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Meet Our Designers: Honey & Glow

Meet Our Designers is a regular feature. Each week one of Trove’s members is featured on our social media and here on our news pages. Follow Trove on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay up-to-date.

Trove’s Designers and Artists from the Canberra region and all their gorgeous products are handmade.

Please meet Erin from Honey and Glow. She and her partner, Marty, are beekeepers, permaculture farm builders and wanna-be homesteaders from the outskirts of Canberra. Every one of their products is crafted by them, with the intention of showcasing the natural beauty and goodness of Australian beeswax and raw honey.Honey & Glow logo

Honey & Glow’s range of products feature raw honey and Australian beeswax – from jars of honey to beeswax candles, three nourishing balms and a newly introduced range of handmade soaps. Erin says “Honey & Glow fits so well with the life we’re building for ourselves, keeping with the all-natural, zero nasties theme.”

“My products help people in some way. Whether burning my candles stops hayfever and allergy symptoms, my lip balm sorts out chapped lips, the Body Balm sorts out eczema or the honey helps bring a wholesome, healthy product into people’s pantries. My products aren’t groundbreaking, but each of them offer a much better HOney & Glow ingredientsalternative than the commercially available, mass-produced, chemical filled versions. Our products are sustainable, no-tox, hand made, 100% natural and all of our packing is recyclable and/or reusable.
They are simple products, with the least number of ingredients possible.
Just the way they should be.

See Erin and Marty in their very necessary bee suits getting beeswaxHoney & Glow bee suits and honey straight from the hive! Look at the fresh honeycomb; the white on top of the honey is wax, called capping wax, that the bees use to seal the honeycomb cells once the water content of the honey has evaporated to 17-18%. This makes sure that the honey ferments in the comb, and will keep forever!! Very clever bees!
Now you really want to come into Trove to takes some of this incredible Honey and Glow goodness home to your family. See Honey & Glow’s 
 Designer Profile page here.

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Meet Our Designers: Diilhami

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Please meet  Alli of Diilhami – soul-splashing art and inspiration:
Hi I’m Alli, an intuitive abstract artist. My art is called Diilhami. Art moves me so profoundly. Both in the creation of my own artworks and in juxtaposing it against the artwork of others. I love to question myself and my reality with art, but also to find peace and hope in my daily existence. I started my art journey three years ago, with a small collection of secondhand canvases, which I bravely painted over as an experiment; to find myself, to dive in, to just be. The process thrilled me so deeply that I continued; finding a new way to live and answer the questions held inside me for so long. Answers in a language not spoken; colours, lines, textures, images… my internal world, my earth through my eyes.

We asked her what she likes about Handmade products. Her answer sums it up so beautifully, we’re giving you a direct quote:

“There is something so deeply authentic and precious about personal, creative expression in the middle of a world inundated with plastic products made in China. The human soul craves the real, the authentic, the experience that will touch them to their core. A lot in our fast and impersonal world does not satisfy this deep need. Handmade products engender a little piece of the maker. A fluttering touch of the soul is given as a gift to the buyer, the receiver. How precious is that! Not fake, not plastic, not mass-produced… real, honest, beautiful, crafted with someone’s very own hands, from their heart… into our hands to touch our hearts.”

Alli gives us a little behind-the-scenes glimpse into her process. “I use a mix of glass paints, oil pastels and acrylic paints in my artworks. I allow the colours to choose their place and don’t ever think about what would look good or is the right colour to use next to others. I just dive in. I love the process, I find it exhilarating! I use brushes at times but most of the time when I start a new artwork, I work with my hands and fingers. I love forming the foundations with my own skin touching the new work area. My artworks are available as originals, custom commissions, high quality prints, art diaries, notebooks and beautiful greeting cards.”

Come in Trove to take home a piece of hope from Alli’s art. Please learn more about Diilhami on Trove’s Designer Profile page

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Meet Our Designers: JAC Studios

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JAC Studios Profile Meet our Designers

Please meet Jessica – she is the face of JAC studios and one of the founding members of Trove Canberra. An interior designer by trade, she loves new and unique design.JAC Studios product 1
Jess creates jewellery that is distinctive and sustainable. Divinely demonstrated with her reclaimed spoon and resin pendants. She recently added an exclusive and popular line of fashionable jewellery featuring concrete, metallic resin and stainless steel.

We asked her what she loves about Canberra. “Canberra is a wonderful place to be a maker. It is just the right size to immerse yourself in the community of other designers and lovers of handmade.”
We couldn’t agree more. Jessica makes a stylish and impactful contribution to the community.
“I love to make, create, construct and problem solve. I also relish in taking materials intended for one purpose and transforming them into something completely different. There are many steps involved in creating resin and/or concrete jewellery and decorative items. I design each piece, mix and pour the resin or concrete, perhaps including a colour or metal flakes and then each piece is hand-sanded, polished and assembled.”
That is a lot of work! The results speak for themselves.
Stock up on JAC Studios jewellery at Trove and look forward to the JAC Studio logonext innovative designs from Jessica.

Please learn more about JAC Studios on the  Designer profile page.

 

 

 

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Spotlight On Our Designers: Makico. Happy Creations

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Welcome to our Spotlight on Our Designers feature. Join us for and in depth look at one of Trove’s members each week on our social media and here on our news pages. Follow Trove on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay up-to-date.

Trove’s Designers and Artists from the Canberra region and all their gorgeous products are handmade

We believe in all the products on offer at Trove but the products only tell part of the story. Are you interested in the people behind your favourite handmade products? We shine a spotlight on our artists for you. Here we go:

 

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Makico.happy creations

Makiko, beautifully happy and wonderfully inspired, shares the ancient Japanese art of Origami with us. We asked her what the motivation behind the creation and sharing of her art is: “makico.happy creations is designed help lead you back to an exceptionally important part of life: Being happy. I believe, whatever happens, you deserve to be happy. I am certain that focusing on simple things brings happiness to us. When we are happy, we encourage other people to be happy. As a result, we all spend life in a more joyful world.”

makico.happy creations origami koala bear
makico.happy creations origami koala bear

“Folding origami paper transports me to my happy place. It takes me back to wonderful childhood memories; I used to visit my grandfather on the way home from primary school. He is a master of Origami. He enjoys making nature inspired origami creations and loved teaching me. We both delighted in the hours spent together with our common passion. Now, I enjoy creating and designing Origami myself and with my children. I hope I give them the same happy memories I am so blessed to have.

makico.happy creations silver metal clay koala bear earrings
makico.happy creations silver metal clay koala bear earrings

What I am excited about now, is translating Origami into new materials. Silver metal clay (a recycled Japanese product, by the way), in a paper form, has a lot of potential. You may see new, silver clay products soon! Watch this space.” Thank you Makiko. Bring a small piece of happiness to yourself or a loved one with a Makico.happy creations piece from Trove. Learn more on her Trove Designer profile web page .

 

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Meet Our Designers: The Granny Square Conspiracy

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The Granny Square Conspiracy Profile Picture

Please meet Kristen, the face of The Granny Square Conspiracy at Trove.

The Granny Square Conspiracy Crocheting on the bus!The Granny Square Conspiracy love to make stuff! Especially when it is bright, colourful, unexpected and fun! Chief Conspirator, Kristen, has been making stuff in Canberra buses, cafes and parks since she moved here in 2012. She loves all sorts of crafts, but her first love is crochet. “All you need is a hook and some string,” she told us, “and basically anywhere in the world can be your studio. Your imagination is your only limitation.”

Kristen’s favourite thing about Canberra is all the incredible people who live here and all the amazing things they are doing. “There’s always something exciting going on that I’m busting to be a part of; a festival, an exhibition, a workshop, a show, ” she says. And Kristen doesn’t just go to events, she runs them too! “I can’t wait for World Knit in Public Day at Trove on 10 June. There’ll be tea and coffee, and of course, lots of lovely knitters and crocheters, sharing needles and touching each other’s yarn.” We hope you’ll come too!

The Granny Square Conspiracy inspiration garden
The Granny Square Conspiracy inspiration garden

Chief Conspirator at The Granny Square Conspiracy, Kristen, hates being told what to do. So she never follows a pattern when she makes her crochet cacti and toadstools. “It means each one is its own unique creation. Sometimes they even surprise me!” Kristen is always finding new shape and colour inspiration, online or in gardens, and looking for new challenges. We can’t wait to see what happens next!

Come in to Trove to see what conspiracies have popped up.  Please learn more about The Granny Square Conspiracy on their Designer profile page

 

 

 

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Spotlight On Our Designers: Wombat and Poss

Kylie from Wombat and Poss

Welcome to our Spotlight on Our Designers feature. Join us for and in depth look at one of Trove’s members each week on our social media and here on our news pages. Follow Trove on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay up-to-date.

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We believe in all the products on offer at Trove but the products only tell part of the story. Are you interested in the people behind your favourite handmade products? We shine a spotlight on our artists for you. Here we go:

Kylie from Wombat and Poss
Kylie from Wombat and Poss

Kylie, a lover of all things handmade, homegrown and earth friendly, is the designer and creative spirit behind Wombat and Poss – “I love creating clothing that allows children to play and have fun! My range is designed to be durable. Fabrics and fibres chosen have a low environmental footprint wherever possible. I’m inspired by our Australian environment and am devoted to incorporating ‘Australiana’ into my work to encourage

fingerless gloves in progress
fingerless gloves in progress

appreciation of our unique animals and plants. Japanese and Scandinavian designs have strong influences on my work as well, so you also see these cultures showcased in my designs.

I am lucky to have been taught to knit and sew by family members over the years; consequently, I have knitted and sewn since I was a child. I feel a real connection with family as I craft my garments, and I like the idea that I’m using age-old processes and techniques. It’s lovely knowing people are starting to appreciate the skill and effort involved in handmade items of all kinds. I teach my children how to make things to continue passing on the knowledge.”

Tell us something we don’t know please:

“I am a scientist by training, and in one of my first jobs, I studied our beautiful Australian wool at CSIRO. Not only is it a renewable, natural fibre, but it also has some releases heat when it gets wet, which helps keep you warm in the rain, yet it can help keep you cool in summer. Fine wool is perfect for babies with eczema as it’s gentle and breathable.

There are several small wool producers in Australia, particularly with fine organic wool. I enjoy seeking out these small suppliers and supporting them. I think people are starting to realise

Wombat and Poss Magpie print dress
Wombat and Poss Magpie print dress

It’s the same with cotton! Sadly so much cotton is produced in appalling conditions for the workers and the environment, and fair-trade organic cotton is an ethical alternative. There is a lot more organic cotton available than when I started sewing, with beautiful patterns, colours and quality and it’s wonderful to use.”

Come into Trove to pick up a piece of Kylie’s, good-for-your-kids and Australia, children’s wear; you can’t go wrong. Please see more about Wombat and Poss on the Trove Designer Profile page.

 

 

 

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Spotlight On Our Designers: The WorldRocks! Jewelry Design

Cindy Verheul profile, The World Rocks! Jewelry Design

Welcome to our Spotlight on Our Designers feature. Join us for and in depth look at one of Trove’s members each week on our social media and here on our news pages. Follow Trove on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay up-to-date.

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Cindy Verheul profile, The World Rocks! Jewelry Design

We believe in all the products on offer at Trove but the products only tell part of the story. Are you interested in the people behind your favourite handmade products? We shine a spotlight on our artists for you. Here we go:

smokey quartz fine silver stud earringsWe’ve met Cindy from The World Rocks! Jewelry Design before, now we want to know “why rocks?”. “I have a life-long fascination with gems and stones. The colours and the smoothness of a polished stone draw me in. When my husband and I lived in the Middle East and started travelling, my souvenirs were always, stones, beads, shells or ethnic treasures. I fell in love with the Afghani traders at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, their stones and their stories. I started noticing that stones and gems have amazing stories, all over the world. For instance: the Inuit in Canada believe that Labradorite is the Northern Lights trapped in stone! I can’t get enough of these stories and I keep finding new, impossibly beautiful stones wherever we go including Australia, with your Chrysoprase, Opals and Sapphires to name a few. I think that rocks! Hence, The World Rocks!”

What can you tell us about your work that we might not know? “I make all my own silver findings, from the Sterling ear wires to studs, clasps and most chains. I also make many Silver pieces out of a Recycled Silver Clay. The Silver is recycled from old film and x-rays. I love the stuff. It is wet like regular clay. I can mold it, carve it, I can even emboss and cut it with the Silhouette cutter. I fire it in the kiln and it comes out as pure silver.  That is, 999 silver vs 925 (of 1000 parts) for Sterling Silver. It feels like magic.

I can’t make gold and rose gold findings so I purchase them from jewellery supply houses in Thailand, Turkey, Poland or Israel. The term for them is “Vermeil”;  a thick coating of Gold over Sterling Silver. I feel this is a good product because you still have a precious metal and it is still non allergenic.”

fine silver dandelion pendant

handmade silver claspsCome in to Trove to pick up a piece of Cindy’s adventure, and if she happens to be in that day,  share the story of the stone or piece you are looking at. Please see more about The World Rocks! Jewelry Design on the Trove Designer Profile page.

 

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Meet Our Designers: Wood and Wax Studios

Wood and Wax Studios Profile

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Wood and Wax Studios ProfileOne of the original founding team of Trove (along with JAC Studios and Wombat and Poss),  Wood & Wax Studios is the collaboration of husband and wife team, Michael and Carrin. Looking for a way to spend more time together, they merged their individual businesses into one. Best decision ever! 
Wood & Wax Studios Turned timber productsMichael’s “Wood” range features gorgeous handcrafted timber boards, bowls and more, while Carrin’s “Wax” range features hand-poured, fragranced soy wax candles. The pair have even collaborated on a few designs with timber tea light holders, desk sets and engraved wine glasses joining their product range. Everything is handmade in their workshop located in Bungendore, NSW (approximately 30 minutes outside of Canberra). Wood & Wax Studios Soy fragrances candles

Wood & Wax Studios have provided some insight into about the products and processes:
For the Wood range, Michael uses locally sourced Australian timbers where possible. Every now and again he uses an exotic timber (purchased in Australia) to add a special highlight to a timber board for some added flair.
Carrin uses Soybean wax for the candle and melt series. It is non-toxic, biodegradable and renewable. The soy waxes contain no GMO material, no paraffin, no unnatural additives and are Kosher certified. A 100% soy candle burns cleaner, slower and more evenly than traditional petroleum-based paraffin candles. Impressive Wood & Wax Studios! Locally sourced and sustainable is on point these days.

We asked Michael and Carrin what they love about Canberra: “The best thing about Canberra is the wonderful handmade community who support each other and work tirelessly to make local products, and the local buyers who are so loyal to them. The wonderful range of hidden bars with tasty cocktails is a nice perk also!” In addition to the beautiful Wood & Wax products, Carrin and Michael are a lot of fun!
Feel great about purchasing a lovely piece from Wood & Wax Studios at  Trove and note that they accept custom orders, so if you have an idea you’d like to see realised, contact them through their website featured on their Trove Designer Profile Page. 

 

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Meet Our Designers: Stonecrest Creations by Janice Laurent

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Stonecrest Creations by Janice Laurent profile Please meet Janice from Stonecrest Creations. Janice is one of three sculptors in “The Sculptors” group at Trove. Her passion has always been art dolls which she has morphed (or should I say “sculpted”?) into extraordinary clay creations. Janice started with dress making, specializing in wedding dresses and designing for a ballet company, which led to dramatic, theatrical art dolls. Eventually she added clay and beads to her dolls which, in turn, led to dolls made entirely of clay and from there to garden statues and sculptures.

Stonecrest Creations Ceramic Hare Garden Sculpture

Janice’s home and studio are in Murrumbateman. We asked her what she loves about living in Murrumbateman: “Living in such a peaceful environment inspires my work undoubtedly. I enjoy the birdlife and native bush that surrounds my studio and it shows in my sculptures. Students say they can feel the peace and tranquility here. That’s what I aim for when teaching, as when you relax with like minded people, you can create, and create they do.

Murrumbateman is a lovely community dotted with wineries, restaurants and some very talented artists who also show their work in Canberra and surrounds. The village itself has a great feel and is a wonderful place for afternoon tea at the local bakery or cafe.”

Stonecrest Creations Ceramic Bathing BeautyFinishing our week with Janice and Stonecrest Creations we bring you a little look into the processes Janice may employ in the creation of her one-of-a-kind art. Creations start with a prop, sketch, or a wire armature and sketch.  “I build up on the armature or prop with foil then cover with clay of choice. I then sculpt the face hands and other limbs. Once the bodies are done and painted, I decide on the clothing. Sometimes his takes weeks as I may do a lot of beading. I mainly attach the beads and trims on with Apoxy Sculpt, which is a 2-part cement used by many doll artists now.

I do not have a particular style, I experiment with lots of clays and mediums. I love change. I do not repeat unless I am asked to and, of course, can never replicate a piece exactly. I am currently dabbling in ceramic clay and Pal Tiya clay for large outside sculptures. I want to make our large garden a showpiece of my work and create interesting hideaways for others to find.”

Find your own one-off piece of magic from Stonecrest Creations at Trove now and please learn more on The Sculptors Designer Profile page.

 

 

 

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Meet Our Designers: Makico – Happy Creations

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makico happy creations profile origami necklacePlease meet Makiko from makico. happy creations. Originally from Japan, she  lives in Canberra and creates origami inspired jewelry for women and men that reflect the connections between you and your happiness. “I create makico. happy creations because I believe that sometimes in life we can get a bit busy with study, work, and family commitments and need little things to remind us to be happy.”  Makiko, that is the best reason ever, it makes us happy too!makico.happy creations origami tulips

We asked Makiko what she likes about Canberra: “I like living in Canberra. There is a lot of nature around Canberra. One of my favourite seasons is spring. You can see tons of colourful tulips blooming in Floriade. Being surrounded by beautiful flowers makes me smile and feel happy. I believe that flowers and nature help to make people happy!”

Completing our introduction to makico.happy creations, we have a peak into Makiko’s creative inspiration:  “My creations are influenced by the beauty of Canberra’s natural environment where I happily live now, and the Japanese culture I grew up with. My inspiration comes from:
makico. happy creations origami heart• Family
• Friends
• Nature
• Animals
• Japanese art and culture
• Inspirational quotes

Why origami?- because it’s where I find my happy place.”

Thank you Makiko, it is truly fascinating to learn. Please come into Trove to pick up a piece of happiness for yourself and learn more about Makiko and makico.happy creations here on her Trove Designer profile page.

 

 

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