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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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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An Intelligent Response to Bush Fires

“The four guiding principles are humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence. The humanity principle means that everyone shall be treated humanely and equally. The neutrality principle means support must be given in an impartial and independent manner. The impartiality principle speaks to the concept of non-discrimination on the basis of nationality, race, gender, religion, political opinion or class. Critically, this principle provides that support must be based on need – not for example on donor-led assumptions or political calculations. And finally, the independence principle means maintaining autonomy from political, economic, military or other calculations and acting in accordance with humanitarian principles.” Audette Exel AO is founder of the Adara Group and the winner of the 2012 NSW Telstra businesswoman of the year award. Audette was named Australia’s 2016 leading philanthropist by Philanthropy Australia. Extract from The Guardian - Original article found here Photograph: Brett Hemmings/Getty Images...

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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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Our earth – How can we protect it from ourselves!

All of us need to take responsibility for ensuring the survival of the land we inhabit. This is a global issue and can be addressed in our work processes as well as at home. At Corban & Blair we already recycle, use recycled materials, use recycled boxes, shred paper for packing, compost, reduce our energy needs by turning off lights and appliances when not really required. We pay the carbon credits on our New Zealand manufactured frames. BUT what else can we do? -This will be on the agenda for our next staff meeting. As a start we can all listen to and join the TED 10.10.20 COUNTDOWN a major global campaign to cut greenhouse gas emissions. TED has partnered with scientists, policy makers, organizations, activists and more to create an initiative that everyone in the world can be part of. Learn more here. Watch the 'How we can turn the tide on...

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