Share the Love

Guvnor, Abby Seymour, Beth Emily at Young Husband Studios- photograph + story Studio HomeFrom left: Beth-Emily, Abby Seymour, Tom Fitzgerald.
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This is a Creative HQ with a difference! It gives you a peek not only into the shared workspace of three ambitious creatives based at the Young Husband Studios in Kensington, but also their thoughts and experiences in working in a shared environment. Being someone that predominately works alone (currently!) I have rather idealistic opinions about shared workspaces and having been lucky enough to see a few AMAZING ones of late I feel justified in them!

Below I’ll give you a brief introduction to each creative and then share their answers to some questions I posed to all of them. While they all currently still share this space, the nature of the individual maker and the progress of each business means that their posse may soon morph and change. But for the mean time they are an interesting, varied and talented case study!

Enjoy and big thanks to Beth-Emily, Abby Seymour and Tom Fitzgerald of Guvnor for letting me snoop! Not to forget Lara and Teegs of Ink + Spindle who also share the space which you can check out here.

BETH-EMILY

Talented illustrator Beth-Emily hails from Tasmania (like so many of the best creatives do! what is with that?!) I have long been a fan of her beautiful soft but detailed style which so often concentrated on nature. As a collaborator with her partner Tom, the man behind Guvnor, she also is regularly contracted by brands to lend her hand to artwork on their behalf. Check out more of Beth-Emily here and browse her work for sale online here.

Beth Emily - Studio Home

-Working in a shared workspace offers some awesome advantages and I’m sure some bumps in the road. What are your favourite aspects of sharing?
I’m sharing with some of my closest friends in Melbourne who are all so talented, supportive and encouraging. This would have to be one of my favourite things – the ability to work among friends.

– What are some down-sides that you would fix if you had a magic wand?
I would make my own work area larger. The biggest downside for my practice is the limited space, it prevents me from spreading out while working on multiple projects and I’m always conscious of not wanting to interfere with the space and processes of my other colleagues. As a result, I’m currently in the process of looking for another space that will provide this additional working area. It has been a difficult decision to make, as I really enjoy working amongst some of my closest friends. However, for my own creative practice to expand, I really do require a larger space where I can store my own materials. Unfortunately, there’s not enough space in the shared Young Husband studio to cater for this requirement. Everyone is sad to see this change happening – I would of very much liked to of stayed.

– In my opinion your studio houses a total dream team of creatives! Given the opportunity to share with anyone in the world (and obviously without offending your current crew) who would you choose?
Anyone who has decent music taste – a must for anyone in a shared studio environment!

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ABBY SEYMOUR

Abby Seymour is a prolific and experienced maker. She is armed with skills across bookbinding, printmaking, illustration, ceramics and jewellery…mixing much of them together to create her beautiful work. I have long been a fan of her brass and porcelain jewellery and am waiting with bated breath for the release of her new collection which I spotted in the making during this shoot!!

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-Working in a shared workspace offers some awesome advantages and I’m sure some bumps in the road. What are your favourite aspects of sharing?
My favourite thing about sharing a studio space with other creatives is having a support network, we share advice and expertise about running a small business and inspire each other in each of our fields. When one of us is going through a rough patch the rest of the studio peeps encourage us through, each of us have our good and bad patches so I guess it is just nice to be able to share this experience with someone else that understands and that you value their opinion.
We all share similar values which is a big aspect of our studio environment. Although sitting down with every one for morning tea in our little lounge area would have to be my favourite. There is always a fridge full of baked goodies, tea, comfy couches, bookshelf full of inspiring books, and chats near the light filled windows.

– What are some down-sides that you would fix if you had a magic wand?
The only down side to sharing a studio (which is by far outweighed by all the great things!) is when one of us is going through a really busy period and need to knuckle down, it can be distracting and tempting having great studio buddies to chat to and hang out. At times I can be more productive in solitude. I go through talkative social stages where I love being around people and phases where I like to be a little more quite and contemplative, and just keep to myself. And space, I badly need more room, my tools end equipment just seem to keep growing!

– In my opinion your studio houses a total dream team of creatives! Given the opportunity to share with anyone in the world (and obviously without offending your current crew) who would you choose?
Hmm, thats a difficult one.. There are soo many amazing and talented people out there! A couple of jewellers whom I look up to and adore their style and technique, like Peta Kruger, David Neale, Julie Blyfield, Catherine Bowman or printmakers like Kiki Smith, Raymond Arnold and Swoon, but I would have to say sharing with my creative friends would be the best, you spend so much of your time in the studio and it is such a big part of your life and who you are so getting the opportunity to hang out with your friends on a more regular basis would be amazing, as you get older and busier it gets harder and harder to catch up with your friends. I have become such good friends with every person that I have ever shared a studio with which I really value, so perhaps I would leave my idols to meet one day or do an internship under.

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GUVNOR – Tom Fitzgerald

Tom is the savvy man behind emerging creative studio; Guvnor. With quiver of talented collaborators at his disposal he offers truly beautiful and cutting edge solutions in identity, strategy and design. Some recent projects are Wootten and Ink + Spindle. He also curates the super inspirational site Httpster!

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– Working in a shared workspace offers some awesome advantages and I’m sure some bumps in the road. What are your favourite aspects of sharing?
I often refer to the most beneficial perk as “cross pollination”. When you take the time to engage with your colleagues (not just occupy the same space), you find yourself mutually sharing knowledge of your industries, creative processes, war stories and business mechanics. In turn this improves your own professional practices and may also lead to collaboration. Another advantage is the mutual support your studio fellows can provide. I’ve often found that when it comes to problem-solving a few good minds are better than one.

– What are some down-sides that you would fix if you had a magic wand?Studio noise is the unmerciless killer of concentration – (shakes fist at Abby and her polishing drill.) But it’s a natural part of the studio working environment and you adapt to accommodate it. But having a space where I can focus my attention without interruption would be a boon sometimes.

– In my opinion your studio houses a total dream team of creatives! Given the opportunity to share with anyone in the world (and obviously without offending your current crew) who would you choose?
There are a quite a few people I would like to work alongside, but at this point in time New Zealand’s own Kris Sowersby of Klim Type is top of my list. Kris is a superb type designer with an impressive catalog of considered work. As an identity designer, who designs letterforms for logotypes, I’d love to tap into Kris’ knowledge of his craft and observe his processes.

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Young Husband Studio: Beth-Emily, Abby Seymour, Guvnor. Image: Studio HomePhotography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home.
Guvnor images from web and Sean Fennessey
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Beth-Emily and Abby Seymour can both be found at the Brisbane Finders Keepers this coming 16th-17th November!
I’ll be there too!

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