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Address:  Shop 13, The Emporium, 185 Hunter St, Newcastle
Hours: Wednesday 10am-4pm, Thursday and Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturday 9am – 3pm
Property Donor:  Iris Capital
Launched: 29 October 2015
Closed:  17 June 2017

m: 0414 184 152
e: [email protected]

Who are you?
My name is Claire Stannard.

What do you do?
Newcastle-based independent label producing men’s and women’s accessories,  hand printed kimonos and large geometric metal and leather wallpieces, featuring bronze castings (done the old-school way), copper, brass, feathers and leather each piece personifies handmade quality from concept to production.  Playful, imaginative, authentic.

What inspired you to get involved in Renew Newcastle?
Firstly, on a practical level : Renew’s unique business model that was created specifically for people practicing in the arts field. Flexible and low cost,  and allows great creative freedom in a space which is predominately a ‘blank canvas’.

Secondly, and just as importantly: Being part of an arts community, as opposed to working in an isolated studio. Collaborating, word of mouth events , support and encouragement from management and peers alike is invaluable.

What are you doing in your space?
A great benefit of The Emporium is that it is half-retail/half-studio space. The public can experience first hand the creative/making process and in turn we can  interact one-on-one with potential customers  – instead of going through a third party.