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Category Archives: books
My break times have been spent on the sofa the last few days as I’ve been lapping up the stories and peeks into other peoples homes in the brand new volume of SPACES from Frankie Magazine.
After much consideration I decided one of my most favourite features was the Point Lonsdale home of Kip + Co designer; Kate and her landscape designer husband; Mal Heppell. Photographer Hilary Walker and writer; Samantha Prendergast give readers a great introduction and background to this special property which has me dreaming of discovering rural, overgrown gems just like it!
I highly recommend SPACES as an addition to the bedside/coffee table – nothing like a little motivation and inspiration that looks good too!Imagery courtesy of Frankie Magazine from SPACES vol. 2 Photography by Hilary Walker as part of interview by Samantha Prendergast
Calling all creative souls intent on getting serious about their business this year – I think this publication might just be the New Year boost you need!
Tess McCabe, the coordinator of Creative Womens Circle has recently released a second volume of her super inspiring Conversations with Creative Women. It is bursting with 16 indepth interviews with some of Australia’s most exciting female creatives – think Megan Morton, Georgia Hobart, Dawn Tan and more, covering a great broad cross section of industries.
It is fairly obvious that I am pretty into this type of content and place importance on the golden wisdom gleaned from learning others stories and lessons – so this book has me pretty excited!
The talented Tess McCabe took some time out to answer some questions below, just for us. I hope this gives you a better insight into her project and might ring some bells for some of you out there.
Volume 2 has a super inspiring roll call of women!
How and why did you choose to profile these 16?
Choosing who to profile in this volume was the hardest part of putting the book together, but it’s also one of the most enjoyable parts too! I loved the ‘research’ phase: find out more about women whose work I admire, or who I see doing something unique with their business, or who are tackling a particular challenge I feel others can relate too.
Being the ‘sister’ book to Conversations with Creative Women: Volume One also influenced who I chose to profile in this new release. I want the Conversations series to cover a diverse range of stories from women working within a variety of industries, so my aim was to talk to women working in fields that were not covered in the first book.
The common thread, however, is that all the women that I chose to interview work hard and love what they do!
Your own project and creative endeavours are really impressive in themselves (perhaps volume 3 should be your story!) What led you away from your graphic design career and down this path ?
I wouldn’t say I have been led away from my graphic design career as such… if anything my running Creative Women’s Circle alongside my design business enhances it. I have worked on design projects with women I’ve met via CWC, and a large part of CWC moving into the publishing arena is that I love designing books and having a beautiful printed object in my hands at the end of the day (free from client fingerprints, hehe!).
So graphic design still a big part of my life, whether it be on CWC projects or for external clients, and I’m sure it always will be! But as a woman running a microbusiness, the desire to be a part of a community of fellow creatives who are also managing life, paid work, passion projects, family commitments and everything else at the same time was inevitable, no matter what I choose to make of my career.
All Photography by Martina Gemmola
Having been exposed to so so many ambitious, creative and successful women I am certain (from my own experience) that you are constantly inspired and buoyed by their stories. But if you had to choose, what would the top 3 lessons/snippets of advice be that you have learned and would like to share with Studio Home readers working on their own projects.
I remember Dearne Mills spoke at a CWC in 2009 about having wished she had set up her business to better accommodate her absence in the early days of having children, but had since adapted it to work around her family responsibilities – by taking on clients who understood her need for flexibility and concentrating on projects where she could work at her own pace. Despite not having children at the time, I carried that story with me until a couple of years later, when I started to plan for a family. Around that time I put some systems in place, which meant when I was taking time off as a new mum I could relax a little knowing the more important elements of my business were taken care of, and that I could continue to work and contribute financially while being at home with my son. (Perhaps that makes it sound like it was all smooth sailing – it wasn’t – but I sure was grateful for Dearne’s small part in my having the forethought to do it!)
Nic MacIsaac, founder of Magnolia markets, said in her 2011 talk that the value of a market experience (or any experience where you hope to sell your work, but sometimes fall short) should be measured not only by the cash in your hand but by the people you meet and the lessons you learned doing it. I try to apply this thinking to all experiences in my life, and trust that benefits of experiences – good or bad – extend beyond the tangible.
More recently, in 2013 lawyer Sharon Givoni gave a couple of talks for CWC about protecting your intellectual property as a creative person. Amongst other things, like having a set of terms & conditions for undertaking creative work for clients, she talked about building a reputation around your business and creative brand in order to protect your work from knock-offs and strengthen customer loyalty. Copyright and IP are an extremely relevant yet often confusing topic for creatives to wrap their heads around, but Sharon seems to say things in a way that make the concepts of law easy to understand (and most importantly, to remember!) Since her first talk, we have been working on a book together about areas of law which are relevant to creatives in different industries. Given how much more empowered I feel about my rights having only read the first draft of the manuscript, I am positive the book will help a lot of others as well when it is released later this year. It’s an exciting time for CWC and for creatives down under!
For architecture lovers down under this looks like a super interesting book for the collection. Edited by Jeremy Hansen; respected captain of HOME New Zealand magazine, it pulls together 24 case studies of New Zealand homes built between 1938 – 1977 when people were slowly seeking alternatives to the classic kiwi villa.
I spotted this over at Clever Bastards.
in celebration of over 40 interviews this year – we have worked with many of those involved to bring you
26 opportunities to win!
revisit the stories of these exceptional people AND go into the draw to take home their generous offering of wares!
kowtow: interview and collection
miso: interview coming, art and zine
Emily Green : interview and necklace
Erin Lightfoot: interview and ceramic bangles
hannah jensen: interview and prints
ben crawford: interview, exclusive book q+a and book
Elk : interview and Larvik collection
Nitsua: interview coming soon and range
Ink + Spindle: interview and table runner
Erin + Tara Photography: interview coming soon, photography and Love Sweat Tears course
redfox + wilcox: interview and collection
emma leonard: interview coming soon and work
lorna love: interview and cushion cover
georgie cummings: interview and necklace collection
beth-emily: interview and print store
abby seymour: interview and site (collection yet to be released)
maaike: interview and zig zag tee
peppermint magazine: interview and mag
kelly thompson: interview and range sally goodall: interview and photography
Thanks to alllllll of you for entering!
I have drawn all the prizes at random and have now emailed all the winners. Below are the lucky devils (missing some last names sorry)
– KOWTOW: Alyssa Marion Smith
– MISO: Hayden Daniel
– EMILY GREEN: My Nguyen
– ERIN LIGHTFOOT: Elissa C
– HANNAH JENSEN: Mira Miliszewska
– BEN CRAWFORD: Alana
– ELK: Prue Kane
– NITSUA: Donna Fearne
– TRESTLE UNION: Shaye Woolford
– BECCA O’SHEA: Danelle B
– INK + SPINDLE: Kristy Clements”
– ERIN + TARA: Julia
– URBIS MAG: 1. Hayleigh 2. Jane McCurdy
– MELISSA SHARPLIN: Jasmine
– MYDEERFOX: Ansie Van Der Walt
– GEORGIA JAY: Christine Cook
– REDFOX + WILCOX: Victoria Maher
– EMMA LEONARD: Hayley Wilcox
– GEORGIE CUMMINGS: Monica Daniel-Power
– LORNA LOVE: Jay Louise
– BETH EMILY: Hannah Walker
– ABBY SEYMOUR: Emma Rowbotham
– MAAIKE: Sarah
– PEPPERMINT MAG: 1. Rebecca 2. Jessica Tremp
– KELLY THOMPSON: Alexandra Holmes
– SALLY GOODALL: Sharon
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Some products supplied are only available to certain regions/countries. Please make sure you adhere:
– Urbis Subscriptons only available to NZ residents
– Sally Goodall 50% off portrait session (normally $750 AU for 75 pics) only available to those in the Melbourne region.
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Le Shop Guide by Michi Girl is a super comprehensive little book offering a true insiders guide to Paris (with fashion minded people in mind!). The brains behind Michi Girl; Chloe Quigley and Daniel Pollock have put in the hard hours with their local friends exploring laneways, flea markets, stores and restaurants off the well trodden tourist trail. Once again working with long time collaborator; illustrator Kat Macleod, they then compiled their findings and photographs to make one downright beautiful book!
Its a great size to throw in your luggage and yes…I have done the personal sniff test..it smells good! You can get your own online here.
The Four Eyes team are prolific producers of beautiful street style imagery which they have now applied to the glossy pages of their debut book. Working with Beatnik Publishing they have produced a heavy hard cover account of the favourites they have captured for their site over the last 2 years. With exceptional photography skills and attention to detail they offer a really cool cross section of real people and their personal style. One for the fashion/clothing/style maker in your team.
For sale online here at Beatnik and also found at major bookstores. (yes…for you geeks like me…it smells good !)