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Update: Abbys collection online

Abby Seymour - photography Tara Pearce, styling Stephanie Stamatis Abby Seymour - photography Tara Pearce, styling Stephanie StamatisAbby Seymour - photography Tara Pearce, styling Stephanie StamatisYep – this is pretty much just a public service announcement to say that the Dots + Dashes Collection I shared with you late last year is now live and being added to on Abby Seymours new site. 

It’s just all really really good!

– I visited Abby in her Melbourne studio here.
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Dots + Dashes by Abby Seymour

 Abby Seymour: NEW collection " Dost + Dashes" available for pre-order from http://abbyseymour.com/I am a long and confirmed fan of Abby Seymour so to have her new collection campaign shots land in my email yesterday was a tad EXCITING!
I think you’ll agree her jewellery walks the amazing line of imperfect perfection.
This is a bit of a sneak peak for you as the full Dots + Dashes collection will be launched online and with stockists early in 2014.  BUT she will have it available for pre order (receiving before Christmas) in Melbourne at the Mattt Pop Up Store launching tonight and The Big Design Market next week.
If you fall head over heels with something you see here in the mean time please contact her through her site. Or like me – count your pennies until the launch!

 Abby Seymour: NEW collection " Dost + Dashes" available for pre-order from http://abbyseymour.com/ Abby Seymour: NEW collection " Dost + Dashes" available for pre-order from http://abbyseymour.com/ Abby Seymour: NEW collection " Dost + Dashes" available for pre-order from http://abbyseymour.com/ Abby Seymour: NEW collection " Dost + Dashes" available for pre-order from http://abbyseymour.com/ Abby Seymour: NEW collection " Dost + Dashes" available for pre-order from http://abbyseymour.com/ Abby Seymour: NEW collection " Dost + Dashes" available for pre-order from http://abbyseymour.com/ Abby Seymour: NEW collection " Dost + Dashes" available for pre-order from http://abbyseymour.com/Photography: Tara Pearce
Styling: Stephanie Somebody
Direction: Guvnor
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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!!

Abby Seymour - 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?
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!

Guvnor - photograph + story 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 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.

GuvnorInk and Spindle website by GuvnorGuvnor - photograph + story Studio Home
 
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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Finders Keepers: Melbourne

Erica Keppel returned to Melbourne’s World Heritage Exhibition building to suss out who the new kids on the block might be from the last time she attended!

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For those of you who are familiar with Finders Keepers, it will come as little surprise to most of you, that when Studio Home’s Ju gave me the heads up regarding coverage of this month’s Finders Keepers Markets in Melbourne, I threw down my herb pruning shears, slapped on some lippy and peddled off on my pushy, desperate to check out the FK October spread!!!

Finders Keepers landed smack bang in the middle of Melbourne’s inner city suburb of Carlton for the second time this year last weekend. The bi annual design market was hosted in the drop dead gorgeous World Heritage Exhibition building, amongst fresh spring blooms and a whole lot of sunshine.

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The colour, the craft, the detail, the smiles and the curious,  all hallmarks of a classic Finders Keepers experience. This being my third between attending at Carriage Works in Sydney and here in Melbourne earlier in the year, I bee lined to my faves upon entrance for a little visual adoration: Bespoke Letter Press,  Miss Wee’s Jewellery and of course the Frankie caravan cum photo booth named ‘Bets, before exploring further afield.

Bespoke Letter Press
 
Miss Wee’s Jewellery

 Impossible to pass up was Sunday Morning Design’s illustrated bed linens for little kids and big kids. Seriously detailed, these pillow slips, duvet covers and prints add a little fairytale to a tired bedtime!

Sunday Morning Designs

 

Sunday Morning Designs

Big pleasers came in the form of lush lush lush Mornington Peninsular based brand Keep Resin and their rainbow of pendants, bangles and earrings

keep resin

Keep Resin

Eleanor Ford’s Sollis Jewellery, without fail always on the dream list!

 Sollis

I tram Melbourne and their kitschy little range of iconic paraphernalia (which I couldn’t help but pick up one yellow “I tram Melbourne’” wall print for $20!)

I Tram Melbourne

I Tram Melbourne

The looovely new selection of swimwear from Australian brand Amitiwi – which I hope to l see more of on the beaches across Australia and New Zealand this summer.

Amitiwi

Mi Goals have hit up the stationary scene with custom designed journals loaded with inspirational quotes, goal tracking reminders and yummy white space, all thrown together with one slick little typeface.

mi goals Migoals

Abby Seymour, Melbourne print maker, illustrator and creative collaborator also happens to have a gorgeous jewellery line, made from hand crafted and locally sourced Victorian porcelain.

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A massive thanks to Erica for being reporting super sleuth for me! The images are a mix of Erica’s own and featured businesses.

 Check out the great work Erica does reviewing the most delish of Melbournes breakfast spots!
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light + intricate


The work, the style and the studio all scream the lovely light and intricate vibe of Abby Seymour and the many forms her art takes. I discovered her while on my new obsessive foray into the Instagram-e-verse and on closer inspection of her website realised that she was one half of Golden Ink Collaborative who I have covered more than once in the past.
If you are keen on a closer inspection of those prints, you can find them here at her online store.

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