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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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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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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LuminAID -An Inflatable Solar Lantern

Conceived by Anna Stork and Andrea Sreshta, inventors and co-founders of LuminAID. A devastating earthquake had struck Haiti, and they asked, what could they design to help survivors. Stories about the dangerous conditions at night in the tent cities inspired them to the critical need - for light. Solution -A simple, rechargeable lantern, lightweight, easy to use, and serves as a safer alternative to hazardous candles or toxic kerosene for people without stable access to electricity. For 10 years, they have worked with humanitarian partners all over the world to send LuminAID lights to those who need them most. Find out more about their work and how you can get involved here. Image via @luminaid Instagram...

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We are here to answer all of your framing questions

We are here to answer all of your framing questions. What does carbon neutral mean? We have bought 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. ...

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