Sustainably Awesome: Nat Cheney on her Sustainable Coworking Dreams

Sustainably Awesome: Nat Cheney on her Sustainable Coworking Dreams

After a year and a half of work transforming the old warehouse space into the fantastically nautical themed space it is today, Nat opened the doors to the creatives of Sydney. One of the most interesting things about Nauti Studios is its emphasis on sustainability, upcycling, and caring for the environment. We spoke to Nat about why it is just so important to her.

The Prince and Me: Q&A with Brand Guru Daniel Poskitt

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Dan is one of our full-time studio members, and what a joy he is to have around the space. He's a graphic designer and brand identity guru, and he's always up for a game of ping pong or a chat over lunch. Check out his stellar work on Dan's website.

Tell us about yourself and what you do!

My name is Daniel Poskitt, I’m a graphic designer and I specialise in brand identity. 

How did you become interested in design? 

I don’t think there was ever a moment when I became interested in design, it’s just always been that way. I remember doing title pages for classmates in Year 1 and I’m still doing them. I was one of those kids who could draw. 

Your business is focused on having clients work directly with the people doing the work! How do you find this different from working in big, more impersonal agencies?

It’s easier to discuss plans with the people who will implement them and problems with the people who will help you solve them. It’s more efficient to deal directly with the person who actually does the work – it’s quicker, most cost effective, and dollar for dollar the results are better. The added bonus is that a clients’ job won’t ever get flicked to the junior, every job gets the attention it deserves.

What is your ultimate creative dream? 

To think and it just happens.

What do you use the space at Nauti Studios for? 

I have my computer there and I find it a very creative place to be. The people are awesome and like-minded so there’s also a social element to it. I love the rawness and character of the building, the old furniture and quirky bohemian style. It’s something big ad agencies try to do but never get right. 

What’s your favourite part about the space at Nauti? 

It’s the constitution, it’s Mabo, it’s justice, it’s law, it’s the vibe and aah no that’s it, it’s the vibe

What’s the wackiest design you’ve ever worked on? 

I once designed a tie pin for Prince Charles and the approval process was crazy. You think corporate approvals are bad, you should try the Royal Family. It had to be signed off by 25 people! Luckily, there were no changes.

We have a ping pong table here at Nauti – are you any good? 

Not too bad, I’ve improved a lot over the past few months.

(NB: Dan is modest. He's a fiend. In my first week at Nauti, he beat me 11-1. Slaughtered.)

If you were a sea creature, which would you be?

A killer whale. 

Finally, are you nauti or nice? ;) 

Nauti

Illustrator Extraordinaire: Q&A with Jessica Meyrick

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Originally from the city of Bristol, Jessica Meyrick graduated from Falmouth University with a first class degree in Illustration BA (Hons) in 2016.

Exploring minimalistic approaches to figures and environments using watercolours and inks, Jessica is intrigued by uses of limited colour palettes; strong, fluid lines and graphic shapes that reflect in-depth ideas.

Jessica currently works and lives in Sydney, Australia and is represented by The Jacky Winter Group.

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Tell us about yourself and what you do!

My name is Jessica Meyrick and I’m a freelance illustrator, represented by the beautiful people at Jacky Winter – living and painting in Sydney. 

Why illustration?

I’ve drawn for as long as I can remember! After studying Fine Art & Design for a year, I moved to Cornwall where I received my degree in Illustration. Drawing is such a natural part of expressing myself that when I discovered I could develop something significant from it – that was pretty much it!

Tell us about your process! How do you go from idea to stunning creation?

If I wait for a good idea to happen – I’ll be waiting a long time. I push myself to sketch (VERY badly) as much, and as quickly as possible. My sketchbooks are a mess. But it helps to really smooth out the composition, colours and shapes so I can finally paint it all.

What is your ultimate creative dream?

To look back on my work and feel that I’ve had a small impact on social change. That would be the dream! Illustration is one of the strongest forms of communication – it’s universal! To know that I’ve made a difference in giving a voice to real people would be incredible. 

What do you use the space at Nauti Studios for?

Working 9 to 5, drinking coffee and painting amongst my baby plants. 

What’s your favourite part about the space at Nauti?

Being in a relaxed creative environment with friendly artistic peeps!

If you could meet and draw any person in the world, living or dead, who would it be and why?

Sylvia Plath. Her book, ‘The Bell Jar’ is one of my all time loves. She was a fascinating woman – I’d love to capture something of her in a painting.

We have a ping pong table here at Nauti – are you any good?

Uh…no.

If you were a sea creature, which would you be?

A jellyfish. Some can regenerate their own cells, making them immortal. Plus they look pretty cool.  

Finally, are you nauti or nice? ;)

NAUTI.

 

Movie Madness!

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Every Monday night it's Movie Madness at Nauti Studios with Deep Sea Picture Club!  Dedicated to screening obscure and interesting films, there's always something strange going on. 

Set in our lovely Sun Room, huddle up on the couches with some free popcorn (and a sneaky bevvy if you BYO!) to watch the strange and unexpected. It's $10 if you'd like some pizza, and free if you're just sticking to the 'corn. Doors open 6:30pm for a 7pm film start!

Check out what's coming up this month. 

The Fairy (March 12): A hotel clerk searches all over Le Havre for the fairy who made two of his three wishes come true before disappearing.

Monsoon Wedding (March 19): A stressed father, a bride-to-be with a secret, a smitten event planner, and relatives from around the world create much ado about the preparations for an arranged marriage in India.

One Sings, The Other Doesn't (March 26): The intertwined lives of 2 women in 1970's France, set against the progress of the women's movement in which Agnes Varda was involved. Pomme and Suzanne meet when Pomme helps Suzanne obtain an abortion after a third pregnancy which she cannot afford. They lose contact but meet again ten years later.

Turtles Are Surprisingly Fast Swimmers (April 2): Suzume Katagura is a bored housewife who spends her days doing chores and taking care of her husband's pet turtle. One day she sees a wanted ad for spies. Hoping for some excitement she decides to give them a call.

Set It Off (April 9): Desperation drives four inner-city women (Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Vivica A. Fox, Kimberly Elise) to bank robbery in Los Angeles, then they start mistrusting one another.

The Lady Eve (April 16): A trio of classy card sharks targets the socially awkward heir to brewery millions for his money, until one of them falls in love with him.

Siméon (April 21): The ghost of a music teacher pushes a young mechanic to start a career in music.

Vintage Tragic: Q&A with Amy of Minette's Vintage

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Amy Truslove is the style queen behind Minette’s Vintage.

Minette’s is all about fashion, style and personal expression. She seeks out beautiful pieces for her collection, pieces that were made to last that she brings back to life for people to enjoy again. Minette’s has an ever-changing collection depending on what treasures Amy has found recently. Her collection ranges from vintage women’s wear, gentleman’s wear, pieces of furniture, homewares, jewellery, candles, scents and greeting cards.

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Tell us about yourself and what you do!

My name is Amy and I am a vintage tragic/devotee. I love all things vintage and I love people, so it just makes sense that I have an online store that brings them together!

How did you get into vintage and retro clothing?

That’s a loaded question… probably growing up in a house full of antiques with a mother who taught me the joys of personal style and thrifting at a very early age.

I see clothing as a form of expression. An outfit to me is similar to a work of art – choosing the vibe, the inspiration to suit the mood, then the colours and the shapes and textures to suit, building layer upon layer to create just the right effect (and sometimes taking a layer or two off too...).

I prefer vintage clothing for many reasons – the colour palette, the designs, the (often) superior make, the eco footprint and the uniqueness. It is the antithesis of today’s fast fashion high street model which is not sustainable.

What is your ultimate creative dream?

To have a wardrobe the size of the Sydney Opera company’s filled to the brim with vintage clothing of all eras at my disposal!

Styling people is so much fun, showing them shapes and colours that really suit them that they would never have dreamed of putting on. 

Tell us about upcycling! We know you work with accessories as well as clothes; what’s the typical process for you?

Upcycling is the process of taking one item and using it to create another, in whole or in part.

The beauty of this is that you can use broken items that would usually be headed for the bin and create totally new items – like our range of crochet dresses made from vintage tablecloths and doilies for example: Upcycled crochet shift dress 

What do you use the space at Nauti Studios for?

I run my business from my private space and I shoot my products in the communal sunroom space.

What’s your favourite part about the space at Nauti?

Physically? The sunroom – it has the most amazing light. Spiritually? It’s the vibe man.

What would be your ultimate vintage outfit – ignoring cost!

Oooh, no one has ever asked me this…

Probably a perfect condition beaded flapper dress, with feather headpiece, double length string of black pearls and patent Mary Janes to Charleston the night away!

We have a ping pong table here at Nauti – are you any good?

No, I’m terrible! Mind you, I don’t play much which probably has something to do with it….

If you were a sea creature, which would you be?

Have you seen my messy locks? Mermaid for sure.

Finally, are you nauti or nice? ;)

A little from column A aaaaaand a little from column B. 😉

Ahoy, sailors!

There's so many amazing things that happen here at Nauti Studios every day, and we decided it'd be criminal for you all to miss out on them.

Whether it's a fierce ping pong battle at lunch, or a sit down between the wonderful creators in the studio to talk about their collaboration, there's always something going on at Nauti.

We've decided to start blogging about life at sea with Nauti, so tune in here to see all the goodies we come up with. Whether it's the workshops with WAW Handplanes run on the weekend, or our weekly Monday movie nights with Deep Sea Picture Club (pssst, this month we're watching female slapstick!), check out our new Nauti blog to keep up to date on what's going on.

We're also going to be profiling the creatives in the space so you can meet everyone and find out their quirks. So keep an eye out for the insights into the great creative minds at Nauti Studios!

Thanks for trusting us on these high seas - we're looking forward to the journey with you.