That Paper Joint was born out of what co-founders Zoe Crook and Max Malone explain as a ‘difficult but beautiful’ interval. All through the pandemic, Max’s function in hospitality and industrial design and style perform disappeared, when Zoe’s late father was sadly diagnosed with cancer. The pair flew about to Western Australia to be with her family members, and ended up keeping for a yr due to Melbourne’s lockdowns – but it was also for the duration of this time that they stumbled throughout the inspiration for their new innovative endeavour.
‘One day we ended up sat possessing a espresso in Geraldton (in which I’m from) and throughout the road was a pink constructing called the ‘Scrapbook House’, devoted to scrapbooking materials and workshops and Max said to me ‘I want to do that but for collage when we go back to Melbourne,’ Zoe clarifies.
‘And I imagined to myself, perfectly if a scrap e-book home can survive in regional WA, then definitely a collage place could endure in Melbourne!’
As knowledgeable artists and designers, Max and Zoe summoned the courage to start their individual area that celebrates the magic and pleasurable of collage, sooner or later moving into their new house in Could 2021.
‘Looking back again, I have often dreamed of owning a property-studio a location to merge function and perform, in a custom made-created environment, where my passion for collage can also be shared socially with many others,’ Max points out.
This desire arrives to daily life in The Paper Studio HQ in so many means. Walls are lined with aged magazines, collage components, framed artworks, supplies, and classic or op-store toys and treasures. ‘It’s like the ‘I spy’ ebook but arrive to existence! We typically have to give people a several minutes to acquire the place in as there’s so considerably to seem at!’ Zoe adds.
So far, the duo have centered on their in-person workshops, guiding teams through the process of working with identified and next-hand supplies, which the pair have sourced above the years, to develop new is effective of art. They operate regular frequent weekly community periods and personal functions, but also have strategies to run more occasions, group displays and other craft actions in the close to foreseeable future. And this is all on best of their do the job as a inventive studio supplying artwork and graphic style and design expert services!
‘As a great deal as we can, we want to use secondhand anywhere achievable,’ Max says.
‘It’s a great obstacle to take normal [or] unremarkable things and completely transform them into a little something interesting and new. We experience collage extends beyond the very simple act of gluing paper alongside one another, for us, it is also a mentality to think about how discarded merchandise can be reused, repurposed and reimagined.’
Find out additional at That Paper Joint’s website, and check out their house at 544 Sydney Street, Brunswick.