In a world that often rushes past the intricacies of life and love, Ophelia Mikkelson and Ryder Jones invite us into their own secluded haven on New Zealand's North Island.
In this series, Ophelia and Ryder turn the lens on each other, as the talented creative duo crafted an intimate and playful self-shoot series that explores the deep connection that binds them sharing insights into their creative origins, artistic intentions, and the sacred life rituals that nourish their creativity.
You live in a fairly unique corner of the world, describe how special it is to us.
Our life is very entwined with the ocean. It is a place we draw close too. Living outside of the city brings a sense of calm and space that feels important to us.
Lucy Folk as a brand is grounded in origins and craftsmanship, give us an insight into your creative origins as a couple.
We met at art school, Ryder was 19 and I was 21. Almost 12 years ago now. I think one of the many things that drew us together from the start was our distinct visual languages. We both knew what we liked aesthetically. We worked very differently— Ryder would master a skill by working in series, trying things out, experimenting prolifically with materials. I floated a little more —lead by chance encounters (men carrying flowers), drawn to subtle gesture (an impression of two hands holding) and materials that were impermanent. Ryder would go home (to the beach) each weekend to see his family and go beach-combing and return with things he would find— I would so look forward to seeing him each Monday to see what he had found, and more what he would do with them.
What is your idea of a perfect day?
Sunshine, toast, finding shells and swimming in warm water.
What inspires you?
Moments of grace.
How do you live your life with intention?
By being in nature.
Do you have a morning ritual that helps you start your day?
We listen to music first thing, I feel like that it sets the mood for the day.
Most treasured possession (besides kids and each other!)
Since we moved to our home three years ago, I have found 10 four leaf clovers. I framed the first one I found for our son for his first birthday. And the second two (I found them both at once as they were entwined) to Ryder for our ten year anniversary. I love them. I never tire of looking down and seeing one!
Favourite place in the world?
Aside from home (our house and Aotearoa) — Naoshima Island, Japan. Also, the island of Kauai where Ryder was born is very special to us.
What is your idea of happiness?
These days happiness is a sound: the sound of Ryder and our son laughing.
What piece of clothing/accessory/jewellery makes you feel most like yourself?
My wedding ring, I really love it.
Cha Cha Real Smooth and Away We Go.
I read cookbooks like someone would a novel. My dear friend Carter's cookbook is one I have been reaching for lately.
What do you need more time for?
What is on your Lucy Folk Wishlist?
Photography: Ophelia and Ryder
On location: New Zealand
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