@studiocatherine Not in the slightest! Our printers just require a little extra time.
Sometimes collaborating with friends isn’t always the best idea. But when it works, it works. Take Suzy Tuxen (Melbourne-based graphic designer, A Friend of Mine) and Ryan Ward (Melbourne-based framer, United Measures) and their new venture Significant Others. As a move to appreciate the goodness of hand-crafted techniques, they’ve recently launched an online shop that stocks a fine range of hand-made items. From an alphabet set silkscreened on plywood, to the nostalgic toy range made by Ward and his dad (from his framing offcuts) to the hand-woven artworks by Carla Grbac, there’s loads to love about this new shop.
We caught up with Tuxen and Ward to find out a little more about their new venture and what their future plans are.
What inspired/prompted you to start Significant Others?
We are both interested in doing many things. We didn’t want to simply be a graphic designer or a framer, we want to play and experiment with different materials, mediums, crafts and forms. We began dreaming up Significant Others about 1.5 years ago as an umbrella for all of these different interests.
Can you tell us a little about the shop’s ethos/policy around hand-crafted goods?
It is a very personal process when we make these objects. They are not mass produced in a factory – they are slowly and lovingly hand-made in our studios, workshops and homes. We invest in the time ensuring that they are crafted to a high quality, and by making things by hand there is this lovely feeling and history in the object. As we often work with timber, each piece has it’s own inherent personality.
How did you two balance both working full-time and launching the shop? And how do you think that you will continue to balance both?
I’m not sure it was a balanced process, its our first little joint venture and the balancing act is a work in progress. Between operating United Measures, a framing business in Collingwood, and A Friend Of Mine a multi-disciplinary design studio in the city – both businesses keep us extremely busy. But the answer to your question is that we are both passionate about Significant Others and we enjoy working together. Taking a little time away from our respective businesses to craft our pieces together is certainly no chore, we love it and we’ll make it work.
Do you have plans to expand the collection?
We plan to slowly expand the collection. We want to be sure that the range is always a well thought out and carefully edited range of our best works. We plan to create some paper based prints in the not-to-distant-future.
Head to significantothersshop.com to browse all of the products currently available.