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Interview: KT Doyle | JEANBAG

Designer KT Doyle takes her love of jeans and her role as denim rescuer seriously. Her passion for ‘diverting denim waste from landfill’ and her background in textiles and wallpaper design converged to become her latest creative and business endeavour, JEANBAG. As sole designer and maker, along with a raft of other like-minded people, KT saves denim and turns it into beautifully crafted cushions, bean bags and bunting. “I want to honour the labour, skill, time and resources that goes into making every pair of denim jeans,” she says. “…Your jeans may have come to the end of their wearable life but they still have miles left in them yet.” Come and meet KT … You’ve been an artist and wallpaper and textiles designer for twenty years. Tell us more about your background and how you’ve ended up where you are today. I’ve always expressed myself creatively and can’t remember a time when I wasn’t making something. I studied Fine Art after finishing school and have continued to exhibit my work over the past twenty years. My …

Interview: Bronwen Holding | Flower Ceramicist

For someone who’s training is in medicine (and works part-time as a GP), it’s an amazing achievement to become an Etsy award finalist for what essentially began as a hobby in her backyard studio. Having always had a love of crafting earthenware clay, Bronwen Holding has perfected the art of making life-like ceramic flowers that are so beautiful and delicate they demand being on display centre-stage. Come and meet Bronwen and find out about her love of clay … You say on your Etsy site that you discovered clay about eight years ago at an evening pottery class. Tell us about your background and how you’ve ended up where you are today. I am a mum to two boys, a part-time GP [in Perth, Western Australia] and full-time maker of clay flowers. I started pottery classes as a means to cope with life’s stresses – trying to complete my GP specialisation and being a new mum to my second child. I have always been crafty since I was very little. I used to have a craft stall …

Interview: Gil and Humberto | ChattyFeet Socks Founders

  Have you ever tried walking down the street holding your favourite vegetable just for a laugh? Probably not but the creators of character socks ChattyFeet, Gil and Humberto, have no qualms about injecting a bit of silliness into their lives on a daily basis. Says Gil, ” You need to believe there is a place in this world for silliness and play.” And their sock creations are testament to this philosophy. Why be boring with your footwear when you could instead clothe your tootsies in artists, action heroes and royalty? With names like The Toeminator, Vincent Van Toe and Frida Callus, Gil and Humberto have made sure your feet have the last laugh. Come and meet the two designers whose crazy creative idea that was sparked over a dinner party became a fully fledged business … Please introduce yourselves. Tell us a bit about your background, where you are based and how you’ve ended up where you are today. We met in London while studying design in Central Saint Martins, London. We worked in digital media for …

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Video | Interview – Designer Duncan Meerding

Today I’d like to share a video interview with one of the designers whose work we love and feature on the store. Tasmanian Duncan Meerding is a furniture and lighting designer-maker of the traditional kind whose love of the outdoors and the ethical way in which things are made feature foremost in his design practice. ‘A lot of my designs concentrate on overall form and light going through and around objects rather than intense detailing,’ he says. His award-winning Cracked Log Lamp series of lights is testament to this. Made from salvaged logs, it is their cracks and imperfections Duncan harnesses when turning them into lighting. He also has a penchant for making durable and thoughtful flat-pack pieces such as his latest lighting range that takes its cue from aeroplane propellers and his leaning leaf coffee table. ‘Form and function should be a major part of the brief,’ he says. ‘Not necessarily, how do we make a million of the things?’ Come and meet Duncan and learn more about his design practice and the inspiration behind his …