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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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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New Artisan Leather Desk Accessories

Add a touch of elegance to your workspace with our Artisan range. Crafted from soft luxurious genuine leather, the set includes all products necessary to create a professional office setting. Personalise your set by adding monogramming. Our leather office range is designed to adapt to a diverse working environment and help add professionalism to your office décor. Corban & Blair’s passion is to create meaningful products that are valued, useful and desirable. Shop the Artisan Range here. Add corporate custom branding The brand image in the home setting must be consistent with that at work. Our leather office range is designed to adapt to a diverse working environment and help add professionalism to your office décor. We can customise and design a product for your needs by adding a company logo or create a corporate gift package for your colleagues or clients to make them feel supported. If you like to know more about our...

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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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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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