Grow – Meet the Maker with Bek Spencer

Rhodesian born, South African raised, and Australian now,  I’ve spent the better part of the last two decades in retail – much of it as a retail planner. I am an incurable maker, and dabbled in drawing, sewing, crochet, knitting, and photography (a great passion from high school), but I’m keen to try it all.  Years ago I started making Christmas baubles in my spare time as gifts and for fun (and out of curiosity of how they are made); and people wanted to buy them.  THEN I saw beeswax wraps online and my first thought was – I need to learn how to make them.  After lots of mess, trials, fails, improvements and learnings I learnt how; and people Read More

Grow – Meet the Maker with Ebony Balaz

I am an artist, designer and maker of things. Like many creatives I have quite a varied set of skills and interests. My background and training is within the fashion industry, but over the last few years I’ve been exploring my creativity in a more explorative and playful manner. I paint bright abstract artworks on paper and canvas. I love the expressive nature of paint. Mark making is a very cathartic process for me and the journey that I go on each time I create a new artwork is constantly inspiring. I enjoy using my creative skills to bring products to life, be that sewing for my children or taking my paintings into textile form. Creating something, essentially from nothing, Read More

Grow – Meet the Maker with Fiona Read

I love nature and painting. Nature inspires the subjects I paint. And my creativity helps me enjoy the beauty of nature! Nature has such exquisite colours, patterns, scents and sounds. Being in nature or painting helps me relax and appreciate the present moment. When I’m painting I can get absorbed for hours. I have also felt this mindfulness when walking in the bush or past a scented rose bush, when seeing this giraffe in South Africa, or when  exploring exhibitions of the great impressionists or local art and crafts. I’ve always dabbled in art, throughout school and was encouraged to paint alongside my Nanna and Grandma. I’ve had fun exploring landscapes, birds and flowers. I’ve studied botanical watercolour painting with Read More

Grow – Meet the Maker with Cr Rebecca Paterson

My day job (though it definitely extends into nights and weekends!) is a Councillor at the City of Monash and Chair of the Monash Business Awards as well as being involved in a number of other committees. I also have 3 kids aged 2, 4 and 10 who keep me very busy.  I enjoy most crafts, and have been sewing, painting and crafting ever since I can remember. I started off with long stitch, moved to cross stitch and other embroidery, got into beading, pastel and water colour painting, then dress making. After having my first child I started knitting and then crochet, card making and jewellery making. I just love craft. My two favourites would have to be knitting, Read More

Grow – Meet the Maker with Sarah Munnings

Sarah is a jeweller working with Sterling Silver, Copper, Brass and Abalone shell and has taught herself to drill, solder and smelt pewter. Sarah did not consider herself a creative person until people repeatedly told her she was, and after a year or so she started to believe them. Looking back she acknowledges that she was always creating in some form, and never taking a traditional path. During her degree she was often found under bushes and in long grass looking for mounds and earthworks before recreating historic buildings using maps and aerial photography. Sarah completed her degree and took a position as an Executive Trainee with HSBC bank, working nationally and internationally, and continued her creativity through community projects while her day jobs ranged from managing branches, operations Read More

Grow – Meet the Maker with Brooke Taylor

Bohdi Taylor Artist. Previously Bohdi has enjoyed a successful career as a mosaic artist and teacher under her real name Brooke Taylor Brooke’s Mosaics. She also facilitated numerous large scale artworks in her community with funds sought from grants from local council and Arts Vic. Most recently Bohdi picked up a brush and began exploring the medium of acrylics. Lead there by a curious sequence of events, firstly experiencing the loss of her son Bohdi through miscarriage “Two days after losing Bohdi”,  she says “I sat in front of a painting I’d been working on, and hated it. So I started painting, and because I didn’t really care about the outcome, and figured that anything I did would be an improvement Read More

Grow – Meet the Maker with Robyn Saunders

My love for ceramics began when my children were experimenting with clay in Secondary school. I really wanted to feel the joy that comes from taking a piece of clay and creating something that started off as a figment of my imagination. I started my journey by joining Dromana Potters group and taking weekly night classes, being tutored by some exceptional potters. This led to the setting up of my studio at home. I work from my home studio at Baxter, on the Mornington Peninsula. My studio allows me to work on many projects at the one time including hand built slab forms and wheel thrown work. These works will sometimes resemble traditional ceramic form and when my whimsical potter Read More