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Interview: Kelly White | Vintage Collector

Meet Kelly White, who collects everything from vintage handmade to vintage homespun with battery rescue hens in between. Words by Meryl Hancock, photographs by Ken Brass. You could be forgiven for thinking it’s a blonde Shirley Temple who answers the front door of a brick cottage in the Sydney suburb of Kyeemagh. Bold ringlets, a vintage print dress with a delicately scalloped neckline, perfectly coordinated clogs and an adorable smile greet Australian Country. Oh, and the exuberance of youth. I’m waiting for the improvised tap dance. Instead Kelly White motions us into her hallway and my eyeballs start to swivel. The show begins with a wall of vintage plates to the left, a vivid shower of retro skirts to the right and two sociable chooks that keep bobbing in and out of the frame. It is captivating and we’ve only seen a snippet. Growing up surrounded by treasures, such as her great grandfather’s paintings and her mother’s antique and contemporary quilts, Kelly has continued a collecting tradition. The house is brimming with history as it was …

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Interview: BregjesDesign |Upcycled Porcelain Jeweller

What better way to re-use grandma’s old china or upcycle broken crockery than by turning it into wearable ‘modern’ jewellery? My first interview of the year combines two of my loves: ceramics and jewellery. Searching for a career change and fearing she was becoming a china hoarder, Dutch maker Bregjes Weterings turned her back on teaching to create a new business … Jewellery maker Bregje Weterings Can you please introduce yourself – tell us about your background and how you’ve got to where you are today? I’m Bregje Weterings, 31 years old, a collector and unstoppable creative living in The Netherlands. I am an Amsterdam lover who likes to travel, an up-cyclist, positive thinker, to-do list lover, history freak. For 12 years I taught youngsters to read and write and now I am the founder of BregjesDesign. Just like my mum, sister, uncle and little sister I became a teacher and it felt really good. I taught for 12 years and had a great time both in Rotterdam and Amsterdam. Despite this, I decided to change course. …

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Mia Penn’s “The Raisin Did It”

Over the past eight years while freelancing as a journalist for Australian Country Magazine, I have interviewed some fascinating characters while photographer Ken Brass snapped our perspective. I’d love you to meet some of them starting with Mia Penn, who blames everything on her imaginary friend, the Raisin. Words by Meryl Hancock. Repurposing and reinventing seem only natural to self-confessed opportunist Mia Penn, who has revitalised a tired cottage in Sydney’s Marrickville.  Bubbly chatter and belly laughs greet my arrival at a shiny red front door. It’s ajar so I pop my head into the hallway to a story-book vignette — an artfully arranged succulent, an antique map of Australia hung on vintage wallpaper and a cute cane chair awaiting Goldilocks. It’s tempting to sit down but there’s work to be done. A flash of floral fabric appears and with it a large grin and it’s quickly apparent I’ve found the true source of the feng shui. With a collector mother and a father who is both an abstract artist and a musician, Mia Penn admits to being the product of their creative influence …

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Interview: Anna Eidt | Altered Vintage Plates

Etsy maker Anna Eidt has truly had a ‘who’d have thought’ life in which she has overcome a terrible accident to forge a new creative direction – considerably different to the one she thought she was going to have. From vocal music teacher and choral conductor, Anna now specialises in painting traditional vintage plates and saucers with, shall we say, unconventional, phrases and images. Royal Doulton gets a shocking, subversive makeover and I love it! Can you please introduce yourself and tell us about your background I’m Nova Scotian born, transplanted to Ontario for work and love. I love quiet, cats, podcasts, yoga, swimming, decorating/interior design, and reading rad female authors of all genres. When and why did you begin exploring with the idea of altering vintage plates and saucers?  I have always loved drawing and crafting but my love of music was the dominant force until very recently. I trained to become a vocal music teacher and choral conductor and pursued that route professionally for four years until a bike accident left me with severe chronic migraine. Stuck …