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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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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One of our most popular frames used by Egg Picnic

The Shadow Box Frame is one of our most popular frames. Like all our frames it is carbon neutral, which means Corban & Blair has stepped up its commitment to the environment by buying carbon credits to offset emissions produced in the manufacturing of our frames. The money raised will go towards land regeneration. By choosing carbon neutral products, we can each play our part in supporting the environment. The Shadow Box Frames have been hand crafted in New Zealand from sustainable, plantation grown timber. They are available in 4 different sizes in black and white, with and without a mat. Because this frame has a depth of 3.5cm from the front of the frame to glass, the frames construction makes it perfect for shelf/table display. Look out for Egg Picnic who uses the Shadow Box Frames to displays their fine art prints, which they look wonderful in! Have a look at their work here....

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Thank you 2019

A big thank you to all our clients in business, retail, online and our studio store customers for their support and ideas. It has been a year or new concepts, products and inspiring narratives about our Australian lived experience. Our on-going endevour requires us to be in constant reinvention mode, in order to stay relevant for our customers. This is a challenge we are always up for- an opportunity to delight you. We are a small creative team inspired to find original and clever product solutions delivered with excellence. Our focus for 2020 will be about caring for each other in our diverse community and to respect our precious environment. To do this we will need to peer through the clutter and question what we see and believe, and do whatever we can- even if it is only a little. We wish everyone much success in 2020 - even numbered years are...

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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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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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