Tell us about yourself and Real Job Studios...
Hello! So getting right down to it I am an artist who works in the fields of jewellery, paintings and ceramics mostly. I also really love teaching jewellery workshops at Real Job Studios.
Real Job Studios (5 Nicholson St, East Brunswick) is really a studio that my friends Kim Victoria, Corin Adams and I put together and is named for our collective ambition - that our practices be our full time jobs. It is a workspace and store for artists, open every Saturday so you can shop where the products are made and meet the makers.
Where do you work, and how does your environment influence your practice?
I work within Real Job Studios in East Brunswick in a building that used to be a laundromat! My work environment is so important- it is a space that I share with likeminded “do-ers” who all support and encourage the making of quality work both socially but also aesthetically.
We have created a space with lots of light, greenery, blonde timber and a focus on getting function and beauty to co-mingle beautifully. Even when I’m so beyond overwhelmed I always love walking in the door of the studio and taking a moment to be grateful for the space I get to be in.
Who was your first style icon, and what excited you about their identity?
Oh dang! This is a hard one. I’d love to say it was Frieda Khalo or Chloe Savigny, but honestly it was probably the character of Alex Mac. I used to love all her hats and even got myself a sweet Charlotte Hornets hat to wear to school in her honour. I loved her because I was young, dumb and wanted powers!
What about now, where do you draw your influence from?
In regards to style I’m obsessed with minimalist chic women who parade around the world in linen, loving life. But in reality I wanna dress like Leandra Medine, she shows all the effort of dressing with fluffy sleeves and insanely wide pants. I love clothes that make me smile- I have some fluffy shoes from some British brand that look like little grey skinned muppets- they make people laugh. I’m into that.
How important is building a relationship with your wardrobe to you?
So important! There is not a single item in there that I am like “Hmmm where did you come from?”. I’m getting older, and my taste always changes, however I am always trying to get better quality items, that will last longer- made from more interesting textiles that don’t work with a trend. Also creating a local vibe is important to me too, we are so spoilt with great brands in Melbourne making excellent staple clothing- it just makes sense to buy locally.
Which item of clothing would you consider to be the most significant?
This is so hard to answer as I am so emotionally attached to objects. I guess when I think about clothes I love, or items of significance I consider where I got them, how they make me feel, how people enjoy them etc. I am really in love with this Alpha 60 dress I got about a year or more ago. It has a weird yellow square on the front that always makes me laugh. I actually purchased it when I was about to go out with this new person in my life. I was really nervous, but we had a fun time. Now we are not as much lovers but really great mates. Still when I look at that dress I’m always in a good mood, and people respond to the fun nature of the square thing. I dunno, it just makes me happy. Does that make it significant enough?
Real Job Studios is open
Saturday 10am - 3pm, or by appointment