Karma & Crow Cafe and Studio Collective - A Change is as Good as a Holiday

This year has been super busy in the studio (Yay!) with orders for galleries, preparation for our show at Gray Street Workshop and commissions for customers. To add to the chaos, I spent January and February moving studios, which was such a hard decision to make, but one I am really happy with.

After two wonderful years at Gray Street which was filled fantastic memories and the support of good friends, I was seduced by the allure of a large teaching space, air-conditioning and my very own lockable door. 

At the front of the Karma and Crow Studio Collective we have a lovely workshop area that is available to hire for classes and meetings. Featured to the right is one of Ellie Kammer's beautiful paintings which I mention below. Photograph courtesy of Bianca Hoffrichter.

My new studio is light filled and spacious which is an absolute treat for me, given that my previous studios have been bursting at the seams with my hoard. Before I moved in, I wanted to ensure that I had heaps of storage space (to store the hoard, of course). I looked long and hard to find some excellent cupboards which I painted white with the help of my Mum who made a surprise visit from Perth. Thanks Mum! You never really realise how much it helps to have two people around until you try to paint and move furniture by yourself!

My studio on the right with my awesome new cupboard (found on gumtree) which has pegboard storage cupboards as well as a retractable solid wood bench top. Photograph courtesy of Bianca Hoffrichter. 

My workbench where all the magic (and madness) happens. The new studio space is divided into two halves by a ply wood wall. Photograph courtesy of Bianca Hoffrichter.

The studios back onto a superb new cafe which is a happy bonus for a caffeine addict. Run by two energetic creatives, Janie Kammer and Alana Crowe, the recently opened Café is already making waves in the local hospitality scene and is always packed full of punters, eager to get their daily caffeine fix.

And most importantly, the cafe, where all the crucial things are made, i.e. coffee!

I am now sharing with yet another talented and inspiring group of artists. Running the studios is Janie’s twin sister, painter, Ellie Kammer. Her beautifully graphic work is inspired by the suffering caused by living with endometriosis, a disease that effects the lives of many but is rarely spoken of. Jack Devereux is a talented up and coming artist who has an amazing ability to create depth with just a single drawn line. Bianca Hoffrichter is a photographer, artist and illustrator who is studying at the University of South Australia, has a passion for watercolour and is currently illustrating her first novel with intricate detail. Georgia Bailey is also studying Art at the University of South Australia has recently started up her own fashion jewellery brand working with leather, textiles and found shells to create her own wearable treasures. Lastly, Caitlin and Adam Thomas run their own tattoo studio. Caitlin’s beautiful tattoos are simple and playful, featuring the finest line work my untrained eye has ever seen while Adam’s complex illustrations are like a window into another world. I have never really thought about tattoos until now, but this blank canvas is certainly tempted by their talents!

I am so privileged to be able to create in a lovely new spot surrounded by such a great group of people. If you are interested in coming down to see my new space and what I am making, please email me to set up a time.

A New Year, New Branding and a New Beginning

2014 was a super busy year, with a big move from Fremantle; I said goodbye to my friends and lecturing jobs then packed up my studio and moved to beautiful Adelaide, a small yet surprisingly exciting city. I settled in at my new studio at JamFactory an interesting and inspiring place to say the least.

My lovely big old studio in WA being packed up (top left) and my tiny new studio at JamFactory. It was a struggle to fit everything in but I did it!!

My lovely big old studio in WA being packed up (top left) and my tiny new studio at JamFactory. It was a struggle to fit everything in but I did it!!

This guy soon followed and has thoroughly enjoyed his daily ritual of greeting Paddy at 6am and asking whether he would like a ‘cup of coffee.’ I am not too sure whether Paddy enjoyed the wakeup calls from George.

George being creepy as usual.

George being creepy as usual.

Highlights of the year included fabulous workshops in Repousse with Nancy Megan Corwin and Korean Metal Craft with Master Cho and Kenny Son from StudioKyss as well as making friends with a bunch of crazy ladies and man at the Jam.

Samples and hand made tools from the 'Conveying Korean Metal Craft' workshop with Kenny Son and Master Cho.

Samples and hand made tools from the 'Conveying Korean Metal Craft' workshop with Kenny Son and Master Cho.

Progress shots from the  Nancy Megan Corwin  Repousse workshop as well as some Repousse earrings that I displayed at the  Zu Design  Christmas Show.

Progress shots from the Nancy Megan Corwin Repousse workshop as well as some Repousse earrings that I displayed at the Zu Design Christmas Show.

I started a part time job working on environmentally sustainable jewellery, including wedding and engagement rings at Studio Eco which just happens to be located in the best street (with the best coffee) in Adelaide, Ebenezer Place.

A new location and new skills helped me to design and make some exciting new ranges.

Learning how to weld big stuff!

Learning how to weld big stuff!

Action shots from the bench. Each little piece of metal is hand cut and soldered.

Action shots from the bench. Each little piece of metal is hand cut and soldered.

With many long days and much thought, I have also re-branded to suit my new collection with the help of fantastic graphic designer and faux auntie, Jo Collins.

Fabulous new Branding by Jo Collins

Fabulous new Branding by Jo Collins

After a long year, paddy and I decided to go on a bit of a road trip to Melbourne and had a bit of well earned rest whilst visiting places such as the creepiest koala in Australia which was definitely the highlight of my trip... not sure about paddy’s?! We also saw in the New Year right under the fireworks in the CBD which threatened to shoot debris at us until we moved down the road a bit.

Road trip with the Padsta.

Road trip with the Padsta.

Plans for 2015? I’m glad you asked. There are many things in the pipeline including some competition entries, new ranges, a trip to Sydney for the fantastic Jewellery and Metalsmiths Group of Australia Conference, as well as a studio move at the end of January. Looks like it’s going to be an exciting year!