Howdy folks, it’s Emma.
It’s been a while. In September 2013 I left Harvest to have my third child Alby – who, by the way, is the sweetest little gem. We are all smitten!
As babies do his arrival marks the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. Since co-founding Harvest way back in 2010 I’ve been on an exciting and fun-filled journey. But now it feels right to embark on something new.
I call it Heartland.
Taking time out with my newborn son Alby gave me the space (well, bits and pieces, in between the sleepless nights) to reflect on what I really loved doing in my working life. I realized I needed somewhere to document all my conceptual and personal projects and collaborations. I also knew I wanted to focus more on visual storytelling and help tell the stories of others whose creative message resonated with or reflected my own.
So, I have ended up combining the two and calling it “A Bespoke Creative Agency”. It has a certain ring to it that I like and gives me the freedom to head off in all sorts of directions which suits my crazy ideas-filled head!
I am also moving in to a brand new atelier with Popcraft’s Pauline Tran-Cecil and some other very talented textile makers that will launch towards the end of the year. We will all be feeding off each other with our skills. It’s going to be amazing, I promise ;-)
But back to Harvest for a moment.
Jess, Lara and I all brought our own special talents to Harvest. We are all designers and that is why we came together in the first place but otherwise my natural leaning was towards the business, marketing, branding and social media side of things. So many inspiring people came through the studio over the years and there was always something interesting happening – I loved telling that visual story through pictures on instagram and our blog (have a look at the slideshow below to see what I’m talking about – there are just so many great moments that I documented).
To nurture a humble print studio and help it blossom into such a dynamic and inspiring place for so many people was so satisfying.
Our print room was a constant source of action. It is just so much fun getting up to your eyeballs in inky goodness - have you tried it? If not, you should.You can't beat it.
When I wasn’t getting my hands dirty I often had my camera slung around my neck or my iphone handy, ready to document the vitality of the studio. I loved being able to give people a look behind the scenes at Harvest, poke around in the residents’ studios and generally play chief-snoop! It was heaps of fun styling and shooting our finished products for lookbooks and promotion too.
I was also very lucky to be able to host screenprinting and shibori dyeing workshops. The opportunity to share our space and knowledge with the people who attended these classes was just such a pleasure. Teaching is loads of fun - I’ll continue to seek out opportunities to teach into the future.
Hundreds of interesting people came through our studio and I’m so grateful I got to meet them, whether they were artists-in-residence, workshop students, customers at our xmas market or studio buddies.
Each person brought with them their own personal story, which became part of the bigger Harvest narrative. The visual magic that was woven as a result was such a pleasure to document.
Thanks for being so talented you creative people!
So, while it’s a fond farewell to Harvest I’ve nothing but excitement and anticipation for the next chapter.
Stay in touch and I'll see you at Heartland!