Boom Gallery

Where: 11 Rutland St, Newtown

When: Wed to Sat 9.30 – 4

Web: www.boomgallery.com.au

Yesterday, I needed to unchain myself from the stress of my workbench momentarily, to clear my head and have a change of scenery!

One of my favourite places to visit for a little bit of escapism is Boom Gallery.

For those of you that have been reading Oh! Hello Geelong since the early days, hold tight whilst I give our more recent followers a snapshot of Boom Gallery’s history…

Founders Kate Jacoby and Ren Inei have a passion for all things art and design.  Put simply; they are brilliant at what they do!

They have done both themselves and Geelong proud, by breathing new life and purpose into an old red brick warehouse, originally home to a wool mill that provided employment for returned service men.  Located in the industrial heart of Newtown just off Pakington Street, it sits perched, proudly, above the Barwon River. Since it’s opening in August 2011, Boom quickly established itself as Geelong’s premier contemporary art gallery and has continued to grow from strength to strength!

From the moment you walk through the door, their vision and respect for the integrity of the building’s industrial heritage is abundantly clear! The use of big bold light fixtures and recycled wood throughout the interior, has given way to a sleek, contemporary gallery/café/retail space!

Boom Gallery exterior/interior

Boom Gallery exterior/interior

August 2013 saw the launch of Big Boom; a celebration of their second birthday and the opening of the gallery space to include the adjacent warehouse; a perfect solution for the ever-growing cross section of work that includes painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, photography and small objects – all with a strong regional bias!

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More recently, local chef Andy Pye (talented owner of the fabulous Rue ClerMarket – stay tuned for this delicious post!) has joined forces with Boom and is serving breakfast and a gallery lunch, 9.30 ‘til 4 Wed – Sat, featuring incredible local produce, bakery sweets and of course, Geelong’s very own Cartel Coffee.

Rue-Cler Market

Rue-Cler Market

So back to the escapism…

Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to catch the Merrang exhibition (it runs until the 30th November). This exhibition is a collection of works by 9 artists (Ben Fennessy, Pai De Bruyn, Jiri Tibor Novak, Gregory Day, Cricket Saleh, Glenn Romanis, Deb Fisher, Ren Inei and Natalie Anderson) that Boom Gallery took on a 3-day field trip to Merrang; a historic property of national significance, located in the heart of the Western District of Victoria.

Merrang Exhibition

Merrang Exhibition

It was a slow procession around the spaces, absorbing the diverse subject matter and media, but for me, the standout was an installation piece by Glenn Romanis. You need to see it in person to really appreciate the inspiration behind it!

Glenn Romanis

Glenn Romanis

 

Boom will be presenting their final two shows for 2013, both opening on Friday 6th December from 5.30pm – 8pm.

“Terrafirm” (until 1st February 2014) is an impressive body of work by Mackay-based Ngaio Lenz.  Over the past 10 years, she has had many solo shows in Queensland and Victoria, most recently at Flinders Lane Gallery & Hand Held Gallery in Melbourne and Umbrella Studio in Townsville.

Terrafirm - Ngaio Lenz

Terrafirm – Ngaio Lenz

Boom’s third annual Christmas Show (until 21st December) brings together seven diverse artists from Geelong and Melbourne and will focus on affordable, small format artworks – yay!  This year the participating artists are Shelley McKenzie, Steve Salo, Mark Cuthbertson, Elize Feely, Simon Benz, Sandra Eterovic and Idil Ersoy.

For a little more reading on Boom Gallery, please see our previous post from July 10, 2012.

For the full experience (trust me – you need to do this!) please visit them at 11 Rutland St, Newtown (Geelong), Victoria 3216.

Special thanks to Cricket Saleh & Boom Gallery for providing photos for this post!

Nat xx

Redox Jewellery Studio

Where:    Shop 3, The Wintergarden, 51 McKillop Street, Geelong

When:    Tues – Sat 11am – 4pm

Web: http://www.redoxjewellerystudio.com.au

Let’s face it; we all love a bit of bling!

Tucked along side the iconic Wintergarden building in McKillop Street, Redox Jewellery Studio, houses a treasure trove of contemporary jewellery and objects, by a selection of Australian emerging and established artists.

We chat to Director, Annie Broadway about her work, inspiration and the studio.

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Tell us the story behind the name Redox.

This name represents a combination of my background in Chemical Engineering and also its relevance in Jewellery making.  Redox is a chemistry term given to oxidation – reduction reactions.

How long have you been open for?

Redox Jewellery Studio opened in May 2011.

Tell us about the studio.

The ethos behind Redox Jewellery Studio is to showcase unique, high quality contemporary Jewellery and objects that have been designed and handcrafted by Jewellery artists from around Australia.

The studio currently represents 22 different jewellers – each having their own unique design perspective and style.

Another dimension to the Studio is custom designing and handcrafting one-off bespoke commissioned pieces.  This is one of the most exciting parts of being a jeweller.  Whether it be remodeling sentimental pieces or making something entirely new, it is very rewarding to see how happy clients are with their finished piece.

A unique aspect to Redox Jewellery Studio is the Jewellery making classes that are conducted in the studio’s workshop, which are available to the public and cater for all skill levels.

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With a selection of amazing artists to choose from, do you have a favourite piece in store at the moment? Tell us a little bit about it.

Selecting my favorite piece is definitely difficult as there are so many amazing pieces in the studio!

A couple of my favorite pieces at the moment are; Chris Sherwin’s trapezoid and square form wedding bands and Jill Hermans‘ work using Shibuichi.

I am very inspired by geometry and love the way Chris has handcrafted these otherwise hard shapes into soft comfortable rings.

Jill’s pieces are made from a Japanese alloy of copper and silver called Shibuichi.  Jill achieves an amazing array of colour giving her pieces both depth and beauty.

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You are a designer & metalsmith yourself; tell us about your background.

I have always had a fascination with creating objects by hand and love the satisfaction of seeing an idea transformed into a three-dimensional object.

Whilst studying Chemical Engineering at university I began making metal jewellery as a hobby, and it was from here that my passion for metal work began.  After many years of self-teaching I decided to leave my career as an engineer to pursue a career in Jewellery.  I went on to complete an Advanced Diploma in Gold and Silversmithing at NMIT, where I was awarded ‘Best Overall Student’.  I was also fortunate to win the Gold and Silversmiths Award for Excellence in Design and Craftsmanship at the Buda Australian Contemporary Silver Exhibition in 2011.

Running Redox Jewellery Studio has been both very challenging and a very satisfying experience, and I am incredibly happy that I made the career change to be able to pursue something that I am passionate about.

What inspires your work?

My work is influenced by both my background in Engineering and by my father’s artistic architectural pencil drawings.

My work is inspired by the interplay of geometric shape that is evident in urban and industrial architecture. I am fascinated by the infinite permutations that arise in geometry and I work to employ these forms into sculptural and ornamental objects.

I enjoy exploring the concept of enclosure of space by both shape and line, by using wire to construct freestanding forms. The use of wire allows me to fabricate objects that create positive and negative spaces.

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What is your favourite material to work with?

I think it depends on what I am making – when I am making pieces of Jewellery, I love working with yellow gold.  It is such an amazing material and has such warmth and vibrancy.

With my sculptural objects, I enjoy working in Sterling Silver.  Sterling silver is definitely a challenging material to work with, especially on a large scale.  Part of my love for making sculptural pieces is overcoming the difficulties involved in using silver.

Do you have a favourite technique?

Whether I am making jewellery or sculptural pieces I love the process of hand fabricating.  Starting from as near scratch as possible and creating three dimensional pieces is the most satisfying part of what I do.

panel_04Alongside Annie’s handcrafted, custom designed pieces, you will find an amazing group of artists being represented by Redox: Chris Sherwin, Justin Siow, Susan Frisch, Helen Mok, William Griffiths, Kim Victoria Wearne, Tom Malchi, Roxanne Watts, Sunggee Min, Eleanor Hawke, Kate Higgins, Carla Garro, Emily Becher, Julia deVille, Naomi Walsh, Mary Hackett, Jill Hermans, Anjila Singh, Joanna Harris MacNeil & Bree Timmins.

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Nat & Jen xx

Quirk Collective

Where: Shop 85 Pakington Street, Geelong West

When: Wed – Fri 10 to 5, Sat 9 to 5 & Sun 11 to 2

Web: www.quirkcollective.net

Ph: 5229 9930

One of Oh! Hello Geelong’s biggest loves is going adventuring (of the shopping kind of course), especially when it’s to unchartered waters that we’ve never explored before! So as you can imagine we were a little excited when we received a special invitation to visit Geelongs newest design shoppe (complete with gallery space and it’s very own photography whiz) that goes by the sweet moniker Quirk Collective! Okay, so you’re probably thinking retail space, on trend designer pieces and fashion, gallery, art, photography…all under one roof? Impossible! Well not when you have Kate McLaren and Róża Marciniak, two incredibly intelligent, driven and über talented women in the driver’s seat! Together these two amazing ladies have created a unique experience and a space that G-towners will soon be calling one of their favourites!

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A melting pot…

Quirk Collective is perfectly located in Geelong West in what was once a chiropractor’s practice; not that you would ever guess given the open plan interiors and beautiful displays! The space itself was born out of Kate and Róża’s desire to take their passion for art and design to a new level; Kate is the creator of beautiful handbags and accessories under the name iz & lotte, while Róża has completed training in photography and fine art printing. The result of this collaboration is a beautiful store that supports independent makers, handmade products and items with a conscience; an intimate gallery space that will host a broad range of art and design exhibitions and a new avenue for locals to develop their photography skills and produce beautiful photographic pieces.

A splash of shopping…

The shopping side of Quirk Collective is certainly a treat for those who love unique pieces and cute and innovate design. Some of Kate’s current favourites include Monolog clothing (they have recently collaborated with polymer clay queen Emily Green, we got to see a few pieces straight from the box!), brikch’s linen range, jewellery from local brand Ernest and Joe and the range of pieces from Rachel Hine and A Piece of Cloth. Oh! Hello Geelong’s favourites include; All About Heidi shoes for tiny tots, the range of fun ottomans by Mookah (who include some Ink and Spindle fabrics – divine), Iz + Lotte range – especially the felted bead necklaces, LOVE the range of wood pieces from Snug Studio, Jessalin Screen printed Tee’s, Status Anxiety wallets, Brun Mugs and plates, Edison Light Bulb vases and the Me + Frankie wooden racks and tree houses. We also love the cute vintage tables created by Round Room Interiors, and the funny selection of cards and tea towels by Anrol Designs. Pretty much everything, really…

A dollop of art and design…

And what about this gallery we mentioned? Once you have walked through and drooled over all the lovely items in the store, take a few more steps and you will find yourself in a gorgeous gallery space with lots of wall and floor space that will be filled throughout the year with a range of exhibitions from local and visiting artists and designers! During Oh! Hello Geelong’s visit Róża’s own exhibition titled “Land of Thunder Dragon: Bhutan and Beyul” was showing, which highlighted the true “art” involved in capturing and producing beautiful photographs.

 

And a pinch of photography…

Speaking of photography, Quirk Collective has invested in a state of the art digital printer for fine art printing, which is very very exciting for local (and non-local) photographers. Róża is available by appointment to collaborate with both amateur and professionals photographers to produce the finest quality prints.

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There are hundreds of reasons to visit Quirk Collective but for Oh! Hello Geelong the best reason to visit is to experience a new way of enjoying art and design. Thanks Kate and Róża for giving us a tour of your wonderful world and sharing a little philosophy along the way!

PS: if you are like most people and have a digital camera that you want to get the most out of, make sure to get in touch with the girls at Quirk Collective, who will be running introductory camera courses in March/April 2013! They will also be running advanced courses and Photoshop classes too!

PPS: If you are an artist or designer and you are looking for a space to exhibit your work, give Róża a call, she’s happy to help!

 

Love Penny + Laura

It’s Our 1st Birthday + A Super Massive Giveaway!!

Can you believe it’s been one whole year since Oh! Hello Geelong first said…“Oh! Hello” to the big wide world? Crazy huh! The last 12 months has been such an amazing rollercoaster ride of new friends, fabulous places, brilliant talent and design, perky teas and coffee and oh so heavenly food! But the best part is that we’ve been able to share it all with so many of you! We want to say a huge thank you (with loads of hugs and kisses) to all our readers and everyone featured on the blog in 2012, for hopping on the Oh! Hello Geelong train and sharing this wonderful journey with us – it’s your support and energy that motivates us to keep looking for the next great G-town adventure!

Now Oh! Hello Geelong simply could not let such a super special milestone go by without doing something a little awesome to celebrate! We also thought this was THE perfect time to collaborate once more with some of our lovely and talented friends in Geelong and across the region who we’ve featured in the last 12 months.  

And so, it’s with huge excitement that we bring to you the Oh! Hello Geelong first birthday SUPER MASSIVE GIVEAWAY! And we’re not kidding when we use the words SUPER and MASSIVE – these prizes are seriously special and showcase what a great variety of products are available right here in our beautiful region (and while you’re looking through the giveaways be sure to revisit our 2012 features!). 

So to avoid disappointment please read our entry conditions below and make sure you enter…you’ve got to be in it to win it right?!

Thank you to everyone who has participated in this fabulous celebratory giveaway!

** THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED /// WINNERS ANNOUNCED SOON *** 

VERY IMPORTANT!   Terms, Conditions and things to note:

  • This competition is open only  to Australian residents.
  • To enter you must like our Facebook page and leave your name and postcode in a comment on this blog post. 
  •  Competition closes Friday 8th February at 5pm.
  •  Winners will be drawn at random by Oh! Hello Geelong and announced on the blog by Monday 10th February.
  •  Prizes cannot be returned or exchanged for other products, cash or vouchers.

 

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And HERE  is The SUPER MASSIVE Giveaway Prize Listing : 

A Skulk of Foxes

http://www.askulkoffoxes.com

Studio Shop – Shop 17 Pakington Street, Geelong West

Giveaway – Silver Folk Fox Stud earrings (rep. $69.00 ) AND a Silver Folk Fox Keepsake Locket (rep. $179.00)

How would you describe your work in three words?

Best job ever!

Highlight of 2012? What are you looking forward to in 2013?

2012 : Tough question as there were many! A few of them were creating our lockets and having such a great response to them; collaborating with the super-talented Madeleine Stamer; working on artwork for the Falls Festival AND bring asked to sign one of our pieces for Wayne Coyne from the Flaming Lips to hang in his house!

2013 : Moving house, having all 3 kids at school and creating some special one-off pieces.

What is the best thing about living in our region?

Having the best of both worlds; being so close to Melbourne and the Surf Coast!

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Sassica + Salter 

http://www.sassicaandsalter.com.au

224 Pakington Street, Geelong West

Giveaway – Le Creuset gift including Le Creuset 24cm Deep Casserole (rrp $230.00), Le Creuset Cream Apron (rrp $39.95) and Le Creuset Silicone Spoonula (rrp $16.95)

How would you describe your store in three words
Sassica + Salter in 3 words: relaxing, inspiring, uncluttered

Highlight of 2012? 
The highlight was being featured as part of the Oh! Hello Geelong Blog (gush) and consequently The Design Files in August! I am looking forward to seeing lots of new stock additions to my stock range that haven’t been seen in Geelong, let alone Australia!
What is the best thing about living in our region?
The relaxed nature of living, great customers who support small business and being so close to Melbourne without the traffic!
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Elroy Ink 

http://www.elroyink.com

Giveaway – “Velvet Stems” Limited Edition Art print (rrp $240.00)

How would you describe your work in three words?
Elroy Ink in 3 words: abstract, colourful, engaging
Highlight of 2012? What are you looking forward to in 2013?
2012 : Highlight for 2012? Being featured in The Design Files was exciting and really helped to establish Elroy Ink in 2012.
2013 : This year we’re looking at developing some interesting new products and exploring the potential of some one-off original works.
What is the best thing about living in our region?
The best thing about living in the region (especially this time of year) is the proximity to so many great beaches. I’m happy in the knowledge that my kids will grow up to be little art and music loving grommies!

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Boom Gallery 

http://www.boomgallery.com.au

11 Rutland Street, Newtown

Giveaway – A Polly bowl by Lab De Stu designer Dale Hardiman (rrp $48) AND a timber geometric wall sculpture by John Heritage (rrp $260) constructed from Cassinia Aicuata timbers, oil paint.

How would you describe your cafe / gallery etc in three words?
art + design + coffee
Highlight of 2012?
Our 2012 highlight was the feature on your blog! (aw thanks guys) and subsequently The Design Files blog and the great exposure and love that followed!
What is the best thing about living in our region?
Best thing about living in the region would be the proximity to gorgeous beaches and Melbourne and the cruisey pace of Geelong. We also love the burgeoning interest and enthusiasm for the arts

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Patturn

http://www.patturnstudio.com.au

Giveaway – A $100 Patturn Voucher

How would you describe your work in three words?

customised, vintage, chic

Highlight of 2012? What are you looking forward to in 2013?
2012 : Our two children who never fail to delight me while simultaneously wearing me out!
2013 : I’m looking forward to new creative challenges. I have so many ideas to get through I’m not sure where to start – and there are only 11 months remaining of 2013!!
What is the best thing about living in our region?
We have SO many lifestyle advantages but my all-time favourite thing to do with my hubby on a sunny day is grab a lunch of steamed mussels from the boat guy (next to Fisherman’s Pier Restaurant), take it to a local bit of park by the bay and tuck in… yum!!!

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A Piece of Cloth 

http://www.apieceofcloth.com.au

Studio Shop – 9/100 Lower Paper Mill Rd. Fyansford

Giveaway – Hand made Queen Size ‘Cross’ Quilt (rrp $350)

How would you describe your work in three words?
vintage + antique + textiles
Highlight of 2012?
My highlight of 2012 was opening up the studio and I look forward to sharing my vintage and antique textile stash with everyone!
What is the best thing about living in our region?
The amazing opportunities it has to offer, like finding my beautiful heritage listed studio in Fyansford only 5 minutes from the city centre!

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The Flower Dispensary 

http://www.theflowerdispensary.com.au

333 Pakington Street, Newtown

Giveaway – Edenborough Evans personalised sterling silver necklace valued at $79 and a bracelet as well, valued at $69

How would you describe your shop in three words?
“A Sensory Haven”
Highlight of 2012? What are you looking forward to in 2013?
Highlight of 2012? Being asked to be part of the Oh Hello Geelong-The Geelong City Guide it really created a buzz for local retail businesses.
In 2013 we look forward to creating more wedding flowers and also offering a flower workshop
(stay tuned for more details!)
What is the best thing about living in our region?
That we’re lucky enough to have the surf coast on our doorstep and still be less than an hour away to Melbourne. Our region offers a great variety of activities & services for young and old.

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Living Etc 

http://www.livingetc.com.au

High Street + Mount Pleasant Road, Belmont

Giveaway – MRD small Ginger Table Lamp (rrp. $299)

How would you describe your store in three words?
unique, eclectic and inspiring
Highlight of 2012? What are you looking forward to in 2013?
2012 : Opening our sister store Lighting etc!
2013 : We’re looking forward, as always, to our trips to Milan and Hong Kong to source new designs for fabulous quality furniture and lighting.
What is the best thing about living in our region?

The best thing about living in our region? Our lovely clients!!!

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Laura Blythman  .  Studio

http://www.laurablythman.com.au

Giveaway – A3+ ‘It’s called love’and A4+ ‘dream catching’ Art Prints  (rrp $55 and $35)

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Kiitos – Living By Design

http://www.kiitos.com.au

Giveaway – A Marimekko fabric Sumam,  designed to be stretched onto a 120cm x 120cm canvas (rrp. $169.00)

Shop 2 5-7 Bridge Road, Barwon Heads

How would you describe your store in three words?

Bright , contemporary , uplifting

Highlight of 2012? What are you looking forward to in 2013?

Growing as a business, introducing amazing new brands. Having products featured in national design magazines including products on the front of Inside Out magazine

What is the best thing about living in our region? 

The relaxed yet vibrant feel in Barwon Heads. It is equally has pleasant in the dead of Winter and in the middle of  the Summer when the town is full of happy holiday makers

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Rock Rose Handmade 

http://www.rockrosehandmade.com

Giveaway – A pair of rose shaped “Vintage Button” earrings 

How would you describe your store in three words?
“Curated, beautiful and ethical”.
Highlight of 2012? What are you looking forward to in 2013?
2012 : The highlight of 2012 for me was opening my store- and I am looking forward to growing it in 2013.
2013 : This year I hope to exhibit my store at some of Australia’s very lovely design and boutique markets and I’m also reaching out for some lovely new makers.
What is the best thing about living in our region?
I’d have to say that the best thing about our region is a balmy ocean breeze on a hot summer’s day.

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Eclectica 

http://www.eclectica.com.au

148 Pakington Street, Geelong West

Giveaway – $100 gift voucher

How would you describe your store in three words?
eclectic + homely + layered
Highlight of 2012? What are you looking forward to in 2013?
Having great staff I can rely on which has given me more creative time to hand make individual items for the shop and recharge my creative batteries! Priceless! In 2013 I am looking forward to the online store finally being up and running!

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Bambolotta 

http://www.bambolotta.com.au

c/41 Hitchcock Ave, Barwon Heads

Giveaway – Kids Madpax bag (rrp $64.95)

How would you describe your store in three words?
playful, quirky, interesting
Highlight of 2012?
It’s really hard to define one thing as a highlight…what has made me smile a lot in the past year has been the dedication and enthusiasm of our lovely staff who are sharing this journey with us. For bambolotta 2013 will see the introduction of some beautiful new children’s clothing brands and other products which are functional, fun and parent friendly.
What is the best thing about living in our region?
Our region has great accessibility to a diverse range of things to see and do; the beach, the bush and the city are only a hop, skip and a jump from where ever you are. There is something for everyone!

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Flower Bowl
http://www.flowerbowl.com.au
8 Ormond Street, East Geelong
Giveaway – One of their famous Tea cup floral arrangements and a Prissy Nail Polish
How would you describe your shop in three words?
Quirky creative florals
Highlight of 2012?
Some amazing weddings that kept us super busy!
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Cartel Tea Room 
http://www.cartelcoffee.com.au
6/21 Leather Street, Breakwater
Giveaway – $50 worth of tea or organic herbal tisanes
How would you describe your tea house in three words?
unique + everything TEA
What are you forward to in 2013?
Letting the people of Geelong know that they have the largest range of teas available in Australia right under their nose!
What is the best thing about living in our region?
The ability to improve and grow and know your customers
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Goose 

http://www.goosestore.com.au

91 Garden Street, East Geelong Vic 3219

Giveaway – a Curio + Curio Orange Spot Screen Printed Cushion (rrp. $110)

How would you describe your store in three words?

Dynamic, Evolving + Tempting

Highlight of 2012? What are you looking forward to in 2013?

2012 : Highlight : always to see our GOOSE signature wrapped gifts heading out the door.

2013 : On the hunt once again + the thrill of new discoveries.

What is the best thing about living in our region?

Geelong is large enough to get a little lost, yet small enough to know everyone (or at least somebody who knows somebody). It’s also a wonderful gateway to the surrounding areas which we enjoy exploring when we get the chance.

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Joco Cup

http://www.jococup.com

Giveaway – 1 x Joco Cup (rrp. $24.95)

How would you describe your product in three words?

creative, caring & reusable

Highlight of 2012? What are you looking forward to in 2013?

2012: Launching Joco Cups to the world.

2013: The excitement of adding new products and accessories to the Joco Cup range.

What is the best thing about living in our region?

The wonderful surprises in the most unlikely places.

Thanks and Good luck everyone! xx
Penny + Laura