ONLINE HOMEWARES MAGAZINE
Step into Emma Galeâ€™s colorful world in paint
SCIENCE PLAY The chemistry of Alchemy Produx
Friends pair up to create Mexsii
Tara Shackell takes us through her journey of passion for ceramics
Special 20 page Spring section complete with gorgeous floral DIYs
OUR COVER FOX & RAMONA See their feature as part of our special Spring edition on page 22 www.foxandramona.com.au
8 Bedroom Art
45 Intricate works of art
Friends Merryn and Sarah have collabrated together to bring their ideas of inspired artistic bedheads to a reality as seen on The Block Glasshouse
Artist Emma Gale creates striking collage artworks using patterns and color combinations influenced from catwalks and cultures
15 Resident GP
53 The Maker Studio
With their new home and lifestyle store Resident GP, Gabi Sidhu and Pawel Gaca have curated exclusive brands from untapped talent
Rory Morgan turned a love of making furniture into a thriving successful business which designs unique statement pieces with a high level of craftsmanship
21 SPRING SPECIAL Happiness is spring
57 Color Forecast 2015
The best of time of year is upon us and what better way than to celebrate with new trends in handpainted pots, garden stands, concrete wares and gorgeous DIY projects from Decorate with Flowers.
Haymes Paints have released their latest colour palette with the inspiration for comfort within the home.
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REGULARS 62 Science in Candles
74 Ten Things
Sara Murray and her partner Tristan combined their respective talents of fashion and chemistry to give rise to Alchemy Produx
Cousins Libby Carr and Saskia Carr founded Ten Things with the concept of offering well-designed products that offer everyday solutions
69 Down that Little Lane
78 Ceramic Beauty
Tessa White created an online market place for Australian designers, artists and retailers making shopping for homewares and more an easy task
Stunning pieces of high fired stoneware and porcelain clay are borne each day in Tara Shackellâ€™s Ceramics studio
4 Moodboard 6 We love 73 Must have 43 & 67 Designer moodboards 56 Made it 80 Etsy finds
A selection product pages featuring cushions, lighting, art prints and more
MOOD BOARD SLICE LAMP BY MAT MACMILLAN Each product is handmade and unique. The Slice Lamp is a special creation from Mat Macmillan. Based in Tauranga, Mat works mostly with sliced plywood to create great lightings. He uses a cylindric central shape to create the structure and add the slices all around to create the shadow and lighting effects. The Slice Lamp design brings particular shadow effects and colours in the room. Price $399 each. Stockist: www.thecleverdesignstore.com
CARMEL ARMCHAIR IN FABRIC BY J. J. MASSAUD Carmel is a sofa system which is based on traditional upholstered furniture, but interpreted in a highly contemporary, minimalist way. Designed by Jean-Marie Massaud, the wide and soft proportions of the Carmel Armchair are harmonised by the delicate feet, creating a balanced design tailored for modern settings. Price $2989. Stockist: www.poliform.com.au
KUU LAMP BY HEM Kuu is a pendant lamp with rounded poetic look. The lamp screen is manufactured from a light-shielding technical polyester fabric that gives it an organic yet structured appearance. Stockist: www.district.com.au
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Get lost in the never ending facets of the design of Facet Love Canvas in Turquoise. Professionally printed onto 100% cotton canvas and stretched onto a 30mm frame this canvas comes ready to hang in your home. Size medium: 60 x 90cm. RRP $220. *All current subscribers are automatically entered into the competition. Winner announced on October 30 on our facebook page.
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Spotted Icelandic Sheepskin. Icelandic sheepskins are the perfect accessory to any bed, sofa, occasional chair or desk chair. They even look beautiful on the floor in a small room, such as a nursery. Price $269. Stockist: www.neutralinstinct.com.au
1] Amalfi Mercer Stool - Iron, 40cm x 50cm. Price $269.95. Stockist: www.amalfihomewares.com.au 2] Solitaire Pendant. White high density polyurethane foam body. Chrome metal fittings. Swarovski crystal. Stockist: www.customlighting.com.au 3] Stars - Childrenâ€™s Cushion Cover. This funky cushion cover is perfect for children/baby/nursery room decor. Price $29. Stockist: The Wiggle Tree
ITâ€™S GOING TO BE A WILD SUMMER! This season we are pleased to announce our NEW Emma Blomfield x Urban Road, Designer Rug Collection, as well as the launch of our Wall Decor Discs and accessories. These stunning items will add another dimension to your decor, oozing character, charm and personality. The Urban Road Spring/ Summer 2014 collection of canvas art prints and cushions, take inspiration from the cool, salty ocean breeze of a coastal Australian summer with a Palm Springs twist.
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BEDROOM ART Friends Merryn and Sarah have collabrated together to bring their ideas of inspired artistic bedheads to a reality as seen on The Block Glasshouse Tell us a bit about your business? Mexsii Bedheads is the creator of artisan upholstered head boards using exclusive original artwork. All bedheads are handcrafted in Melbourne by women using sustainable raw materials!. We have six designs in our adult Wanderlust collection and four designs in our Mexsii Kids range.
decided to see if we could make some really different bed heads and see if people liked them.
Tell us about yourself and your background? Merryn: My background is in design and upholstery. Sarah: My background is in marketing and business.
What do you love the most about having your own label? The creative freedom of being able to produce what you like, having flexible working hours and working with one of your best friends is a nice bonus too.
What sparked you to create your business? Merryn: As an upholsterer I was becoming a bit uninspired with the lack of original bedhead designs and fabrics available and wanted to create something different for myself. After sharing my idea with close friend Sarah, who thought it was a valid business idea, we
What inspires you in your designs? Our designs are inspired by nature and overseas adventures. We have used colour palettes and certain elements in our designs which have been taken from photographs of our trips overseas and places we feel connected to.
Who are some of your favourite designers? Christopher Boots, Sass & Bide and more recently we have discovered Naoto Fukasawa who is a design genius. continued on next page >
Pictured above: Moroccan Eye The structured design style of Moroccan Eye is reminiscent of the intricate tiles which jigsaw across the streets of Marrakesh. With a colour palette exploring turquoise blues and greens, this piece is calming and visually expansive. Style your space with turquoise, white and grey elements or for a refreshing touch add some contrasting lemon. Photography by Felix Forest Styling by Bek Sheppard
< continued from previous page What is your favourite item in your store right now and why? We recently came across Mitch Gobel Resin Art and are in love! His art has a beautiful message behind it and he has an environmental conscience which is really important to us.
Above top: Icelandic Dream Keeping with a cool palette Icelandic Dream explores variances of blue coupled with inky tones. Style boldly with this crisp design. Rich velvet with lustrous elements will bring out the luxe side of your bedhead.
What has been your biggest highlight? Definitely our feature on The Block Glasshouse last month! TV is such a powerful medium and we have been so busy since the show aired! It was so surreal seeing our creations on TV and it was great working with Shannon to get the room finished by their deadline.
Sunrise Over Sea A hot summers morning as the first rays of sunlight peer over the ocean at daybreak. Sunrise Over Sea is light, airy and calming. Keep styling fresh with pale blues and whites, add accents of yellow for a playful touch.
What are your plans for the future? We are currently working on our next collection, which is set for release early next year. It is all a bit secret at the moment but we are itching to release it, as usual it is out of the box and pushes the boundaries in bedhead design. CONTACT: www.mexsii.com
Right: Midnight Swim A moody mix of teal and greys, Midnight Swim is tranquil yet maintains youthful vibrancy with splashes of yellow. Build upon this calming colour palette by working in darker elements of black and grey or create more energy by pairing in lime and teals greens.
Left: Violet Hill Reminiscent of ink spilled across a watercolour page. Violet Hill combines deep purple tones with vibrant turquoise to create a dynamic space. In keeping with a more mature colour palette work with stronger teal and purple colours, but keep it young and light by adding elements of mint and magenta. Bottom centre: Strawberry Fields Youthful daydreams and the innocence of childhood, this super sweet piece uses a pink base with pops of citrus and peach to create the perfect little girls fairytale. This piece works with a fun colourful palette, team up soft pinks and peaches as a base then add in some mint and yellow to keep it playful. Below Emerald Jungle Inspired by the rich jungles of Borneo, Emerald Jungle is simultaneously rejuvenating and captivating. This design works well teamed with neutral linen and accents of deep magenta. Include subtle hints of gold layered with swathes of rich green. Photography by Felix Forest Styling by Bek Sheppard
Great gift ideas for someone special without the price tag
Geometric Tumblers. These tumblers will keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold longer than normal glasses do, plus they look amazing. Price $15.90 each. Stockist: www.zakkia.com.au
Jonna Saarinen â€˜Hundreds and Thousandsâ€™ aqua and pink birch tray. Price $25. Stockist: www.norsu.com.au
Hexagon Concrete Candle Holder. This hexagon shaped concrete candle holder looks stunning on its own, or paired up with the black concrete option. Price $15. Stockist: www.zakkia.com.au
Anya brock budgie tray. Price $20. Stockist: www.douglasandhope. bigcartel.com
Mini heart bowl.This gorgeous little range of ceramics is lovingly made in Cape town, South Africa. Price $10. Stockist: www.sourcedand shared.com.au
Ovals in Magenta Print. Inspired by stacks of colorful macaroons, this print by Yao Cheng abstracts the silhouette of those delicious desserts as ovals in a fun palette of warms and cools. Price $24. Stockist: www.leifshop.com
Whatever Will Be... que sera sera. A typographic print by russet that reminds us that sometimes life and luck lead the way. Original photographic and illustration overlay produced as a limited edition of 30 prints. Available in A4 for just $19.95 (A3 also available). Hand signed and numbered. Stockist: www.russetdesign.com.au
Oven mitts in doilie berry by Dandi. This set of 2 oven mitts are the perfect kitchen accessory. Price $24.95. Stockist: www.hardtofind.com.au â€œCaraâ€? is a series of egg-shaped tableware making the most of the warmth of wood as a material and thin-wood-curving techniques. Price $25. Stockist: mrkitly.com.au
Think Happy, Be Happy. This dynamic illustrated book is brimming over with encouragement and wisdom. Price $16.95 Stockist: jumbledonline.com.au
Copper Patina Planter. This copper-plated planter houses herbs, succulents and cacti. Price $20. Stockist: www.leifshop.com
Le sac en papier - the paper bag. Printed French on one side and English on the the other. Price $18. Stockist: www.norsu.com.au
A unique photo frame where glass acts as your mount board. This allows flexibility with your image selection: choose a small image and allow the glass to be a feature or choose an image which extends to the timber frame. Available in 3 sizes starting from $24.95. Stockist: www. neutralinstinct.com.au
Rolling Pin. Black non stick rolling pin with wooden handles. Price $12. www.thetwentytwo.com.au
Cork Candleholder by Bloomingville. On trend cork votive candleholder. Price $19. Stockist: www.letliv.co.nz
RESIDENT GP With their new home and lifestyle store Resident GP, Gabi Sidhu and Pawel Gaca have curated exclusive brands from untapped talent P H O T O G R A P H Y: B R O O K E H O L M S T Y L I S T: M A R S H A G O L E M A C
Tell us a bit about your business and how it was formed? Resident GP is an online homewares and accessories store. We offer a carefully curated selection of unique finds from across the globe. We prescribe a ‘buy better, not more’ philosophy and encourage customers to discover their own sense of style through a considered approach to home decorating. Resident GP opened its virtual doors in March 2014 after owners Gabi and Pawel
spent the previous year planning and sourcing independently made, small-run productions items as well as limited edition and Australian exclusive product. How did your career begin? What sparked you to create your business? Partners in business and life, Gabi and Pawel have a varied career background that has ultimately led to the opening of Resident GP. Pawel, being the engineer, covers all practical and technical aspects of the business, while Gabi, with a background in architecture and design, sources the products, talks with customers and handles the creative side of the business. Our personality traits work perfectly together and starting our own business just seemed like the next natural step! We were constantly on the lookout for new and unique items for our own home and kept coming up short looking on Australian
websites…a light bulb moment occurred and Resident GP was born! Can you tell us where you source your gorgeous homewares from and how do you select the right item for your store? We source our products from all over the globe. We are constantly scouring through international magazines, websites, blogs, Pinterest, our own travel experiences etc. We spend the majority of our time looking for the next undiscovered gem! You name it, we’ve researched it! The most difficult part of the business is definitely selecting the items for the store. Either you love too many products (and it’s hard not to keep them all for yourself), or you are not sure if your taste will match that of your customers. It is definitely an art that involves constant practice and feedback. continued on next page >
< continued from previous page What do you love the most about having your own store? Definitely being your own boss and doing what you love! We are part of the lucky few that get to wake up every morning and be excited to go to work. We have also met some incredibly talented people through our journey and it is such a privilege to work with or bounce ideas off them. We also love communicating with our customers and being allowed into their home to help them create their special area. Curating a product range that is different to the offerings of most retailers is certainly satisfying when a customer breathes a sigh of relief for some uniqueness and distinction. Who are some of your favourite designers? In general, we admire a lot of iconic designers and design houses such as Arne Jacobsen, Charles and Ray Eames, Marimekko, Phillipe Starck, Le Corbusier, Mies Van Der Rohe and from our own store we are loving One & Many, Martin Jakobsen Design, Copenhanger and Kate & Kate blankets. What do you consider to be a must have item in your home? What a difficult question! It is definitely hard to pick just one! We feel that investing in quality pieces of furniture e.g. your couch, dining table and bed is something to really consider and then you can add your own style by using soft furnishings such as throws, lighting, cushions and dinnerware. It is the easiest way to change up your home without spending too much every season. Perhaps not any 1 or 2 must have items, but rather a few bolder, more striking pieces, that help anchor the peripheral items in the home. What has been your biggest highlight? The whole thing! It has been a crazy ride that we definitely couldn’t have done without one another. We made some amazing friends and mentors along the way, become close with our suppliers and had features in magazines, blogs and on the tv show The Block. We really couldn’t ask for anymore. Waking up and doing something you love everyday is the biggest highlight of all. Do you have any advice for our readers who love all things for the home? PICTURES: COPYRIGHT RESIDENT GP P H O T O G R A P H Y: B R O O K E H O L M S T Y L I S T: M A R S H A G O L E M A C
Don’t copy all trends to the “T” try to make it your own style. Make sure to invest in good quality pieces that will last you your lifetime. Try not to buy something just because it is cheap, as it will eventually just end up in landfill. Do loads of research by reading blogs and magazines – even create a mood board of all of your favourite items and looks, it will allow your style to shine through. Make sure to buy
better, not more and make every piece in your home special. What do you foresee as the next big trend? Subtle, muted colours like sage green, blush pinks and soft yellows mixed with monochrome. Watch out for grids and stronger geometric shapes.w CONTACT: www.residentgp.com.au
You donâ€™t need to spend a fortune to get a fabulous statement piece for your home
Mr Kitly Steel Plant Stand triangle leg. Handmade steel plant stand in natural steel or enamel colour paint finish, made on a farm in Gippsland, Victoria. Price $39. Stockist: www.mrkitly.com.au
Concrete Round Tray. This concrete tray has a nice solid feel to it and is perfect for keeping your kitchen bench looking nice and tidy. Price $39. Stockist: www.zakkia.com.au
Childrens art cushion 45 x 45cm. Upload your own artwork to custom make your own art cushion. Price $50. Stockist: Charlie and Rose
Fine Little Day Pot Mats Bring some cool Scandinavian style to your kitchen with a pot mat from Fine Little Day of Sweden, also great as a cheese platter. Price $48 Stockist: www. thebowerbirdsnest.com
Simpatico Large Hobnail Glass Candle. Price $49. Stockist: www. tabletonic.com.au
Me and My Trend Candlestick. Wooden two tone candlestick holder. Price $34.95 Stockist: www.jumbled online.com
Pinched & Glazed Planter. With a tucked shape, a subtle seam and a non-uniform glazing technique, each of these pinched planters from Brooklynbased ceramicist Kevin Wilcoxson are slightly unique. Price $40. www.leifshop.com
Moonz Pillowcase.100% organic cotton, made in Australia. Ivory white. 480mm x 720mm. Printed in Melbourne, Australia with eco-friendly waterbased inks. Price $35. Stockist: www.theclubofoddvolumes.com
All Of Me Print by One In A Melon Designs. Price $50. Stockist: www. downthatlittlelane. com.au Wall Planter White/Full Black Dots by ReneĂŠ Boyd Auckland This pure white clay has been painted with a satiny white glaze and is ready for your own greenery, whether that be a succulent, cactus or whatever you love. Price $50. Stockist: www.thecleverdesignstore.com
Jester Tea Towel Neon Orange. Price $29.95. Stockist: www.onthesly. com.au
Black & Grey Knit Throw. Two-toned throw in black and grey. Ideal for adding texture and warmth to your bed or favourite reading chair. Price $49. Stockist: www.thetwentytwo.com.au
Coffee and Tea Coaster Set. Pop your cuppa on one of these charming wooden coasters and your surfaces will be protected. And in style! This set of four coasters features a quirky coffee and tea theme engraved into sustainably sourced hardwood marine ply. They are carefully hand sanded, then coated and polished with a protective timber preserver containing orange oil and carnauba wax. A magnetic layer is attached to the back surface of each coaster, so they can be stored / shown off on your fridge or filing cabinet when not in use. Stockist: Manual Arts DEpt
GET THE LOOK Simple and stylish choices for your home with this amazing selection
1] Cactus Vase. Brand new inspiration of flowers , exotic fruits and cacti. Stockist: www.beautiful-spaces.com.au 2] Natures Collection Finnish naturally light reindeer hide. Price $375. Stockist: www.norsu.com.au 3] Oval Hanging flowerpot. The range of vases is truely original in shape and form , whether whole bunches or a single stem, it is always stunning in its display. Stockist: www.beautiful-spaces.com.au 4] TÄNDA’s brand new reed diffusers are here! They’re available in 6 delectable fragrances, will leave your room delightfully scented for months at a time and are just $30. Stockist: www.tandamodern.com 5] Faux Leather Moroccan Ottoman Pouf with Silk Reinforced Stitching and Star Detail. Price $200. Stockist: www.rockribbonsecogifts.com 6] A Shot in Black. Serged around the entire edges to ensure durability. Price $74. Stockist: Little Eskimo
happiness is spring
The best of time of year is upon us and what better way than to celebrate with new trends in handpainted pots, garden stands, concrete wares and gorgeous DIY projects from Decorate with Flowers: Creative Ideas for flowers and containers around the home
P H O T O G R A P H Y: LESLIE SHEWRING S T Y L I N G : H O L LY B E C K E R & LESLIE SHEWRING
FOX & RAMONA Kristy Tull has forged a creative business handcrafting concrete planters, bowls, vases and candle holdersw with striking designs
Tell us a bit about Fox & Ramona? Fox & Ramona is a Melbourne based homewares brand offering 100% handmade concrete planters, bowls, vases, and candle holders. Each piece is given a stylish update with a simple yet striking monochrome or metallic design - perfect for holding your fruit, herbs, fresh flowers or pet cactus. Tell us about yourself and your background? Before making Fox & Ramona my full time job, I worked in architectural firms and studied Interior Design. Being exposed to such a creative work environment definitely contributed to my love of designing and making. After I had my daughter, making Fox & Ramona my other full time job was an easy decision. What sparked you to create your business? I’ve always been a maker. If I couldn’t find what I wanted to buy or couldn’t afford to buy it, I made it. It was friends and family that really sparked my decision though. They loved my wares and I thought if they liked them, maybe other people would too. I started selling at markets and before long opened an Etsy store. What processes are involved in creating your pieces? A LOT of trial and error. I usually have a design in my head, get it on to paper, make it, then change the concept completely. I’m a visual person, I need to see the final product to decide if I like it. And if I’m not 100% happy with it, then it doesn’t make the cut. What inspires you in your designs? Simple shapes, a neutral colour palette, organic forms and textures. The finish of concrete is always unpredictable, you never know how the final product will turn out, and I love that.
What do you love the most about having your own label? I love working from home and being my own boss. It gives me the flexibility I need with having a toddler at home too. It really feels like the best of both worlds. I don’t love concrete dust all over the house though! Who are some of your favourite designers? Lisa Gorman - every season I’m surprised and amazed by the fabulous colour combos she comes up with. It’s not often you’ll find me not wearing something by Gorman! Beci Orpin – her creativity is so inspiring. I just want to make everything in her HOME book! Mark Miller from Aarden Design – his steel and timber furniture designs are to die for. What is your favourite item in your store right now and why? The large planter bowl is my favourite… this week. But it’s not just for plants. It’s a great table centre piece for fruit or flowers too. Perhaps a name change is in order. What has been your biggest highlight? I think the biggest highlight was my first stockist, Hall About The House, an online store in QLD. I think they’re up to their fifth order with me now! Although every order is a highlight really. I’m just so humbled that people actually want to buy my creations. What are your plans for the future? No plans. I just want to keep making and creating original, one off designs and staying true to myself. Is there anything else you would like to tell us about your business? Keep an eye on the stockists page of my website… there’s some exciting new stockists coming soon. CONTACT: www.foxandramona.com.au
TEAM.WORK Julia Atkinson from Studio Home has just released their debut Pot Plant Stands from their TEAM.WORK collaboration series with Mike Grobelny and Nikolai Sorensen from Trestle Union Studio Home have just released their debut project in their new TEAM.WORK collaboration series. The idea behind the program is create an avenue to ramp up Studio Home’s involvement with exciting New Zealand and Australia creative talent and have fun working together to produce products specifically created with you in mind. Their first collaboration is with designers Mike Grobelny and Nikolai Sorensen from popular business, Trestle Union. After many lunch meetings Julia Atkinson from Studio Home, Mike and Nikolai came up with a plan to create a product that was not only new for them but something that Julia had been hunting for forever. Brainstorming, sketching and prototyping ensued until they got there: their TEAM.
WORK Pot Plant Stands which are minimal and subtle while still being something special and unique in their design. Initially the collection is available exclusively through Trestle Union’s online store. Futher stockists will become available in the future. The stands can fit many different sizes of pot as the hexagonal ring at the top will support tapered designs while narrower vessels can balance on the central support which is also handy if you need a drip tray. Available in three sizes and three powder coated, glossy finishes of white, black and clear to bring out the industrial raw effect of the metal wire. You can purchase these separately or as a handy set of three. The beauty of collaborating is that the vibe can snowball.
When it came to the production of imagery and sharing this project Julia then reached out to some more terrific local talent. Photographer Evie Mackay jumped on board to shoot the imagery and Eden Hessel of The Botanist came to the party to not only supply the awesome array of pot plants and foliage but also to be a major factor in the styling. So. TEAM.WORK is officially in action. Trestle Union - Nikolai Sorensen and Mike Grobelny are designer makers, floor sweepers and business owners. Trestle Union believe that good design can be affordable, and with their range of trestle products, they have created well priced products that don’t compromise on style. CONTACT: www.trestleunion.co.nz
CONTACT: Julia Atkinson www.studiohomeonline.com The collaboration is with Mike Grobelny and Nikolai Sorensen of Trestle Union: www.trestleunion.co.nz www.trestleunion.co.nz/collections/stands Photography: Evie Mackay eviemackay.com Plants and styling: Eden Hessell of The Botanist: botanist.co.nz
BOTTLE GARDEN In a small studio based in Mornington Peninsula Kym Munro uses a culimination of cut wine bottles to create Succulence
Tell us a bit about Succulence? Succulence is a little bit of this and a little bit of that. We’re a small studio based in a gorgeous seaside village on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria with koalas in the garden and the beach at the end of the road. Sustainability is at the core of what we do. Our family is passionate about sustainability and we live and breathe it every day. The large majority of the materials we use have had former lives – each piece has a story which we make reference to on our product labels… “I once was a wine bottle”, “I once was a beer bottle”, “I once was a house stump” etc. And of course there’s usually a good dose of greenery thrown in too. Tell us about yourself and your background? Now there’s a question! My journey to Succulence has been a winding road with lots of diversions. I completed a Bachelor of Education in Visual Arts in the early 90’s focusing on wood and textiles. After a few years of teaching Art, Design and Technology Studies, I headed off overseas and spent 13 years away from Australia. During that time my love of the outdoors took me on my first diversion. I worked in the Outdoor Education industry with children for a lot of years. I ran sailing centres in the South
of France, living in a tent on the beach for six months of every year. My creative sensibilities were never far from the surface and I still think my tent had the best interior design of any other on site! I spent ten years living between France, England and Wales, immersed in the outdoor world, followed by several years living in a small Alpine village in rural Switzerland. Soon after, I struggled for several years with Chronic Fatigue and my world and everything in it was turned upside down. I was unable to work, particularly in the high energy industries I was used to. After a couple of years I reached a period in my illness where I knew that I needed to start feeding my creative soul again in order to aid recovery. The local college was offering Diplomas in Floral Design, and even though I had only a passing interest in flowers, it was a reason to force myself up and out of the house. On day one, I fell in love and knew I had discovered a new passion. What sparked you to create your business? On returning to Australia a few years later I found myself back in the outdoor industry, doing flowers on the side. After a number of years I encountered another period of illness which was a complete game changer. With a recent ‘sea change’ move and a young daughter about to start school, I knew it was the ‘now or never’ time to give the designer/ maker thing a go. A workaholic by nature, I
no longer had a desire to work long hours to line someone else’s pockets at the expense of missing out on my daughter’s early years. I wanted to be around to take her to school and to collect her at the end of the day – that was by and large the driving force behind my latest adventure. In 2012, with my partner’s support, I took the leap and haven’t looked back. What processes are involved in creating your pieces? I work with a number of materials so no day is ever the same as the one before. One day I might be pouring concrete, the next cutting glass, the next propagating plants and the next scavenging for wood. Some days – and these are the ones I love – I wake up with ideas bursting to get out and everything that I should be doing gets pushed aside. I get a head full of ideas and I’ll spend hours making and breaking things, testing designs and playing around with whatever I have in mind. It’s from these hours of converting my muddled thoughts into ‘things’ that dozens of ideas either die a death of practicality or survive the cut! Our Bottle Garden range is the culmination of hundreds of cut wine and beer bottles over a twelve month period before we refined the look, shape and feel that we were after. continued on next page >
< continued from previous page So the processes are a mix of practical, disciplined - ‘gotta get the job done days’ mixed with days of experimentation and the fun of being my own boss; getting to bring my ideas to life. What inspires you in your designs? I love the industrial, I love architecture and I love the earthy – so stone, glass, wood, metals – the hard shapes, striking contrasts with a bit of colour and flora thrown in. I tend to start with the material first and then the ideas, rather than the other way round. I’d love to build my own house one day, and be featured on Grand Designs (don’t we all?), but I suspect that may never happen - so for now I get to build my own mini grand designs through my product range. What do you love the most about having your own label? I answer to no one, I make the decisions and I set the deadlines…..and then get to break them! Who are some of your favourite designers? That’s a toughy. I devour all areas of design and am in awe of so many people. Marc Newson has always been a favourite, his ability to design anything and everything blows my mind. I once read an interview with him where he explained that at art college he didn’t want to paint, he didn’t want to sculpt – he wanted to know ‘how to make stuff’. I relate to that completely. Tadao Ando and Frank Gehry – iconic work. I love the work of Anish Kapoor and Antony Gormley and I can’t get enough of the land art of Andy Goldsworthy. In the world of Floral Design, Gregor Lersch, Moniek Vanden Berghe and Australians Bart Hassam and Mark Pampling create absolute masterpieces. What is your favourite item in your store right now and why? My Bottle Gardens will always have a special place - so much goes into every single garden, there are nine steps from beginning to end, all done by hand, so you grow pretty attached to the little guys. I’m also a little bit in love with the new range of concrete jewellery that’s about to hit the store!
What has been your biggest highlight? I still pinch myself when I see my product in a shop and then see a complete stranger handle what my hands made, perhaps talk about it and then actually buy it! It’s just amazing to think that someone might actually like or even love my stuff! It was also pretty exciting when demand got so big that I had to employ someone to work with me! What are your plans for the future? Right now I’m doing all this creating spread across my kitchen, dining room, hallway, spare bedroom, half a garden shed and under a leaky carport! The ‘sea change’ meant a compromise on house quality to be by the sea, so unfortunately the property didn’t come with a garage! So the immediate, pressing (very pressing!) short term plan is to build a bespoke workspace (that will make things a bit / lot easier and definitely save my marriage!). The plans are finished and we are waiting eagerly for the planning permit and then my purpose built workspace will go up. Then I can really focus on the growth of the business. Plans are two fold after that – make sure I can meet the demand for my current products, whilst at the same time finding time to develop new products – convert those ideas into real things and test the market! Is there anything else you would like to tell us about your business? Nothing more to add about my business but a bit of advice for other creatives with a dream. I once had a boss who told me that he thought I could do anything in this world that I wanted to do. I had none of the confidence in myself that he had. Fast forward four years and it seems that maybe, just maybe, he knew me better than I knew myself. Dreams can turn into reality – after a couple of careers, I was over 40 when mine took shape and I am finally where I have always wanted to be. Don’t give up – at some point, everything aligns and you take off!
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HUX & CO On trend painted pots are an absolute must for any home and Amber Spencer from Hux & Co creates some fun and colorful designs Tell us a bit about Hux & Co? We paint pots to make people happy. Tell us about yourself and your background? Originally a beauty therapist, you would find me knee deep in all things skincare. I still run a small salon from home with a group of clients I have seen for over 10 years. Having said that Hux & Co is really where my time is now. What sparked you to create Hux & Co? When we had our fist baby Huxley, we had just purchased our first home, I became obsessed with homewares. I wanted to sparkle up my front porch so I purchased some pots online, painted them and voila! Clients would see them as they arrived for their appointments and wanted to know where they could purchase them from. I painted a few pots for some clients and with the support of my partner and push from some friends I decided to take things seriously. What processes are involved in creating your pieces? As I don’t make the pots from scratch, the preparation is lengthy, they must be sealed and prepped, making sure they are perfect prior to painting. I have sourced through many suppliers to find the right pots. All depending on the design and colour combination clients order, this all effects the time frame around each pot. As the demand has become so high for pots I have expanded the business and am no longer a one woman show.
What inspires you in your designs? The new rage was inspired by Tom Cruise and cocktails…Tom circa 1980 of ofcourse! What do you love the most about having your own label? Having the freedom to run my own race and take long lunches. I now work alongside one of my dearest friends, it’s a dream come true and I also get to boss her around. Who are some of your favourite designers? Merci Perci, Bonnie and Neil and Christopher Blank. What is your favourite item in your store right now and why? Just Peachy makes me so happy What has been your biggest highlight? Apart from growing another human being watching my business grow into something I could have never imagined. Editorial shoots such as being featured on the cover of Inside Out magazine was pretty exciting. What are your plans for the future? To get this baby out and keep the momentum of the business rolling. We recently launched our summer range “ Palm Springs”. We will continue to eat paddle-pops while we paint this range for our clients. We also look forward to creating somethings special for 2015. CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org www.huxandco.com.au
DECORATE WITH FLOWERS: CREATIVE IDEAS FOR FLOWERS AND CONTAINERS AROUND THE HOME by Holly Becker & Leslie Shewring, published by Jacqui Small. RRP is AU$39.99 and NZ$47.99
Looking for some inspiration for your flowers this spring? Decorate with Flowers is full of DIY projects to help you get the bouquets that you are sure to love. Here are a few DIYâ€™s for you to try and some helpful tips from authors Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring
AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY HOLLY BECKER is an American author of the hugely successful Decorate and Decorate Workshop who lives in Northern Germany. She is a journalist and stylist who founded the award-winning design blog, decor8, in January 2006, which has grown to become an established design resource with nearly 50,000 readers daily and over 1.8 million page views per month. LESLIE SHEWRING is a Canadian stylist and photographer with degrees in both architecture and interior design. After spending nearly half of her life in Los Angeles working as a product designer, she recently relocated back to her native Vancouver Island in British Columbia, where she works as a freelance stylist and photographer for clients such as American Greetings and Stampington magazine.
A bottle chandelier can be made out of a wire loop, heavy-gauge florist wire, lighter-gauge florist wire, and vintage or interesting small glass bottles. You will need to hang it securely from the ceiling with a hook. Use light wire to wrap around the necks of the bottles (this only works if there is a rim to hold the wire below), then attach the other end of the wire to the loop frame. Attach your bottles at varying lengths and space them evenly around the wire loop for balance. Use as little water as possible in the bottles and pop a flower or two into each one. Tip: Play dress up! Tie ribbons in several lengths and colours to your loop for a festive touch.
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If your fabric is thin, you may want to spray paint your pot otherwise the orange might show through. Let it dry thoroughly. Cut your fabric to a size that can easily fit around your pot, leaving at least 10cm above the rim of the pot and enough to cover the bottom. Apply Mod Podge to a small area of the pot and press the fabric down, applying more to the fabric with your sponge brush as you go.
YOU WILL NEED: • Terra cotta plant pot and tray • Sponge brush • Mod Podge, • Cotton floral fabric (we used Liberty prints) • Scissors • White spray paint (optional) • Glass jars
Work in small areas, starting at the top rim and working down and around the pot in one direction. Apply Mod Podge to both the pot and the inner side of the fabric. Gently pull the fabric smooth as you go. Work quickly as the Mod Podge dries quite quickly.
FLOWERS: • Dahlia • Japanese anemone • Cow parsley • White nigella • Garden rose • Zinnia • Aster • Phlox
Once the surface is covered, with fabric, apply Mod Podge beneath the remaining fabric at the top and tuck it inside your pot. Repeat this process on the bottom of your pot, too. Apply Mod Podge all over the outer side of the fabric.
Let your pot dry on a piece of plastic and then follow a similar process for the bottom tray. Use little jars to hold the water for your flowers in the pots.
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big blowsy arrangement YOU WILL NEED: • A large vase or container • Various greens • Three large focal flowers • Five or six secondary flowers • A few smaller spray flowers for fillers
FLOWERS: • Assorted green foliage • Hydrangea • Japanese maple leaves • Astrantia • Garden rose • Poppy • Peony
When using a large container make sure that your greenery and flowers are tall enough. They should be at least as tall as the height of the container. Double if not two-thirds height is a good guide. The last thing you want is your beautiful bouquet looking like it is being swallowed up by the vase it is in! If you make a lovely arrangement of greens first, you can get away with fewer flowers – a great way to save money. We added a few types of green leaves, then some creamy hydrangeas with their own leaves.
We then added some pale pink astrantia, which have small flower heads with a nice long stem.
A variety of fragrant garden roses adds colour and brings scent.
We then added in some rusty Japanese maple leaves. Do not worry too much about structure – you want your flowers to look casual, as they grow in the garden.
Finally, a couple of poppies were placed in up high and a few magenta peonies a little lower.
Choosing containers The only limit is your imagination when it comes to containers! Try to venture outside of the usual suspects; a unique vessel can add loads of impact. Often when we stop to assess our vase inventory we find many of the same shapes and sizes. While it’s only natural to play favourites, relying on what is comfortable can take the life out of any hobby, causing a once loved pursuit to become dull and monotonous. Be playful, bold and take some risks! Size & Shape From tall, fluted vases to ceramic pedestal bowls and milk bottles, keep an open mind and experiment. In addition to varying the size of your vessels, consider the size of the openings, because this dictates the size of your bouquet. You may love the more dramatic and full arrangements that you see in magazines, yet struggle when creating them at home and wonder why. It could be due to the opening at the top of your vase – so opt for one that is wider, such as a large, fluted ceramic variety. The opposite issue could be true; your vases all have very large openings, so you feel forced to create big, blowsy bouquets (and spend lots of money!) whenever you make an arrangement. Eliminate this little problem by simply stocking vessels with smaller openings in your cupboard. You can easily spray paint empty wine bottles (remove labels first and wash thoroughly) in a single colour and pop in a pretty flower, arranging them in a row along your cabinet. Problem solved! Outside of the opening, considering vessel height and width is also important when choosing your container. Low, wide vessels are perfect for coffeetable arrangements, because you can still see over your flowers to watch television without moving the arrangement. Wide, round vessels look lovely when packed tightly with flowers to create an almost domed shape on top – carnations or roses look elegant when presented this way.
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Colour & Texture Break away from hard-and-fast colour rules. Whether you opt to keep things understated, over the top or somewhere in between, consider container colour as you pull together your bouquet and think of the room in which you will place it. Containers that add some heat to an interior aren’t always those that necessarily blend in magazine-perfect. If you like everything to work harmoniously and match flawlessly, then by all means go for it. If not, and colour doesn’t come instinctively to you (most of us need help), grab a trusty colour wheel (available at most craft stores and art shops) and work with tints and tones that lie closely together on the colour wheel and are also in your space. Perhaps your living room is violet, beige and green. By mixing in a broader variety of violets and greens in all of their tints and tones, from putty to jewel hues and even lime, your container could make some major impact to the overall scheme. Like everything else, the more you play and welcome the happy accidents, the easier it becomes to work with colour. Container texture is another worthy consideration when looking for the right vessel. Wood, stone, crackled glass, ridged or smooth vessels or those with sparkle can quickly add flair to your flowers and give a definite style that can range from mid-century to country or coastal.
TROPICAL INFLUENCE Storming back into fashion is the vibrant, bright and bold tropical design which can be found in wallpapers, cushions, artworks, and the list goes on
Tropical Wallpaper. It looks and feels like traditional wallpaper, but it’s actually made of our self-adhesive wall sticker fabric. This means it is do-it-yourself (no glue, no tradesperson), and removable! This “Havana” design was inspired by the classic Hollywood Hotel wallpaper and brings the very in-vogue tropical style to a living space or office. Brand: Stockist: The Wallpaper Company
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TERRARIUMS The rebirth of the terrarium is in full swing with a modern twist 3
1] Glass Geometric Terrarium. Cube like glass terrarium with flat base. Plants and soil in photo not included. Price $49. Stockist: www.thetwentytwo.com.au 2] Classic Coast medium contains a selection of sculptural succulents, fine coral sand, feature shell and sea urchin, as well as scattered small shells. Price $95. Stockist: www.happyplaceterrariums.com.au 3] Teardrop shape glass terrarium with hanging rope. Price $39. Soil and plants not included. Price $39. Stockist: www.thetwentytwo.com.au 4] Classic Forest (XL) features two lovely ferns, small parlour palm, moss, a stunning piece of Malaysian driftwood, river pebbles/gravel and a bright leaf or flowering plant (depending on the season), to add a splash of colour. Price $195. Stockist: happyplaceterrariums.com.au 5] Hanging glass planters for indoor use. Available in three sizes. Price $19. Stockist: www.ezibuy.com.au 6] Diamond Prism. Five hexagonal glass shaped pieces shoot up from the base which interlock with the elongated diamond shaped glass. Price $169. Stockist: www.millyandeugene.com.au
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GET THE LOOK Pieces for indoors and outdoors - you simply canâ€™t go past these beauties
1] Hanging Chair by Feelgood Designs. Designed in 1957 by Nanna Ditzel, the Hanging Chair for Feelgood Designs provides the perfect environment to relax or engage in casual conversation. Priced under $2000 Stockist: www.stylecraft.com.au 2] San Fran Deco Marble Dining Table. Solid Teak in natural finish and hand carved pedestal base with detachable marble top. Stockist: www.cocorepublic.com.au 3] House Doctor - Sola Tray. Textured with black and copper. Price from $129 NZD. Stockist: www.mintsix.com 4] Leblon Signature Premium Teak - Raffles Sun Lounger, multi-position with side extension. Also available with cushions. Price $1200. Stockist: www.leblon.com.au 5] Storytelling chair. A robust folding chair crafted from solid oak timber. Price $329. Stockist: www.nomi.com.au
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Emily Green â€˜Evieâ€™ mixed bead Necklace Price $65 www.emilygreen. net
Postcode 3065 print from Burbia Prints. From $35. www.burbia.com.au
JESSICA VISCARDE PRINCIPAL DESIGNER THE ECLECTIC CREATIVE STUDIO www.eclecticcreative.com.au Loving all things visual and being a creative Pisces, Jess has a diverse background and qualifications within the design industry. The Eclectic Creative Studio is a boutique design practice that assists clients in a wide range of services from branding and social media direction to event and interior design to facilitating and styling photoshoots for editorial and promotional material. Jessica believes the journey is just as important as the end result and her aim for the experience is to be inspiring, approachable and friendly. Jess loves to collaborate with emerging creatives and designers and believes supporting local is crucial to the growth, success and variety of the industry.
Graph Rocking chair in Gunmetal - Freedom Furniture. Price $499 www.freedom.com.au
Archie sofa from Jardan Furniture Price $4335 www.jardan.com.au
Alison Jackson copper bowls available from Form Function Style. Price from $147. www.formfunctionstyle.com.au
Frankie Gusti (factory jar) candle - sweet pea + Vanilla Price $38. www.frankie gusti.com
Lime light black/gold shade by Daniel Giffin. Price $870. www.danielgiffin.com.au
Billy Heckenberg Floor Cushion. Magenta Blooms Price $199.95. www.billy-heckenberg. myshopify.com
INTRICATE WORKS OF ART Artist Emma Gale creates striking collage artworks using patterns and color combinations influenced from catwalks and cultures
Tell us a bit about your art? I work both on canvas and on paper. My collage work on paper combines images and pieces from fashion and home magazines with my own drawings. Here I get to relish in my love of adornment and pattern with these intricate works, example being my Frida Kahlo collages on paper. Each outfit is designed before hand, getting inspiration from the catwalk and from cultures all around the world. I guess Iâ€™m a global roamer in a way that I love to look at costumes from around the world, including jewels and fabrics. My large canvas works in contrast are bold statements using the paint in a liberal quite messy way! My works are bold and vivid. I work in acrylic which drys quickly so I can build up layers of colour. I like to work in both mediums, I like to have the balance with both.
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Tell us about yourself and your background? I am a mother of two, living in the countryside of northern NSW. Originally from Sydney I moved here 15 years ago with my husband. I have always been creative and always dreamed of being an artist along with saving the world! I studied textile design and screen printing and lived in Egypt for 2 years at age 19 setting up a screen printing workshop for African refugees, so combining my creative passion with also helping people less fortunate. It was a rewarding experience. I have always imagined myself living in some exotic place and creating. I want to do so much more travelling and I hope to live in Europe for a while, as soon as my kids are older! I adore it over there, I am mesmerized by the history, the old, the rustic, the culture. continued in next page >
< continued from previous page I worked as a graphic designer for many years while also painting. I am now a full time artist, exhibiting each year and my having work in collections all around the world. I have the best job in the world. I work from my home studio which gives me great flexibility with a busy life with kids. My mind is always thinking and creating, looking at things and imagining an artwork! The mind never seems to sleep. I describe my head like a filing cabinet with lots of snippets and ideas filling a small space.
What techniques do you use in creating your pieces? I spend many hours trawling through my huge piles of magazines, ripping out pages of colour and patterns and images to use in my work, a bit like a bowerbird I have boxes of magazine pages that I have collected over the years then I match them up to the artwork I am doing. Its all very intense slow work. I do have a picture my head already so I know what I want the work to look like - I always have a plan in my head what colours to use etc. With my canvas works I always have a palette in mind for the colours and then go about collecting images and patterns for inspiration. What inspires you in your designs? I am inspired by colour and pattern. By adornment. By beautiful things. By nature. I am always drawn to striking patterns and the combination of colours together inspire me to create the artwork. Who are some of your favourite artists and why? I adore the work of the Old Mastersâ€“ the colours of Gauguin and Matisse and also the patterns and adornment of Klimt. Also love the vibrant and tactile brushstrokes of Van Gogh, the earthy grittiness to his work. continued on next page >
â€œBy nature. I am always drawn to striking patterns and the combination of colours together inspire me to create the artwork.â€?
< continued from previous page What is your most favourite illustration or painting that you have completed? I think that my favourite so far is a piece from my upcoming exhibition, a Frida collage piece on paper called ZULU ELEGANTE. Her outfit is South African inspired patterns and she has a big sunflower in her hair. She has a strong vibrancy about her. What has been your biggest highlight? I think my first solo show was a pretty exciting moment for me. It was always my dream to be an artist so that was a huge highlight for me. CONTACT: www.emmagale.com.au
Exhibition Patterns and Pathways opens December 6, 2014 at Anthea Polson Art, Gold Coast Australia www.antheapolsonart.com.au
With Christmas looming now is a great time to start looking for that something special
Ollie ‘Night’. Meet Ollie. She’s Little Lumberjack’s signature creation. She’ll pause with you for afternoon tea, or justify those cheeky little midnight snacks. And will lift your small, but eagerly awaited cupcakes at a dinner party. Price $85. Stockist: www.littlelumberjack.com Queen of Hearts Sugar/clear Heart Vase. So subtle and oh so beautiful, our newest heart is sweeter than candy. Price $69 Stockist: www.lovestar.com.au
POV Table Candle Holder in Grey by Menu.A lightly, playful and smart design object - it can be used single or in a group of candle holders. Price $85. Stockist: www.letliv.co.nz
Minimal Wall Clock in Copper + Black by Karlsson Price $99.90. Stockist: www.letliv.co.nz
One of a Kind cushion. Hand-screen printed and made in Sydney. Price $70. Stockist: www.attik72. bigcartel.com
Modern tree like Gold Resin Candle Holder 9 stick. Makes for a stylish table centre piece. Price $98. Stockist: www.thetwentytwo.com.au
Spot Cushion Tim Webber Design. Add a touch of Tim Webber Design to your home with our Spot Cushion. Made from wool felt, the Spot cushion includes a powdercoated hexagon steel button detail. Price $95. Stockist: www.theclever designstore.com
Retro Pear. Printed onto thick foam pvc board so you can either frame it, or not! 594 x 420mm, foam board is 5mm thick. $75 unframed. Available at etsy.com/au/shop/ettieink Wall banner metallic bronze â€˜Be Amazingâ€™ by We Love Prints This wall hanging makes a great feature for your lounge, dining, entrance or hallway, make this a statement piece. Price $89.95. Stockist: www.downthatlittlelane.com.au
Abstract Graphice 2 Art Print by Pencil and Hammer. Add a pop of colour to any space! Special giclee prints based on original mixed media works by Jacqueline Cockrill (Bott). Price $79. www.thecleverdesignstore.com
Bamboo Coffee Jug by EKO-TIQUE Made from Bamboo, Stainless steel & Recycled Plastic Price $59.99. Stockist: www.downthat littlelane.com.au
THE MAKER STUDIO Rory Morgan turned a love of making furniture into a thriving successful business which designs unique statement pieces with a high level of craftsmanship Tell us a bit about The Maker Studio? We design and manufacture furniture from our studio/workshop in Noosa, QLD. Tell us about yourself and your background? I come from a family of artists, sculptors and potters so I’ve always been encouraged to be creative. We were never allowed video games or anything like that, our standard entertainment was paper, pencils, pastels and colouring pencils. Through high school all I wanted to be was an architect. Out of high school I travelled a bit, surfed a lot and did some odd jobs before deciding to start to study and work
my way through an architecture degree. A year into this process I got a job as a draftsman and didn’t go back to study. Through being around architecture I got super interested in design of all types. I designed a few pieces of furniture that I got other people to make. I couldn’t really afford to be paying people to do this for me so I decided to start teaching myself about wood working and metal working. I now enjoy the making part as much if not more than designing. What sparked you to create The Maker Studio? It wasn’t ever really a plan but as I started making furniture I began to enjoy it more
and more. A few people asked me to make things for them and it went from there. Basically it went from an enjoyable hobby to my full time work. What processes are involved in creating your pieces? The process usually starts with an idea being scribbled on paper. Sometimes if I have a clear idea in my head and have a good idea of how the piece will come together I head straight in to the workshop to start prototyping. Other times I will flesh out the idea a bit on the computer with 3D models etc. continued on next page >
< continued from previous page What inspires you in your designs? What inspires me varies so much, I guess in general I love mid century modern furniture, the skill and pride in tradition and their craft of Japanese furniture makers as well as a lot of Australian and international designers, architects and makers. What do you love the most about having your own studio? The freedom to create and design without constraints. I do what I do because it appeals to me and itâ€™s just a bonus when it appeals to others. Who are some of your favourite designers? There are so many, with the internet an social media you discover something new and amazing that someone is doing almost on a daily basis. If i started a list it would be too long! What is your favourite item in your store right now and why? The Willox bar stools would have to be the favourite piece I have designed and are my favourite thing to make.
What has been your biggest highlight? I donâ€™t know about the biggest but a continual highlight is getting enquiries and orders for our pieces. What are your plans for the future? Basically to continue down the same path of focusing on good design and a high level of craftsmanship. Is there anything else you would like to
tell us about your business? We are opening a showroom in a few weeks which we are excited about. Itâ€™s a space that became available in the same building as our workshop. It will be great to be able show the process we go through in the workshop as well as finished display pieces. CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org www.makerstudio.com.au
Resin pop planter: chalk white and gold plant pot with artificial succulent. Hand cast in a breathtaking chalk white resin with metallic gold highlights to add a POP of colour to your home or office! Price $15. Stockist: Resignating
‘Moroccan’ Tea Towel, hand screen printed, glitter, 100% off white Linen. Every Tea Towel is printed individually and glitter is applied to give it a special touch. Price $27. Stockist: Billy The Kid
Crochet Face Cloth, Cotton set of 3. This set of Face Cloth is perfect to use on your face as they are soft and 100% Australian cotton. Price $16. Stockist: Boutique Creations
Bean bag modern zig zag. Bean Bag measures approx 95cm wide x 105cm high when filled and held at the tip. Suitable for Teenagers & Adults. Price $120. Stockist: Island Home Emporium
Concrete Metallic Succulent Planter. Our quirky twist on industrial home is sure to brighten your living or office space. Price $19. Stockist: Nothing but Vintage
Small Fabric Storage Box / Basket - Elephant. Organize your child’s room with these adorable cubic storage boxes - featuring a adorable elephant quilted fabric imported from Japan. Price $19. Stockist: Piggledee
4oz Tin Soy Massage Candle. A delicious blend of cosmetic grade soy wax, moisturising virgin shea butter and beautiful coconut oil, scented. Price $7.50. Stockist: Three Little Candles
A set of 4 quilted patchwork placemats, 100% quilters cotton top and backing. Soft and Bright polyester wadding. Price $40. Stockist: Stitch Quilt Knit
Tea towel - screen printed echidna. This screen printed tea towel would make a lovely gift for a wedding, house warming or as a momento from Australia. Price $18. Stockist: Stalley
2015 COLOUR FORECAST Haymes Paints have released their latest colour palette with the inspiration for comfort within the home. Rhythmic Palms contains a rich palette, New Skin is more a relaxed tone, Raw takes us back to the basics, Relaxed Replay is a reminder of the old days, while Exotic Botanic returns us back to nature.
Styling: Ruth Welsby. Photography: Martina Gemmola. Props: Moss Melbourne, Escape to Paradise, Globe West, Scout House, HK Living Australia, Botanical design by Wunderplant
NEW SKIN New Skin is inspired by the familiarity and comfort that one gets from their favourite pair of jeans- a feeling of a second skin. This relaxed, cool theme explores denim related textures and colour tones and how these translate within the home. The New Skin colour palette travels from mineral pastels through to deep blues and greys, illustrating the natural erosion that comes with overuse, just like a pair of jeans. New Skin provides an easy living, understated style, naturally constructing a sense of relaxation and tranquillity in any home.
Bottom: Styling: Ruth Welsby. Photography: Martina Gemmola. Props: Form Function Style, HK Living Australia, House of Orange, AURA by Tracie Ellis & Hunting for George.
RHYTHMIC PALMS Rhythmic Palms explores the notion of escapism and replenishment through a deep, rich palette that amplifies colour and pattern. Combining dark charcoals and lush greens, Rhythmic Palms explores new beginnings, from a tiny budding flower in the densest of jungles, to the first drop of water in a hidden oasis. This theme presents a fresh and crisp take on the ambiguity of what lays beneath the treetops. Rhythmic Palms captures and exaggerates the scale of the environment to make a real statement in the home, playing on obvious motifs with oversized patterns and saturated colours to truly encapsulate the jungle feel; instinctual and primitive.
Styling: Ruth Welsby. Photography: Martina Gemmola. Props: Form Function Style, Turner & Lane.
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Styling: Ruth Welsby. Photography: Martina Gemmola. Props: HK Living Australia
RAW Raw explores the notion of detoxing and editing out the clutter. It is about redefining what is important through a natural selection process. The Raw colour palette is one of neutral tones, made up of a collection of soft hues, creating a calming effect. This natural palette is very subdued, generating an ethereal atmosphere with warm brown and cream tones forming the perfect base for any interior styling. The focus shifts to minimalism using colours, textures and materials in the home derived from nature.
Below: Styling: Ruth Welsby Photography: Martina Gemmola. Props: Form Function Style, HK Living Australia, Scout House. Below left: Styling:Ruth Welsby. Photography: Martina Gemmola. Props: HK Living Australia
EXOTIC BOTANIC Exotic Botanic takes us back to our roots, provoking a re-awakening of the senses with a complete return to nature, exploring its extreme beauty. In the hustle and bustle of the world today, itâ€™s important to take a moment to re-connect with nature; appreciating the affect it has on our overall well being. In achieving a balanced lifestyle understanding the beauty in nature is vital to unlocking our own sense of smell, sight, sound and touch.The hypnotic colour palette of this theme creates great depth and affluence, revitalising even the simplest of spaces.
Below: Styling: Ruth Welsby. Photography: Martina Gemmola. Props: Form Function Style, Turner & Lane.
RELAXED REPLAY Relaxed Replay takes a nostalgic perceptive, stepping back in time and presenting a vibrant, bold and effervescent colour palette. Influenced by Miami Beach and some seriously psychedelic patterning, this retro revival theme looks at finding the joy in the simple things in life and exploring spontaneity. Through a bright colour palette, of hot pinksand sherbet yellow this theme presents a quirky, energetic take on the brighter side of life. Whether itâ€™s a family beach side holiday or an impulsive decision to paint a wall pink.
Styling: Ruth Welsby. Photography: Martina Gemmola. Props: AURA by Tracie Ellis, Globe West, Retro Print Revival
Styling: Ruth Welsby. Photography: Martina Gemmola. Props: Wunderplant, Form Function Style, AURA by Tracie Ellis
Words: Haymes Paint www.haymespaint.com.au
SCIENCE IN CANDLES Sara Murray and her partner Tristan combined their respective talents of fashion and chemistry to give rise to Alchemy Produx
Tell us a bit about your candle making business - Alchemy Produx? Alchemy Produx is the brainchild of my partner Tristan and I. We hand make artisan style candles from 100% natural soy wax. Our candles are individually hand poured into chemistry glassware such as beakers and conical flasks and made to order in our Melbourne studio. We are inspired by minimalist and industrial trends and live by the mantra “less is more”. Also, we always enjoy sparking chemistry class nostalgia upon our audience. Tell us about yourself and your background? It was three years ago, I was making candles, experimenting with soy wax and pouring into whatever ever vessel I could find around the house. Tristan came home from the lab one day and put a beaker in front of me, we haven’t looked back since. We accidently combined our background in fashion design and chemistry to create our unique candles. This unlikely combination led to the beginning of ‘Alchemy Produx’ a fusing of science and designer home wares. What sparked you to create your business? I was working long hours at a label on the other side of the city and then coming home and pouring candles all night to prepare for the Rose St Artist’s Market on the weekends. I was lucky that I had a supportive partner who believed in what we were doing and pushed me to go full time with Alchemy. I love running a small business and really enjoy working with like-minded people who are doing it for themselves.
What processes are involved in creating your pieces? Candle making is a hands on process, once the wax is melted and fragrance is added, it is poured into the beaker or flask and set for 24 hours, then there is LOTS of polishing followed by even more polishing. My favourite part is that I get to work in little temperature controlled hot box and be warm all the time. The weather and temperature is very important to the curing process and also my electricity bill. How do you create the different scents in your candles? Making candles is much like cooking; the fragrances are like ingredients in a dish, so when developing fragrances you need to consider what will not only sit together nicely on the palette but must also contrast each other as the same time. We order lots of different scents and experiment what new and different fragrances we can mix and create. What scents are currently available and which is your favourite? We currently have a growing list of 11 fragrances; I am very fussy when it comes to the fragrances, they can’t be too over powering or sweet. Our range has definite trends towards citrus, herbal and botanical blends, and a serious lack of floral. My favourites are the Mandarin & Rosemary and also the Ginger Ale, Tristan’s favourite is the Wild Fig.
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“Our range has definite trends towards citrus, herbal and botanical blends, and a serious lack of floral.” < continued from previous page What makes your candles stand out from the rest? I think our laboratory glassware is what makes our real point of difference from other candles, especially our conical flask candle, which I still remember explaining to my partner that it wasn’t possible to make a candle in such a shape. However, after giving it a trying it I was amazed at how well it burnt and we have never stopped making them since! Our packaging is also very important; coming from a design background I wanted to ensure it was both functional and aesthetically pleasing. What do you love the most about having your own label? Mostly I love the freedom, I work better at night so it is ideal being able to pick and choose when I go to work. We have just moved the business out of our home and into a commercial space; we are currently enjoying decorating the studio and making a creative and inspiring atmosphere. I also love that my two pooches can come to work with me every day; I love having them around to bounce ideas off all day long. Do you have plans to expand your scent range? We are currently developing a watermelon blend fragrance for this summer; we are currently deciding what to mix it with. Also, in order to keep things new and different we have started doing collaborations with other Melbourne artists and designers, it’s been really exciting and fun to create new products with people that we admire. We are also excited to announce we are launching a new top-secret project later in the year, so keep your eyes and ears open. CONTACT: www.alchemyprodux.com
Fragrances Lychee & Black Tea - Refreshing and uplifting fragrance, delicate black tea with a sweet and tart lychee after note Yuzu - Japanese Yuzu is a strong fragrance with notes of sour orange and citron, also has a soft floral after note Ginger Ale - Freshly grated ginger and lemon zest, you can almost smell the fizz Coconut & Lime - Cirtus and creamy base with a notes of vanilla and lemon Mandarin & Rosemary - Citrus and herbal based, this also has hinted of lavender and cedar wood Tangerine Rind & Lemon Myrtle - Fresh and tangy, this is a super citrus fragrance Pink Grapefruit & Bergamot - A warm spicy, citrus and herbal base with middle notes of orange blossom and neroli Orange & Vanilla - A flash of fresh orange followed with a creamy tahitian vanilla Wild Fig - Green herbal base, strong botanical and foliage fragrance Sandalwood - Classic sandalwood with a warm woodsy fragrance and a musky heart Cranberry & Juniper Berry (NEW) - This fragrance starts sweet and finishes with a botanical woodsy under none. Also has hints of geranium and cedar
GET THE LOOK Dress your home in style with these stunning cushion designs
1] Barr Cushion Cover. Screen printed cushion with black firs on white base. Price $69. Stockist: www.letliv.co.nz 2] Isola Copper by The Home Collective. 40cm x 40cm. Price $75. Stockist: www.wallabuy.com.au 3] Scribble cushion cover. Made from 100% Linen blend fabric and digitally printed in Australia. Price $89. Stockist: www.xavierandme.com 4] Velvet Cushion Cover in Burnt Orange. 50x50cm. Price $79. Stockist: Kip & Co 5] Suede Wave Kiss cushion. This cushion takes inspiration from that moment where waves seem to meet, greet & kiss. Price $89.95. Stockist: www.kawaiianlion.bigcartel.com 6] Born Printed Cushion. Add a touch of both retro and modern to the room. Price $65. Stockist: www.deardiarydesign.com 7] Modern Times Cushion by Pony Rider. Diamonds are a girls best friend. Price $129. Stockist: www.jumbledonline.com.au 8] Babcha Luxe Macaroons Resort Cushion, 50 x 50cm. Price $89.95. Stockist: www.dan300.com.au 9] Daisies Cushion. Printed on a soft feel light canvas fabric, 50x50cm. Price $169. Stockist: www.cumulusliving.com.au
Manili – Lime, coconut and kumquat candle. Price $35. Stockist: Etsy
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Hruskaa – Brass Himmeli mobile. Price $80. Stockist: Etsy
Morgan Kendall Art – Elephant cushion cover Price $43. Stockist: Etsy
MÉLANIE BEAUVIRONNOIS HEAD CURATOR A Cut Above the Retsy www.acutabovetheretsy.com Mélanie Beauvironnois is the curator behind A Cut Above the Retsy, a site that caters exclusively to lovers of the popular online marketplace, Etsy. The concept was born when Mel noticed that with over 850,000 sellers (and counting), it’s increasingly difficult to find the diamonds amongst grandma’s crochets. With her easy-to-navigate platform and clean presentation, she’s now working hard to change the way shoppers browse Etsy. Her site features all the latest products from firstclass stores across Etsy’s most popular categories: art, jewellery, fashion, bags, vintage, home decor, paper goods, special occasions and children. Updated daily, it aims to promote only the most current, fashionable and unique shops Etsy has to offer.
What We Do – “Let’s Get Lost” plywood print. Price $102. Stockist: Etsy
Mark Douglass Design – Modernist round pendant light. Price $440. Stockist: Etsy
The Paris Print Shop – Paris notebook. Price $7. Stockist: Etsy
Urban Cartel – Porcelain beaker. Price $39. Stockist: Etsy
Summer Boyfriend – Wall banner. Price $36. Stockist: Etsy
Ambre Botanicals – Rosemary, thyme and mint bath oil. Price $33 Stockist: Etsy Tesler + Mendelovitch – Tiger rose wooden clutch. Price $660. Stockist: Etsy
DOWN THAT LITTLE LANE Tessa White created an online market place for Australian designers, artists and retailers making shopping for homewares and more an easy task
Pictured above: Tessa White Tell us a bit about Down That Little Lane and how it was formed? DTLL was created after a full year of searching our homegrown Aussie websites and just not finding one that fitted all my criteria for shopping on. I wanted unique and personalised, I wanted handmade or something I couldnâ€™t find in my local stores and the be all and end all was I wanted total quality but without a hefty price tag. I went to my web developers and chatted about how I would want the site to work and we went from there.
Massage Therapist and Model so this has been a steep learning curve but one I researched long and hard before I moved into it.
How did your career begin? My career has never been in online and my background was as a Personal Trainer,
Can you tell us how you source your amazing selection of stores for Down That Little Lane?
What sparked you to create Down That Little Lane? I wanted to support small businesses and help them grow to a much larger scale. To get to know the ones I longed to know more about. With every delivery that came to my door over the years so I launched this site in 2011 to share my finds.
Everywhere and anywhere. There is not a single way I do NOT source. I am constantly asking someone where they got that amazing bag. I read so many niche blogs, follow amazing designers in all sorts of places and generally get drawn to anything out of the ordinary on my travels. What do you love the most about running your own business? I love that our story is personal. that everyone I work with is a friend and that our success leads to others success. Being part of a community that I created is so special and the fact that I can have all this whilst being around for my kids is just so amazing. continued on next page >
MY TOP 5 FAVE FINDS AT THE MOMENT Left: Bondi by Urban Road Below: Florence Light Shade Natural Pastel Pink from The Family Love Tree
Below: Wall Hanging extra large tapestry in rose from Quercus Co
Above: Shadow boxes black set of three from Room and Bloom Homewares Right: Bordeaux Rocking Chair from Hobbe
< continued from previous page What are your top five designer tips? For me its about history and happiness so 1. Mix old with new, charity shops are amazing for this. 2. Spend good money on items you plan to keep for a long time. 3. Donâ€™t be afraid to try new things, just use accessories to try out new colours before buying a red sofa! 4. Pick your artwork before your accessories as you can then choose those colours to draw the best our of your art. 5. Always make sure you have something organic in every room, be it a wooden bowl, a plant or a fab chopping board. Textures and warmth need to be in every room.. even the kitchen.
What do you consider to be a must have item in your home? Scented candles, they add luxury, relaxation and at a not to costly price. What has been your biggest highlight? I think seeing yourself in print being a website to watch in a top national magazine was our earliest success, but for me, it was the day we managed to turnover the amount that it costs to run the website (no advertising or added extras just hosting, subscriptions and standard monthly outgoings). It was early days but it felt like I could breathe a bit as I knew the only way was up.
What do you foresee as the next big trend? For me it is still copper but mixed with lots more organic products. Whatâ€™s next for Down That Little Lane? We are growing larger but more refined. The older we get the more we are learning and adapting to what our customers and stores want from us. We have a couple of exciting new developments in 2014/2015 so I see our family growing bigger and wider too.
GET THE LOOK No excuses for boring old blank walls when you have some much art to choose from
1] Dream Gold Foil Framed Print by Blacklist Studios. Hand signed and embossed. Price $124.95. Stockist: www.jumbledonline.com.au 2] Night Watcher. Inspired by four months in Canada, The original artworks of this series were painted in watercolour on canvas. Price $45. Stockist: www.jaimeepaul.com.au 3] Favour Vintage Poster. eproduction of Pierre Bellengerâ€™s iconic Favor scooters advertising poster. Price $39. Stockist: www.homeandabode.com.au 4] Strength in Numbers Print. Featuring organic layered forms of watercolor painted and screen-printed paper. artworks by Emily Green and Victoria Mason. Price $82. Stockist: www.leifshop.com 5] Sulphur crested cockatoo. Geometric style animal and bird prints I design under the name tinykiwi. Price $12.04. Stockist: Etsy 6] PK Copenhagen limited edition PK19 print - pink. Price $60. Stockist: www.norsu.com.au
MUST HAVE From tables to fabulously scented candles these pieces are perfect for your home
TĂ„NDA brings you a range of pure soy wax + wood wick candles, in a variety of sizes and burn times. These candles are eco friendly, vegan and sustainably made, and they burn significantly longer and cleaner than other brands. Prices start from just $10. Stockist: www.tandamodern.com
Vintage candles made by Violet + Rose exclusively for The Stylist Splash Shop. These unique candles are made in gorgeous vintage jars making them original. Made with natural soy wax and 100% cotton and paper wick these candles make a perfect gift for a friend or yourself. Hand poured in Melbourne they come in four lovely fragrances, french vanilla oak, french pear, vanilla and kaffir lime with sandalwood. Stockist: www.thestylistsplash.com.au
Tailored Coffee Table by Ross Gardam. A contemporary yet classic form, the Tailored table by Ross Gardam for Stylecraft is the companion piece to the Tailored lounge collection. Featuring a spun metal table top finished in white or a textured black powdercoat, the geometric shaped FSC certified American Oak leg is stained to natural. Priced under $750. Stockist: www.stylecraft.com.au
Pour Ceramic Jug by Sarah Backler Tauranga A vessel to delicately contain and serve its liquid contents. Forms that begin as one shape and finish as another. The beauty of the transition is explored. It is the location where precise textures define the form, as contour lines define a landscape. Price $49. Stockist: www.thecleverdesignstore.com
TEN THINGS Cousins Libby Carr and Saskia Carr founded Ten Things with the concept of offering well-designed products that offer everyday solutions Tell us a bit about Ten Things and how it was formed? Ten Things is an online boutique which specialises in simple, functional and beautiful homewares and accessories. Rather than owning more of everything, our philosophy is about carefully selecting what we acquire and paring back our possessions to those things that we truly love. The concept of Ten Things emerged when we lived together in London a few years ago. We were always searching for practical and well-designed products that offered everyday solutions. Inspired by a number of small boutiques that focussed on quality and functional design, we started talking about the kinds of items we would sell if we had our own store. Simplicity would be key – and items would be sourced from designers and brands with a history and an interesting story to tell. The product range would focus on quality and beauty, and not necessarily be driven by current trends. Returning to Australia with inspiration from our travels, we founded Ten Things and began forging relationships with designers and suppliers to build our opening collection, which launched in December 2012. How did your business begin? We’ve both long had the desire to work for ourselves and so when we began to generate ideas about the type of business we’d like to establish, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to make it a reality. We
have a similar aesthetic and are very much aligned in our business ethic, and merging our skill sets has allowed us to do much more together than we could alone. Can you tell us where you source your gorgeous homewares from and how do you select the right item for your store? We have a clear criteria for selecting products for our store; simplicity, functionality and beauty. It is also very important that we know about the product’s background and the designers and/or makers. We spend a lot of time sourcing our items and are always on the lookout for great new products. Pinterest and Instagram are fantastic sources of inspiration and a great way to connect with new designers. Our collection now come from designers and craftspeople all over the world, including Japan, Finland, Sweden, Spain, the UK, the USA, Indonesia, Thailand and most recently Israel! We love the diversity all these places bring to our collection.
we stock! Many of them are designers/ craftspeople/small business owners all in one. We admire the very hardworking Southern Field Industries of Japan, who design and lovingly hand-craft the perfect waxed canvas and leather tote. Chabatree, who produce our beautiful enamel storage containers in Thailand, focus on using all sustainable materials and chemical-free finishes. Kauniste, of Finland, produce gorgeous textiles for the home by engaging young Scandinavian designers. What do you consider to be a must have item in your home? A great teapot, a perfect lounge and comfortable accessories. What has been your biggest highlight? Hosting our first pop-up shop last year was really fun. Also, seeing our products in beautifully styled magazine photo shoots is always a highlight.
What do you love the most about having your own store? Sourcing amazing new products, supporting independent design and other small businesses, and finding out when a customer loves their product. We also love working together!
Do you have any advice for our readers who love all things for the home? Choose pieces you can envisage having in your home for a long time to come. Focus on quality. Learn about the products and their origins. Knowing about the designer, maker or history of an item can really strengthen your connection to it.
Who are some of your favourite designers? It’s a bit biased, but all of the designers
Red and Grey Cross Hand Stitched Cushion Cover. The blanket fabric has lots of different coloured flex and because of this the tone of the cushion is different. Price $58. Stockist: Industrial Edge
Wooden keepsake/storage box with lid and colour feature stripe. This beautifully crafted, wooden square box is perfect for young and old and would be a welcomed additional to any décor. Price $29.95. Stockist: Sitstaygo
Stulm nesting stools. Interpretation of the classic Bauhaus piece, the Ulmer stool. Somewhat true to the original in form and function but will that added ability to stack for easy storage. Price $1200. Stockist: Steve Back Design
The ‘Step Up’ Footstool. andcrafted from Reclaimed RNA Showgrounds Timber. Based on an old milking stool, the ‘step up’ footstool provides toddlers with more independence. Price $135. Stockist: Raw Sunshine Coast
Knotty floor cushion. he Knotty collection is a series of floor cushions with a unique plaited design. The cushion consists of an upholstered cover and an inner cushion. Price $526. Stockist: Kume Ko Design
Tri bar stool. Made in sizes 450 mm ,650 mm or 750 mm the TRI bar stool can be suitable for dining, kitchens or a commercial bar. Price $365. Stockist: Hunt Furniture
Linen Toddler Bedding - Charcoal Spotty. 100% European linen hand printed with dots. Reverse side is light weight plain, 100% cotton in natural / cream. Price $110. Stockist: Hello Milky
Green Palm Banana leaf Outdoor Lumbar Cushion Pillow Cover with piping. Sets a summertime ambience with its striking design. Price $58. Stockist: Square Fox Designs
Stuffed Animal Bear Plush Toy. Blue bear is made from a pastel blue, heavyweight linen, with stripy arms and ears in a blue, coffee and cream cotton. Price $82.14. Stockist: Me & Tex
MUST HAVE There are just some things in life you canâ€™t live without
Loll Bean Bag. The Loll series by ESO consists of a pyramid shaped bean bag that helps maximises the use of post-consumer materials as the felt inner lining is made from recycled fabric. Loll is versatile, comfortable and suitable for hospitality, residential and commercial. Priced under $750. Stockist: www.stylecraft.com.au
Grace & James Candles. Grace and Jamesâ€™ fragrances are made using all natural essential oils and extracts. Their signature size burns for 80 hours and features two 100% cotton wicks to ensure an even burn every time. Price $59. Stockist: proformastore.com.au
Hexagon Wall Planter - Turquoise by Jenz Studio. This planter is made from white earthenware, glazed in satin white/yellow inside and out for water-tightness. It has a notch on the back (built in to the ceramic body) to allow it to be hung securely on the wall with a nail or screw. it can also be used as a wall-hung vase, storage cubby-hole, or candle holder - with sand to support a candle. Price $49. Stockist: www.moidesign.co.nz
Pocket Armchair. Utilising natural materials of timber and leather, the Pocket armchair by Discipline provides a warm yet sophisticated look. The Pocket armchair features a soft-touch cuoietto leather seat, slipped like a glove on the natural finish Oak frame. Priced under $3000. Stockist: www.stylecraft.com.au
ceramic beauty Stunning pieces of high fired stoneware and porcelain clay are borne each day in Tara Shackellâ€™s Ceramics studio
Tell us a bit about Tara Shackell Ceramics? I make ceramic objects, plant pots, vases and tableware. I‘m interested in the relationship between form and surface, and try to make work with subtle, beautiful interactions between the clays and glazes. Tell us about yourself and your background? What sparked you to create your business? I’ve always loved making things. Right after school, I was accepted into the VCA (Victorian College of the Arts), to study for a Bachelor of Fine Art, majoring in photography. It was just before digital photography really took off and I loved spending hours in the darkrooms, exposing and processing black and white and colour photos. In 2007, I took an evening class in wheel throwing at Box Hill TAFE. Then I took another one.. I loved it so much, I couldn’t wait to get to the next class, so the next year
I enrolled in a Diploma of Art in the ceramics department. There was a great focus on skills development there, and I learnt invaluable techniques in throwing, creating glazes firing kilns, and complimentary skills including some drawing, design and photographing products. While studying, a class project to create a breakfast set for Craft (formerly Craft Victoria) led to my first range of tableware and my business has grown from there. What processes are involved in creating your pieces? The thing I love about making ceramics is how process-based it is. I love (almost) all the different parts of making a piece (but hate glazing). Most of my work is thrown on the wheel and made from high-fired stoneware or porcelain clay. First, I blend and wedge clay and weigh it into balls ready to be thrown. I usually prepare enough clay so I can sit at the
wheel and work until my whole work-table is covered in wet pots. They then need to dry out enough to be flipped upside down and trimmed. This can happen the next day in summer, but I often have to wait a week in cold or wet weather. Then more drying, a bisque firing, glazing and back into the kiln for their final, high temperature, firing. The whole process can take more than a month for an individual piece. What inspires you in your designs? I’m strongly influenced by Japanese traditions in ceramics. I try to make pieces with a strong sense of materiality. I make glazes that interact with the different clay-bodies, to create depth in the surface. I spend a lot of time working on proportions and shapes and mixing endless glaze tests. I think the best ceramic work has a basis in art or thoughtful design and always try to consider this when making. continued on next page >
â€œI think the best ceramic work has a basis in art or thoughtful design and always try to consider this when making.â€?
< continued from previous page What do you love the most about having your own label? I love the flexibility of my days. I often start the day driving across Melbourne to the clay supplier or dropping off deliveries to shops, then into the studio. The warmer weather in the last few weeks means I’ve been doing as much work as I can outside in the sun. Who are some of your favourite designers? I love the subtle glazes and simple, perfect forms of Yoko Ozawa’s ceramic tableware. Kate Jones makes hand-built, sculptural ceramics with cylindrical forms and beautifully rendered surfaces. Anna Varendorff is a jeweler who makes
incredible geometric brass installations (I also wear her work every day). What is your favourite item in your store right now and why? My favourite items are always the newest things! I’ve just finished my first firing of some new plant pots I have been planning for a while. They are U shaped, and range from white and grey glazes to raw brown stoneware with vivid blue. The form is really satisfying to throw and the variations keep the messy job of glazing interesting. What has been your biggest highlight? Every time someone tells me that they have something I made, and that they enjoy using
it, I’m really thrilled and a tiny bit surprised. Working by myself in the studio, it’s easy to forget that the pots will eventually end up being chosen from a shop and taken home by other people. What are your plans for the future? The immediate future? Christmas! I’ve already started making things for Christmas this year, and I still think it feels a bit late. I’d love to have a solo exhibition soon. I just have to find the time to make some new things.
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