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How to Renovate a Small Brisbane Worker’s Cottage

The home of Melissa Blight, interior designer and Jayson Blight, architect, the worker's cottage comprises four sequential parts. The design duo remodelled the dwelling into a library, lounge and master bedroom, while 2 new bedrooms, bathroom and breezeway form a courtyard infill leading to a kitchen and dining pavilion that opens to a side terrace. We chat to Melissa about their home renovation, and some of the unique design solutions applied. CFJ_Highgate-Hill-House-01 Can you please explain your approach to the renovation? The original house is an 1880’s timber workers cottage, typical of inner city Brisbane. We have owned the home since 2001, and have two children – Mia, 12 and Jenson, 9. The house is sited on a narrow lot – 10m frontage. The original cottage was a small 50m2, two bedroom house but with very high ceilings and, unusually, an original brick fireplace. The doll’s house like proportions, and original brickwork influenced the design of the extension in both volume and materiality. The house has a modest footprint which is enhanced by the volume of spaces and connection with sky through high level glazing – important in the urban inner city suburb of Highgate Hill. CFJ_Highgate-Hill-House-11 Are there particular features of the design that enable or express a particular way of living?  The new part of the house is quite open, both visually and practically. Large timber and glass sliding doors open up the spaces to the outside, which contrasts with the original cottage, the type of which were historically quite enclosed with small windows. To continue the open style living, walls were removed in the cottage and replaced with a part height storage wall that divides public and private spaces and provides the required robes and cupboards. CFJ_Highgate-Hill-House-15 The family essentially lives in one space, with part height divisions allowing for interaction and privacy. The removal of the full height walls allow the soaring volume to continue through the total space. The compact floorplate allows for 3 bedrooms and a single family wet space, which is divided up into a shower room, toilet room and double basin to allow for multiple users. The laundry is compactly located within a cupboard also in the wet space. Uplighting is used extensively throughout the house to emphasise the volume. As a little quirk, the top of the part height bathroom space is painted primary yellow, which provides brilliant colour reflection on the higher ceiling in the late afternoon. Twofold Studio twofoldstudio.com.au CFJ_Highgate-Hill-House-22 CFJ_Highgate-Hill-House-20 CFJ_Highgate-Hill-House-19 CFJ_Highgate-Hill-House-18 CFJ_Highgate-Hill-House-14 CFJ_Highgate-Hill-House-10 CFJ_Highgate-Hill-House-08 CFJ_Highgate-Hill-House-04abc

An exciting Australian Home Renovation by a powerhouse couple

Holly Orsman-Smith and Alistair Smith wanted a family home they could show off to their friends. A look behind the scenes reveals their success. Their run down 1865 cottage is now a modern family home fit for an episode of MKR. Splashed with white, given a stainless steel kitchen and pared back to its sandstone form, it has become a canvas for art, dinner parties and the pitter-patter of children’s feet. “The house was in very poor condition when we moved in,” says Alistair. “We had leaking roofs, home style add-ons and the home had never been painted. There was also bad drainage and a slug problem to deal with!” Australian Home - Habitus Living Yet this home project was just the right challenge for an inner-west power couple. She is the GM for a flashy catering company in the city and he is a Construction Manager for a trendy landscaping firm. They main build took them 12 months with a toddler and two full-time jobs. “I then undertook the cleaning and repointing of the stone work. It was a labour of love, which took up many weekends of my time. The bathroom and kitchen were outside for a while which was interesting. Just ask the wife!” remembers Alistair. Holly feels they were entirely up to the task with their careers prepping them for the challenge. “Our jobs by their nature mean that we are major, specific and detailed planners, that’s how we operate everything. We didn’t find it difficult, we just chased a lot,” says Holly. Australian Home - Habitus Living Despite the tribulations, it was a necessary quest says Holly, to accommodate their peculiarly hectic lifestyle. “We have very, very busy and complicated lives, we are in the service industry, it is very complex,” Holly explains. “Coming home to a very nice place with white walls is something that just both inspires both of us,” she says. Punchy colour features against the white backdrop include timber beams recycled from Sydney wharves; a green wall with up to 750 plants and a limey yellow mosaic in the bathroom shower, "to add a bit of fun,” says Alistair. Australian Home - Habitus Living The kitchen, says Holly, is key to understanding how they live because Alistair was a chef for 25 years. “When you bring people into your home to break bread, it’s very important they’re able to see you and share in what you are doing,” she says. The same theory, she says works on their two children. “They sit up on the bench and they watch when we cook. It is such a wonderfully shared space between our whole family,” Holly says. Australian Home - Habitus Living While the home takes its inspiration from no one period, or no particular architect, it is rather a patchwork of the owner’s tastes and exposure to a life of travel. “We’ve travelled the world extensively and we have lot of pieces of art from all over. People come here and say, ‘that piece of art is beautiful, where is that from?” and I say ‘it’s from the middle of the jungle in Bolivia’. So you can see, it was important to highlight our experiences and our journeys together,” Holly says. Australian Home - Habitus Living Australian Home - Habitus Living Australian Home - Habitus Living Australian Home - Habitus Living Australian Home - Habitus Living Australian Home - Habitus Living Australian Home - Habitus Living Australian Home - Habitus Living Australian Home - Habitus Living Australian Home - Habitus Living Australian Home - Habitus Living Australian Home - Habitus Living Australian Home - Habitus Living Australian Home - Habitus Livingabc
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How Pop & Scott translate warmth, comfort, and playfulness into liveable design

Poppy Lane and Scott Gibson are the two dynamic designers otherwise known as Pop & Scott. The couple has been making their design dreams a reality for eight years now and their range of lighting, pots, and furniture for indoors and outdoors can be described as simple, bold and functional. They are also extremely liveable with a sense of warmth, comfort and playfulness that clearly comes from Poppy and Scott’s lifestyle and personalities. “We love a space to be warm and comfortable and most of our inspiration when designing our furniture comes from the way we like to live,” the couple explains. As Poppy describes it, the pair met “at a dodgy bar on Chapel Street in Windsor” when she used “the same pick-up line Scotty always uses.” Although Scott initially took it as a set-up by his mates, the two have not only been together ever since, they have been designing together ever since. “Lying around the house with a bottle of wine conceptualising ideas is what we both love to do and why we fell in love,” says Poppy. “We are both fearless risk takers and make most of our ideas and designs a reality.” Although some, she says, “just stay little funny dreams.” 08 With a creative process that can take days or years, Poppy and Scott outline their design philosophy as “staying true to yourself, trusting your instincts and respecting the medium you’re working with.” They use all recycled or ethically sourced Australian timbers, as well as linens, velvet, leather, and steel, and their pots are fibreglass and plaster. “It makes sense to us to use the timber that is natively grown on our land, being that we design our furniture to suit the Australian lifestyle, architecture and landscape,” they say. Poppy and Scott also support the local design industry by sharing their collaborative Northcote studio with other creative makers and by promoting the work of other Australian-based designers in their showroom next door. When asked who their customers and clients are, “people who are passionate about the environment and supporting Australian-made,” Poppy responds. “And plant lovers and all-round legends.” Certainly, Poppy and Scott have and share a confidence in knowing what they love, that extends from life to design and everything in between, and is clearly evident in their work. “I think the fact that we are partners in life makes what our designs are,” the couple says, “as it is all about living.” Pop and Scott popandscott.com 06.-Pop-_-Scott 01hero2 05 03 01hero 04 02abc
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How Rouse Phillips Look to the Past to Design for the Future

Tim Rouse and Anastasia Phillips of Sydney-based Rouse Phillips have a design philosophy that harks back to William Morris, the great proponent of the Arts & Crafts Movement. “Things should be beautiful, high quality, and practical,” says Anastasia. “If you don’t love it, it shouldn’t be in your home.” Designing decorative textiles for upholstery and soft furnishings, as well as hand-knotted rugs and kilims, the newly-married couple place a great emphasis on longevity. “We don't design trend-based products,” they say. “We are more influenced by history and the concept that something should last.” They met through a friend nine years ago and have worked together since 2008, establishing Rouse Phillips in 2012. “It happened very naturally,” they explain. “We both shared a very similar aesthetic and we both wanted to do the same thing professionally.” Finding inspiration in nature, culture, history, books and exotic countries, Anastasia and Tim describe their aesthetic as eclectic and classical. “We love to collect and create a haven that is a representation of ourselves rather than anyone else's style. We love European design and culture as well as anything Indian or Eastern in design.” 01 Tim and Anastasia use a number of hand techniques – both traditional and unique to Rouse Phillips – to generate their designs and work with weavers around the world, choosing those that share their concept of creating a product that is both of quality and beauty. “Our printer is wonderfully talented with an incredible eye for detail and colour, and our rug makers in India and Nepal are both family run businesses.” And like their designs that are hand-generated, so too are their products. “Each piece will therefore be slightly different and reflect the hand of the individual weaver or printer,” they explain. “This is part of the beauty of the product.” 08.-Rouse-Phillips Sharing a similar aesthetic, the couple’s individual designs are complementary—much like the pair themselves—and form a collection that appeals to a wide variety of people. “We have a consistent European clientele and a very loyal local following. We are also having great success in the US where the market is very open minded.” Anastasia says. “They love to see creativity and decorative designs.” Guided by the philosophies of William Morris, Tim and Anastasia believe people should take pride and pleasure in the things they own. “You don't need a lot of money to create a comfortable and warm space,” they say. “You just need to surround yourself by what you love and by what makes you happy.” Photography by Natasha Phillips Rouse Phillips rousephillips.com 03 05 06 07  abc
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The Perfect Imperfection of Holly Macdonald

Working from a shared studio in Sydney’s Glebe Holly Macdonald channels a sense of nature and decidedly non-machine made style in her work, recalling the Japanese notion of wabi-sabi, an aesthetic philosophy that accepts and celebrates the transient nature of design, and the inherent imperfection in life. Macdonald comes to the world of ceramics following an initial design passion in architecture and engineering before studying fine art, majoring in ceramics at the National Art School in Sydney. Growing up between the city and the country, Holly’s work channels her strong connection to the country, with “the natural systems that govern the land” cited as an influence over her work. Holly Macdonald uses the ancient ceramic moulding technique of handbuilding to create her unique and playfully organic forms. Handbuilding lets the physical nature of the clay to come through in the final design of the product, which is paired wonderfully with the delicate handpainted motifs each product receives. We’re very excited to be featuring Holly in 2016, which is set to be a big year for the designer and artist. “At this point I am saying yes to everything” she says, including her first solo gallery show in July at Sabbia Gallery in Padddington. Holly is also working on a number of collaborative projects with kil.n.it Experimental Ceramics, so there’s more to look forward to. Images taken from Holly’s Instagram Holly Macdonald instagram.com/h_o_l_l_y_m/ 1169289_567528756757167_1830322653_n 12749819_1668594303400079_492252963_n 12555967_1680465288907648_802920965_n 12534512_443506315852751_684604309_n 10362205_238635669815113_212173656_n 1171116_956751831112238_50639161_n  abc
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Taus Ceramics: Handcrafted and Humble

The brainchild of former TV editor Tim Grocott, each Taus piece comes from a place of genuine design appreciation and non-intrusive aesthetics in which everyday versatility meets elegance and simplicity. [embed]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hIogzO121s[/embed] The trademark ceramic hipflask for instance, is made from porcelain and natural cork for the stopper. Coming with a hand made American Ash stand, the flask is not just an eye-catching piece – as the video above shows, the little flask is a surprisingly versatile and strong item. An earlier design, the 7oz. Series, is an unencumbered by flourishes range of vases, each made from a seven-ounce ball of clay. Each piece in the continuing series is a unique shape unto itself, yet the range holds together as a cohesive whole due to Grocott’s clean lines and neat visual identity. Ranging from vases to milk jugs to oil bottles, the range is suitable for everyday use or display. DSC5227_1024x1024 Taus, as a brand, has been a long time in the making for Tim Grocott. Following a 10-year career in the TV industry, 2010 saw him looking for work that felt for real and hands on, which led him to the world of clay, no doubt one of the most genuine and honest materials in the history of design. Over the last six years, Taus has grown and evolved into a charming yet modern design brand. Taus produces simple, beautiful, functional ceramic items, from vases and vessels to serving ware and, of course, its iconic porcelain hip-flasks. Taus taus.co.nz TAUS_shelf_2 TAUHF001---GREEN2_2048x2048 taus-porcelain-hip-flask-407719 TAUHF001---GREEN_1024x1024abc
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The Effortless Charm of Douglas and Bec

Known for their minimalist aesthetic and soft colour palette of blush, white, camel, and black, Douglas and Bec take particular care to source only the highest-quality materials in their craftsmanship. Beginning in 2006 as a collaboration between father and daughter, Bec Dowie merged her expertise as a designer with Douglas Snelling’s experience as a furniture maker. The pair were later joined by Bec’s husband, Paul, who took on the role of director for the business. Douglas and Bec | Habitus Living With showrooms in Melbourne, and their native Auckland, Douglas and Bec stock predominantly their own wares, but also showcase designs by other artists who share a similar design philosophy to their own, such as American designers Ladies and Gentlemen, and Iacoli & McAllister. In their own craftsmanship, they strive to work with local makers to produce their creations. Douglas and Bec | Habitus Living Using a variety of materials including American ash and oak, copper, brass, hand-blown glass, and natural leather, the duo has collaborated with a broad range of designers to create distinctive and charming retail, hospitality, commercial, and residential spaces. Douglas and Bec douglasandbec.com Douglas and Bec | Habitus Living Douglas and Bec | Habitus Livingabc
Around The World

Island Soothing

On these richly rain-forested, coral-fringed islands, most of the famously cheery locals live in pretty thatched villages. Fittingly, idyllic lodgings reflect their dreamy surrounds with designs that celebrate local materials and invite a deeper discourse by engaging both senses and spirit. Vale Vale Beachfront Villas After closing the big timber doors, guests at Vale Vale Beachfront Villas move through a walled courtyard scented by frangipanis and crowded with heliconias and papaya trees; establishing an almost ethereal seclusion. Whether you’re dining on the huge deck, floating in the plunge pool or cooking up a storm in the chefs’ kitchen, there’s an exhilarating sense that you have the beach all to yourself, thanks to thoughtful screening. EratapFromBoat Deliciously cool floor-tiles, ceiling fans, shading, abundant ventilation and enveloping gardens obviate the need for air-conditioning. And whilst many upmarket resorts eschew fly screens - here the sound of lapping waves and ocean whiffs wafts in unimpeded: Bliss. Eratap At Eratap Beach Resort it’s hard to stir from one’s beach cabana. But whilst averting your gaze from the shockingly bright turquoise lagoon is a challenge, it’s hardly a privation. Not least for the spectacular snorkelling right out the front of your large, private lawn. Huge openings, two decks and a surfeit of daybeds means the sublime vistas are undiminished should you deign to nap or lounge. An open sided, tropical flower embellished ‘corridor’ segments spaces – the lounging area set well away from bedroom, thus enhancing relationship harmony- and primes the eyes for the arresting backdrop. In the coral-walled outdoor bathroom – the tropical vibe is enhanced by hand-honed coconut potions. You’d swear you were on an outer island – even though Port Vila’s low key airport lies about a half hour’s drive away. Friendly Beach Vanuatu Situated on Tanna – an island synonymous with hyper-active Yasur volcano-friendly beach bungalows brandishes wide, fabulously textural floorboards – saw marks visible, oiled only lightly. Following Cyclone Pam’s devastation, architect Lucas Rotteveel conjured a design that utilised debris – uprooted trees for posts, beams, railings and floorboards – along with three types of bamboo and wild cane to create sensual, luxe-rustic bungalows. Timber shutters lure morning sunshine and a reef-thrashed breeze that’s optimally appreciated from the large timber daybed. On each side of the muslin-draped hardwood bed, stumps of mango trees act as bedside tables. The bathroom mandates a barefoot approach – so as to get the full effect of corals and textured volcanic rocks. Granted, you’re likely to giggle out loud, but that's not an uncommon reaction to Vanuatu. Vale Vale Beachfront Villas valevalebeachfront.com.au Eratap eratap.com Friendly Beach Vanuatu friendlybeachvanuatu.com   EratapFrontYard EratapBedroom double-bed 5D9A8432 5D9A9567 5D9A9621 eratap-resort_room-12_138    abc
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Origamist Ronan Burder of Northcote design studio Taiyogami

Ronan Burder of Northcote design studio Taiyogami grew up near Wangaratta in north-eastern Victoria in a town so tiny it comprised just five or six houses, one of which was his grandparents’. An introverted, studious kid, Burder learned early to make his own fun, which was a synch after discovering a DIY origami book in his Grandma’s eclectic book collection. Like most of us, Burder had his first brush with origami at school making ‘chatterboxes’ for friends. But nutting out the complex instructions in his Grandma’s book – it took him two years to nail every design – hooked him on conjuring elegant three-dimensional objects from a simple sheet of paper. “When I found this book a whole world opened up,” Burder recalls. 2015-06-29-04.03 Although he didn’t create his own designs until years later, Burder recognised the potential from the start. “I had a real breakthrough moment, I remember, when I was trying to make my first paper crane,” he says. “There’s a particular step in it when you have to take the paper off the table and move it around in three dimensions and kind of think about it as a three-dimensional object and not a two-dimensional picture. And once I got through that little moment … I realised there was so much more that was possible to fold. You could pretty much do anything, really.” Hating the assessment that went with creative subjects at school and uni, Burder pursued his passion for science and maths and relegated folding to a joyously meditative hobby until early 2015, when he quit his PhD to try conjuring a career from origami. Instagram built a market for his burgeoning range of pendant lights, lamps, geometric artworks and flowers. This was augmented by commissions from designer friends, including custom lighting for Pinto Tuncer’s hospitality fit-out at Shuji Sushi and a massive floral entrance for Seesaw Studio’s Spring Racing Carnival installation at Southgate. Finding paper durable enough to perform as industrial design but supple enough to fold has required hours of patient experimentation. Ditto the complex mathematical calculations behind his flat-packed designs, and of course the folding itself. Fortunately for Burder, origami’s time consuming nature is central to its appeal. “The mindfulness part of origami for me is really quite important,” he says. “It’s a mood elevator and … a creative outlet, and the more you do the more you really need.” Taiyogami taiyogami.com 2015-06-29-03.59 2016-02-11-12.46 2015-11-30-12.39 2015-08-11-11.49 2015-06-29-12.26 2015-06-29-04.10 2015-06-29-04.10.17-1     Photography: Amy Woodwardabc
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How Porcelain Bear are channeling their intuitive and aesthetic synergy into good design

Both are graduates of Monash University—Gregory has a BA in Ceramic Design and Anthony a BA in Industrial Design—and the combination of their skills and knowledge, and intelligence and curiosity, which is characteristic of bears—“Anthony and I are both very active left and right brain thinkers,” says Gregory—is clearly evident in their work. Specialising in porcelain, the Bears produce a range of clean, geometric and functional lighting and tableware for domestic and commercial use. “We like to think we have our own visual language that has developed over many years of our love of design,” the Bears explain, “but that also is indicative of the synergy between us. There’s a strong commonality in the things we love and admire.” Unknown The Bears met at a design function in 2009 and sparked up a conversation over an exhibition piece they both admired. They quickly became firm friends, “spending time chatting about life and design;” and Anthony offered to help Gregory, who had just started a large tile commission as well as developing his new brand Porcelain Bear, producing and selling his work under his own name. With a common admiration for more than just design, their working relationship flourished. They became partners in design and in business in 2010, followed by partners in life in 2011, and have both been working full time as Porcelain Bear since early 2014. Porcelain Bear - Habitus Living “One of our driving inspirations is the desire and intention to be distinctive, timeless, unique and faithful to our aesthetic,” say the Bears, “while exploiting the intrinsic beauty of the medium we specialise in.” Indeed, while porcelain is an intricate and expressive material, it does require great precision, technical discipline and intuition; and it also has its limitations. “Design must always be appropriate to the medium it’s intended for and some of our forms look the way they do because they are appropriate for porcelain, as well as being distinctively Porcelain Bear.” Porcelain Bear - Habitus LivingGregory and Anthony design products that are clean and sophisticated with the visual lightness and physical durability that is characteristic of porcelain. “Our aesthetic reveals the synergy between us as life partners,” the pair says, and they workshop their ideas in a process they describe as “concept tennis,” by throwing ideas back forth and developing them over time. “We are both designers so we both love the satisfaction associated with creating our own pieces but we are also both editors of each others’ work,” the Bears explain. “We’re close enough on a personal level to be quite intuitive with each other’s work and our aesthetic alignment augments this process.” Indeed, the couple’s great admiration and intuition both for each other and for design is obvious not only in their work but their relationship. “Life is a collaboration,” the Bears say, “and we’re very comfortable with this.” Porcelain Bear Australia porcelainbear.com Porcelain Bear - Habitus Living Porcelain Bear - Habitus Living Porcelain Bear - Habitus Living Porcelain Bear - Habitus Living Porcelain Bear - Habitus Living Porcelain Bear - Habitus Living  abc

Saccharomyces Beer Cafe Touches Down in South Brisbane

The Saccharomyces Beer Cafe was designed by May Tree Studios in parallel with the business concept by Simon Booy, Dirk Booy, Felicity Booy and Luke Gardiner – three siblings and one friend whose love of the humble brew, grew to become a fully fledged bar/cafe venture. When the semi-enclosed brick courtyard became available as a possible tenancy (developed by Aria Property Group with base build by Stephen Cameron, architect) the group jumped, recognising the poetic possibilities of a “back of house” setting (Fish Lane provides service access to larger tenancies fronting Melbourne Street). Their intention was to create a place that would foster a “craft beer community” with flexibility built in to accommodate various modes of use. The result is part beer hall, part live music/comedy venue, part laneway cafe with a delightfully moody, garden courtyard atmosphere. CF035721TobyScott

The long thin space divides loosely into three, with bar and cafe at opposite ends of a central beer and dining hall. Space is partitioned by two, floor to ceiling curtains and more subtly zoned by high and low furniture. Timber benches set within window alcoves bring focus to the laneway and the framed animation of passersby. The bar itself is akin to a concrete ‘altar’ with beer taps, wall mounted and graphically integrated.

Material expression is complementary to existing red brick walls and alcoves. “We wanted to respect that as the feature. We wanted to let that pop,” says Alisha Bouris of May Tree Studios. Amber tones are reflected in custom leather bucket seats, which were cleverly designed from repurposed school chairs. Timber tabletops brings tactile warmth and soften the monochrome palette with accents in Carrara marble and black steel. Drama is delivered courtesy of the horizontal rhythm of black beams set against white ceilings and reinforced by a continuous datum struck at height on each column. Intentions to celebrate the outdoor qualities of the space are echoed in bespoke, wall mounted light fittings, fixed to bare white walls. “We wanted to maintain the idea that it was a garden on the edge of a site and the fit-out is about keeping it as an exterior kind of space,” says Emily Juckes of May Tree Studios. Elsewhere pendent lights make fine, cage-like objects which throw geometric shadows on walls and floors and bring an alluring night-time ambience. During the day the space is flooded with natural light, from side openings and skylights above, making it a kind of “shadow box” and the perfect spot to pacify day/night liquid dependencies. May Tree Studios maytreestudios.com.au

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Repurposing and recycling: The Small Objects of Elizabeth Shaw

She was entranced by their studio, and remembers thinking that this is what she wanted- even as a four year old. In high school years later, the dream was still there, and so she went straight from school into a silversmithing diploma, and after that, on to further studies in Jewellery at the Queensland College of Art. She holds a Research Masters degree, and is now Convener of Jewellery and Small Objects with the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. Early works as a practicing designer focused on small scale productions of jewellery that were inspired by everyday suburban life, and in many ways this has been a theme that has continued throughout her career. Most significantly however, her work has been characterized by the use of found, discarded and appropriated materials that have been repurposed into small sculpted one off pieces. Shaw remembers that in 2005, she was digging in her garden when various parts of broken ceramic figures turned up. “No complete bodies, just parts of an arm, a torso, another arm, remnants from the previous owners family that had built the house in 1915.” These pieces gave her inspiration for more works, which can be seen incorporated into some of her small objects. Elizabeth Shaw - Habitus Living In 2009, during a residency at Bundanon on the Shoalhaven River, she was inspired by the location, the bush and the work of Arthur Boyd- in particular, his Nebuchadnezzar paintings. For Elizabeth, this residency led her to create skeletal forms that looked like the remains of small animals. Although she could not see the bush in the way that Boyd did, just being there was enough to inspire her to make her own little relics of mythical creatures that she could incorporate into her narrative threads. Whatever found objects inspire Shaw, the reworking of them into curious artworks is the common thread that binds her works together, sometimes quite literally. Shaw works with what comes her way. From the found objects, a new narrative is forged in often surprising ways. She makes her silversmithing skills come alive through a repurposing of her collected/found/given materials. In these small acts of transmogrification, Shaw also engages with the ethical issues of adaptive re-use and sustainability which have long been considered important for her, and increasingly, she would say, for all makers and designers. Elizabeth Shaw visualartist.info/elizabethshaw Elizabeth Shaw - Habitus Living Elizabeth Shaw - Habitus Living Elizabeth Shaw - Habitus Living Elizabeth Shaw - Habitus Living Elizabeth Shaw - Habitus Living Elizabeth Shaw - Habitus Living  abc