Last year we had the pleasure of stocking our toe tappers in Emma Kleine's Lumiere Art + Co. pop up space in the beautiful seaside location of Sorrento.
So once we heard that the radically talented Emma was setting up a permanent store and workshop space in a beautiful converted warehouse in Dromana on the Mornington Peninsula we thought it would be the opportunity to visit one of our favourite places in the state.
We catch up with Emma just as she has launched her newest collection 'Folly'.
All photos by Lumiere Art + Co.
When we last touched base, Lumiere had just opened its pop-up space in Sorrento. Can you update us on any highlights from the last 18 months?
The Sorrento pop-up space was a huge success and it motivated us to integrate our studio space with our retail space.
With this in mind, we have since moved our studio and shop to 24 Collins Road, Dromana. It’s the perfect space for people to see where and how Lumiere pieces are made as well as have the ultimate Lumiere retail experience. We share this space with some other amazing brands such as Chloe McColl Jewellery, Organic Crew, KEEPRESIN and Bass Surfboards. It’s an exciting creative hub to work and visit.
What do you think your customers love about Lumiere Art + Co.
Our customers love that Lumiere Art + Co. is fun, accessible and made locally. We find people always want to understand more about the Lumiere Art + Co. production process. These days we don’t often see where or how products are made and it makes us proud that our customers can have this experience with Lumiere.
This is one of the reasons why we love to share and teach what we do through our workshop program.
Sweet seaside images that have us longing for the warmer months, we love the new Folly Look Book. Can you tell us a bit about the shoot? What was the brief?
As a studio I wanted to experiment with our artists all focusing on their specialized areas. Folly was a collaborative effort and we found that working as a creative team formed an environment that allowed us all to thrive. Folly marks a new direction for Lumiere Art + Co. We are now, more than ever, focused on creating ranges that reflect the people that we are and the people that we work with.
Folly: is playful, whimsy textures, artworks reminiscing moments where time stands still. Music, bubbles, lazing on the lawn, slipping off your sandals. Sunlight creeping into your window, dancing on your quilt. Playful icons, standing for who we are. Fierce and to live with a little bit of Lumiere’s Folly.
What’s next for Lumiere Art and Co.? Do you have any exciting projects planned?
Yes we do! KEEPRESIN has recently been taken over by Lumiere Art + Co. and we are so thrilled for the future of our new brand.
The RITUALS Collection has just been released and we’ve had an incredibly humbling response. Inspiration for this collection arose from the natural environment and the quirky and unique rituals we perform every day.
It’s been exciting for us to put the aprons on and work with clay to create the masters for the molds of our new collection. Sculpture is an area that Lumiere has not yet explored in great depth, so this is all very inspiring for our team.
We’re currently designing the new AW18 Collection and we cannot wait to share it with the world.
What does being radical mean to you?
Being Radical to me means living out my ideals, always conducting ethical business and being a feminist.