What inspired you to start your work?
I picked up the skill of laminating decorative fabrics onto wood through my experience in boat building and decorating paddle boards. I always thought the technique would transfer well to furniture decoration. I had a lovely early 20th century oak dressing table and decorate it for an experiment and the results were fantastic. It all snowballed from there.
Describe your creative space, where you bring to life your work?
I work in my workshop / shed at home. I’ve always had projects going on there – boats, paddle boards, furniture etc. For me the shed is a place where all the creative magic happens. Many of my friends are boat builders, craftsmen and artisans and we share the love of creating stuff in the workshop. Hence the name. Cabanon is the French work for shed.
What do you love most about your handmade business?
I get to do deeply satisfying work. I get to work with my partner on choosing distinctive pieces of furniture and the decorative effect we use.
What are you most looking forward to about being at the Auckland Fair?
Getting our work more widely known and getting feedback on the most popular types of furniture and decorative designs.
What has been your biggest triumph to date?
We got a very positive reaction to that first piece of furniture from a high end shop on Jervois Rd in Herne Bay (Miss Lolo) who currently have it in their showroom.