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Interviews

 

Jonas Nutter, Studio Noon

 

Can you describe a moment or experience that reshaped your relationship to 'beauty'?

My first experience, or perhaps awareness, of beauty was of course from my mother. We grew up by the ocean and it was my mother's astounding lack of a traditional routine surrounding her self-care that founded my belief in 'more is less' when treating my skin. Swimming in the ocean was my twice-daily cleanse – now it's combined with a natural sunscreen and evening moisturiser to be the extent of my skincare routine. However, as I become more aware of the benefits certain products excite in my skin I have become a believer in seasonal shifts in skin love.

 

Is there a guiding principle to your design practice?

The performance of 'more is less' is spread through much of my practice. I tend to design humble and honest spaces or projects that build upon a natural celebration of space and place, provoking juvenile excitement and joy through raw materials and strange configurations of form.

 

What rituals make you feel most at home in your body, even when you're far from home?

A walk and a stretch make me feel instantly grounded in any strange or unfamiliar environment. It sounds perhaps a little obvious, but physically interacting with the environment I find myself in, either temporarily or long-term, forces me to be present and create comfort often by means of discomfort.  

 

You have such an eye for beautiful object design. Do you have any advice for a novice collector?


I get really excited when looking at pieces to collect and often fawn over items far, far out of my financial or spatial budget. Thus my chip of advice, choose wisely! In that same breath put your apprehension about your wallet aside and follow brash gut feelings. The pieces I value the most were more often than not the result of impulse purchases and lusty obsessions!

Emily Van Loon, Smalls Deli
 
 
Can you describe a moment or experience that reshaped your relationship to 'beauty'?

Quite shockingly to me, I found my belly so beautiful those few days after giving birth. The squishy, floppy belly that slowly contracted back into place absolutely blew me away and I definitely appreciate that the wonders of the human body have reshaped a part of what I find to be beautiful.

What are your go-to sources of inspiration when it comes to your design practice?

I love a good session on Pinterest or designspiration but I do find that the strongest ideas come from other more unanticipated moments such as a set in a film or a song playing in a shop say. I’ll investigate these moments and discover a trail of gems to draw inspiration from.

What has been the most rewarding part of opening Small's Deli with your partner Ben?

It’s been a journey of trial and error but it would seem that people seem to like what was once just an idea in our heads, this is very rewarding and we are not resting on our laurels. It’s a fickle industry.

Phoebe & Seamus, Flowers of Marmion Street

 

Can you describe a moment or experience that reshaped your relationship to 'beauty'?

Working on Flowers of Marmion Street has made me think more deeply about aesthetics. When putting a floral piece together I’m definitely making artistic choices that hopefully people can appreciate as beautiful. But these things are subjective and it’s hard to pinpoint what exactly is aesthetically pleasing and why. In this line of creative work 'beauty' is always open, you get to learn what other people's perception of beauty is which is quite rewarding. – Seamus

 

What are your best tips for an early morning trip to the flower market?

Honestly, that early in the morning nothing really feels foremost except brushing my teeth (and that is questionable at times) – but definitely a slather of moisturiser and a very hot coffee helps a lot. – Phoebe

Pauline Ortega, Our Recess

 

Can you describe a moment or experience that reshaped your relationship to 'beauty'?

I don't know that it's one moment in particular, but I think just coming to the realisation that how I feel internally and my peace of mind very much comes through in the energy I radiate and my overall appearance. Outside of all the creams, and oils, and fun makeup, a peaceful mindset really does the most work for beauty. Everything inside translates physically. (I say this as someone who's had stress-induced eczema as a teen ahah)

 

What rituals make you feel most at home in your body, even when you're far from home?

A swim in the sea, a long hot shower, then coating myself in fresh, jasmine-scented oil with a nice candle burning in the background.

Penelope Benson, Homecoming

 

How to feel good in my skin (again & again)

- A personal guide & written reminder.

 

Take a minute. Take off your shoes. Take a look.

An actual, honest look.

Now, decide and - finally - take a little extra care of yourself.

 

Like proper care, extra care and because you need it, for what appears like - more than others.

And i’m talking real care, less bullshitting yourself.

 

More walks, more swims; more solitude. Moderation.

Ok, and maybe - a little more compassion.

 

More men’s clothes.. like drill; workwear; like Hard Yakka - and more often!

Holes/ paint/ dirt, the more derelict the better.

 

Now – just begin to feel what it feels like to feel more like yourself.

More grounded, and gathered and dare i say, more beautiful.. more than any bloody dress could ever make you feel.

 

Also, feel free to feel sexy again! Slash feel more confident having it.

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Meditate.

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Masturbate.

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Now - please write! I know it’s new to you but I also know how it makes you feel and that you also feel it’s part reason what you’re here for. @homecoming.store

 

Keep saying yes to honest yeses, and no to all the “fuck no’s”; listening to yourself and listening less to others.

 

Keep bathing, basking and laying down just that little longer; a lot longer.. actually feeeel your breathe fill your lungs.

Also, fuck you feel a lot.

 

Never stop living for 8am ;), 5pm ;) (am i right) and ofcourse, croissants..

 

Now finally, feel how good you feel in your skin. (again)

 

 

 

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