What inspired you to start your work?
The business of Oscuro has existed for some 20 years. In 2015, I took over with the desire to carry on the tradition and add my own personal touch.
Originally from an art and design background and with years of dabbling in craft projects to fuel creative cravings while being employed in alternative office bound roles, I decided it was time to be my own boss and go for it.
Variety is most definately the spice of my life; the draw of learning something new, meeting interesting people and creating something of beauty, colour and that has a very practical use seemed a perfect fit.
Describe your creative space, where you bring to life your work?
My studio space is not large but perfect for my needs currently. Based below my home, but separate, it is my peaceful creative haven which is open to the public and commercial clients by appointment.
What do you love most about your handmade business?
I absolutely LOVE my work, I work alone mostly with helping hands when larger projects require it. Like any small business, we wear different hats and every day is different, every lampshade project is unique and every customer has a new story to share. I feel extremely lucky to be hands on creating, working with luscious fabrics and materials as well as getting to meet amazing individuals each day.
What are you most looking forward to about being at the Auckland Fair?
This will be my first time as exhibitor at the Auckland Fair so very excited! I’m very much looking forward to introducing the business offerings of Oscuro and also showcasing some examples of recent fine art lamp projects. It is always wonderful to meet interested visitors and I hope this Fair will bring further interest.
What has been your biggest triumph to date?
I created the website from scratch, the business had never had one and I am very pleased with the result. It is always nice to receive compliments and a recent small article in the Channel Magazine was very lovely.
I consider each lampshade I make to be a mini triumph but some of the more intricate vintage shades that take hours of patience to master are my biggest triumphs, as are some of the very large pendant contemporary shades the size of wagon wheels which I undertake!