints. They’ve also designed ceramics, log carriers and chopping boards. “Sarah has a background in graphic design and we wanted to be able to share the images in more design-led mediums,” the couple say.
Handmade ceramics designed by Sarah and Todd feature a depiction of the Central Otago landscape, which is dear to the couple’s hearts. The South Islanders, who met at Canterbury University, have lived in the area for 10 years and were in Dunedin prior to that. Their current home lies between Clyde and Alexandra. “As landscape photographers we really appreciate the genuine four seasons that occur in Central Otago.” They were inspired to pursue landscape photography after a year in Canada’s Rocky Mountains.
The building that houses Folklore and Sisson Gallery was designed to fit in with Clyde’s heritage precinct. Todd built the store fittings himself, while Sarah, a former Your Home and Garden editorial assistant, planned the layout.
Alongside their own pieces, the couple stock local and international products selected with a focus on natural textures and unique craftsmanship. There is Moroccan glassware by Beldi, Deejo knives from France and hand-felted woollen rugs by Nepalese brand Muskhane, as well as an array of plants, furniture, tableware, jewellery and more.
Folklore, 19 Holloway Street, Clyde
03 449 2998
Words by: Fiona Ralph. Photography by: Guy Frederick.