My hardware range has been officially launched at Anthropologie in the States!! All my beautiful hand-crafted pieces will be available at The Society inc. soon but for now check it out here.
Many people would not take a second look at forgotten or superseded hardware, but for me it holds as much wonder as a treasure chest. I used inspiration from my own collection of ageing wood & tarnished metal to create my functional hardware range.
The expertise of old tradesmen: forgers & tinkers & smiths, has been lost over time as handmade became machine made and mass produced. I want to bring back the time when the pieces you bought felt like someone had whittled them or sharpened them to imperfection with their own hands.
The goods they made were so lovely- hardware that should be displayed, not hidden. We’ve lost so much knowledge and understanding of the techniques and skills of these old trades and I wanted to pay homage to them. My hardware range is a tribute to honest materials: metals, rope, wood, tiny little tacks. Beautiful, functional materials that are lovely to look at and inspire the curiosity to reach out and touch. If you can’t afford to renovate, or don’t want to, it is with these, most simple of things that transform a space. Here are some of my favourite pieces:
My lovely friend, Richard Ludbrook of Sun Studios is generously supplying his fabulous super-studio space. We will be orchestrating our Emotive Interiors SOLD-OUT extravaganza workshop in Studio 3 on Tuesday 20th Sept. With raw brick walls, abundant set supplies & lots of space for the lucky 65 of you who got in early, we will have fun building a set & creating a space that reflects you & your personality. We will be joined by the fabulous team of Peter Glass of Bespoke on sound & audio, his good friend on camera, Phillip Skelton & his set building gig ‘hot sets’ (he is probably the busiest set builder for stills in Sydney but he also does lots of event stuff for Havaianas & others) & other helpful members that make up Sun Studios. We look forward to seeing those of you who will be attending & those who could not will be able to view it in action on our website soon! For everyone who missed out- watch this space for upcoming super extravaganza workshop!!
There is plenty of parking available on the night and BYO as usual. See you at 6.30 for the live action!
I recently installed this Moet pop-up event. With a limited budget & the help of my contacts we embraced this very intimate space. To create & represent all that is Moet, I used red velvet, black bullion thick fringe, gold collapsible tables, turned wood wine tables, classic bentwood chairs & installed drawn panelling & sconces painted directly onto my own ‘Pirate Black’ chalkboard paint walls.
For the finale I sourced high & low for vintage gold framed bevelled mirrors which my handy carpenter attached to the ceiling. Every surface is manipulated in some way in the space. For the floor I designed a hand-painted ‘rug’ in jester diamonds with the M&C logo at the entrance. I brought a bit of 70s kitsch back by converting magnums of Moet into lamps with burlap shades for ambient lighting (yes, I did drink the champagne!).
In the end, we have a cool space that I would definitely like to celebrate with a few bubbles.
Rain, hail or shine (well, perhaps not hail)- the Collector’s Sidewalk Show shall go on! As grey & wet as it is today I am sure that it will be lovely tomorrow. We will be posting on Facebook, twitter & website if it must be postponed until next week!
Bring all your things! For sale, swap, up-cycle, free-cycle, to look & admire. Like-minded collectors & passers-by join us for serious amateur discussion & a sausage sizzle & coffee. Remember: your collection does not need to be expensive, it does not need to be of the norm, it simply must be what you are mysteriously drawn to. If you are too shy to bring your treasured box of rabbit foot key rings then bring yourself & curiosity. Can’t wait to see you there!
If you are unable to check online please call Hannah (0423 115 603) or Leah (0423 645 615) to check.
As a way to encourage people’s interactivity with museums and to ignite excitement & justify one’s own collections (amateur as they may be), in the 90s museums began to hold ‘The People’s Show’. This was a form of public exhibition where everyday people could bring their own treasured collections to the local museum and show them off to other like-minded collectors and passer-by’s.
As my extensive collections at The Society inc. have often been referred to as a treasure trove I have decided that it would be the perfect place to hold a People’s Show. All of my favourite artists and friends will bring along their favourite collections, and you can bring some of your treasures as well! Items will be available for sale or for swap. Or just to show off if you can’t bear to part with it. Your collection does not need to be expensive, it does not need to be normal, but it must be what you are mysteriously drawn to.
Just like our fleamarkets, we’re setting up shop on the footpath! We’re going to take it a step further with our People’s Show: bring a blanket, fill your carboot with goods and open your trunk toward the shop. The Society inc. Collector’s Sidewalk Show is all about generating discussion and conversation- a modern day collector’s salon.
Come along- bring your stuff to swap, sell, show-off & discuss with other like-minded people! BYO
8am-Midday, September 10
18 Stewart St, Paddington, 2021
Emotive Interiors Workshop
This workshop will be huge!! For the first time ever, we will be hiring out a studio and building an entire set. I constantly get asked how to create a space that reflects the owner’s personality and lifestyle. Super hands-on, in this workshop I’m going to create a set or a replica of an interior right in front of your eyes. I’ll show you the tricks of the trade, how to choose layer & get a sense of self.
Although it will be a set-build on the night, it will be easily translated into your home and you will pick up tips and discover the stylist within. I plan on covering wall treatment, flooring suggestions, lighting, furniture placement and various other secrets!! This is the workshop of the year- not to be missed! BYO of course.