Lyttleton Stores is a collaboration between sisters Jacinta & Adelina Carmichael-Parissi, combining our loves of organic home grown food and artisan made craft ware. Having grown up in Lawson with our parents and brother, we have always appreciated the beauty and simplicity of small communities living and working together in a natural setting. Much of our inspiration comes from our upbringing here in the Blue Mountains, having gone to a school that encouraged our creativity we were always drawn to the life work of independent artisans.
Our parents, family friends and neighbours’ gardens brimming with fruit and vegetables inspired beliefs that growing, cooking and sharing fresh organic produce is an integral aspect of a happy and healthy life. Our papa’s family is Italian, and he taught us how to cook delicious food with recipes passed on through generations. Our mother has been fundamental in our understanding of organic food and ways in which to create healthy and delicious food from the garden.
Jacinta sought adventure at the bottom of the world in wild southern Tasmania, learning how to combine her love of food and art over the nine years spent in the Huon Valley. She completed a BFA majoring in Furniture Design, whilst supporting her way through university by operating a small food business growing and sourcing organic produce to turn into family recipes that she bottled up and sold at the local farmers markets. Similarly, Adelina supported her way through a BVA majoring in Jewellery Design by working at Sydney’s organic markets selling beautiful organic vegetables and dairy.
Lyttleton Stores is set in the oldest part of Lawson’s shopping district, in a long coveted building dating back to 1884, beautifully utilised as a produce store early on and then over time and many changes of hands becoming a country antiques store selling wonderful hand made wares from the past. We seek to bring this combination of Lawson’s history and our own life history together as Lyttleton Stores, a hub of creativity and culture, food and community.
This dream will be ever growing and changing as the project evolves and others come to contribute by sharing skills and knowledge at the weekly workshops held around the themes of cooking and crafting. PanTree Produce is an organic grocery store, cooking food for the shelves from the gorgeous garden and supplying quality produce from local and Australian organic producers. Atelier is an artisan’s store, exhibiting beautifully hand crafted pieces from local designer makers who have the opportunity to sell their wares and share their skills. Preserve is a workshop space, where visitors and locals alike can come to both share and learn new and old creative and culinary skills.
Jacinta has always been very creative, productive and overenthusiastically aspiring, described by her papa as ‘the sails’ of the ship of dreamers, as she can get carried away! She has owned and operated an organic food business making, retailing and wholesaling products, and also expanded to catering and events.
Her last project involved creating events based around the Huon River in Tasmania, paddock to plate dining showcasing local produce from in and around the river in a series called ‘The River’s Table’. This project culminating in a summer season of Sunday sailing on an historic Danish Tall Ship named the Yukon, creating 5 course degustation meals with matching local wines to the accompaniment of celebrated local musicians.
She has 16 years experience in hospitality, customer service and commercial cookery, starting her career at the deli in Lawson during early high school and working in many cafes, restaurants and organic food stores. She has been showcased online and in magazines as well as local newspapers for her business PanTree Produce as well as having been in group exhibitions for her furniture and art.
Adelina has always had an eye for detail, conversely described by her papa as ‘the anchor’ to the ship of dreamers; a vital and secure measure to every project considered by her at length. As a child she was always collecting small pebbles, shells and flowers and building faerie castles out of moss. Having a practical turn to her imaginative creativity Adelina has always looked to find out how things are made and to make things herself, useful things that are intrinsically beautiful. Initially inspired by clothing and adornments, she added details of embroidery and beading that would make the pieces special. This lead her to choose Jewellery and Object has the focus of her creative studies, where she would be making art, but art that can be used in everyday life.
Adelina has run her own jewellery making business since finishing her studies BVA 2012, receiving first class honours. She has worked in customer service selling her jewellery and organic vegetables at market stalls and festivals throughout Australia. She has shown her work in an exhibition in Hong Kong and Shanghai. She also has completed her teacher training in ATS Belly Dancing, and has worked with Korowal School teaching students to dance.