Tea-stained autumn leaves have crept into The Maker and lie huddled together in corners. Traces from the old jam factory were uncovered during renovations - plum stones still visible in the earth. A soy candle burns on the front desk - the scent of fresh linen wafting around paper and trinkets. Too much misspent time in antique stores prompted Leonie Struthers to open the maker two years ago.
The aesthetic is inspired by her clothing range - sculptural pieces created from natural fibers - wool, linen, cotton. Simplicity reigns supreme here, a neutral color palette inspires a sense of calm and quiet. Vintage finds sit happily next to hand-crafted bird's nests. Miniature porcelain jugs are lined up on the windowsill. The cash register is a real one, an old one, a ‘ca-ching’ one. The maker is small, beautiful and inviting; a showcase of contemporary Tasmanian art. Indeed, the shop is brimming with the handiwork of local craftsmen and women. Leonie refers to them as "the makers." If you visit Hobart, you must pop in. You will love it, I promise.
Shop 005 Salamanca Arts Centre
01. Luisa Brimble