A new Corban & Blair collaboration

THE STORY BIRDS P R O J E C T The Story Birds project was hatched by Louise Bickle and Lisa Hölzl to make unique dishes that are sustainable, useful and charming with an interesting story. One hundred and thirty years ago, William Gribble started baking bread for residents in Marrickville. Now the current owner Lisa, has her kilns cooking away turning out ceramic treats in her Bakehouse Studio. Handmade in Australia using Australian clay and glazes, they are food safe and created by creative women. Corban & Blair and friends working together to make joyful things. Everything looks better in something made by hand. Buy The Story Birds Project bowls here  louisebickle.com.au and thebakehousestudio.com.au ...

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Change Makers – Sydney Craft Week. 9 – 18 October 2020.

To celebrate 'Change Makers' this Sydney Craft Week, Corban & Blair invited artists and designers to create an artwork with one of their signature carbon neutral frames, expressing their feelings or role as a change maker. These are displayed in the Corban & Blair Window Gallery in Lewisham. Captions and stories accompany the works, which are available for purchase. This supports Corban & Blair initiative to support creativity in the local community. Location: Corban & Blair 2 - 4 Victoria Street, Lewisham Exhibiting Artists Thomas Avery, Louise Bickle, Gordon R Carmichael, Emily Crockford, Lisa Hoelzl, Lauren Kerjan, Catherine McGuiness, Meaghan Pelham, Eggpicnic, Fiona Roderick, Lisa Scott, Damian Showyin, Kim Vrkic, Thea Weiss, Helen Wyatt Download the Exhibition Catalogue here   ...

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The importance of imagination and creativity to our daily lives

Creativity generally involves cross fertilisation. It’s impossible to know or imagine what we don’t already know in some shape or form. (Example - we can’t imagine what an alien might look like - other than by making some comparison to a known plant or animal). Creativity occurs when we see or make a link between a problem in one area with experiences or knowledge in another area. When linkages are made between different perspectives or different knowledge territories. You might exhaust all the known knowledge and expertise in trying to solve a problem - but someone from a different culture, age group or expertise base might see a solution. Creativity can be associated more with dialogue than isolated research; more with experiences and action than thinking, more with social connections than isolated thinking. Creativity might be more likely in socially connected societies than individualistic societies? or creativity might have a better chance where structures...

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Gordon R Carmichael Art

Window Gallery – Gordon Carmichael, Lyrical Abstract Painter

Local artist Gordon Carmichael work now hanging in our gallery window - looking great! “I believe the landscape is part of us, rather than the more common belief that we are part of it. My work is informed by our identity, our origin and inspired by a lifetime interest in astronomy, ecology and the natural word” The paintings invite the viewer into these world/s where biomorphic shapes and abstract life become apparent. For me the creative magic lies within a mixture of experimenting, chance, rules and pouring the creative energy and thought process into something relative and beautiful. The use of a bright joyful pallet with a highly textured application of paint. The paintings are created with no preconceived idea, they happen spontaneously and then direct me through the creative process until finished. This creative process is my meditation, being in the moment with the work, a Zen experience of letting go and being a...

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Elliot Mason Artist Focus

Elliot calls his artwork a stylized representation of the natural world. He uses rhythmic, organic and geometric forms that are broken down into simple motifs. These can be turned into patterns, replicated and then contoured over blended gradients that represent land, waves, clouds and living beings. He creates patterns that represent the environment they portray, stretched and repeated like fractals multiplying into the distance to create perspective and depth. What drew to painting? It would have to be best summed up as a family connection to art. My Grandfather was a picture framer and gallery owner so there was always lots of good painting around all the family homes. I can’t say for sure but I think that being exposed to painting growing up in an environment where visual art was considered important by many family members have influenced my trajectory in life. Take us through your process, what inspires you? My process generally...

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Window Gallery, Featuring Naomi Simson – Artist & Business Woman

Recently we made our shop window at 4 Victoria Street, Lewisham into a Window Gallery. It is wonderfully large and masses of people pass by on their way into Lewisham station. Our first exhibit features Ocean Study 1 & Ocean Study 2 large works by well known, entrepreneur Naomi Simson. “What most people don’t know is that creativity is very much a part of who I am. I get lost in my paints, in the colour and texture. I am deeply curious. As an entrepreneur and business owner I have a busy and sometimes ‘hectic’ work schedule. One of the places that I take myself to counterbalance my busyness, is my painting studio. During early 2020 I took the time to reflect on my 30year journey in paint. That there are many aspects to what it is to be human. My business life, speaking and writing are my contribution. I choose to...

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Face Masks with Flair

The Social Outfit as usual is on the ball, supporting the community and making it more colourful. Their reusable masks are made from remnant fabrics featuring the bright and beautiful prints from previous collections. They are washable, reusable and have a wire for shaping around the nose. Each mask purchased provides employment to their sewing technicians from refugee backgrounds. They have teamed with charity partners to ensure that those who are most vulnerable are being provided with the same necessary protection. For each face mask bought from this collection, they will donate one to a person in need, distributed with the help of their partners. Masks will also be donated to their staff to distribute amongst their communities. Working together and collaborating across organisations and businesses makes communities safe. Buy one, Give one here....

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Portfolios to keep family documents

I was reminded about the importance of keeping documents like awards, educational degrees, birth certificates, acknowledgements, courses, marriages certificates, old passports, media clippings when a customer came into our studio shop to find something to file his degrees and other documents his family valued. Our A3 and A4 Portfolios made from book cloth with refillable sleeves are ideal for this purpose. Monogram a name, date or add a corporate logo for a unique presentation solution. We have always used our portfolios for presentations and media, but I have now done this for myself and it makes me feel good to have all these important historical documents together and sorted. Gillian Corban View our range of portfolios and sleeves here. Made in Australia and supporting local business. ...

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A mentoring experience

I mentor for Mentor Walks Australia, in Sydney and have met many interesting and talented women who are reaching to develop their entrepreneurial selves, while often working in tight corporate structures. The Love Journal is an example of this. Designed by Louise Ghan after a conversation with a friend who was journaling her experience, noting the positives and negatives from the dates she was going on. By reflecting and collecting information her friend was able to see trends about how she could manage her dating relationships better- thus the beautiful and meaningful LOVE JOURNAL was born. Now a digital version is available on Etsy here. I find it truly inspiring that young women are having clever ideas and are implementing them. This is an example that has come to fruition but there are many more in the pipeline that I know about. We need more women like this who are prepared to...

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Westpac Indigenous Banking product range with Bushtucker design by Cheryl Moggs

A Simple Process with a Stunning result

When you’re under pressure and need a clever solution, our in-stock range is perfect for fast turnarounds. Simply choose a product and brand your logo. These products were made in collaboration with Queensland Indigenous artist Cheryl Moggs. Featuring the artwork Bushtucker which represents the richness of the native fruit and Cheryl’s memories of collecting naipans in the bush with her mother near the NSW Queensland border. Westpac Indigenous Banking was looking for a quick and clever solution for a gift. With our in-stock product range, we can help you come up with gift and packaging ideas that will last in your clients’ memories for years. About Cheryl Moggs: Cheryl Moggs is an Aboriginal artist, educator and leader in culturally grounded artistic development. She was born and lives on her traditional country in Goondiwindi, Queensland. She is a Bigambul descendant, a self-taught artist influenced by challenging western culture ideologies, mapping culture and...

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