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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Artist Harrison Everett uses Corban & Blair Frames

Corban & Blair support the initiatives of young artists like Harrison. He makes both porcelain ceramic coral and linen prints of seaweed. Harrison uses Corban & Blair - carbon neutral frames to display his works. Harry originally started making art for his HSC in 2017. This series of work was called the Infraclass Cirripedia. This body of work studied the progression of life to death, and the effects of using one another for survival. This is conveyed by having the coral pieces on water eroded timber planks, that chalk paint has washed faintly white. The 3 pieces showed from left to right slowly eroded in timber, whilst the porcelain coral grew in mass. (there were multiple different ways it could be interpreted depending on the markers personal view). Harry also added other little pieces, such as a book made, with stamps of porcelain prints of Charles Darwin. These works were nominated...

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High Fashion Couture- From Recycled and Discarded Materials

West Village artist Debra Rapoport, 73, has a knack for turning garbage into fashion. Her signature hats, made from paper towels, sell for as much as $450. “Recycled materials speak to me. It’s like they say, ‘Give me a second life!’ She finds recycled, discarded and unusual materials and gives them a brilliant second life as high fashion couture. No items or material of any origin are out of consideration for her “Gifted and Thrifted” unique creations, A self-described “advanced style star”, Rapoport combs the streets of New York City in search of that which catches her eye. See more of Debra's work here.  ...

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Corban & Blair support companies like this…

Parafina offers designer eyewear in eco-friendly materials at a revolutionary price while leading the way for socially conscious businesses. Their tagline is, “See Beyond Trash". Through constant experimentation with materials, design, and manufacturing techniques, they aim to reinvent the eyewear market and reintroduce consumers to products that are thoughtfully designed and carefully crafted. They created Parafina as a company that would finance education programs with every pair of eyewear sold along with other activities. SOCIAL They donate 5% of every purchase to social project #LlévaleAlCole. ECO-FRIENDLY All shades are made with recycled materials. 100% RADICAL Eyewear as never seen before. ...

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WAGIBAA – New this season

Corban & Blair will launch a new collection in collaboration with Lucy Simpson of Gaawaa Miyay Design. The linings of these items feature Lucy’s Wagibaa design. This design tells a story of Yuwaalaraay country. It is inspired by the lines of country and traces the north west plains where the sky touches land. Country is where Lucy comes from. It is freshwater country, the rivers brim with memories, story and life. It is where her heart belongs. It is home. Lucy believes, from the stars in the skies, to the ground beneath we are surrounded by story” Collection includes: A5 refillable journal, Zip coin purse/keyholder, card holder, tech pouch, tech wrap, phone bag, travel wallet, passport holder & luggage tag. These are made from quality PU leather with unique colourful linings telling a story about what Australia and home means to Indigenous designer Lucy Simpson. They can have logos applied as well as...

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What do we do with unwanted clothes?

Make a gorgeous bag!  We are buying more low-cost, low-quality garments and disposing of more clothing than ever. Everywhere around the world, millions of tonnes of clothes go into landfills. In Australia alone, more than 500,000 tonnes of textiles and leather end up in landfill each year. Most of us donated our old clothes to organisations like the Salvation Army, but only a portion of those clothes end up being sold or given to people in need. Is there any way we could help divert some of that waste away from landfills? A new strategy to recycle and upcycle clothes are needed more than ever. We have to find a way to turn those clothes into new products. A new approach to see old clothes as resources, not waste. "Raw Couture" is a project created by Public Personas studio. The project explores the potential use of unwanted clothes, objects and anything that...

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