In Queensland, we so rarely have the weather to blame, but for those bleaker days and chilly nights when indoors seems a good option, redecorating can be food for the soul and an exciting motive of self-expression.
As ever, we proudly boast our artistic outlook on foraging skills and applaud those artists who do likewise. Always with an environmental conscience, for filling blank spaces in your favourite room or gifting to someone special, we have beautiful salvaged timber planks decorated with fallen seed pods and spent flowers to become significant art pieces which can enhance a wall or become a practical table top. Simply add legs. Expertly honed by Sass of Red Banksia Designs, these pieces bring resin art to a new high and a significant statement to home décor.
Similarly, Gerald of Lazy Dog Lighting has redirected his professional electrical trade and combined those skills with a timeless Japanese aesthetic to build an array of indoor feature lights. Both freestanding floor and desk lights as well as ceiling pendants have the additional flexibility in inter-changeable fittings and using LED strip lights makes them an economical option for designed lighting.
Supporting advocates of world wildlife, with a particular penchant for portraying our amazing birds in a bright, modern, graphic style: we proudly introduce the talented team at Egg Picnic. Available as gift cards or various sized artist’s edition prints ready to frame and indulge your visual senses
Enjoy reminiscing of simpler days, lazing on the beach? Simultaneously decorative and functional, Retro-print Merchants are expert at reproducing advertising banners of yesterday as various merchandise; but we favour the humble tea towel and have a wonderful selection in store ready to gift, frame or even dry the dishes; but why not hang one or more on the wall in purpose made hanging frames by Corner Block Studio who carefully source timber off-cuts to make their stylish and economical frames.
Two sparkling young Brisbane Women work with a heartfelt embrace of our native flora and fauna; each offer their unique style to original artwork as well as printed works reproduced as gift cards, home décor and wearables.
One, Kate Piekutowski is a printmaker and textile designer specializing in multi-layered etchings. Her original artworks explore her own heritage and the concept of belonging, finding connection to home and imagined spaces through her curiosity of travel, aiming to inspire the contemporary homemaker.
The other, Ingrid Bartkowiak works as an illustrator, primarily in water colour, and focuses on the smallest intricacies of our unique natural environment. New to our store and adding to the rich diversity that is representative of our foraging habit, we welcome you to be tempted by their wonderfully talented work.
We are very interested in growing our creative community and look forward to welcoming both new and seasoned makers and hobbyists into our Workshop space. After a few seasons of offering “Weaving the Garden” sessions, we are now offering our Workshop space on selected evenings to practioners wishing to share or complete their projects. Just book in (in store) bring your own materials and refreshments and rub shoulders with like-minded creatives to encourage.
Of course, taking on a new pastime is easy in our friendly studio space with generous instruction and all materials provided, just check out our website, Class Bento or Eventbrite listings. Refreshments provided and free on-street parking readily available.
We are also looking forward to encouraging younger artists by introducing a hatchling project for interested 10-15 yr olds. We’re busy making giant, paper-mache eggs that need decorating – at just $5 a pop, younger artists are asked to purchase a blank egg straight from our Nest, then decorate in any medium to their heart’s desire. Return the decorated egg and make it available for our spring gala event where we will auction the eggs and offer prize-money to the “Best Egg in Show” awarded to the newly hatched artist. Look out for our flyers at local schools and in-store. Eggs and entry forms will be available from June 15 and available until competition close on Friday September 1. After this incubation period, the event will be judged by a celebrity panel and awards presented on Saturday September 16 to our newly hatched budding artist/s ….Stay tuned…..
Until next we meet, Happy Foraging and warmest wishes from
Bettina, Nat and Eloise