"I worked as an environmental engineer after finishing my degree at uni," recalls D'Amelio. "It was my intention to make a difference, but I discovered that it's not that easy to do in practice! I can remember one example where the company was getting rid of its old VHS stock. I suggested that there might be an option to recycle them. I was busy that day, so I asked if I could have until the end of Friday to come up with some options. I researched it and came up with some solutions, but come Friday, they had already been thrown out!"
Issell had similar experiences. "I was lucky and grateful to be working in corporate interior design," she reflects. "… but there was one occasion where we were doing an office fit-out. We set up a prototype for just one day – they came and inspected it and then everything we had used went straight into landfill. I felt like I was selling my soul! I was drinking so much coffee and having about four croissants a day. I felt so unhealthy and I was unhappy on the inside! I felt like I was just adding to the problem."
Well, there's no call for them to lament anymore. These workshops are a culmination of their design and aesthetic experience and are informed by an ethos of anti-mass manufacture. Their workshops cover a range of subjects including: DIY crafts, art, making organic skincare, aromatherapy, herb knowledge, interior styling, event styling, photography and floristry.