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Address:  Shop 20, MarketSquare, 119 Hunter Street, Newcastle NSW 2300
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday 10-5pm, Sunday 10am – 3pm
Property Donor: GPT/Urban Growth Group
Launched: 18 August 2015
Graduated: 11 September 2015

Daniel Lobb and Courtney Mathieson
m: 0402 643 927 or 0427 464 448
e: [email protected]

Who are you?
Sojourn is a combined space of Daniel Lobb From Happie Surf Craft and Courtney Mathieson from Vace Design.

What do you do?
Daniel – Happie Surf Craft – I hand shape different surf craft including surfboards, hand planes and skateboards. I try to reuse and recycle as much as I can. I shape every hand plane using the foam I collect from old or broken surfboards. I am inspired by the surf culture from the 60s through to the 80s and like to shape boards from that era but with a modern twist. I am also a photographer and love using old film cameras to capture moments, which I then combine with surfboard materials to create unique art pieces.

Courtney Mathieson – Vace Design – I have just started running my own business doing art based design. It involves the typical aspects of graphic design but also offers a unique art element, like hand drawn illustrations and murals for example. I recently graduated from Newcastle Uni with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) and wanted to still include my artistic practice in my day job. I will be working from our shop, Sojourn, so people can come in and chat with me about their ideas.

What inspired you to get involved in Renew Newcastle?
We have always dreamt of having our own space to showcase what we are about. The Renew program provides that opportunity along with generous information and support along the way.

What are you doing in your new space?
The space is a combination of us both. On one side of the shop is a retail space where Dan displays and sells his latest range of products. The opposite side of the shop is a gallery wall where we invite artist to showcase their talents. We are providing a platform for unconventional artists who would usually not have the opportunity to display their works in a gallery. We would like to bring practices involved with (but not limited to) street, surf and skate art into the shop space and shine a light on them.

Courtney will also be working as a full time designer, using this space as a meeting point for clients.

Tell us about the space – what was its previous use? Anything unique about it? Your response to the space?
The space has been well loved over the years from many other talented Renew tenants. It was a perfect fit for what we wanted to do so we were able to transform it into the shop we have always dreamt of having. Again, our love of recycling has lead us to be a bit more creative when fitting out the space with most of the shop being made from materials that others would normally think of as rubbish.