A Journal Making Workshop with Hunt Leather

Corban & Blair and Hunt leather collaborated to hold a “Do it Yourself” workshop to make leather journals. Keeping and writing journals is very important in times of unprecedented change. Much history is collected from the personal observations and feelings of people who document their experiences. Everyone went home with a beautiful and stylish handmade leather journal they were proud to have made. ...

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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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What’s a Shoezie?

It is a stylish shoe bag for women to carry their good shoes (heels) to work and to store their runners in during the day. Shoezie is elegant and practical, created by Kerry Matheson SHOEZIE has a built-in satin divider to protect shoes and comes in a neat fold up pouch. The Shoezie collection comes in a range of fashionable colours designed for style and practicality. “Let’s be honest, as women we all feel a little more fabulous when we slip on a pair of high heels. But wearing them all the time isn’t always practical, or comfortable. Working a corporate office job, I noticed there was no fashionable and purpose-built solution for carrying my heels to the office. After volunteering at Charity Dress for Success, I noticed that many of the clients who were being styled in donated clothing loved the look of high heels but didn’t choose them because they were catching...

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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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The Power of Mentoring Connections

As a mentor for Mentor Walks Australia, I meet many interesting and talented women. Sometimes these are one off encounters, sometimes more. Occasionally it opens the way to a new collaboration. This is the case with Karen Miles an ex journalist and founder of French Consul. French Consol Karen founded French Consul for those who love a weekend trawling the markets, yearning for a piece of the countryside or coast, or dreaming about one day moving to Provence. French Consul linen homewares are inspired by the classic French farmer’s ‘grain sack’ stripe. She is dedicated to ensuring the family tradition of the striped linen grain sack, once utilised by grain farmers throughout Europe to identify their family’s grain at market – and now highly sought-after by homewares and textile lovers – the story lives on. Karen sells into the retail. With disruption of Covid19 access to the market has changed, so she is...

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Sharing a space and working together

Warehousing Recently we shifted our warehouse to Lilyfield in Sydney into the Sounds Like Home warehouse - a homewares furniture business with a showroom at Unit 3A/483 Balmain Rd, Lilyfield. This is terrific as it is not far from our studio and we pass it on the way to work. The guys at Sounds Like Home (SLH) run a really organised and tidy warehouse. It has made us efficient and our inventory more accurate. Like us they love beautiful things that are made with care. All about Sounds like Home (SLH) SLH value authenticity, artisanship and sustainability. They support original design and believe in the importance of being kind to mother earth, so they source products and materials that are environmentally friendly. Product quality is also a huge focus and customer service is paramount. The SLH journey unfolded long ago, with two university buddies exploring through Indonesia and discovered all the amazing furniture and...

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Corban & Blair have found this book Insightful

Six Capitals by Jane Gleeson-White “An accessible, timely and fascinating account of the revolution going on in the world of finance - and how accountants really can save the planet - from the acclaimed author of Double Entry. Fully revised and updated  Climate change is here and capitalism is implicated: it's programmed to privilege profit and growth over human communities and the living earth. We need to change this system - and we need to do it now. Six Capitals charts the rise of four movements designed to overthrow capitalism as we know it: multi-capital accounting, for society, nature and profit; the push for a new corporation legally bound to benefit nature and society while making a profit; ecosystem accounting for nations; and legal rights for nature, which resonate with indigenous earth-centred laws.These movements are critical for the future of human life on this planet. Together they override the profit-driven modern corporation, the...

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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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