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From left: Stephanie Somebody, Olivia Zan, Erin Neale, Tara Pearce, Joel Pringle and Sarah Cooper ……. The biggest problem I had with putting this post together is there really was SO much “story” to tell you! As the title suggests, I got to skip around on the edges while a terrific event was set up by a team of creatives, intent on not only bringing their own – but also their friends ideas to life. After looking through all the pics, my notes and the general impression I had on

From left to right – Team EG!: Katherina Dams, Lucy Hall, Alicia Gordon and Emily Green. Missing in action: Kate Henke …… On my recent trip to Melbourne I was really excited when  Emily Green, a prolific creator who I had followed for years, accepted my request to visit!  I wasn’t however, at all prepared to find such an awesome studio set up, team of chatty helpers and the Emily’s amazing, magnetic personality. By the end of the interview I was tempted to bin my notebook and ask if I

Georgie Cummings is one of those lovely softly spoken types that doesn’t seem rattled by much…which made quite a lot of sense after I learnt about her “steady-as-she-goes” attitude to simply making stuff happen! Born and bred in Melbourne, she kicked off her studies in Industrial Design at RMIT in 2006. Like many students out there, hospitality offered a way to earn money around school hours and for Georgie the added bonus of indulging her huge passion for food. For years during and then following her degree she worked at

For most of you Beci Orpin will need little introduction. To those meeting her for the first time…well lets just say I am pretty stoked to be your gateway to her bright, light and truly unique creative world. Fresh off the back of her second book I was excited to get the opportunity to drop into her studio and have a chat about her winding creative road to date. With a new HQ she will be sharing with husband Raph almost completed, this might be the last glimpse you have of

Nine years ago Marnie Goding was flexing her marketing and events skills in corporate level positions in Melbourne. The day I met her in July this year she had just finished shooting the SS13 range for her accessories brand; Elk. Her sea change wasn’t down to luck – more a passion captured and combined with some seriously savvy business acumen. My afternoon spent exploring Elk’s Preston headquarters was a bit of a dream come true really. Being a long time fan of their natural jewellery, leather accessories, clothing and general

Designer Lara Cameron – one half of Ink + Spindle. Tegan Rose was absent due to Pirate ship duties. ……  My visit to the huge brick warehouse of the Young Husband Studios in Kensington, Melbourne is not one I will be forgetting in a hurry. Not only was I getting to visit the studio of Ink & Spindle who I have faithfully stalked online for years – I was catching them at a pivotal time where they were developing an exciting new way to offer their products with some cutting

Sisters Sarah and Bree Hankinson ……  Shared work spaces and studios are not a new concept – however they seem to be experiencing a bit of a renaissance Down Under at the moment and Melbourne, with her relentless renovation of old buildings is becoming a hotspot. As someone who works only in the company of a singular obese cat, the idea of the shared work space definitely piqued my interest and on spending a couple of hours at The Windsor Workshop…well lets just say that my own company will now

I will wager a guess that 90% of you reading this post will have visited/follow/or developed a good and proper attachment to Melbourne based blog; The Design Files. 5 years ago, just one month after I waded tentatively into the the design blogging world, I received an email from Lucy Feagins who was doing just the same. Over the years I have watched her take her own lead on developing a corner of the internet that really had no precedent to follow. Not only did she set some hard and

I’m not sure how many kiwis are hiding out in the hundreds of brick walled workshops on the back streets of Collingwood – but I know of at least one. Tara Wilcox is a former drumstick weilding band member who; after 10 years touring through New Zealand, Australia and the UK chose to give up the roving musicians life and in 2010 put down roots in Melbourne. But what does a seasoned drummer do when she retires from the limelight? Definitely NOT what you would expect…. It was actually the

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