At Designer Dirt we are lucky enough to have so many local artisans exhibit their work with us - and it's wonderful!
Artisan Soap Works
Katy Shekell creates stunning soaps in small batches from high quality ingredients, that are an artwork in themselves. No two pieces of soap are the same. Originally she trained as a landscape architect and in environmental management in Germany and then worked in project management after moving to Australia, but had a career change after having her daughter. Now she runs her own business.
She's loving this new direction and is expanding her range to include more body care products.
Janelle was born in Albany and spent time in Darwin, then returned to Albany in her twenties - and has always felt like Albany was her home. Janelle studied Art at ECU and then at Curtin University.
Inspired by print making techniques, she processes that inspiration through her ceramic work.
She enjoys using texture and found objects for mark making and loves exploring new techniques.
Richard grew up mostly in Rural Denmark. As a child he had an insatiable curiosity about how things worked. He was always getting in trouble for breaking things and pulling everything apart. Essentially he had to find out the answers to the most important questions in life. What was inside things? Which things were tougher? How much weight could something take before it broke? What could he make from the parts?
His favourite toys to wreck were cars with little flywheels inside. They were a most prized possession! He'd spin them like a tiny spinning top and see how long it took before they stopped - though never officially recognised as one of Australia's leading scientists, he's pretty sure it's not too far away ;)
As an adult, he's still the same, wrecking and recreating, only now he has additional skills, such as welding, cutting, soldering, filing and shaping.He has amassed collections he wants to put together in different ways to make entirely new things ... and he's still asking himself the same question ... WHY do this????? and the answer remains the same ... he has no idea, he just wants to, it's fun and it makes him happy ... and the best bit ... as an adult he doesn't get his backside thrashed for pulling things apart anymore!
Working at Albany Hydraulics during the week, Ron loves to have a play in his shed when he some spare time - when he's not brewing up a batch of his latest favourite beer of course!
He has had his work at Designer Dirt for over 5 years now and while he was making larger works in the past he has found his current niche making mozzie coil holders, which are proving very popular with locals and tourists. Always up for a challenge, new designs are always happening and new projects too - the latest being some table numbers for the Ace Motel's Ryan's Restaurant in Albany.
Her preferred mediums are silver, copper, brass, enamel, timber and resin. She loves seeing how they react, if they can be combined and how they work together. The detail found in nature inspires her work.