Above the Canopy
Above the Canopy is based between Sydney and the beautiful Blue Mountains, designing knitted jewellery using only the highest quality natural and ethical yarns.
Object Shop is a retail shop selling the work of makers and designers located within our William Street gallery. Opening hours Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 4pm.
Keep an eye on our social media to see dates for markets and VIP shopping nights.
What's on at Object Shop:
Meet the makers
On Saturdays, makers from our shop will be in store between 11am -3pm. The talented maker/designers give a demonstration of their techniques and practice, explain their practice, and if appropriate allow visitors to have a go. Come in and meet a maker!
Little Rowan Readhead | Saturday 2 June, 1 - 3pm: Printmaker Rowan Sivyer will be demonstrating her process of designing, transferring, carving and printing. Rowan will happily share with you a few of her techniques and answer any questions about printmaking. Have a go at printmaking too by using her hand carved stamps and illustrative blocks to make your own greeting card. More information here.
We are always interested in hearing from makers. If you are interested in being part of our Object Shop please complete this form and we'll get back to you. For all other enquiries please email shop(at)australiandesigncentre.com
Above the Canopy is based between Sydney and the beautiful Blue Mountains, designing knitted jewellery using only the highest quality natural and ethical yarns.
Adrian Lawson is a self-taught designer and manufacturer. Repurposing materials to alternative needs was theme throughout his career and has taken on a new form with recycled lighting.
alexis, eclectic is the creative output of Alexis Withers. After dabbling in everything from physics to jewellery making, her current creative output is textile, print and garment centered.
Sometimes tiny sometimes enormous, Amy Tamblyn's jewellery focuses on linear shapes and forms that quietly occupy a space around the wearer.
Anthony’s work reflects a visual language of form, often pared back to a point of abstraction, but always identifiable in its functional purpose
The Australian Tapestry Workshop is regarded as an international centre of excellence for innovative, contemporary, hand-woven tapestries, created in collaboration with leading artists, architects & designers.
Baluk Arts is an urban Aboriginal community arts centre based in Mornington, Victoria. Emerging and established Baluk artists hail from all over Australia and their art expresses their identity and cultural heritage in a contemporary context.
Emma Kidd, artist and illustrator, creates articulated hand-painted and hand-cut monsters and imaginary creatures.
Ben Edols is a Sydney based glassblower who specialises in Venetian glassblowing techniques. His work ranges from functional jugs and bowls to unique vessels and sculptures and is considered one of Australia's most accomplished glassblowers.
Bic Tieu is a contemporary art jewellery and object designer, working primarily with metals and lacquer. Her interest lies in the transition between materiality, technology and traditional craft skills for new translations in the appearance of surfaces and textural responses.
Bridget Kennedy's jewellery combines diverse, non-precious and organic materials with traditionally precious materials creating an ongoing enquiry into environmental fragility, impermanence, choice and value.
Catriona Pollard’s work is inspired by the connection and relationship we have with our environment and the beauty it shares with us. As an accomplished contemporary sculptural basketry artist, she is gifted with the ability to see the extraordinary in the ordinary.
Chelsea Lemon is a Canberra based designer/maker who works with timber. Many of her pieces include foliage and plant themes, mixed with interactivity and the decorative woodworking technique 'parquetry'.
Corban & Blair was born out of an idea to work creatively. They carefully select materials and techniques, and collaborate with other designers and artists to produce products that delight.
Curious Tales is local Canberra maker Pete Bollington who brings together a background in Interior design, fine furniture manufacturing and graphic design.
Dinosaur Designs was created in 1985 out of a shared love of art, design and friendship. Curiosity and imagination are central to their work and fuel a sense of play that blurs boundaries to create a philosophy of colour, form and texture.
A trained silversmith and jeweller with ten years industry experience, Nikita Margarita has a deep and abiding passion for art and fashion. She has been enamoured with the world of wearable art and craft since arriving in Japan in the late nineties and finding herself smack bang in the middle of a street fashion explosion.
Using time honoured skills and new innovative techniques, Denise McDonald creates hand built tablewear and wheel formed ceramic pieces.
Eggpicnic fuses design and conservation to end wildlife extinction through education. They create vibrant and contemporary illustrations, bringing you the stories of our critically endangered fauna, the environment and our relationship to it.
Elisa is a Sydney based artist whose work is centred around pushing the boundaries of public perception on the capabilities of ceramics.
All work in the Emil and Nomel range is made by Marija Bijelic on the potter’s wheel or built by hand.
Emily is a contemporary metal smith who works with a fusion of both old and new technologies and materials. She practices from her studio in Sydney’s vibrant inner west and is exploring 3D printing and modeling for her forms.
Primarily working with mild steel, Erin Keys uses both traditional and industrial jewellery making processes. Each design is individually drawn. Beginning with pen and paper, the image is then traced, scanned and re-worked using a computer program to make laser-cut ready files that are formed by hand, and finally powder coated.
Felix Gill is a Sydney based jewellery designer. Inspired by urban and natural environments and diametric opposites, he creates unique collections borne out of curiosity and experimentation.
The Fortynine Studio is Ben Elbourne, Sarah Spackman and Harriet Watts. They aim to create an alternative to mass produced, commercial products with a focus on making and materiality.
Gillian Brooks creates contemporary handmade felt designs and is "mad keen" on textiles.
Girl Nomad Ceramics is designed and handcrafted in Canberra by Richilde Flavell. Richilde enjoys experimenting with a variety of clays and glazes, to make work that is subtle, featuring soft lines with contrasting and complementary elements.
Harriet Schwarzrock’s practice is currently based in her backyard, where she and her fellow glass artist/partner Matthew Curtis, run a hot glass studio specialising in tinting custom coloured glass.
Hayden Youlley believes that good design is about realising function with aesthetic integrity without unnecessary complications. He thinks the products and systems we interact with everyday should enable us, instead of frustrate us, and he hopes to instil that in each of his objects.
Canadian ceramist Heidi McKenzie works with different coloured clays to express the diversity of her own mixed Indo-Caribbean/Irish-American ethnicity. Using coloured porcelain like finger paints, she throws each vessel on the wheel with an intuitive sense of landscape.
Helen works from a home based studio in Sydney and much of her exploration of ideas for work comes from walking and gathering found objects in her environment. Helen explores the interface between form and function, nature and object and often incorporates found objects, usually nature’s flotsam, into her work.
Henry Ellis-Paul illustrates Sydney architectural spaces beyond the famous landmarks. The buildings illustrated in his series, Community Icons, were picked for their striking features and pay homage to various cultures, societies and organisations within the city.
These charismatic animals get up to all kinds of mischief; from building time-machines, putting on plays and making Swedish gingerbread, life is never dull when the critters are around!
Marc has an interest in sustainable design and extensively researched and incorporated bio-composites into his recent products. He fosters both concept design for international exhibitions alongside the creation of functional design focusing on innovative lighting, home-wares, architectural fittings and furniture for interiors and streetscapes.
Isabel Avendano Hazbun has a practice driven by process. In her series Tare, Isabel draws from conceptually rich material, exploring notions of deconstruction and reassembly. Hand ripped, washed and reformed – these jewellery pieces show that same attention to detail for which she has quickly become known.
Jenny Newman is a Designer Maker working across both the fields of object and textile design. With an interest in Australian history, identity, culture and the environment, her work is often inspired by these themes.
Jessthechen creates a range of handmade products, all printed and handmade locally within her little home studio with materials sought and bought in Australia.
The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Australia’s most widely read tri-annual contemporary ceramics magazine, is a valuable resource for professional and amateur ceramicists, students, galleries, arts administrators, curators, buyers and passionate collectors.
Julie Pennington is a ceramicist based in Canberra, ACT. Her practice is primarily concerned with making porcelain objects, with a particular focus on the vessel as a starting point. Her technique of building with textured coils allows the form and the surface pattern to be created simultaneously, and to reveal the activity of making.
Born from a constant desire to create, Imby Langenbach’s bespoke bag collections exude classic charm, contrasted by unique shibori techniques that combine pops of colour with high quality materials suitable for daily demands.
Kate Baker is an artist based in Sydney working primarily in studio glass. Her practice embraces both a fine art application of glass as well as creating works from a design perspective.
Contemporary jeweller Kath Inglis hand colours and carves PVC into ornate bracelets and earrings. Raised in Darwin, she now lives in the Adelaide Hills, where her studio is located in a nineteenth century stable.
Inspired by a medium which is expressive and exquisite; fragile and durable, Katherine tries – through the ritual and rhythm of wheel throwing – to create pieces that are simple, yet beautiful.
Keiko Matsui is a Japanese born, Central Coast based ceramic artist who approaches the creation of objects with poetry and whimsy, yet always displaying a simplicity of which she is known for.
Kirralee & Co is a woodworking studio based in Queensland. They specialise in making small-batch homewares, jewellery, knives and art from reclaimed materials.
Leonie Simpson is a designer and maker of jewellery and objects. Based in Sydney, she creates small run jewellery collections, bespoke pieces and individual commissions.
Linda Blair is influenced by the use of enamel in historic jewellery and loves the way it was used to enhance or mimic precious and semi precious stones.
Rowan Sivyer is an Inner West Sydney painter and printmaker. Her work is inspired by Australian flora and fauna. Rowan creates intricate stamps to print unique greeting cards and original prints.
Jude Love is a seamstress, sewing teacher, graphic designer, web developer and teatowelist who has always loved the sweet graphics of Australian domestic linens.
Lyn Balzer and Tony Perkins are known for their multi-disciplinary explorations of photography, object design and jewellery.
Margot Design is made in Sydney and is quintessentially about Sydney. The textile collections designed by Margot Warre, are bespoke quality products made with luxurious natural fibres.
Melanie Ihnen is a contemporary jeweller who works in a range of materials from precious metals and gemstones through to porcelain.
Contemporary jeweller Melinda Young takes delight in colour and texture and her work tends to be made from either brightly coloured reclaimed plastics or natural materials collected on the streets and in the parks of her neighbourhood in Sydney’s inner suburbs.
Milly has an underlying philosophy based on the ideal of producing work that results in outcomes which are both utilitarian and sculptural. Using small-scale production methods along with distinctive marbling and geometric pattern work, the result challenges conventional expectations of tableware.
modernmurri is a unique Aboriginal art studio based in Sydney that specialises in individually handcrafted homewares and accessories. The modernmurri designs have been inspired by the local Gomeroi country and culture, but accented with a modern timeless twist to suit everyday life.
Recognised as a master weaving practitioner within Indigenous Australian textile traditions, Nadeena has a strong focus on creating fibre sculpture works, incorporating object making within Indigenous symbology reflecting Indigenous knowledge.
Nadya works with traditional silversmith techniques, to create objects of adornment, function and ornament. Interested in the tactile and interactive potential of decorative form, her work tilts between the made and seemingly grown.
As a ceramicist and architecture graduate, Natalie's work freely explores form and space through clay. Her pieces are a combination of reworking iconic buildings and experimenting with her own designs. They invite the viewer to think about space and architecture in a sculptural and playful way.
Nicola Coady's passion for texture with clay has taken her on a journey spanning 30 years. Working with stoneware or porcelain, she utilises throwing, coiling and slab work to create her forms.
Nicole's practice is centred around a sense of time and place, especially the contemporary plant world around us in Sydney. She uses traditional techniques from basketry while embracing our current range of domestic, native and non-native plants – those that don’t feature in other places or times.
Outer Island’s mission is to bring awareness to the magic of this world by creating products that focus on native plants, animals and habitats.
Paula do Prado is a full time artist based in Sydney working in textiles, collage, painting, soft objects and text. Her work explores identity in relation to authenticity, privilege and belonging.
Peter McCarthy is a night potter at Claypool Studio in Botany and makes functional pieces in stoneware that look equally at home on the mantlepiece.
Public Holiday is a small brand focusing on functional and experimental ceramic vessels made by multidisciplinary designer Carly Buteux.
Rita Orsini is a painter, object designer and jewellery-maker. Her work has been described as organic-inspired, vivid and striking, with an interweaving flow of shapes and colours. She is well-known for her Osso Buco resin work.
Rob exclusively hand throws in stoneware and porcelain clays. As a result of his glazing technique, no two pieces are the same.
Romana Toson is a contemporary jeweller from the Inner West of Sydney. Metal is her material of choice, but she is also drawn to organic and recycled materials. Her aesthetic has often explored the relationship of opposites, formal and organic, precious and non-precious.
Roy Chandra's tableware originates from a deep appreciation of Nature, and many of his pieces spring from the tension between natural forms and more utilitarian constructs.
Irreverent and whimsical, humourous and thoughtful, the subject matters of Sassy Park's ceramic works have extended from the human condition, personal texts, Australiana to the natural world.
Sophia enjoys the challenge of designing and making pieces that are intimate, wearable constructions. These works have evolved from her innovative approach to materials, combined with a fascination of the relationship between texture and form.
Studio A is a supported studio based in Sydney Australia that tackles the barriers that artists living with intellectual disability face in accessing conventional education, professional development pathways and opportunities needed to be successful and renowned visual artists.
Maaike is a furniture designer and maker, exploring texture and soft sculptural forms in functional applications, creating pieces which foster a strong relationship between owner and object. Each studio MAAIKE bench, ottoman and stool is unique, made by hand in NSW.
Sylvia Riley is a designer and dyer of natural textiles. Working only with natural fibres, primarily silk, linen and wool, Sylvia applies artisanal techniques, often combining her favourite disciplines (shibori, batik, gutta) to create new distinctive effects.
Using tools of domesticity, artist Niki McDonald depicts urban life through her modern needlepoint tapestries. The colours and shapes of the city streets inspire and empower the urban women she expresses in wool, as she imbues them all with a sense of sass and individuality.
Tara Lofhelm is a contemporary jewellery designer. Working from her Melbourne studio, Tara explores textural repetition and contrast through primitive processes such as stamping and embellishment
The Racentour scented candles are handmade in Bondi using 100% soy wax and cotton wicks. They tell the story of Australia's native botanicals, as originally found in iconic Australian locations.
The Rum Club, by Gretchen van Martin, create wearable art, released in limited editions. Made of coconut wood, each piece has been hand-cut, dyed, sun-dried and hand assembled in Melbourne.
Carefully crafted functional forms, with painted patterns inspired by the Australian bush are features of Timna's fine tableware.
Tjanpi Desert Weavers is a social enterprise of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council created to enable women in Australia's remote central deserts to earn their own income from fibre art.
Vanessa Ion has combined her love of making art with craft by creating crochet characters that are unique and made without a pattern. She aims to capture facial expressions that her subjects might have when there is no audience – when no-one is looking.
Vert design produced the Ocean Collection, a cuff collection created from salvaged waste plastic, meaning each piece is unique.
The process of transformation is at the crux of Zara Collins’ contemporary art practice. Her work is bound together by ideas of reinterpretation, appropriation and reinvention.
Made by artist Maija Frankovich, Zuku Jewellery brings together glass, metal and other materials to create distinctive and striking jewellery.
ADC exhibitions catalogues are available at Object Shop for very reasonable prices.