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Keryn Fountain + Studio 174 / Billy Button grower & artisan maker
Keryn's property is on the outskirts of Hobart, yet it seems a world away from everything due to its serene bush setting and glorious outlook. The family home- built in 1958- is a mid-century masterpiece of timber, light, and clean lines. Inside, Japanese aesthetics and gorgeous art pieces abound! Keryn is currently having an adjoining studio purpose built where she can dry her botanical collections and create her delightful native wreaths. She will also offer workshops from her new space, where participants can gather the materials they need direct from her garden. Until then, huge bundles of billy buttons, foliage and native grasses will continue to adorn the house like large-scale art installations.
Keryn got into growing billy-buttons by chance. After buying her first plant locally, she started playing around with arrangements, creating her very first wreath some years ago. It has pride of place on her front door. The wild & whimsical beauty of the native daisy is accentuated rather than resisted and the wreath was much admired by family and friends. This inspired Keryn to start creating & share her wreaths more widely. Explore more of Studio 174 here.
Theo Zammit / orthotist & maker 'convict shoe shop'
Theo hit rock bottom some years ago after going through a bankruptcy and divorce. He moved to the mainland where he worked tirelessly to get himself out of debt and find himself again. But he missed his home & community enormously, and decided to return to Hobart to give a new business a go after a heads-up from his old landlord. A trained orthotist, Theo took out the lease of a small shop-front in Moonah where he decided to start producing custom-made orthotics & shoes for his clients. Experimenting and adapting his designs over many years, the plaster-cast 'art installation' that adorns the exterior of his premises actually represent tests and refinements of foot structures he has made. Now, Theo not only serves the local community via 'Taz Orthopaedics', but he has also expanded his design team to commence work on 'convict shoes'.
Traditionally convict shoes did not have a designated left or right, but were generic or interchangeable. This kept costs down and made replacements a simple matter. Based on this principle Theo is crafting shoes made from beautiful, local kangaroo & wallaby leather which he says will adapt and mould to the feet of the wearer. He hopes the contemporary design will appeal to a broad range of people!