Collaborations are the key to our innovation. Corban & Blair is a proud collaborative team, who see the value in working not just together as a company, but with many collaborators to create new, innovative products. Corban & Blair have collaborated with creatives over the past 33 years. We first commissioned hand painted paper covers for our photo albums and journals. Our latest initiative is our Window Gallery, where we exhibit the work of local artists and makers, giving them exposure to commuters passing by.
Thomas Bagaay Avery
Thomas ‘Bagaay’ Avery is a descendant of the Gamilaroi tribe in northern NSW. His tribal totem is the blue tongue lizard. Thomas’s ancestors were born at Bohena Creek Aboriginal Reserve, Narrabri. Thomas is a painter, designer and filmmaker using his unique insights to communicate his culture.
Lucy Simpson Gaawaa Miyay Design
Lucy Simpson is a Yuwaalaraay woman (northwest New South Wales), founder of design studio Gaawaa Miyay (2009), is a process led graphic designer / textile artist and maker specialising in visual narrative, installation art, textile and conceptual design. Corban & Blair have worked collaboratively with Lucy Simpson over the past 5 years. Together we have created meaningful products including framed prints, travel accessories and journals. As Lucy’s practice evolves so does ours, responding to our experiences and story.
Euraba Artists and Papermakers are a group of Northern NSW indigenous artists situated in the border town of Boggabilla specialising in handmade paper art. Working with and producing their own 100% cotton paper, they have adopted traditional European papermaking methods and made them their own with their contemporary indigenous sensibilities.
These colourful ceramic bowls were handcrafted by Vanessa Cannon from the Indigenous group Yalanji Arts, Mossman Gorge in North Queensland. Vanessa makes each piece by hand using grogged sculptural clay and fired to stoneware temperature. These limited edition bowls are each numbered and boxed with a certification of authenticity. As these bowls are individually sculpted, no two bowls are alike.
Studio A is a supported studio of successful and renowned visual artists based in Sydney. The studio caters for artists living with intellectual disability. The enterprise provides appropriate education, professional development pathways and opportunities to this talented group of artists so that they can achieve their artistic and economic aspirations.
Cheryl Moggs is an internationally recognised visual artist, educator and leader in culturally grounded artistic development. She was born and raised 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 place, constructing identities and connections. Corban & Blair first collaborated with Cheryl Moggs in 2008 creating the Bush Tucker journal. Cheryl received an Order of Australia in 2020.
Elliot Mason is a New Zealand artist who 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.
These products are made in collaboration with author Patrick Lindsay. The packaging includes Australian made leather journal, “Be Resilient and Thrive” book by Patrick Lindsay and instruction on how to use the journal using the quotes from the book.
Patrick Lindsay is one of Australia’s leading non-fiction authors. He spent more than 25 years as a journalist and TV presenter before he began writing full-time in 2001. Since then he has written 18 best- selling books.
Plan.D Agile Business Cards
Plan.D is unlike any other start-up guide, it’s a progressive, customisable and easy to use deck of cards. Plan.D is comprised of various topic and questions designed to take you through an aspect of the complete start-up journey. Not only will Plan.D assist you in developing your business but will increase your ability to think laterally and problem solve complex start-up issues. Plan.D is perfect for any individual or business.
Plan.D was developed by brother and sister duo Sam and Lucy Gilfedder. Plan.D was first realised whilst Lucy was undergoing the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation at The University of Technology Sydney. By collaborating with various professionals and cross-analysing leading start-up guides, Plan.D was gradually developed as a more user-friendly startup guide that uses progressive ideologies, an easy to use deck of cards.
Shelley Monkland DJARAINJ
Shelley Monkland is a Bundjalung (Northern NSW) and Gubbi Gubbi (Sunshine Coast, QLD) woman. Shelly has been a practising Textile Artist for over 20 years using a variety of textile techniques to create her designs. She lived in Aboriginal communities all over Australia – urban, rural and remote. This has inspired her to create designs representing her beautiful country, people and soul. Her design company Djarainj is a celebration of bold Indigenous designs and colours of the Australian soul, on sustainable, eco-friendly fabrics.
“LOOKING AFTER COUNTRY”