Featured Designers: Golden Ink Collaborative
FK chats to Abbey and Katherine from Melbourne based label Golden Ink Collaborative. Golden Ink made its Finders Keepers debut at the recent Melbourne Markets.
Tell us about your collaboration – Golden Ink.
As artists we have always admired each other’s work style and aesthetic. We had discussed collaborating for a few years, and finally early this year we booked an exhibition at Hand Held Gallery in Melbourne. This gave us a deadline to make the work, and we enjoyed passing pieces back and forth, and the visual that came from the combination of our skills. By sharing the process each of us could add new inspiration to the work that the may not have been realised. This was and still is an exciting and spontaneous way to work. Through making art works together we cemented the aesthetic for our wearable range, and went ahead to form golden ink collaborative.
What are your backgrounds and how did you meet?
We both have strong backgrounds in Visual arts and studied together at RMIT University. In 2007 Abby completed her Masters of Fine Arts, and Bachelor in Printmaking in 2005. Katherine completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Gold and Silversmithing in 2007. We kept in touch through uni, often visiting each other’s studios and thus began the bond of our artistic base for Golden Ink. Living in the same suburb, only a few streets apart also makes catching up and collaborating easier!
What draws you to working with ceramics?
For a long time we worked with different materials, trying to figure out how we could successfully put Abby’s prints/ illustrative work into a jewellery/wearable format. Katherine had been using ceramics in her silversmithing work, and after a few failed experiments with resin (and allergies!), we found a common medium in porcelain. Abby is able to paint a really fine line, or get great watercolour effect by mixing and applying ceramic stains to green ware. We both like the way clay is so versatile, (especially southern ice porcelain) and can be made into anything. It is still amazing and exciting opening the kiln after a firing, to see the transformation from dusty looking fragile pieces that have been laboured over, into glossy strong wearable and utilitarian objects in original works of art. We also realise we still have heaps to learn about the world of ceramics through all our trial and errors to date. At the beginning losing 95% of our work due to the many variants and technicalities behind ceramics!
What’s the most exciting part about running your own business?
The most exciting thing is being creative and doing what you love doing on a daily basis. Watching people’s response to the work has been amazing and very rewarding. Admittedly this far it has been all work, work, work, and trying to fit it in as an extra around our busy schedules. We have still enjoyed this hectic lifestyle and look forward to growing the business and creating full time.
Give us three awesome things you love to do in Melbourne.
We love to visit; art galleries/jewellery galleries, especially Craft Victoria, Pieces of eight, NGV, Gallery Funaki, Australian Galleries (works on paper/ printmaking). The city has some great little places to shop and eat, as does Fitzroy and all the little arcades and lane ways sprawled out through the CBD. Check out the Nicholas Building, a beautiful old building full of amazing artist studios, galleries (Blindside) and specialist shops (Alice Euphemia, Lenko, Maria George, buttonmania) right in the city.
How do you think the brand will grow in the future?
We would love to see Golden Ink products in gallery shops around Australia, and start an online store. Golden Ink will hopefully expand to a wider audience, and continue to create one off hand made pieces. There could be possible difficulties in choosing to do everything ourselves as the label grows. We do however strongly believe in producing work that is supported and inspired by our arts backgrounds in keeping with our concept.
So the Finder’s keeper’s market Melbourne is all over. Here are a few of the rings we had on display.
…… and now we are about to get right back to work!
As the market was so busy, and huge, we didn’t get much of a chance to look at all the other stalls. When we did leave our post for a few moments, some of our fave stalls and stall holders were:
beattie, Okt-ober Dee, ink and spindle, sunday morning designs (where we were unable to choose between the prints and the pillow cases), south for the summer‘s gorgeous headbands, and our only purchase of the weekend were the cute softies next door made by Torunn from Herbert and Friends!
We also met the lovely Kylie from paper boat press, and her friends, and can’t wait to see her work in person.
There is a wrap up of the market, including lots of photos on the finder’s keeper’s blog here
All in all, a great weekend. We are all sooo lucky we didn’t have this week’s wintery Melbourne weather!
We have to say thanks to Lucy from the design files for her lovely words and pics in her wrap up post of the finder’s keeper’s Melbourne. As you can see from the design file photos of the market -it was HUge and plenty of people came down to the Docklands to have a look at all the talent on offer.
And also Girls Made This Thanks! so flattering.
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Our stall at the first Melbourne Finder’s Keeper’s market!
We had a great weekend and were thrilled with all the positive feedback from shoppers and fellow stallholders. All of the hard work and late nights we have put in to making and detailing each and every piece was worth it. Thanks for coming along and supporting us.
Now we are seriously considering applying for a Sydney market….. … will keep you posted.