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Interview: Hamimi Design | Celebrating Moroccan Artisans

Working as a business duo on opposite sides of the world has not deterred brother and sister designers and founders of Moroccan boutique brand Hamimi Design. In fact, it has brought them closer together, says Alex of their unique working arrangement. With Alex living in Brisbane, Australia and Rebecca in Marrakech, they have a designed a business around each other’s strengths, love of Morocco and the desire to produce quality products – jewellery, bags, lighting – using talented local craftspeople. Tell us about yourselves and about the Hamimi brand Rebecca:- I have called Marrakech home for the past decade after travelling there on a whim and falling in love with the city. I later fell in love with my husband Larbi Cherkaoui who is a well-established Moroccan artist (www.larbicherkaoui.com). I am also a painter, having studied fine art in Australia. Hamimi’s studio in Marrakech shares a building with Larbi’s art studio and gallery. We have a 5-year-old son Soulaiman and live in Gueliz, a cosmopolitan ‘French’ area just outside the Marrakech medina. Prior to Hamimi, …

Paper Plus

Paper is a precious resource made all the more hallowed by artists with a talent for cutting, rolling, sculpting and provoking thought. Clockwise from top left:  Texting from the toilet? Kevin LCK is an artist and illustrator who touches on the unhealthy relationship between humans and technology. Find more @beautifuldecay.com Formerly a 3D animator, pop culture aficionado Monami Ohno uses cardboard to create sculptures with multiple parts. Everyday objects such as beer cans and sneakers are also a favourite. Her instagram is @monamincb Rolled newspapers are not only good as fire starters, Chie Hitotsuyama uses yesterday’s news to sculpt animals such as these Japanese snow monkeys. Check out more here @hitotsuyamastudio When Su Blackwell gets her hands on old books, stories quite literally jump off the pages. She often has two or three sculptures on the go at any one time, simply amazing. Find a design to suit you @sublackwellstudio      

Energy Saviours

Inspired by the ABC’s recent “War on Waste” series, here are 4 measures that are designed to preserve energy for the future. Food sharing at work: Bringing in leftovers, pooling them together to create a more interesting lunch courtesy of sharing with your colleagues is a clever concept. If you have access to a kitchen, a toastie-pie maker and a wok then many flavours are possible. image: uchino-web.com Harness the sunlight: Tesla have released their solar roof tiles onto the US market, with the product due to be rolled out in Australia in 2018. The tiles come in all shapes and sizes and transfer the solar energy harnessed to a home-based Tesla battery. Reduced metal mining: Apple has announced its intention to make iPhones and iPads from 100% recycled materials to ensure a zero environmental impact. As well as acknowledging they need to reduce their greenhouse emissions, the company is committed to reducing eWaste. Staging a clothing swap: It may surprise you to know that your unloved and unwanted clothing may be coveted and cherished by friends and family. Reduce clothing to landfill …

Interview : Issy Hutton| Sustainable Jewellery

‘Creation with a conscience’ is at the heart of one-time costume designer now jewellery maker and artist, Issy Hutton. Based in Melbourne, Issy fashions jewellery, especially earrings, from recycled plywood and eco-friendly materials. Her pieces are bold, fun and colourful. I caught up with Issy to find out what prompted her career change and how creativity and sustainability fuel her. Tell us about yourself – who are you, what’s your background? I’ve always been creatively inclined, even from a young age. I grew up in a very isolated rural area of Queensland and when I was in pre-school I was the only child in my year. I made friends with the older kids and they used to ask me to draw things for them all the time – as well as take giant bites from their apples and give them the pieces! I was a latecomer to university, starting my degree at 23, studying Design for Theatre, Film and Television at the Victorian College of the Arts. I then pursued a career as a costume and …