Our Story

Welcome to Misery Guts, the inner child of Tanja McMillan, AKA Misery and The Alchemist, Shelly Robinson. 

We proudly produce a range of unique art based products including, wall hangings, Discovery Charts, Height Charts, ABC Charts, Wall art, Club Flags, Rugs, Garlands, Tush Cush (cushions) phew and so much more... for little humans (and big ones too). We have our products manfactured all around the world, yet we're most proud of our Fair Trade made products from Nepal and Sri Lanka and those made right here in New Zealand.

Tanja’s work, under the name Misery, graces streets and galleries around the world. With a childhood dream of fighting crime with Astro Boy, and a number of little humans in her life these days (including her own newborn and Shelly’s two little monsters), its no surprise that in 2013 Tanja and Shelly started work on developing Misery Guts, for little humans.

Misery Guts, allows Tanja to explore her inner child. To escape beyond Miseryland where Misery lives, to a land where vampires dance with Bananas, where kids can live their dreams and where all the things that make New Zealand unique, come to life. In a way that only Tanja can bring them to life. 

In 2014, Misery Guts launched its first two themes of art based products for little humans, New Zealand & in true Misery fashion, Monster Madness. 

2015 saw the extension of both the New Zealand and Monster Madness theme as well as the introduction of the Wild One theme. In addition Misery Guts proudly introduced Fair Trade Nepal manufactured products, made from NZ felted wool which included our first ever charitable product the 'Nepal Club Flag'. The Nepal Club Flag is sold through The Body Shop NZ and online here, raising funds for Sir Ed's Himalayan Trust and other victims of the 2015 Nepal quakes.

We’ve had some of the toughest art critics critique our art and products (the little humans in our lives) to ensure we’re providing you with, well, with what they say they love, and stuff that stylish big humans can relate to too.

Our products are produced in New Zealand, using quality materials from amazingly cool people and more recently Fair Trade Nepal made products, ethically made for ethically good humans. Products feature our unique Misery Guts characters, and are finished ready to hang or display, adorning the bedrooms of the little humans in your life.

So if you’ve got a little explorer, adventurer, little monster or any little human in your life, we’re sure there’s something here that will captivate their imagination.

   Tanja in rural Thailand at a school supported by SpinningTop     Shelly in rural Thailand at a school supported by SpinningTop

A friendship built on a SpinningTop

In 2010 Shelly was managing the charity SpinningTop; who work to give balance to vulnerable children. Shelly approached Tanja to be part of a fund raising exhibition, inspired by the concept, Tanja then founded the Little Lotus Project for SpinningTop. This has since seen multiple artists from all corners of globe, travel to Thailand to facilitate art workshops with vulnerable children who SpinningTop support.

Tanja and Shelly have remained friends working on multiple projects, culminating in the launch of Misery Guts. 

Tanja and Shelly remain passionate about SpinningTop and other causes to better the lives of others. Shelly continues her work for SpinningTop as a member of their board.

We’d like to thank you for stopping by, and we look forward to gracing the walls of your little monsters lair.

Tanja & Shelly