What brought you to Sydney via Paris and London?
Frank and I always spoke about returning to Australia the country where we first met one day, maybe when we had children. We suddenly found ourselves as new parents and thought, well maybe now is that time. Being close to nature is really important to us and we’ve always spent a lot of time when we were not working being outdoors and immersing ourselves in nature and its healing powers. So coming back to Australia where we could enjoy more space, still live in a city for our work yet be close to the beach and have access to more rugged nature easily was something we wanted to do for our small family.
You’re the co-founder of (re)vision society - can you tell us a bit about the ethos behind the brand?
We created (re)vision society out of a desire to constantly (re)vision the way we consume, create and live ourselves. In doing so we hoped we may also inspire others to do so as well, accelerating the advent of sustainable behaviour. I believe it’s important to stop and be in check with our practices, to pool our collective knowledge in order to try and improve how we live as a species. We started with creating projects in the clothing industry in a broader sense because it’s universal. Clothing literally touches every one of us regardless of where we come from, how wealthy we are or what we believe in. The first products were created out of materials that would have been sent to landfill or incineration, discarded from clothing production. It’s crazy when you think of the resources that went into making these materials and that they never would have served a purpose had we not turned them into something.
As well as having a background and business in fashion design, you’re also a published poet and creative consultant. How do you juggle all these diverse roles day-to-day?
With (re)vision society we don’t work to seasons like most clothing brands. We release projects when they are ready as not to compromise our philosophy for the sake of just creating stuff. I love my creative consultancy work and helping other brands to solve design problems so, for now, it is important for me to also continue with that. Working for myself allows me to create my own working hours. Sometimes I have to work a lot to reach deadlines for clients so in other moments when it is quieter I make use of that down time to spend more time with my daughter, to write and invest in self-care.
All the creative pursuits I undertake are intertwined and influence one another. I am a huge believer in Einstein’s theories on combinatory play – whereby creative ideas are born from taking seemingly unrelated things and combining them together. It helps me to not get bogged down in trying to solve a problem, I move onto another thing and usually, it helps me to unblock and come up with something I would never have done if I’d tried to sit and stare at the problem. Einstein believed this combinatory play was an essential feature in productive thought, he would play the violin for hours and it would somehow end up helping him to solve a mathematical equation.
Whilst I certainly don’t get hours at a time to go off and delve into a personal creative pursuit every day I do make it a priority to make time for it. I believe it’s a choice away. I could choose to pull out my phone and scroll social media on my commute or I could jot down lines of a poem that I’ll come back to later and weave together. I could choose to sit down and watch TV after Luna has gone to bed or I could write for 20 minutes. As a poet, anything can become the subject of a poem, even the seemingly mundane such as washing up. You look at everything differently in that way. Making time for things is a shift in perspective.