— observations from the Blue Mountains Design Bureau —

52 shades of inspiration

It was early December last year when I first heard whispers of a new retail store in Blackheath, selling the work of local designers and makers. Those whispers grew into a buzz like swarming bees as we neared closer to Christmas – “you have to go and check out their stuff; there is a cute dress perfect for your little girl; there are so many great presents to buy for others… and yourself!” – and then I heard about their school holiday kids workshops, including super hero cape making. Could it get any better?!

Studio 52 is the brainchild of graphic designer Hannah Surtees and teacher Emma Kelly, who have a shared passion for contemporary design and education through creative expression. They met after settling in Blackheath with their young families, and were amazed at the amount of creative people around the area – artists, traditional crafters, and others who created but fell into neither group – who were underrepresented in local stores. They envisioned a creative hub for the Blue Mountains; an innovative centre for people to connect, create and be inspired. As well as the retail store and workshops, Studio 52 encompasses a work space where items are designed and printed for sale.

The official launch of Studio 52 will happen on Friday, March 22 by Blackheath artist Jenny Kee, who is well known for her vibrant art reflecting her passion for the Australian environment. At the event, Cloudscape favourite Scott Marr will will be demonstrating his work with pyrography and natural pigments; Zoya Kraus will be hand-painting on shoes; and The Wooldancer will be spinning her hand-dyed yarns. Also, printmaking and other techniques will be on display.

So if you haven’t stopped by this amazing space yet, make it a priority. With wonderful local stores Princess Pantry and Zuri closing down in the last little while, it is a timely reminder to support small businesses who showcase the talents of our local artists, designers and makers.

Congratulations Hannah and Emma on this inspirational enterprise.

WORDS Kellie Hammon  IMAGES courtesy of Studio 52

Studio 52 Creative Hub and Store
52 Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath
Studio 52 website
Phone 02 4787 5200

Retail opening hours:
Thursday – Monday 10am – 4pm

For further information on classes and workshops check out the Studio 52 website

We are saddened to advise that Studio 52 closed its doors to the public recently.


2 comments on “52 shades of inspiration

  1. hey this store is now closed! :(

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