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The Trestle Union

Fisher & Paykel Cooking AppliancesThe Trestle Union, Auckland, NZ - by Studio HomFrom left: The Trestle Union – Nikolai Sorensen and Mike Grobelny in the AUT workshop.
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While I can’t remember the first time I came across The Trestle Union, I do still remember the momentary thrill at finding furniture designed and made in NZ that I could actually afford! Un surprisingly, accessibility was definitely a motivating factor when two savvy product design students from AUT knocked heads and decided to give a business a whirl.

Trestle Union is as fluid and forward thinking as its two young designers which meant that my afternoon of interviewing made for some pretty cool location visits which you can see below!

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Nikolai Sorensen, 29,  studied architecture at Unitec but on graduating was offered a role within an engineering company. Despite the pretty terrific opportunities for travel, it became evident to him after a few years that he was limited in moving forward in the industry due to not having an engineering degree.
It was in 2009 while attending his wife; Johanna’s Spatial Design exhibition at AUT that he got a burst inspiration! He realised that he was after a balance between engineering and art and promptly scraped together a portfolio, booking himself a space in the Bachelor Design course majoring in Product.

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Mike Grobelny is a 30 year old Masters student and workshop technician at AUT. After a few years travel following his degree in product design at Unitec, Mike returned to Auckland to take up the workshop tech role in 2008 and began his Masters study in 2010. When I caught up with him last year he was in the middle of reasearching and writing his thesis based on the “barriers and opportunities faced by product design graduates when trying to commercialise a product”
(joining the dots now?)

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The young designers met in the workshop and Mike “knocked up” a table for Nikolai. The demand for cool but affordable trestles were apparent to the pair as friends constantly requested them, and on research – there appeared to be none fitting price AND style online.
So they decided to collaborate and do something a little more formal. Nikolai had a design for a “higher end” trestle table which they built and photographed. The images went up on his tumblr which he used as portfolio site and next thing they knew it went seriouslt viral! The table became the number on image and search for trestle legs!

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The cogs started turning again and they decided to launch the Trestle Union – focusing not on high end product, but on accessible and affordable design to meet, what they discovered, was a very real demand. Their first table was sold to top NZ landscape architect; Xanthe White and they have enjoyed a steady rise in custom from there. Their collection offers simple options in tops, legs, heights and sizes which they have made sure can be bought seperately for convenience . Largely avoiding wholesale contracts to keep prices low and margins under control, they are working proof that web based sales for furniture is both possible and well received.

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When I visited, Mike and Nikolai were producing their range from two spaces. This project in production was directly related to Mike’s research for his thesis and AUT, in what is an incredibly supportive move, allowed them to get the wheels turning by using the workshop after hours. Late last year the guys then began to buy equipment and slowly kit out a rural building on the farm owned by Nikolai’s in-laws near Murawai. I was lucky enough to take the drive out there and loved the huge juxtaposition between the florescent, lab-like vibe of the uni workshop and the wooden hut cradled by native bush.
Its simply brilliant and to me, pure start up NZ!

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With Nikolai’s graduation in late 2013 and Mike on the last leg of his Masters, the team continue to fill orders and are in the process of prototyping new products in their Trestle Union style (you are going to want to stay tuned for these!) Both manage their own freelance projects and while looking onward at their individual design goals, for the time being Trestle Union allows them a great link to the industry and invaluable experience with the commercial realities of design production locally.

I’m really looking forward to what this pair have to offer, both as the Tresle Union team and as independant, modern designers in their own right.

The Trestle Union, Auckland, NZ - by Studio HomAll photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home.
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WHAT I LEARNED FROM THE TRESTLE UNION:
It is 100% possible to design and manufacture affordable furniture in NZ!
Oh and – being young, full of ideas, awesome problem solvers and total go getters helps.

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Miso – Melbourne

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Despite the raging popularity of her work across many platforms, Stanislava Pinchuk aka Miso remains humble and almost unaffected by the cult-like following she has garnered. The day I clattered up seven floors in the old lift of the Melbourne’s historic Nicholas Building, Stanislava was literally unpacking into her new studio and preparing to leave for a month long stay in Tokyo the next day.
Being somewhat of a groupy myself, I lapped up the bare workspace and thought that despite its sparseness – it was of course brilliant and distinctly Miso-esque.
As we settled in to chat,  I was both surprised and delighted to learn the background of this favourite creative as she relayed it in her softly spoken voice and threw smiles out from under her glossy dark fringe.

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Born in the Ukraine, Stanislava moved to Melbourne with her family at the age of 10. Introverted by her own admission, she spent much of her childhood and early teens drawing and making her own clothes.  Creativity led her to connect with a like minded crew of artists and at 14 she started doing paste ups around the city which rapidly gained an audience.

Despite, or perhaps because of, her obvious talent and love of her own art she chose to steer clear of entering formal art study on her graduation of high school. By 18 she had finished in the top wrung of Victoria’s high schools for art, was already doing paid graphic work and had been involved in a number of group shows . The jaded look on her art school friends faces assured her she was making the right decision for herself and off she went to Uni in an unexpected direction.

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Having always studied French, Stanislava continued with this and also delved into Philosophy. Her double major in Art History and French taught her “to read, write and to understand.” During her study she continued with her art, supporting herself with sales through galleries and exhibitions, commercial graphic design work, curating shows and print editions through her online store she set up at the age of 19.  At 21 she authored a book about the movement of street art but it wasn’t long before she stepped away from paste ups and creating work in public spaces as the issues around their legality were constant. Interestingly enough and coinciding with this, the National Gallery of Australia purchased two of her “street works” (followed by another two large works recently). The National Gallery of Victoria subsequently purchased two pieces from her most recent show…this young “street artist” wasn’t considered a public pest by the art world at large!!

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At 22 Stanislava took a year off study to really delve into her art full time, giving herself time to decide if this was the right direction to head in or to return to University. She travelled ALOT, her work came easily and whats more she had an incredible time! Life was going well…. further study was delayed….

It was about 3 years ago that Stanislava started tattooing. Combining travel with her target of two solo shows per year, she had been doing a lot of embroidery and pin prick work on paper – it seemed the obvious next move was tattoos. For over a year and a half she put her steady hand to good use and tattooed friends, doing whatever they wanted. It wasn’t long until the technique, style and resulting imagery began to cross over into her work and vice versa. Slowly they became closer and she enjoyed the emerging dialogue between the ink work and her actual artwork. Stanislava began to document her work of simple trades with friends – tattoos in exchange for artwork, baking, whiskey. The resulting zine and her iconic style has seen the imagery go viral and for many showed that tattoos could be beautiful in a simple, pared back and imperfect form.

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I think one of the most interesting things about Miso has been her ability to bridge and find an audience from street level, wandering creative enthusiasts online, workshopping artists in training and still clock wins with the often inaccessable upper wrungs of the fine art world. I don’t think this was an intentional result on her behalf but, for this creative groupy, its actually reassuring and exciting to see.

At 25 years old and armed with a highly transportable artform, Stanislava continues to travel and create at a rate that keeps her hungry audience happy. With her work to date spanning from paste ups, zines, drawings, paper cuts, tattooing and beyond its safe to say we are in for more interesting, innovative and distinctly Miso work to come!

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 All photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home.
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WHAT I LEARNT FROM MISO:
Allow yourself to diversify, experiment, learn, innovate and progress.
In short – find your creative flow.

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Lu Diamond Flowers

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I dragged out the morning I spent with sparky Lucy Houghton for as long as I could. It started with rain before revealing a balmy Auckland spring day and her great chat and “work materials” were so magnetic that I found myself well and truly settled into a sunny corner of her studio/garage.

There aren’t many people out there who don’t love a lush bouquet of flowers and I count hundreds that hold fantasies of ditching everything to morph into a florist – its a romantic and popular notion!
Well I met a real life successful version of one of those people that ran straight for that fantasy and made it her life.

Read on friends. It looks good.

Lu Diamond Flowers, Auckland, NZ - by Studio Home Lu Diamond Flowers, Auckland, NZ - by Studio HomeLucy gew up on the Hibiscus Coast just north of Auckland and on leaving school headed to Wellington to do a Diploma in Photography at Massey University. After graduating she headed to Melbourne where she began the slow grind of breaking into and working her way up in the bustling but packed photography industry. She juggled odd jobs with work at a commercial studio before deciding to head back to Auckland to pursue her own career.

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Despite going through the motions she found the scene was crowded, competition for work intense and came to the realisation that she simply wasn’t packing the same passion and hunger to make it work like her peers.
So she turned to the fashion industry and found work assisting and being the “general dogs body” for a successful NZ designer. Working so hard on someone elses business did provoke some fire in her – and that was to  pursue her own! She considered being at the helm of your own business a special and lucky position to acheive and on seeing the lack of importance placed on that by her employer she realised she had the zest to do it herself….but what would it be?!

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Sweet sweet luscious flowers thats what!
Lucy had always harboured a love of them and as a creative outlet enjoyed the quick and varied results.  So in late 2012 she promptly quit her job and found work at the Floramax flower market in Mt. Wellington. She spent her summer with her fellow school girl co-workers starting work at 5am and distributing flowers onto trolleys for the florists, dairy owners and buyers purchasing at the auctions. For three months she soaked up the scene, gratefully lapped up the knowledge imparted to her and would take flowers home to “play with” every day.

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During this time at the market, Valentines Day came around, so Lucy took the opportunity to test her style and skills. She created a Lu Diamond Flowers Facebook page, invited friends to “like” and posted a few posies for sale. The response was super positive and quickly flowed into a growing stream of orders.

Her network grew by both word of mouth and social media, and soon, in addition to her private orders she was providing flowers for the Glassons offices. She then popped up on the radar of Ruby brand manager; Anna-Lise Sharma and was invited to contribute to their blog with monthly floral posts and pop up stands in front of their stores.

 
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Over the last 9 months Lucy has worked hard to meet the demand of her growing enterprise. She has cleared out and transformed her Ponsonby garage to accomodate her work and storing buckets of foliage and assembled bouquets. She visits her wholesaler out at Floramax 3 times a week to fill the private orders she receives through her recently set up online store, the growing roll of corporate clients and now her first wedding season.

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I sat and watched her as she unpacked her market purchases, carefully pruning them then dunking in nice deep buckets of water to wait their turn. It was very clear to me that yes, there is definite merit in being trained in floristry, no doubt about that! But Lucy’s innate sense of style and rambling romantic aesthetic is simply not something that can be injected into someone. It lives in the eyes of a lucky few and only some of them discover that!!

I’m really excited to follow the Lu Diamond Flowers story into 2014 as its obvious to me that Lucy isn’t bound by any industry standards and at 26 she is only just starting to flex that flower wrangling arm!!

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WHAT I LEARNT FROM LUCY HOUGHTON:
There are many unbeaten paths to the same destination.
Maybe your one suits you better than the standard highway!

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a team effort

The Flophouse - Kyneton, VictoriaGoldie + Co and The Brainery Store: hosting lecture by Lisa Mitchell in Kyneton, Victoria - by Studio HomeFrom left: Stephanie Somebody, Olivia Zan, Erin Neale, Tara Pearce, Joel Pringle and Sarah Cooper
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The biggest problem I had with putting this post together is there really was SO much “story” to tell you! As the title suggests, I got to skip around on the edges while a terrific event was set up by a team of creatives, intent on not only bringing their own – but also their friends ideas to life.

After looking through all the pics, my notes and the general impression I had on watching this afternoon unfold, I think that this Creative HQ is an awesome and inspiring example of the beautiful power of collaborating with like-minded people. There really is very little you can’t do !

Read on and I’ll take you through it. Goldie + Co and The Brainery Store: hosting lecture by Lisa Mitchell in Kyneton, Victoria - by Studio Home

THE EVENT:

The second lecture of 4 in the Spring/Summer Term of The Brainery Store. The team played host to hugely popular young Australian musician; Lisa Mitchell. Broken into the standard format of 30 minute presentation and 30 minute Q & A, the audience of 50 sat back and enjoyed a truly inspiring talk from Lisa. In a soft voice she candidly spoke of the journey she’s been on since being a finalist on Australian Idol in 2006 as a teenager.
She very openly shared the experiences and processes she uses to overcome the personal and professional hurdles she has faced and how she forges ahead with her passion on her own terms. This was followed by a beautiful acoustic performance and an open format question time.
I was honestly not sure of what to expect from Lisa being such a young speaker…. and was well and truly blown away by her wisdom, maturity and general vibe!!

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THE LOCATION:

Goldie + Co. is a relatively new shared workspace in the beautiful Victorian town of Kyneton. Only a few months ago it was just a pipe dream of photographer; Tara Pearce who was bored of working from home or squeezing into cafe’s for client meetings. The idea of a local shared workspace that could provide opportunities for collaboration, networking, pop up stores and events was new for the town – so when the “For Lease” sign popped up she leapt on it!

Christened “Goldie” due to its amazing positioning for rich, warm afternoon sun and “Co” for the “creative occupants!”, Tara was quickly able to fill the space by simply advertising in the local paper and networking on Facebook.
As the base for “Erin and Tara” – the extremly popular wedding photography partnership she shares with Erin Neale, it is also HQ to graphic designer; Joel Pringle, freelance copywriter; Olivia Zan and marketing consultant; Stephanie Duboudin.

It has incredible bones and the pared – back decorating style of Tara means that it can be transformed from intensive, productive design studio to venue for 50+ in no time!!

 

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THE TEAM:

Host: Sarah Cooper of The Brainery Store
Melbourne based Sarah, is the creative force behind The Brainery Store; a series of lectures in pop-up locations around Australia (and NZ in the not too distant future!)

A contemporary dancer by trade she was determined to be more than just “one thing”, so created a format which facilitated the connection of successful creatives to a receptive audience. Since its inception earlier this year she has hosted an inspiring line up of interesting entrepreneurs who openly share their stories, lessons learnt and chat with the audience. Not a sales pitch to be seen here!
She is a person driving a project that is sure to continue delivering lectures with substance and I simply can’t wait to see who she gathers for 2014.

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Venue Providers + Collaborators: Tara Pearce and Erin Neale of  Erin + Tara
These two went to high school locally together, both left for the big lights of Melbourne, held corporate jobs and began families before they randomly and seperately returned to the country and for the first time connected as friends!
In their success as wedding photographers they have become sparky, inspiring examples of self taught creatives. Aside from a short course each, they have learnt through their own research, trial and error and the response of their growing customer base to their beautiful style. The response was good! They shot 52 weddings in their first season!

I found their attitude and creativity downright infectious! And am pleased to say that they have just set up Love Sweat Tears - a two day workshop sharing all their knowledge of wedding photography, client interaction, post production, management of a freelance business and general trade secrets!

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Stylist and Collaborator: Stephanie Somebody
Stephanie is such a prolific creator on so many levels she is tricky to introduce! A gifted curator and stylist, interior designer, photographer,  Instagram star and past speaker, she was there to govern the details.

You can expect to see much more of Stephanie on Studio Home in the coming months so in the mean time I suggest you follow her on instagram to keep up with her many projects in the works!

The Support: There was a solid swathe of boyfriends, husbands, volunteers, colleagues, sponsors and a food truck to round out the evening. Not to mention the attentive and enthusiastic audience!

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WHAT I LEARNT FROM THIS TEAM:
Many hands, brains and creative spark makes for light and awesome work.

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Emily Green – Melbourne

The Big Design MarketEmily Green, Melbourne - by Studio HomeFrom left to right – Team EG!: Katherina Dams, Lucy Hall, Alicia Gordon and Emily Green.
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On my recent trip to Melbourne I was really excited when  Emily Green, a prolific creator who I had followed for years, accepted my request to visit!  I wasn’t however, at all prepared to find such an awesome studio set up, team of chatty helpers and the Emily’s amazing, magnetic personality. By the end of the interview I was tempted to bin my notebook and ask if I could join her merry crew indefinitely !

Emily Green, Melbourne - by Studio HomeEmily Green, Melbourne - by Studio HomeEmily Green was born in Sydney, grew up in Canberra and at 10 moved to Perth with her family. She was a major maker as a child, always drawing and a heavy user of fimo and plastacene which is telling! She focussed heavily on art during high school and then headed striaght into a Fine Arts Degree at the University of Western Australia. The course left her feeling a little lost and disillusioned at her career options, so she looked to speciliase and took up Fashion and Textiles at TAFE in Perth. Again, she felt a scary lack of direction in terms of work outcomes so, seeking something fresh, at 21 she left home and headed to Melbourne for what was meant to be a year.

Emily Green, Melbourne - by Studio HomeEmily Green, Melbourne - by Studio HomeEmily Green, Melbourne - by Studio Home Emily worked some basic jobs until she had firmed up on her next step which she decided would be a graduate diploma in teaching – something she felt could open doors to a “real” job. Taking up a role as a high school art teacher which she held for 4 years, she relayed how the work load was immense and guiding final year students through their VCE’s in her first year as a young graduate was incredibly demanding! Her dreams of her job being an extension of her identity were being rapidly smashed by the system, so she attempted to go part time to allow herself to study Textile Design. It almost came as a relief when that request was rejected and she gladly left that permanent role to become a substitute teacher and part time student.

Emily Green, Melbourne - by Studio HomeEmily Green, Melbourne - by Studio HomeEmily Green, Melbourne - by Studio Home It was around this time in 2010 when Emily started getting stopped in the street while wearing bright little brooches she had made for herself. This un canvassed public support gave her the momentum to start selling them at a few markets. Again, customers were super receptive, stockists came on board and she received some great press. After just 1 year of part time study she could no longer juggle this with her making and new role as an art technician at a high school 3 days a week. So study lost out, productivity grew and in another 6 months she had added, what are now – her iconic necklaces to her collection.

Fimo was and remains her chosen medium for her jewellery. She loves its hues, ability to mix colours like paint and to finish your work you simply need to bake it in an oven! The fact that there was no complex set up of specialist equipment with no crazy outlay was a major in her choice to use it. This accessibility is also perhaps the reason why she has been so widely “copied”. While most of us can claim to playing with Fimo once in our lives, Emily’s use of colour, her combinations and intricately handmade beads with pattern set her apart in her creativity and popularity. But the availability of the material has made her a bit of a target! When I asked her about this, an observation I had totally made on my own, she simply smiled her beautiful smiled and shrugged. This was a reaction of someone who has far more strings to her bow and she has been putting them to great use!

Emily Green, Melbourne - by Studio HomeEmily Green, Melbourne - by Studio HomeEmily Green, Melbourne - by Studio Home In 2012, after fielding so many requests about the watercoloured background she had made to photograph her necklaces on, she decided to offer the originals for sale then went on to produce print runs earlier this year. A collaboration with Melbourne based shoe brand; Hobes in early 2013 led to a mega three-way project combining with local digital printing company; Frankie and Swiss and the result were three different colourways of beautiful, water colour kicks!

Social media helped spread the Emily Green style far further than she had imagined when she was contacted by high end, New York based label; Isoude who had spotted her work via Pinterest. She was invited to come and meet them to discuss collaborating on their Spring/Summer’14 collection! Gladly Emily jumped on a plane – the result is her print being used in seven different garments soon to be released.

Emily Green, Melbourne - by Studio Home Emily Green, Melbourne - by Studio HomeEmily Green, Melbourne - by Studio Home By March 2012 Emily was able to finish teaching completely. Demand for her necklaces had increased to such a level she was calling on friends and family to come and help on her mini production line! It was at Harvest Workroom where she had a studio that she met Lucy Hall who came on board as her first full time employee for the year. Alicia replaced Lucy who left to do some travel and Emily then employed Kate Henke part time to match the growth in her orders. Katherina Dams joined the team full time recently and everyone was stoked to see Lucy back in the lead up to Christmas. Emily was quick to recognise the talented makers she had on her team and making use of their skills and backgrounds in textiles she released a range of knitted scarves in Winter last year.

Emily Green, Melbourne - by Studio Home Collaboration and endless diversification seems to come so easily to Emily, but on meeting her its absolutley no surprise! This woman GLOWS! While I was visiting, the team of four barely took a break from their relentless and often intricate making, preparing stock for the usual Christmas flood of orders for wholesale, online and the upcoming markets (you can spot her water colour work on all The Big Design Market collateral…including trams!)

With her eye on more textile work and a departure from colour with an exclusive range of necklaces for Craft Victoria, I can safely say that the creative world of Emily Green and those in her orbit will remain exciting, inspiring and covetable!

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WHAT I LEARNT FROM EMILY GREEN:
Don’t get distracted by those in your peripheral…know that no one can do what you do the way you do it! AND with that in mind always continue moving forward to meet new opportunities and bring ideas to life.

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This post was made possible with the support and partnership of The Big Design Market. Meet the incredible Emily Green at The Big Design Market kicking off TOMORROW!  December 6, 7 & 8 at the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne.
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Hannah Jensen – Auckland

Hannah Jensen, Auckland, NZ - by Studio HomeHannah Jensen‘s beautiful smile jumped out at me from the TV a few months ago when she was being featured on the One News “Good Sorts” segment. As they profiled her work, teaching art to children at Aucklands Starship Hospital, I couldn’t ignore the ringing bell in my head – her name was so familiar?! I combined forces with my best friend Google and quickly realised that I had eartagged her to blog years ago because her work is AMAZING!!
Within 10 minutes I’d whipped her an email and just a few weeks later I found myself in her lightfilled studio listening to her incredible story of determination and dedication.

Grab a cup of tea and enjoy this one….

Hannah Jensen, Auckland, NZ - by Studio HomeHannah Jensen, Auckland, NZ - by Studio HomeHannah Jensen was originally born in England but from the age of two she grew up in Whangerai then Auckland. As a super creative child she moved into her teens and followed her passion with gusto, taking on three practical arts subjects in her final year of school resulting in three scholarships! AUT and a major in printmaking beckoned and she threw herself into a 3 year Bachelor of Art and Design . For most young people straight out of school this would have been enough, however Hannah cultivated (and continues to!) an impressive determination which included paying for her education herself. Working since she was 15 years old she had saved $15 000 to get her Uni days off to a good start but kept this up by maintaining work throughout, combining with fierce, self governed 60+ hours per week at school. She’s a machine….

Hannah Jensen, Auckland, NZ - by Studio HomeHannah Jensen, Auckland, NZ - by Studio HomeA major fan of trial and error, it was during her 2nd year of Uni that she discovered her “white on white” carving method which has become a signature of much of her detailed work. She put her technique to the test with her first solo show at Auckland cafe; Santos and promptly sold her first carving that day.

With her determination still running hot she decided to take the last three months off work, move back home and go full time on her final year’s project. With her sights set on graduating with an A+ she produced work so large that it couldn’t even fit in a van! Not sure quite what to do with it all she called art rental company; Art Associates who came to view it then gladly took it off her hands – a continuing relationship that sees them with 25 pieces on rotation to this day!

h9Hannah Jensen, Auckland, NZ - By Studio HomeHannah Jensen, Auckland, NZ - by Studio HomeUnsurprisingly Hannah then hit a wall and needed a break. She had just turned 21 years old, graduated from Uni and bucking all normal outcomes had a healthy $11 000 in the bank ! She took off to Africa to spend time with her father at the game reserve he owned where she produced 16 carvings and totally redecorated his lodge. A kind of holiday you might say…?? Art Associates went on to sell all of her large scale work so she latched onto travelling with a vengeance, and went on to explore more than 25 countries.

Hannah Jensen, Auckland, NZ - by Studio HomeHannah Jensen, Auckland, NZ - by Studio HomeIn 2006 she returned home super inspired and refreshed with the decision made to set up a studio and attempt being a full time artist. Initially bouyed by the sales she made the year before, it wasn’t long until she realised that at this point, her idea wasn’t quite sustainable. So she promptly got herself a job at popular Auckland restaurant; Prego where she stayed for 4 years.
Over the next year she acheived her ambition of having a solo exhibition. Hosted at Disrupt Gallery she created work inspired by local graffiti artists. There was a huge turn out, great response…and not a single piece sold. It was a double edged sword but she realised that her aesthetic and ideas were where her previous success came from and so she went back to continue developing that. She was loaned a shed in Kumeu and equipped with 420 litres of paint and 35 boards she once again put in the hard yards to get herself back on track!

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In November 2006 Hannah held another show at Santos with carved work based on old postage stamps. This time they all sold out on the first day but in three weeks she received 40 commisions, in three months there were 80 and over three years 150+ stamp works were created! Drowning in commissions she sought some creative reprieve by entering the 2010 World of Wearable Arts Awards then spent 8 weeks carving an ENORMOUS work to enter into the Wallace Art Awards. Neither bought her wins but both great satisfaction and with the sale of the latter work she felt ready to work toward another show this time with personal themes.

Hannah Jensen, Auckland, NZ - by Studio HomeHannah Jensen, Auckland, NZ - By Studio HomeA relationship break up at the end of 2010 had her ready for some soul searching. She packed up her bags to visit her London based brother then went on to realise a long held dream to work with disadvantaged children. Hannah spent three weeks in a Romanian children’s hospital where she took care of unwell orphans and in between them napping painted relentlessly with local kids to create murals on as many bare walls as possible!
On her return she finally realised the security her art and resulting commissions now offered her and she was able to let go of her job. She then started working on large scale pieces inspired by family for her solo show which was held at Saatchi and Saatchi gallery. She had wanted to wow people and the 500 who attended her opening were suitabley wowed!

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In late 2012 Hannah moved to the new studio and home you see here. She has continued her volunteer work with children by teaching the art class at Starship Childrens Hospital once a week. It turns out I wasn’t the only one who had spotted her on the news….while I was there she received an enormous delivery of free art supplies to use with her kids from Staedtler!

When I met her she was also busy juggling commissions with the development of work for her new show; “CURIOSITY CABINET” which is on now until the 6th of December at the Allpress Gallery.

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Hannah Jensen is reallllly busy. There is no doubt about it! But instead of leaving our lengthy afternoon of chatting exhausted at her story – I felt insanely revived and reassured in the knowledge that you don’t need to wait for good things to happen…. you just need to work damn hard to create them yourself.
Hannah would be up there as one of the most creative people I have met locally in Auckland, but she is also one of the most commercially savvy. She has accepted that to create her art she needs an income to support that – so she considers how to offer her work at various price points and themes that people respond to and covet. She softly and gracefully reconciles this with her personal aesthetic and the result is beautiful!

She also poses a great case for practicing yoga!!!

Hannah Jensen, Auckland, NZ - by Studio HomeAll photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home
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WHAT I LEARNT FROM HANNAH:

Among things like a quality work ethic and an appreciation of the realities of a creative in the commercial world …. a big genuine smile sure does wonders to your day and the people around you!

 

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