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  • Meet the Maker #1 — Cathy Parry

    on Jan 31, 14 in Meet the Maker by with Comments Off on Meet the Maker #1 — Cathy Parry

    Meet the Maker is the ISW Interview Series where Cathy Parry talks to other makers about their process and how they keep traditional knowledge and skills relevant for today. Most importantly she asks, ‘Are they passing on their knowledge to anyone else?’.

    The short story. I’ve been sewing in this business for 12 years and am still in love with the structural properties of canvas. I’ve committed to finding out what I don’t know (and need to know) about sewing and looking for ways to know it. I make things to really last and am on the long slow journey of learning leatherwork, working with hand and machine. I teach my sons by osmosis, as I figure they are my best students right now. I know I’m on a good thing when my youngest describes himself as “a maker”.

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  • Meet the Maker #2 — Chris Guest

    on Jan 30, 14 in Meet the Maker by with Comments Off on Meet the Maker #2 — Chris Guest

    Meet the Maker is the ISW Interview Series where Cathy Parry talks to other makers about their process and how they keep traditional knowledge and skills relevant for today. Most importantly she asks, ‘Are they passing on their knowledge to anyone else?’.

    Chris is an architect, illustrator, dreamer of better worlds and builder of our home. When I can collar him to sit down and talk, I’ll ask him pertinent maker questions. In the mean time, he spends his weekends doing things like building a shed for our fire wood out of the partial demolition of a neighbouring house, and inspiring his youngest to say “when I grow up I want to be a builder like Daddy” Continue Reading

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  • Meet the Maker #3 — Usethings

    on Jan 29, 14 in Meet the Maker by with Comments Off on Meet the Maker #3 — Usethings

    Meet the Maker is the ISW Interview Series where Cathy Parry talks to other makers about their process and how they keep traditional knowledge and skills relevant for today. Most importantly she asks, ‘Are they passing on their knowledge to anyone else?’.

     

    Usethings

    Tim Preston and Debbie Taylor are the usethings design team.

    A Bachelor of Industrial Design and a trade-qualified Shipwright, Tim combines rare knowledge of traditional methods and materials with a modern, cutting edge sensibility. Debbie is a design and building  consultant who loves to be a medium for the exchange of ideas in a project.

    Tim makes the buttons for our Arrietty Bag from the sugar gum offcuts of his coat racks. He also sharpens my tools sometimes, they also have a great little shop in town. Usethings is also their great little store, where they have held mini workshops on knots, knife sharpening and darning.

     

     

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  • A short delay

    on Jan 4, 14 in News by with Comments Off on A short delay

    We’re off on a short camping holiday. Any orders placed will be sent out after Monday 13th January. 
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  • Meet the Maker #4 – Metal Shaper

    on Dec 31, 13 in Meet the Maker by with Comments Off on Meet the Maker #4 – Metal Shaper

    Meet the Maker is the ISW Interview Series where Cathy Parry talks to other makers about their process and how they keep traditional knowledge and skills relevant for today. Most importantly she asks, ‘Are they passing on their knowledge to anyone else?’.

     

    Metal Shaper

    Jamie Burke is the metal shaper, he’s amazing. Jamie bends The Butterfly Chair (a Chops for Tea and ISW top secret joint project) and does some really beautiful work, I can’t wait to interview him officially. His website has some great fence photos.

     

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  • New online home for RonDSwan

    on Nov 28, 13 in News by with Comments Off on New online home for RonDSwan

    You may have noticed the website has changed, we’re still here, just a little different. We’re currently adding functionality back into the site, so please feel very free to contact us with any question regarding purchasing or warranty info.

    RonDSwan canvas pannier bag

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  • Vintage Canvas for panniers

    on Mar 17, 13 in News by with 1 Comment

    Vintage canvas has always been the base of RonDSwan’s products, and indeed passion. We’ve revived a couple of special vintage colours and will be adding new ones here and on our facebook page as well.
    To purchase one, contact us via email, phone or order a vintage pannier voucher and let us know the name of the colour you’d like.
    This beautiful blue is one of the original colours in the 1960’s that Brella made and was discontinued not far into the 1970’s. The photo was taken by the very talented Oliver Holmgren.

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  • BikeFest Treadlie Market

    on Feb 13, 12 in News by with Comments Off on BikeFest Treadlie Market

    RonDSwan is excited to be a last minute addition to the Bike Market at Sustainable Living Festival, Fed Sq Melbourne this weekend 17-19 February. 
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  • Ipad sleeves in Treadlie 5

    on Dec 2, 11 in News by with Comments Off on Ipad sleeves in Treadlie 5

    The next issue of Treadlie magazine is out and it’s a fantastic edition as usual. They’ve been kind enough to include RonDSwan’s ipad sleeve as well.

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  • reclaimed fabric pockets

    on Dec 1, 11 in News by with Comments Off on reclaimed fabric pockets

    New pockets for Commuter Panniers made from clean discarded banners.

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