For Tara Bennett, Designer and Founder of design hub, Provider Store in Surry Hills - she finds she's most inspired when she is travelling. Either sourcing pieces from craftsmen through her travels around the world or handcrafting her own range of candles and ceramics, all of the pieces found in Tara's store are made with intent and care. Tara shares her story with us, including how Japanese culture and design has come to inspire her.
Name: Tara Bennett
Location: Surry Hills, Sydney
Profession/ Business / Passion / Creative Outlet: Provider Store
Star sign: Aquarius
Quote/words to live by:
“Don’t put off tomorrow what you can do today”
Favourite places to visit:
Japan is my favourite country to visit and get inspiration.
Paris is my favourite city to admire the buildings, see amazing art and fashion.
In Sydney, I love drinking coffee at Artificer, having an afternoon beer at The Rose in Erskineville, eating at Cairo Takeway or Taste of Turkey on Enmore Road and walking Pocari (her adorable Shiba!) in Sydney Park.
Describe your typical day:
I am in the studio around 8.30 each day but it’s always different. Sometimes it’s making candles, sometimes it’s taking photos, teaching workshops or serving people… Unfortunately the bigger you get the more boring things you have to do like accounting.
Is your design approach intuitive or measured?:
Intuitive for sure. I just follow what I love and roll with it. I have a very organised chaos personality so I struggle with structured processes.
Where do you draw your creative inspiration from?:
Travel. When I think about when I am most motivated and inspired it’s either while I am travelling or as soon as I get back. Whenever I am in Japan I always make a little trip into the supermarkets and drift around the aisles looking for interesting labels. I always walk out feeling inspired… weird I know but you should see my cool collection of mackerel cans.
Advice you would give to your younger self:
You should have quit for your day job sooner.
With these hands I…
Source one-off hand made pieces, meet craftsmen from around the world and hand make reusable homewares.
Store address : 381b Riley St, Surry Hills
Photography: Kaitlyn Bosnjak | @justfilm_