That’s me, artist, mum, wife, friend & badge maker. I’m a self confessed workaholic and I’m proud of it! I create fantastic bespoke name badges for my customers in my sunny Wellington studio. I love sending my badges all over the world and hearing they make people smile.
I’m lucky to have great support from my family; Steve and our two daughters Charlotte & Katie. My girls have watched me making badge orders since they were teeny tiny and both have creative talents.
I do find some time for a little fun outside of my studio. I enjoy long range target shooting and hunting with my husband and daughter Charlotte. My husband Steve & I have both represented New Zealand in F Class Rifle Teams and I have been in the New Zealand Ladies Rifle Team alongside my daughter Charlotte. I’m a club committee member as well as a NRANZ Council member.
Karyn’s daughter Katie is in charge of preparation work and our weekly dispatch of badge orders and she works part time while studying.
Katie’s passion is fashion and she is studying Fashion Technology, and is in her 3rd year of her Diploma course. With an great eye for fashion Katie has shown her creative talents from an early age.
Karyn’s daughter Charlotte worked for Just For You Name Badges both part time while studying and full time and is now focusing on her military career in the Royal New Zealand Air Force.
Her passion is long range target shooting and is a New Zealand Representative and has been a member of Under 25’s, Ladies and Open Palma teams competing in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA. In 2017 she won top Under 25 and Top Lady competitor in the national championships, and top scored for NZ in a match against Australia. Charlotte’s next major competition will see her competing on her home range at the 2019 Long Range World Championships.
Ruby our Hungarian Vizsla loves hanging out in the sunny studio. She supervises badge orders from her studio couch.
Ruby greets the courier on a Tuesday when he picks up the mail bag.
Ruby is a high energy dog and she’s all about having fun. She enjoys her daily walk (if she doesn’t get a walk she uses the house and studio as a race track). She loves any attention she can get, especially pats and treats!
Our name, it’s what makes each of us special.
I have been making name badges for over 21 years, and both my daughters have the same talents and have been helping me since they were old enough to walk!
I began working with personalised products in the mid 1980’s while working in my family’s business. I took over a well established business from family friend Val Lewis, a well known NZ artist who began making these name badges in 1975! I have sold my own creations from about the age of 10 and personalised products for nearly as long. In the mid 1970’s my mother and family friend Val Lewis shared a co-op at the Victoria Market, Willis Street in Wellington. My parents expanded their craft business specialising in personalized products and went on to own and operate a successful commercial screen printing business selling personalised items both domestically and internationally.
This was always a highlight and the badges were exhibited at the Martinborough Fair for 25 years between 1978-2003, I had my own stall from 1996-2003. “I love the Martinborough Fair, I travelled home twice each year when I lived in Sydney to help out my at my parents stall”.
I returned from Sydney in 1995 and after Val Lewis’ passing took over the name badge business. I developed a successful mail order and online business. I can make you a handmade name badge, just for you.
“When designing new badges I often find myself looking back and getting inspiration from Val’s ideas and techniques and original works”.
I hope you enjoyed learning about us at Just For You Name Badges