We’re now into our sixth week of isolation, which probably means you’ve already watched Tiger King, baked several loaves of bread, reorganised your wardrobe, Zoomed with every long lost friend…
There are so many articles right now dedicated to being ‘productive’ during this time, but at the point, we’re all about taking this time to simply experiment with something new that mind expand your mind, improve your creativity, or just bring a little joy!
SO we’ve rounded up a bunch of ideas to keep the creativity firing during this weird time – and they’re all available for delivery to your (Australian) doorstep. Many of these are produced by local makers who have lost their regular income due to the pandemic, so supporting them is a win-win!
For your creativity
Céramiques Clay & Tool kit: Melbourne ceramics studio Céramiques has pivoted to home deliveries and online classes to get you hand building your own pottery pieces at home. The pack includes 10kg of clay and all the tools to get you started. $65 + $15 for interstate delivery.
Crockd OG Kit: New Australian company Crockd specialises in home clay kits designed to be shared with loved ones. Their OG kit provides enough clay and instructions to make four cups, which you can look forward to firing at a studio near you in future. They’re also delivering a special Mother’s Day edition, perfect for a virtual clay making date! $80, free delivery Australia-wide.
Wunder Weave Classic Weaver Kit: Try your hand at weaving on a locally crafted loom stand delivered by Wunder Weave. This kit includes all the tools required and an instruction manual suited to weavers at a beginner and intermediate level. There’s also mini and large size looms available. $95 + $15 postage or local pickup.
Tjanpi Desert Weavers Learn-To-Weave Kit: Weave your own raffia basket using traditional techniques with this kickstarter pack from Tjanpi Desert Weavers. This social enterprise of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yakunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council works with women in remote central and western desert regions who earn an income from contemporary fibre art. The organisation represents over 400 Anangu/Yarnangu women artists from 26 remote communities. $40 + $8.99 domestic postage or $30 international postage.
Other Melbourne ceramicists who are now offering at-home hand building clay kits include Tantri Mustika (whose kit includes 5kg of clay and various tools, available to pre-order now) and Bisque Studios (who are also offering a firing service for the first 100 orders!).
for your mind
WellRead subscription: This book subscription service delivers the best titles to your door, along with reading notes to spark conversation with friends or in their exclusive Facebook group. WellRead subscriptions are available at various frequencies, with options for both kids and adults. Monthly subscriptions $29-$35.
Jacky Winter jigsaw puzzles: Melbourne artist agency The Jacky Winter Group have long been makers of incredible puzzles. Our favourites include the 1000-piece style by Sydney artist Karan Singh, and their range of Clemens Habicht’s colour gradient puzzles. (FYI: Jacky Winter are also currently hosting a daily virtual activities program called Homeroom – head to their Instagram to see what’s on!) Jigsaw puzzles from $30.
Australian Unseen jigsaw puzzles: Sydney’s famous beaches may be shut, but we can still experience them in puzzle form thanks to photographer Vincent Rommelaere from Australian Unseen. Vincent’s aerial photos of Bondi, Clovelly, Bronte and more are available in 500 and 1000 piece versions, and make for a stunning print once complete! Jigsaw puzzles from $49 + $10 domestic postage or $30 international postage.
Golden Girls jigsaw puzzle: This puzzle illustrated by local artist Chantel De Sousa is part of the new pop culture gift range from Smith Street Gift, an imprint of the Melbourne independent publishing company, Smith Street Books. Other fun products in their range include playing cards, puzzles and bingo featuring your favourite characters from Seinfeld, Friends, The Office and more.
for your senseS
Buy A Bunch by Georgie Boy: Melbourne floral studio Georgie Boy are normally focused on events, but in the wake of COVID-19, they’ve commenced deliveries for the first time. Jump onto their Buy A Bunch page to snap up one of their limited weekly deliveries of seasonal, locally grown flowers. $30 + free delivery to select Melbourne suburbs.
Flowers Vasette boxes: Melbourne icon Cherrie Miriklis-Pavlou, managing director of Flowers Vasette, wasted no time pivoting her business to the current times (read all about that here!), and is now offering a whole variety of flower and produce boxes. We recommend the Vitamin C Pack for keeping healthy and happy with plenty of fruit, veggies and flowers, or the Neighbourhood Box which provides enough blooms for sharing, or perhaps practicing your floral design! Boxes from $50.
The Plant Society Home Plant Butler Kit: Keep your house plants thriving this handy pack of maintenance essentials from The Plant Society. Included in the Plant Butler Kit are leather handle secateurs, neem oil spray, plant soil food, plus a complimentary pin, tote bag and patch so you can look the part! $65 + delivery from $15.50.
MyFlowerMan flowers: Sydney’s MyFlowerMan are still operating during the pandemic, delivering single variety and mixed bunch seasonal blooms. All deliveries are arranged in MyFlowerMan’s signature loose and textured style featuring whites, neutrals and plenty of greens. From $55 + delivery.
Plant Mama Audrey Pot Pack: Never one to sit still, Jenna Holmes from Plant Mama has been busy introducing new services to her business, including seedlings and large pot deliveries! Her pot packs include four coloured pots in various sizes and custom painted colours. $1125 + $60 for delivery within 30km of Melbourne CBD. Additional costs for further and interstate freight.