Friday, August 1, 2014

In The Spotlight: Moiety

Meet Amy and Tiff from Moiety who are a great collaboration of creative minds. You can see them at Piccadilly Market on Sunday 3 August.





Tell us a little about yourself?
Moiety is a collaboration between two friends from different art mediums exploring how art often transcends and stretches traditional boundaries.  Amy Laker Bruni  has been breathing new life back into ephemeral, nostalgic & whimsical pieces of wearable pieces often incorporating upcycled components. As an artist Tiffany Morris North, draws inspiration from her natural surrounds to create botanical inspired paintings and drawings, resembling textured decorative wallpaper or fabric collage. We share a deep love for nature in all it's details, and a curiosity of anything handmade.

How did you come up with your business name?
Moiety is French meaning 'of two equal parts'. We both bring a completely different skillset into creating pieces of jewellery that combines both of these. Tiffany works fine exotic threads into miniature crochet shapes, draws/stitches pictures, or carves stamps that Amy uses to make moulds, where either the works are embedded into clear resin or colours are played around with for their carved line. Others are captured between glass and soldered to create a double sided whimsical specimen.

Tell us how your product/range came about?
 We have individually been selling our own wares at markets next to each other for years, and it was a very natural transition to want to take one form and compliment it with the other. Amy had been using maps & words from old books in her jewellery range. Tiffany had always crocheted and hand embroidered her paintings. One tiny little ring blossomed into a forest of ideas and an ever growing jewellery range.



How long have you been in business for?
 In our respective creating and making fields we have been doing the rounds for just under two decades. Together, the seeds of Moiety were planted last year. We now share a working space at the newly opened Ink & Thread studios in Kallista, which is another of our creations.

What inspires you?
 We are both incredibly inspired by the constant changing and wondrous natural architecture in the world around us. While we both live in the hills of Mt Dandenong with incredibly lush native forests encroaching on our doorsteps, we both grew up and spend many holidays still beside the ocean.
As artists we often find it hard not to be inspired; where senses challenge how we interpret that into a tangible, where emotions evoke how colour is used, where vying away from mainstream consciousness leads to experimentation & a need to try and create something new.

Have you always been ‘crafty’ or has it bloomed later in life?
Amy:  I debuted the market scene aged 12, but it has been only 'later in life' that I have embraced the serious 'professional artist'
Tiff:  I can't remember a time when I wasn't drawing, making, sewing.

What is something cool that most people wouldn’t know about you?
 Amy: hmmm....I was a ski lift operator in Colorado for a season.  I so wanted to do that
Tiff: That I painted a traditional canal boat while living in England. Very cool

If money was no object what would be your dream destination right now?
 Amy: A year in Greenland. That is random :)
Tiff: Italy

Favorite book?
Amy: The Dictionary, words are my thing
Tiffany: The World of Ornament, pictures are my thing!

What is your favorite website(s) ?  
Amy: Etsy (Lillebeart.etsy.com) & Instagram (lillebeart)      
 Tiff: The Design Files and Gennines Art

Have you ever met anyone famous?
Amy: I met George Harrison and his McLaren Grand Prix team the year before he died, where he personally gave me his metal team pin. Grand ol' days!
Tiff: I used to work in the film industry so I met lots of famous people, but I did have dinner once with Jason Alexander (George from Seinfeld)

Moiety will be running a giveaway on their Moiety Facebook page so be sure to check that out too.



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