We speak with Geoff from Lowglo Luminaires about all things lights, magic and mushrooms!
Tell us a little about yourself using a Haiku.
The Forest and Fairies
All know the mushroom magic
Will light the way home
Tell us a little about the origins of Lowglo Luminaires.
In about 1998, I saw a mushroom in a garden with the light behind it and wondered what it would look like if it was lit up. The results were ordinary but promising. That started many years of research to find the best materials and techniques to produce mushrooms with the colours and warm glow that they have. We sold our first settings in 2010. From then, we have further developed techniques of modelling, colour and light control so that we can present a fair representation of nature and its wonder.
Describe your creative process.
My creative process is largely derived from walking in the bush and looking at the detail and the interplay of light in the natural world. Images come to mind and I create the mushrooms and settings to reflect that image.
What inspires you the most?
My major inspiration is the natural world. I have been walking in the bush since I was a child and have always been fascinated in the seemingly simple large view contrasted with the fantastic detail of the small. My other inspiration is the sun at sunrise and sunset for the fantastic palette of colours. To be a means of bringing the wonders of the natural world to a set on your dining room table and have you engage with it, is a beautiful and humbling experience.
Name some of your most favourite local artists and designers.
My favourite artists are ex-pat Australians: Jeffrey Smart for his wonderful sense of colour and form; Ron Muec k for his incredible skills at hyper-realism and his sense of space in large and small.
What are your ultimate dreams for Lowglo Luminaires?
My ultimate dream for Lowglo is two-fold: to be able to bring to the world the beauty of nature in our mushrooms and other forms we are developing, and to be able to do large commissioned works in a hyper realist fashion.
What will will we find from Lowglo Luminaires at our August Bend and Snap Market?
In the August Bend and Snap Market we will bring mushroom sets ranging from small sets with colour and a sense of wonder through classic Fairy mushroom settings to large free-standing tree stumps full of glowing mushrooms.
Oh hello August, we are celebrating 1000 £ Bend‘s FIFTH BIRTHDAY this month so see you all at our upcoming Bend and Snap Market day at 1000 £ Bend on Sunday 25th August 11:00pm to 4:00pm 361 Little Lonsdale Street in the city for our monthly extravaganza of art design fashion vintage, wild posies and floral arrangements courtesy of FOXGLOVE BOTANICALS, terrariums by BONNIE, illuminating mushrooms from LOWGLO LUMINAIRES and we welcome back the perfect pop up nail bar courtesy of CRITTER CLAWS.
We will be having lots of sugary sweetness served up by BONNIE BIX QUALITY SHORTBREADS, SPOONFULS OF LOVE, SWEET TREATS and WAFFELIER (who sold out of their delicious waffles at our last market day, so be sure to get in quick).
We are also thrilled to have the MELBOURNE ALT CRAFTERS presenting our Crafternoon Corner again this month with a slew of robot building workshops as well as many of our regular stall holders and a load of exciting new additions to our Bend and Snap fold, including: BERNAVUE, BONNIE, BONNIE BIX QUALITY SHORTBREADS, THE CREATURE WORKSHOP, CRITTER CLAWS, DRISYA, EELAV MCBEE, FORGET ME NOT ENGRAVING, FORGET ME KNOTT, FOXGLOVE BOTANICALS, THE GIRL NIGHTINGALE, HELEN FLEUR DESIGNS, JACKIE MADE THIS, JUX, LAUREN NICHOLSON ILLUSTRATION, LOWGLO LUMINAIRES, LOVE MY PRINTS, ME-U, MELBOURNE ALT CRAFTERS, PRECIOUS LITTLE SAKURA, THE RED FOREST, ROZZETTE, SABRI DURSI, SCRABBLE KITTY, SEBO-HANDMADE JEWELLERY, SPOONFULS OF LOVE, SWEET TREATS and WAFFELIER.
We have had some gorgeous interviews with many of our darling stall holders over the past few months. Be sure to make a little time to have a read of these inspiration filled interviews with a selection of our favourite artists and designers you will find at market day this month:
MELBOURNE ALT CRAFTERS
SPOONFULS OF LOVE
Stay tuned for more stall holder interviews and sneaky treats and be sure to like us on Facebook for all sorts of sneaky peek treats.
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♥ Be sure to also check out Rag Trade (also held at 1000 £ Bend) the day before on Saturday 24th August 11:00am to 4:00pm for some double market weekend love, you will find a treasure trove of second hand, vintage, sweet treats and Things Your Nanna Knew workshops.