Taliah Lowry was about to buy a property in the hills overlooking Byron Bay but changed her mind when she spied three funnel web spiders in the pool. As luck would have it, a few days later she found an original fisherman's cottage closer to town and the beach. The place had everything she was looking for, and soon transformed it into a character-filled home for her family of five.

However, Taliah...

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Heidi Daburgerenjoys renovating homes - and has made a career out of it. Her success has been partly related to imbuing each project with its own stamp. “I want to imbed an authentic signature in each house so that it has its own style - from furnishings to architectural designer details,” she says. However, finding the pieces to create this look wasn’t always easy. In the end, Heidi had to set...

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What began as a business 12 years ago based on a book bag - after meeting a tailor in India - has turned into a burgeoning global empire for Byron Bay-based Shannon Sheedy. She started The Dharma Doorafter working in a Tibetan refugee community and this sense of wanting to help others while create useful and beautiful products has informed her business ever since. While Shannon has no formal...

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Laksmi Wilson has always focussed on the art of storytelling. For many years, she toiled away writing creative stories. However, it wasn’t until after becoming a mother that she found an altogether different type of story to tell through her homewares business Copper and Cross. Byron Bay-based Laksmi believes that products made by hand are more than an object. They tell a story, and carry a...

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It was partly out of necessity that Darcy Clarke turned to design. In 2000 he moved to Byron Bay from Sydney, where he had studied art and architecture at COFA, and worked at the Museum of Contemporary Artin Sydney. Darcy started to design lighting and furniture pieces as a way to create an income in a country town. Within four years he was exhibiting his wares in Milan. “I don’t think of what I...

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“I have always had a romantic interpretation of art, that everything is art and that almost any act or gesture can be artistic,” says artist Jordana Henry. “It’s all about the process for me. The ‘doing’ part of art-making is addictive. Transient in a way.” Jordana was born in Sydney but lives in Byron Bay on the north coast of NSW. She moved up there to study visual arts at Southern Cross...

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There’s an increasingly diverse range of homewares coming out of Byron Bay right now. One of the recent success stories has been from Sarah and Kane Fisher and their lighting brand Fromage La Rue. They design fonts and hand make lights taking inspiration from vintage marquee letter lights and symbols. The pair set up the business in 2009 after working in various areas of the design industry. Sarah...

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textile designer bec duff

Bec and Cameron Duff are partners in work and life. They have worked in various fields, from film-making to printing, but the project they are most passionate about is Kambamboo, a textile design business they have recently founded. The company is based in the region of the couple's home - Byron Bay on the NSW North Coast. They use local craftspeople as much as possible and, consequently, are able...

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textile designer zoe wall

Zoe Wallis a textile designer who is based in Byron Bay on the northern coast of NSW. She has learnt her craft through her mother, and continues to cite Shyama as a mentor and inspiration. Zoe uses organic silks and Australian wools in her designs and works with them utilising ancient techniques. Twice a year she releases a range of scarves, shawls and wraps. The most recent is "A place on Earth,...

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