04.05.2018

Sure to Rise


It’s unlikely you’d just stumble across this spot in Wellington – you’d have to be told by someone to go there. They’ll say: go right down Left Bank Lane (no, not far enough, keep going… right down to the somewhat derelict end of the arcade) and look for the big orange S.  You’ve just struck gold. This is Starta Bread Kitchen – a beautifully-designed space, serving truly world-class breads and pastries.

Starta is the fresh-out-the-oven (refusing to say kitchen, because #RKelly) business baby of Catherine Adams, a Wellington-trained pastry chef who perfected her art in Sydney’s best restaurants, before returning home a few short years ago to start Wellington Sourdough. She supplies her bread (including her classic sourdough which has just three ingredients – local Wellington flour, Marlborough rock salt, and water from an artisanal spring in Petone) to Welly city’s best cafes and eateries. This year, she opened the doors to Starta – out back, the premises of Wellington Sourdough’s commercial kitchen and, out front, the most stunning little bread shop and bakery.

The fit-out is courtesy of the young design team at Proffer. The star of the space is the hopper room, featuring 8 massive grain holders that were sourced from Turkey (see pics above). Polished concrete floors and rough, raw concrete walls celebrate the traditional and industrial, while walls clad in fine vertical panels of American Cedar bring warmth and texture. The dimly-lit space has a sophistication you would never guess from your walk down that laneway – Spanish floor tiles and a white marble counter are just a couple of the elegant accents. When you eat Wellington Sourdough, you’re enjoying something that’s completely traditional and also leading-edge, and I think this interior champions both concepts beautifully.

While most of us are still asleep, Catherine is putting out the daily bread (and pastries)

The grain hopper wall – the hero of this stunning interior fit-out 

Spanish floor tiles alongside original industrial flooring

 American Cedar details mirror the circles and half circles that are a hallmark
of Wellington Sourdough’s brand identity

 

Imagery by Wellington freelance photographer Meg Wyper,
who actually sent me some Wellington Sourdough on an overnight courier. True friend.

 
 

01.05.2018

At Home & Work With: Stacey Weaver of Just South West


31 year old Stacey Weaver is a fine art photographer based in Christchurch. A couple of years ago, she founded Just South West – selling botanic art photography art prints. She’s now developing the brand into the gift market  – botanic fabrics are on the way, and Stacey also has a growing stationery line that includes new notebooks and custom wedding favours.

We visited Stacey at home (also the place she operates Just South West from) and asked her a few questions…

What projects are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I am working on the fabric I have had printed with three of my photographic prints. Plans are to develop this into pouches in two or three sizes but who knows where else it will take me!

In what ways do you give yourself work/life balance?
Meditation and getting fresh air is important to me to keep focused the creative energy flowing… and I always say ‘yes’ to my friends and family.

One of Stacey’s most popular prints, White Magnolia

What was a highlight of your past week:
Talking with Auckland’s Graphic Glass about our up and coming collaboration – so, if you have a splash back, shower wall, feature wall that needs filling…

Advice you would give to someone wanting to be their own boss in the design/creative industries:
Self motivation – you gotta have it!! Make friends with constructive criticism and keep believing in why you do what you do.

White Roses print

Pink magnolias – my fave

Peony

Packaging beautiful Wisteria prints, alongside samples of Stacey’s new custom fabric

What’s the best thing that’s happened to you work-wise/creatively over the past year?
Probably buying my house, with my own little Just South West cave. I didn’t have a specific set-up prior and it is so valuable to have a designated studio space.

What’s coming next for you (career-wise/creatively)? There are a few things up my sleeve at the moment and I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds in the coming year, in particular seeing JSW in situ on custom glass installations with Graphic Glass.

Bouquet I in Stacey’s home office

All images of Stacey by Kelly Shakespeare Photography

Finally, we’d love to know what you’ve been getting into lately:

Listening To:
Julia & Angus Stone – Snow

Reading:
I have just bought a copy of Big Magic to read

Visiting:
Melbourne in May – my second home

Eating/Drinking:
Not Caramilk now that my stash has gone!

New Just South West botanic notebooks

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28.04.2018

Spaces


Inside the LA studio of young designer Jess Hannah, founder of fine jewellery (and nail polish) brand J Hannah. She describes her aesthetic as chromophobic, such is her love of white and neutrals. If you dig this space as much as I do, see more here.

Bedroom eyes.

‘nother day, ‘nother stunning little Scandi home.

Love this scene from the 2018 Marimekko lookbook. And it features my fave table lamp of all time – the Atollo 238 by Oluce.  One day you will be mine. Oh yes, Atollo… you will be mine.

Fresh little workspace office in one corner of the mezzanine (yes, the upstairs is a mezzanine. I know.) Love the ferrule wire mesh balustrade.

This is the stunning #softminimal Carlton House by Tom Robertson Architects (Photography © Derek Swalwell). So refined, so much design restraint. See loads more of this home over at ArchDaily.

A couple of corners of the amazing mezzanine-having, massive white-painted-rafters-having, plants-everywhere-having home/studio loft of ceramicist Rena Noordermeer (of Hear Hear ceramics). If this is a bitta you, go see the rest of this inspiring home and workspace at SF Girl By Bay.

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26.04.2018

Baroque Bouquet


Imbue

I fell in love with Runa + Holly’s first collection of velvety, romantic, 17th-Century-but-contemporary painterly prints, and now my credit card is about to get a little hiding because their sophomore collection is equally as awe-inspiring.

And the judges of prestigious international art prize Arte Laguna obviously agree with me, because one of the works from this series – Volucris – was selected as a finalist in the Photography Section for Arte Laguna’s 2018 honours.  Gisborne-based friends Holly (Tong, florist) and Runa (Kuru Kristjónsdóttir, photographer) made the trip to see their work on display at the Arte Laguna final exhibition in Venice.

The second collection, like the first, is limited to just 10 or 20 prints of each size (right up to 1100mm x 1650mm – that’s bigger than an A0!), and each is printed with archival inks, on the most high-end, German made Hahnemühle 308gsm cotton rag paper. Things that matter.

Fluit

Lucent. I love how wild this one feels, with wheat and partially-dying petals

Volucris – nominated for an international art prize

Holly and Runa at work creating their baroque-oil-painting-like prints

Volucris on display in Venice, at the Arte Laguna Final Exhibition

Picking market-fresh flowers for an impromptu photoshoot 

Holly and Runa extended their Venice trip to include Milan, Rome and Bologna, and while in Rome decided to shoot another artwork using local market spring flowers.

They ended up at 6:30am one morning in the centre of Rome, in the Piazza Navona, submerging flowers in the famous Bernini fountain.  They have since added one of the images from that shoot to this new collection, this is that image:

(Postscript: This is your monthly reminder from me that you can do things that you love, that people will also love, and create a business and a life from it. And yes, you can also do this after having kids, or just be starting over in a whole new career if you’ve fallen out of love with your current one.)

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