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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, …

Art Mash-Up

There’s nothing like a bit of surrealism to mix up your day and make you see the world in a new light. From top left to right: Designer Famke Dijkstra makes lights that don’t take themselves too seriously. I love them! Find her work on Pinterest or buy them from her website. What began as a way to document creepy crawly insects soon turned into a celebration of them. Japanese artist Yuki Tsunoda uses the medium-soft glass called Italian Moretti to fashion all sorts of insects in all their beauty, true to form and size. First seen at Lost at E Minor. Spanish street artist Miguel Ángel Belinchón Buje, who goes by the name of Belin, has the Cubist touch with his street art that hones in on the eye. Found at Fubiz. As Stephen McMennamy says, he likes to ‘combine stuff.’ That’s putting it mildly. With a wicked sense of the absurd and surreal, he mashes together images to create photos like you’ve never seen before. Check out the combination of Hilary Clinton’s and Donald Trump’s faces. Follow him on …

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 …

Duncan Meerding Lights Up the New MACq01 Hotel in Tasmania

Our favourite lighting designer, Duncan Meerding, whose Cracked Log Lamps we feature on the store, has been hard at work creating lights for the soon-to-open MACq01 Hotel in Hobart, Tasmania. Calling itself the ‘storytelling hotel’, the MACq01 aims to tell the stories of Tasmania’s history and, specifically, 114 of the characters who famously or infamously make up its colourful past. Duncan’s lighting, which uses salvaged logs destined to be burnt, will be perfect for this hotel. His specially created Log Banker’s Lamp and Cracked Lop Lamps will offer the ideal ambience for a place that wishes to exude history and tell tales of the past. Click the image below to watch a beautifully produced video on Duncan and his work … We can’t wait to see his lights in situ when the MACq01 Hotel opens in June this year, 2017!