For as long as I can remember, my parents (Maurice and Julie) haven’t ever been long without a paint brush, a spirit level, a knitting needle, or a hammer in their hands. They’re the most resourceful, talented, and driven people I know, and it was immeasurably beneficial being raised in such a hive of creativity (“James, turn off the TV and go build a city out of Lego!!”). Yes, there were definitely times I totally begrudged not being able to indulge in an 8 hr-straight Nintendo Mario Kart binge, but I’m grateful to have had such amazing mentors, always encouraging me to get my hands dirty making something original instead of passively consuming 90s Australian network television.
Maurice and Julie have been running their own Brisbane-based textiles + soft furnishings workshop business (Ministry of Handmade) now for 5 years. They’ve gone from strength to strength, and it’s been truly inspiring seeing them share their passions with others who’ve walked through the studio doors. To celebrate their half-decade anniversary of running this business, they collaborated with some very talented Australian designers and produced some beautiful handmade upholstered ottomans. These were on show at the Ministry of Handmade studios last weekend.
I was honoured to be there on the night, supporting them with a pop-up exhibition featuring some of my recent work. It was inspiring to be in the company of so many kick ass artists and textile designers, and definitely a proud moment looking at what my parents have achieved with Ministry of Handmade so far.
Thanks to all who dropped by to be part of this great night! A huge thanks also to Mary Hillier for capturing these gorgeous shots. She’s a 10/10 quality Brisbane photographer, please do check out her work – maryhillier.com
And a special mention on one of the night’s featured artists, Aaron Darcy (of A Boy Named Aaron), who’s just opened up a brand new retail space on the corner of James and Harcourt Street, in Fortitude Valley. Definitely check out his collection of gorgeous handmade pieces if you’re in the area!
Quick final note – my Muriel’s Wedding-inspired exhibition ‘VIDEO DRAMA’ will be kicking off in Sydney, Friday Nov 10, 2017. More details: https://goo.gl/mFp4Ao xx