A Makers Take

The first ever Makers Take exhibition is happening next week. An event focused on showcasing the furniture and product designs created by 7 local graduate designers.

All of the designers have been working in the industry for several years whilst trying to create their own unique products which enforce the ethos of Australian made each through their own unique style.
The event was created through the collaboration of the designers themselves to help promote and grow the design and production industry in South East Queensland.

Many of the items will be available for sale on the night and pick up can be arranged with the designer. Come along and enjoy a night of good design, good people, good music and to support what some of the Gold Coast creatives have to offer.

Also featuring some live music from VEOPLE and some ice-cold brews thanks to Balter Brewing Company.

Meet the designers showcasing their work:

Cj Anderson


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"Drawing upon raw industrial elements and delicate aesthetics, my designs are created using both traditional craftsmanship and digital manufacturing. Always striving to be dynamic and ever evolving. I place emphasis on collaboration amongst people in all design disciplines, allowing me to broaden the focus of my designs, incorporate current trends, and cultivate growth and continual development." 




Daniel Wilson


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"Hunchmark is the brainchild of Tim Wilson, it is a creative output for his art and design work which has a central focus on creating a better future through object creation. Tim started his career as a Carpenter with an interest in timber furniture, he has since studied 3D Design & Digital media to further his understanding of current technologies, production practices, and design strategies. He has worked in sculptural installations and lighting design and has long been designing, creating custom furniture, artwork and designs."




"Kajewski-Miller is a small multidisciplinary design studio that focuses on sustainable hand crafted products, from furniture to lighting and everything in between. The studio utilises new advancements in manufacturing combined with the traditional hand crafted fabrication techniques of the past, bringing them together to create interesting new projects which explore contemporary revisions of existing products."




Palm Design


"Born from a passion and desire to create and design within the natural environment. Inspired by other Australian designers and leader within the industry, Palm prides itself on craftsmanship, sustainability and the desire for a sense of home."





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"Coolangatta local, Jay Jermyn communicates the weight and importance of social acceptance through his interwoven creative expressions.  People inspire Jermyn. But through all his artworks and collaborative processes, including his compositions as a songwriter and musician, Jermyn hopes to inspire people."




A Makers Take




Also featuring a live performance by Veople



Balter Brewing Company
Queensland College of Art, Griffith University
Austral Masonry


Interview with JAY JERMYN (VEOPLE)

Interview with JAY JERMYN (VEOPLE)

By Aaron Chapman.


He’s just one of those good at everything guys. Annoyingly so. He paints those dreams you have after eating a platter board of cheese. He creates similar landscapes on whatever instrument he’s playing. He’s even pretty handy on a twin-fin. Jay Jermyn is creative guy. After ‘Repetition Randomness’, his recent solo exhibition at Maverick Hair & Art Space, I caught up with the Coolangatta local to talk paintbrushes, leg tattoos and direction.

Mate, what is this? Like, how are you doing this?

Layers man. Spray paint. Tape. Paint. More tape. More spray paint. The fluid paint figures are a technique I kind of made up by laying paint on a board and marbling and mixing it in a way that it doesn’t blend too much. I then pick it up using a thin sheet of aluminum or a large spatula and then lay it back out on the canvas with a fast fluid motion, angling my wrist as a control method. That’s it really.

And what does it mean?

The best thing about abstract work is that it means whatever you want it to mean, and that differs person to person. To me it means expression, in all its forms, but this particular show, in conjunction with the music performance and the video projection, is about how the repetition of an internal thought can result in external randomness—a breakdown in its simplest form. This is a reflection of a personal breakdown I had not so long ago.

When did you realise that you could paint? And how did this style start? You were shortlisted for the Border Art Prize a couple years back? But I remember you weren’t too keen on having that mentioned when I interviewed you a couple years ago. Why? Pretty epic feat isn’t it? Do you prefer to place yourself on the grunge spectrum of art—pasting streets with your soft, vicious expressions?

I still don’t think I can paint all that well haha. But I do know that I have always needed an outlet of some kind. Just so happens painting is one of the current outlets. This particular style started about 6 months ago when I got back from a 6 month trip in Europe and didn’t have a job or any money.The Border isn’t something I align myself with because what I entered, I feel doesn’t align with who I was, or am now. It’s not the way I feel about my work no, I’m aligned and it’s taken years to get to this stage so I want to focus on it.


Give us a rundown of who your influences are. I mean all of them. We’ve spoken at length about the likes of Dan Flavin, Shida and Duchamp. You’ve even got a couple illustrations tattooed on you?

I remember being really moved by a painting by Edvard Munch at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam called ‘Death in the Sickroom’. I fully just stood there for 20 minutes staring at it while my girl at the time had done the whole floor haha. I’m influenced by anything that stops me, but I’m also really into smaller artists actually. Like, I’ve got a Cleon Peterson tattoo on my leg, a Sean Morris on my arm and a few others.

As for your design stuff, you love furniture design and concepts, I even remember you lecturing me once about the ghost chair—a revelation in furniture design now belittled at Kmart for $15 a pop. How’d you get into design?

Haha, yeah bringing the ghost chair to the masses I guess, I’d probably buy one. Design for me is again just another extension of expressing myself but I suppose it fulfills the tradesman in me a little with the problem solving side of things. I got into design because of my mate CJ at uni when I was majoring in visual design. He was doing 3D design. I always ended up in his classes and so by the end of the year I’d changed my major haha.

Talk to me about creation. Being creative is obviously your bread and butter? Do you create because you’re creative, or is it more cathartic than that?

Everyone is creative. Creativity isn’t something that just happens, you have to do. I create because I want to, because I enjoy it, because it is cathartic. It helps me deal with myself. Haha, I sound like a sad prick. I’m not.

You are gifted in several areas, but what does that mean for your future. Which road are you going to take or pursue? Playing in bands? Hanging out at future exhibition openings? Nine to five at a design studio?

I’m going to do it all except for maybe the nine to five part. I’m done with that.

Do you think the Goldie has shaped your upbringing and work as an artist / musician?

The Goldie I think has formed my ‘we’ll make it work attitude’ to everything. But I think the people around me on the Gold Coast have helped form my work.

There are a lot of naysayers out there about the Goldie creative scene? What are your thoughts?

The naysayers are just going to go somewhere else and say they wish they were somewhere else while the rest of us just get on with the job of creating it. The Goldie has a really supportive scene with a lot of excitement in the air at the moment. Something is brewing.

Check out the Video of Repetition Randomness.

Video by: 98collections

You recently had your first solo exhibition at Maverick in Coolie. How did it go? And what was it like combining both your music, art (and even your electrical trade) into one evening? Sounds like a logistical nightmare.

It was everything I wanted it to be. The music was written to reflect the paintings, the projection was to reflect the music, the paintings were painted to reflect the feelings visualised. And it was all a reflection of me. I couldn’t see it any other way than combining it all. I wanted to give my all for all my people. It was a lot of work putting it all together. Couldn’t have done it without the help of my friends and especially Byron, the curator/owner of the gallery.

As a young artist, what does exhibiting and sharing your work mean to you and why is it important?

It means the world to me. It’s something I feel strongly about and I love to share it with people. It’s important because it keeps you excited and pumped as hell to do more, create more. You would know. We bounce ideas off each other weekly haha. It keeps us all going.

Any projects in the pipeline?

Veople is taking a new direction in music that I’m excited about. I’m writing more and it’s more collaborative. Also have a conceptual album under wraps for an exciting project happening but it’s too early to say anything.

Words by Aaron Chapman, Images by Byron Coathup, Video by 98 Collections