The Society inc. is a combination of 2 of my favourite things: Hardware & Haberdashery.
My definition of these might differ from most- often utilitarian but always beautiful. It evokes the memory of an old mixed business store, its shelves & labeled drawers (under the counter as well) filled with handmade, global treasures, honest&humble, local, green, fairtrade, unusual & just-arrived! A magical, make-believe space that transports you to a time-forgotten of merchants & traders (though they still exist in other parts of the world): Apothecary, Tinctures & Alchemy, Drapers & Mills, Smiths, Tinkers, Peddlers & Keepers, Cutlers, Sailmakers, Chandlery & Wrights. The Society inc. reflects my globetrotting adventures, beachcombing, bowerbird nature & gypsy curiosity in inspiration, collecting & treasure hunting.
We are hidden in the back streets of Paddington, a new look & revival of a traditional corner store that once-upon-a-time serviced 40 houses in the local area (however we are very global & online).
The store, with its Belgium hardware shop fittings from the late 1800s and custom-made floor to ceiling shelves with Putnam rolling ladders, is the ultimate backdrop for goods & chattels, with the likes of leather braided whips, canvas satchels, whittled handled tools, hand forged nails, toolbags & tackleboxes, moulded wire, espadrilles & Wellingtons, simple glassware shapes, letterpress, seeds & gardening paraphernalia, knots & pulleys, bristle brushes, flotsam+jetsam, stencils, enamel jugs, brass drawer pulls (my own designs), MoP buttons, sailcloth buckets, original recipe cleaning products, linen by-the-yard, vintage ribbons, dressmakers pins & scissors, rope & shackles, ideas & inspiration a-plenty tossed in with oddities & curiosities.
I encourage the use of colour & paint ideas in your interiors, at the shop & through my best-selling books: Etcetera (out now) & Nomad (Coming out in Nov 2011). My paint range developed wth Murobond now boasts eleven themes of 10-colour palettes (so 110 colours as well as 12 chalkboard paints & the ultimate front door colours- with stencils to write your numbers).
The Society inc. will be offering conversations & workshops with Sibella Court & friends. These will be held regularly (once or twice a month depending on world exploration & gallivanting) either at the shop or at other interesting venues in the Sydney area. These ‘in conversations with’ will cover a broad spectrum of topics from styling, book writing, colour, commercial interiors, tying knots & display as well as continuing to host the much-loved irregular fleamarkets.
To give you a taste, these will be some that will be held in the first half of the year:
- Styling with sticks, stones & bones
- Displaying your collections
- Arranging a wall & mantle piece
- Knot tying: make a monkey fist doorstop
- Window treatments with ease
- Replacing hardware: a quick fix
- Paint inspiration and coming up with your palette
- Rope staircase
- Making your own flower press
- Writing books
- Cheap & quick lampshades
- Making cardboard frame with Noelle
Attendees will be encouraged to butt in, ask questions & generally have a personal, hands-on experience (and a glass of wine!). Please join our newsletter to stay in the loop!