Makers and Doers


VIDEO: Natalie and the Alpacas

Hello seekers! I wonder, how often do you have a crack at something new? Learning a new craft or maybe had a go at playing a musical instrument you have never tried before? It can be daunting when you first set out, but exciting, too, as you see your creations take shape – even if the first…

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Review: 2015 Byron Bay International Film Festival

There is nothing quite like immersing yourself in a festival – be it art, music, writing or film. The senses are in overdrive and it is this intensity that gets the creative juices flowing. Today I would like to share with you a few highlights from the sessions I attended at the 2015 Byron Bay…

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Seeker’s Sightseeing Tour

Today’s tour is all about light – after all today is the shortest day of the year; the winter solstice. This tour was inspired by the most loved community celebrations of the year here in Northern NSW, the Lismore Lantern Parade, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary. Of course, once I started on the…


Artist Studio Tour : Claire Atkins

Rainbow lorikeets are blissfully chattering away amid the blossoms of a flowering tea tree as I arrive at the studio of North Coast ceramic artist, Claire Atkins. I am here to photograph a portfolio of new images for her arts business; Pinky and Maurice Contemporary Ceramics, and to get my fix on one of my…

The wood turner and the story of the long lost lathe

The wood turner and the story of the long lost lathe

  The wooden bowl can be traced back to medieval times and was the standard eating vessel for 1000 years. Every town had its own wood turner. In 1958 one of England’s last traditional wood turners died – and with him centuries of knowledge on how to use a simple, foot powered lathe. Decades later…


The 1936 letterpress machine found on a veranda

WALKING into calligrapher and letterpress designer Sabine Pick’s studio in Byron Bay means taking a step back in time. Taking pride of place in Sabine’s light-filled space in Byron Bay’s Arts and Industry Estate is a 1936 C&P platen letterpress printer, a solid-steel, rusty toned contraption that weighs a tonne and is entirely manually operated….

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The silver treasure rediscovered by pirates

Silver spoons reinvented into modern jewellery using the age old craft of silver smithing: welcome to the world of Pirates Dreaming, an artisan studio based in Northern NSW. Here old and discarded treasures are melted and reinvented;  carved, cut and polished into new works of wearable art. The makers, Aaron and Adelaide, travel like gypsies…

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