FOUR MINUTES WITH... ROB BAIGENT

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Who are you and what do you make?

My name is Rob Baigent. I have lived in the mountains for 10 years, but have had some association with the area for more than 40. Whilst growing up in Tasmania I developed an appreciation of the beauty and joys of timbers such as Blackwood, Huon Pine, Sassafras, and Celerytop Pine. Most of my work is turned wood, particularly smaller items which can be salvaged from discarded or ‘waste’ material. I also make small items of furniture. My wood turning started about 30 years ago, but I have been doing other woodwork most of my life.

 

What do you enjoy making the most?

The more intricate things like turned boxes are my favourites, particularly when combined with some embellishment like carved handles or a little added colour. My greatest pleasure comes from finding the beauty in a discarded piece of timber.

 

What do the Blue Mountains mean to you?

The Blue Mountains World Heritage Area is a magnificent example of why it is essential to preserve as much of our natural environment as possible – it is such a beautiful and interesting place to live and walk. The wonderful natural environment obviously attracts many very talented people. This combination of environment and talented people makes it really special.

 

Who’s you’re maker of the minute?

This is difficult; there are so many amazing people working with wood in Australia. At the moment I will nominate Neil Turner in West Australia as my favourite. His beautiful, intricate carving of turned objects is inspiring. 

 

Rob Baigent’s coffee table, and wood-turned vases, bowls and ornaments are available in Atelier of Lyttleton Stores, Lawson.

 

 

FOUR MINUTES WITH… MIRANDA EARLE

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Who are you and what do you make?

My name's Miranda Earle. I love pattern and colour and I’ve been printing my designs onto fabric for many enjoyable years. I'm inspired by the form and geometry of nature. I love the process of carving my own lino blocks and the repetition of printing lengths of fabric. My designs and hand printed fabrics can be found on handmade purses, scarves as clothing. 

 

What do you enjoy making the most?

It's all about the fabric. I like transforming my sketches into designs that work on blocks and stencils. The process itself is so enjoyable and exciting. I never get tired of it.

 

What do the Blue Mountains mean to you?
The Blue Mountains represent not only an incredible community of talented and innovative creatives, but also the endless inspiration that I find in nature. We are so privileged to have it on our doorstep here!

 

Who’s you’re maker of the minute?

It’s so hard to choose just one! I'm so privileged to be surrounded by so many wonderful makers and creatives. I'm going to say the label High Tea With Mrs Woo. 

 

Miranda Earle’s firewheel tree, flannel flower and wattle purses are available in Atelier of Lyttleton Stores, Lawson.

 

 

FOUR MINUTES WITH… EDITH REWA

 

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Who are you and what do you make?

Edith Rewa, or Edie! I trained in textile design (screen printing) but I mostly make pennies from plant-based illustrative work now. I design illustrated silk headscarves, which showcase Australia's native flora and fauna. I also have a range of art prints, gift cards and a small run of clothing in the works. When I'm not working on my product range I'm doing client-based illustration and pattern work.

 

What do you enjoy making the most?

Nothing beats sitting out on the heathland behind where I live, looking out over the Kanimbla Valley, tucked in between leptospermum, casuarina, mallee and banksias with styphelia nipping at my ankles. It’s these sorts of immersive hours spent drawing in the bush that give me the most joy. I recently had a small exhibition, 'Plant Portraits, Blackheath' which was a culmination of time spent in the Blackheath landscape doing just this!

 

What do the Blue Mountains mean to you?

For me the Mountains have been a place of great learning, where I have had space to stretch my legs and have a wonderfully indulgent work life!

 

Who’s you’re maker of the minute?

 Mirador!

 

Edith Rewa’s scarves and cards are available in Atelier of Lyttleton Stores, Lawson.