If you follow Peaches+Keen on Instagram — Melbourne, Australia-based creative duo Lucy Hearn and Lily Zielinski — you already know about the amazingly intricate designs they share that are created from found floral and fauna that they deconstruct and rearrange into beautiful and unique patterns. They recently opened a brick-and-mortar shop, Botanical Calamity, which is also their studio space that they share with painter Miranda Skoczek. Lily and Lucy had been creating their one-of-a-kind pieces for over five years before delving into a physical storefront. Peaches+Keen’s brilliance is in their materials, or rather the inspiration from their materials. They make jewelry, custom painted pots and “botanical artworks” which they create from found seeds, flowers, leaves and other natural materials. The pair explains that they take these natural elements and “Dissect into their basic forms and arrange into graphic patterns. These images are then photographed and printed. This process continues to evolve via various mediums — from paintings to patterns in gold foil on the earrings.” Incredibly — and appropriately — enough, it’s the style that they continued onto the enormous mural that graces the exterior of their space!
The building was originally an auto shop, and most recently a karate dojo, that Lily and Lucy passed each day on their coffee runs in their neighborhood. When Lucy suggested they get the space when it came up for lease, Lily realized she was actually at least half serious. With kids at home for each of the designers (and Miranda as well), it was important that they had a space to work independently and without interruption. Within a week the partners signed the lease. Now they have an inspiring creative space they can share with fellow creatives in Melbourne, and surrounding areas, and a place of their own where they can work and highlight local makers. —Rebekah
Image above: After painting the interior Lily and Lucy began on the outside, “Next we tackled the exterior — first painting a coat of blue, then stenciling over it with hundreds of shapes. We spent many an hour at the top of our 12-foot ladder with a can of spray paint and are so happy all the hard work has paid off. The building sits so beautifully amongst the trees and is a nod to the nature that surrounds us. Our studio name, Botanical Calamity, comes from our Botanical Calamity Artworks that inspired our exterior mural.”