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Hunting Collective by Hunting for George

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Tuesday 18th November 2014

Today we introduce a unique collaboration involving 12 Melbourne creatives. ‘Hunting Collective’ is a project curated by  Lucy Glade-Wright and Jo Harris, proprietors of much loved local online store Hunting for George. The result is a collection of 12 one-of-a-kind decorated timber clocks, inspired by a partnership with Waverley Industries, a not-for-profit organisation which provides employment opportunities for local people with special needs.

We’ve long admired Lucy Glade-Wright and Jo Harris, the clever sibling team behind Melbourne-based online store Hunting For George. Since launching their popular online store in 2010, they’ve gone from strength to strength. What started as a quirky edit of homewares, accessories and gifts , has grown into a much broader offering – these days Lucy and Jo have extended their product range significantly, even launching their very own range of bedlinen.

Today marks the launch of a new project, Inspired by Lucy and Jo’s recent partnership with Waverley Industries. ‘Waverley Industries are a not for profit organisation that support people in the community with disabilities, by providing employment’ explains Lucy.  ‘We reached out to Waverley earlier this year, as we’d often find ourselves painting and sanding clocks in the shed at midnight, and realised we weren’t really keeping up with demand. It was important for us to maintain the handmade quality of our clocks, and were thrilled when we met the team at Waverley and saw the amazing capabilities of their staff. We are now proud to say that all Hunting for George clocks are handmade in Melbourne by Waverley Industries’.

To celebrate their new partnership with this local not-for-profit organisation, this month Lucy and Jo launch ‘Hunting Collective’ – a collaborative project which brings together 12 local creatives, each of whom have painted and/or decorated a timber clock, to be sold via online auction this month.

‘The Hunting Collective is a motley crew of creatives from a variety of different mediums’ explains Lucy ‘Each artist was given a blank Hunting for George clock and an open brief. All of the artists involved we admire and respect so much, so we just wanted to sit back and watch them create on their own agenda’.

Lucy and Jo visited each artist during the project, keen to document the creative process. ‘For us, the most enjoyable part of these collaborations is meeting the artists involved and getting to know more about them’ explains Lucy. ‘When we met each artist in person we loved them even more. You so often hear their names and see their work in pictures and on social media, but it’s rare these days to be able to put faces to the names. We hope that through the Hunting Collective we can offer our audience a more personal encounter with each artist.’

With a lineup including revered Melbourne artist Lucas Grogan, alongside talented illustrators Sarah Hankinson, Laura Blythman and Esther Olsson, designers Peaches & Keen and Pop & Scott, as well as photographer Clare Plueckhahn and many more, this one is well worth a look! (All artists are listed online here)

You can bid online for your favourite clock anytime from today until midnight, Sunday November 30. The 12 very lucky winners will get to take home something truly unique – just in time for Christmas! (Agh, did I just say Christmas!?).

Hand painted clock by Australian artist / illustrator currently based in Madrid, Diana Ellinger for Hunting Collective.  Photo – Jason Retchford.


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