Australia Day was the perfect time to show Australian designers, makers and creators, our appreciation for their locally made and inspired wares.
One of our first stockists, Made by Tait (Tait), are an amazing example of a brand that embodies high quality, Australian-made products. Tait have been crafting premium outdoor furniture for over 21 years, collaborating with local designers to ‘produce premium products that celebrate the Australian outdoor lifestyle’.
Tait is an Australian-owned company, established in 1992 by Managing Director and sheet metal craftsman Gordon Tait, and Creative Director Susan Tait. At the forefront of Tait’s design ethos are sophisticated design and construction that excite and inspire.
‘…fusing simple functionality, considered design and exceptional craftsmanship to enrich and complete A Life Outside.’
Waverley Mills is a Tasmanian-owned and operated business and has been producing fine products for over 140 years! So it seems only fitting that we share our love for some of our favourite talented Tassie designers and makers!
Product: Ceramics / Located: Southport, Southern TAS
Sallee Warner draws inspiration from her beautiful wild surroundings, ‘from the quiet of the studio to the roar of the southerly storm’. The unique environment allows Sallee to source local clay and ingredients which she uses to craft her ceramics.
‘I love that each piece has its own unique aesthetic value and timeless quality.’
Product: Printed and dyed textiles / Located: Salamanca, Hobart TAS.
Yolanda Zarins takes inspiration from the unique Tasmanian landscape, designing small batch printed and dyed fabrics. She captures native flora and bush imaginings using hand inked marks, which are screen printed onto natural fibres in the vivid colours of the local landscape. At the forefront of Yolanda’s work is an appreciation for Tasmania’s spectacular natural offerings whilst incorporating values of sustainability and longevity into her designs and the making process – ‘I aim to produce textiles which can be enjoyed and loved for many years to come!’
‘… a celebration and appreciation of place, the precious and wild environment of Tasmania.’
Product: Handcrafted Furniture / Located: Launceston, TAS.
Simon Ancher’s furniture design and public art are influenced by his appreciation for detail, simple forms, and local Tasmanian timbers, the key material from which is his work is formed.
‘…inspired by the day-to-day occurrences and the impact a piece of furniture can have on its user.’
Product: Jewellery Maker / Location: Hobart, TAS.
Megan Perkins designs a range of contemporary jewellery called Geo Metery. Megan draws inspiration from pattern and repetition in the landscape as viewed from a bird’s eye perspective, with a particular focus on ‘the human activity that carves and moulds our surrounding landscape…’ The techniques and materials Megan uses to craft her wares have a touch of the unconventional – carpentry techniques are combined with traditional metalsmithing, and industrial material offcuts such as corian and aluminium are utilised to create striking statement works.
‘With Geo Metery we can wear the landscape, like it wears us.’
These are just a handful of Tasmania’s talented makers and designers, bringing to light the variety of high quality, locally designed product that is available to us!