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Lloyd Kellett / One Man’s Trash

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013

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Lloyd Kellett’s out-of-work-hours business, One Man’s Trash, now with shopfront at The Emporium. Photos – Siobhan Curran

 

The latest round of Renew Newcastle projects at The Emporium (the former David Jones) on Hunter Street Mall have turned up some cracking talent for all to see (Thu – Sat). On a recent visit I was particularly taken with the treasures inside One Man’s Trash. Lloyd Kellett not only builds race-winning billy carts but assembles lighting, furniture and homewares pieces using reclaimed timbers and spare parts that are positively Burton-esque.

 

If necessity if the mother of invention, Lloyd is its father…his industrial inventions are indeed necessary for anyone who appreciates fine craftsmanship.

 

favicon LLOYD KELLETT

 

Condensed CV:

Gyprocker and bricklayer by trade, in building industry for the last 20 years. Working a day job as a sign installer currently. Began building furniture in December 2012 as we needed a desk for a nook in our home, found some materials in the shed and it has evolved from there.

 

What has been your most memorable project?

Building Tiny Dancer – the second fastest billy cart in all the land.

 

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Top: Billycarts Tiny Dancer (front) and Toe Cutter (back). Photo – Brett Piva. Bottom: Camera shy Lloyd at it in his workshop in Wallsend. Photo – Mel Kellett. 

 

What would be your dream project?

Turning One Man’s Trash into the day job would be the ultimate goal. Any project that came along with that would be great.

 

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

The fit-out of our storefront on a tight budget and timeframe.

 

What is your most treasured possession?

My collection of collections.

 

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L: One Man’s Trash desk, office chair with castors, desk lamp and organiser. R: Laboratory aromatherapy oil burner. Photos – Siobhan Curran.

 

What does a typical day at work involve for you?

Well the day job Monday to Friday involves sign installation and all that comes with that. Once I knock off of an evening I am either to the shed to work on custom orders, projects etc or out to an install. There is also phone calls to return, emails and quotes to do.

 

What is your most valuable pearl of wisdom gained since starting your business?

Sleep is overrated.

 

Where do you derive creative inspiration?

From rusty, discarded items. I see the potential and make it up from there in my head.

 

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Locket necklaces available at One Man’s Trash. Photos – Siobhan Curran.

 

Which other designers, artists or creative people are you most inspired by at the moment?

Not really into art or anything like that so don’t know of any sorry.

 

What are some of your favourite websites or blogs?

The freebies section of Gumtree is a personal fave.

 

Apart from your work, what other interests, passions, hobbies do you have?

In my spare time I am into billy carting, music and eating.

 

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The incredible assemblage of Lloyd’s lamps. Photos – Siobhan Curran.

 

How long have you been a Novocastrian?

Originally from Tamworth and Gunnedah, I moved here about 20 years ago. That makes me a legit Novocastrian, I think.

Newcastle in a word?

Changing.

 

What do you love and hate about living in Newcastle?

The people. Everyone knows everyone.

 

How is Newcastle different to anywhere else?

The variety. The beaches, the history, the suburbs. So much to do for all kinds of people.

 

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L: Another of Lloyd’s lamps – they are very photogenic! R: A little fascination with skulls x homewares throughout the store. Photos – Siobhan Curran.

 

Where are your favourite places in Newcastle / Hunter to:

+ eat

T&Ps Fire Station Pies (31 Union St, Cooks Hill)

 

+ drink

I don’t actually drink. My other half loves the coffee and eats from One Penny Black (cnr Hunter & Morgan Sts, Newcastle) though.

 

+ shop

Auld & Grey (92 Maitland Rd, Islington)

 

+ play

No time for that!

 

+ relax

My workshop with a project or seven on the go.

 

What is Newcastle / Hunter’s best-kept secret?

People will need to come visit our great city to find out!

 

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Bookends perfect for some vintage reads. Photo – Siobhan Curran.

 

Shop: One Man’s Trash , The Emporium, 185 Hunter St, Newcastle. Thu 10am – 6pm, Fri 10am – 5pm, Sat 10am – 4pm.

Facebook: onemanstrashaustralia

 

Angela Hailey / Studio Melt

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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Just some of the range of gifts and homewares available Anglea Hailey & Suzy Manning’s shop Studio Melt. Photo – Froxy.

 

I have been a big fan of Renew Newcastle even before I moved to Newcastle in 2011. ‘Citizen activism / creative capital / making things interesting’, which is how I see RN working, is a triumvir that warms the cockles of my heart. So I count my lucky stars to have ended up working with Marni at Renew over the last year or so.

 

Every person that is involved in Renew projects are a creative force to be reckoned with. None less so than Angela Hailey and Suzy Manning from Studio Melt. Now ‘graduates‘ of the Renew Newcastle scheme (having signed a commercial lease within six months of their retail/workshop foray with RN) for near on one year. Whenever I happen to pass through Hunter Street Mall I always stop by and am guaranteed a tempting curation of homewares, art and jewellery. It’s my go-to shop for gifts. The added bonus is the smiles and conversation that inevitably play out which always makes me late picking up my gözleme for lunch. I mean, you’ve seen how long the gözleme line can get, right?

 

As friendly as they come, I walk out of Studio Melt wondering if I really did just agree to start surfing lessons at Nobbys with Ange so we can keep up with Suzie’s wave riding talent. These ladies are the real deal. Ange proves so below.

 

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Angela Hailey getting some laughs out of a customer. Photo – Froxy.

 

favicon ANGELA HAILEY

 

Condensed CV:
I’m staring down the barrel of turning 40 at the end of the year, if only I felt that grown up! After finishing school I spent a couple of years traveling before returning home to begin a degree in marketing. With that degree I worked far too many hours a day in my 20s coming up with all manner of ideas for convincing people why they needed everything from a premix can of Jim Beam to removable storage for their computer. But somewhere along the line I started evening art classes, then more art classes and all of a sudden I realised they were the highlight of my week. So – I chucked my job in and went to art school. Never looked back.

 

What has been your most memorable project?
Definitely opening Studio Melt (a workshop/retail space) through Renew Newcastle. I honestly don’t think I would have attempted a project like this if I had had to take out a commercial rental lease and invest in the stock up front. Opening through Renew Newcastle gave me the opportunity to test out our idea without a huge initial investment and allowed us the time to gradually build up our stable of artists and stock before transitioning to a commercial lease.

 

What would be your dream project?
I feel so consumed and stimulated by what I’m doing at the moment, it’s hard to imagine a ‘dream project’ being too far from what I’m doing. I would love to get my hands on a one the really iconic old buildings in the city – like the old Victoria Theatre on Perkins St and turning it into a really expansive version of what we are doing now. and converting upstairs into furnished apartments for shorts stays in Newcastle.

 

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Just a small range of jewellery on display by artists that include Angela and Suzy plus Francisca Rendic, Aimee Sutanto, Alison Jackson, Amy Robson, Christine Battochio, Danielle Sweeney, Emma Kidson, Katrina Freene and Thea Fortmann. Photo – Froxy.

 

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I think what I am most proud of is my decision (in my late twenties) to walk away from a well-paid corporate job to go to study full-time at art school. I had never thought of myself as particularly creative but slowly I had begun to paint, draw and sculpt and was enjoying it more and more. Eventually, I finally decided that creating things rocked my boat much more than my proper job. Art school was like kindergarten for adults. You got to try everything and it didn’t matter whether what you made was any good – I was hooked. I majored in Jewellery and Object Design and here I am 12 years on.

 

What is your most treasured possession?
Despite the fact I have a store with some really beautifully crafted things, many of which I am starting to take home – I would have to say that my family. I have a really lovely husband and two lovely rambunctious boys. Everyday I see how different they are from each other and their parents and it’s just fascinating stuff.

 

What does a typical day at work involve for you?
Begins religiously at One Penny Black with a coffee and a chat to one of the many other regulars trying to gear up for the day. I spend a lot of time managing the artists and stock in the shop, looking for new things to bring in, but I do try and sit at my bench and pick up some tools to make some of my own jewellery for a portion of every working day, because I like to think that’s still why I am here. If I’m honest though, I spend a lot of my day talking to people who come into the shop. I have a LOT of enthusiasm for explaining the stories behind the objects and artists we have in the store, the potential of the Newcastle CBD, the success of Renew Newcastle. Its a wonder I get anything done really.

 

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Studio Melt combines shop and studio. Photo – Froxy.

 

What is your most valuable pearl of wisdom gained since starting your business?
Oooh goodness, I think running a business is glorified common sense. There are always people and services out there who know what you don’t and it’s just a matter of finding them and picking their brains. I think the most valuable thing I’ve learnt is the hardest step is having the faith to have a go, the rest is solving problems as you go.

 

Where do you derive creative inspiration?
I remember my first studio project at art school was making something to respond to the concept of space. I thought – ‘What?’ They asked us to come up with ten ideas, refine the best five and then actually make the strongest one. I spent 3 years doing this. Art school nowadays isn’t focused on teaching to skills to make, but instead teaching you how to use anything and everything as a starting point and develop a concept accordingly. Challenging, when you graduate and you can’t make a brooch, but great for your creative thinking. What do I derive creative inspiration from now? Sometimes architecture, sometimes form, repetition, materials and sometimes just playing around with bits and pieces I’ve found.

 

Which other designers, artists or creative people are you most inspired by at the moment?
One of the most unexpectedly rewarding things I have found in having the retail store are the artists and craftspeople I come across, now that I have applied myself to looking! We have a collage artist called Hollie Chastain from Chattanooga, Tennesee – whose work I find indescribably beautiful. I love the design and quality of the screen-printed cushions and wooden products from Melbourne duo Bonnie and Neil. I love the work of all 24 of the jewellers we have, who use such a variety of skills and materials, it kills me. I’m also a sucker for beautiful furniture and love almost everything at Great Dane and Jardan.

 

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Altered antique plates make a gloriously kooky feature wall. Jewellery by Stampel. Photo – Froxy.

 

What are some of your favourite websites or blogs?
Absolutely definitely The Design Files. I just love the clean and clear presentation, the photography is awesome and if you scroll back through – you will see I have nabbed a few ideas from products and artists from Lucy’s wonderful recommendations. When Lucy came to visit Newcastle last year we had only just opened. I subscribed then and have been an avid fan ever since.

 

Apart from your work, what other interests, passions, hobbies do you have?
I’ve told you about my inability to stand up on a surf board. I love to read when I can stay awake and I would like to disappear overseas every year for the rest of my life to explore the world.

 

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Fish wall mount wire sculpture by Sophie Toupein & Jesse Neale. Photo – Froxy.

 

How long have you been a Novocastrian?
We moved here about 6 years ago from Sydney. Best thing we ever did. More than slightly nervous everyone in Sydney would if they knew how good it is here.

 

Newcastle in a word?
Emerging/Evolving

 

What do you love and hate about living in Newcastle?
I really love the potential Newcastle has – especially in the city area. There are now some really creative people coming out the woodwork due to great initiatives like Renew Newcastle and taking advantage of the relatively cheap rents in the city to do some fascinating and unique projects. I don’t really hate anything about living in Newcastle, but perhaps sometimes I wish I could push the fast forward button on the city renewal through sheer impatience.

 

How is Newcastle different to anywhere else?
For me it’s a wonderful life by the beach, with all the vibrancy and opportunities offered by a city but without the ‘rat race’ of a really big city like Sydney. But ssssshhhhhhh!

 

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Photo – Froxy.

Where are your favourite places in Newcastle / Hunter to:

+ eat
One Penny Black (cnr Hunter St Mall & Morgan St, Newcastle) or le petite deux (27 King St, Newcastle) for lunch and subo (551D Hunter St, Newcastle) for dinner, thanks.

 

+ drink
The Burwood Inn Hotel (77 Berner St, Merewether). Walking distance from home, feels like a very groovy living room, excellent food too. Waiting desperately for a wine bar in the CBD, a few coming and I will be first customer.

 

+ shop
Hunter Valley Design (149 King St, Newcastle).

 

+ play
Definitely at the beach, all year round. Am even trying to learn to surf myself – wish I was as flexible as my kids. My ‘pop’ looks like more of a drunken stumble to standing.

 

+ relax
Relaxing is for the weekends and gotta the perfect relaxation for me is a bike ride to breakfast, swim at the beach and then the afternoon at home pottering about with the family. Lucky nearly the weekend, there goes my work ethic.

 

What is Newcastle / Hunter’s best-kept secret?
Hmmm, beyond the amazing pool of talented creatives that I have hinted at – I would say the architecture of the buildings in the city is not-so-much a secret but something that until these buildings are restored and activated again, goes largely unnoticed. Bring it on, I say.

 

Website: www.studiomelt.com.au
Shop: 119 Hunter St, Newcastle NSW 2300
Facebook: www.facebook.com.au/studiomelt

 

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The friendly exterior of  Studio Melt in Hunter Street Mall. Photo – Froxy.

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