There is nothing beige about the GatherKids range.
Each piece exudes sophistication and refined style with its neutral palette, beautiful textures and patterns. Melissas attention to detail and great workmanship, allows each piece to shine without the need for bright and bold colours to attract your attention.
Finally, a range of childrens furniture that is a continuation of your home decor, a little delightful feature that can be celebrated rather than hidden away when guests arrive! Now that is great design…
Artist Name: Melissa Webster / GatherKids
Artist Location: Kahibah, Newcastle
Type of Work – Medium: Textile / Homeware / Furniture Design – Natural fibers and timber
How would you describe your style of work?
My designs are uncomplicated, pared back but incredibly beautiful. They are a grown up take on childrens textiles and furniture. I’m not into bold colours so you see lots of subdued tones in my work. I love pieces with texture, anything aged and slightly imperfect. I choose natural and organic materials because they reflect this “realness” of life. But at the same time I like perfection – perfectly imperfect!
Are you formally educated or self-taught?
Yes in both Interior Design and Visual Merchandising, but I am not formally trained in Textile Design. Despite my studies, I work more intuitively… if something doesn’t feel right I keep working on it until it clicks. Sometimes it is an obvious change, other times it can take days for a concept or solution. Design is very organic like that. It needs time to fully develop.
Who or what inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?
Actually the whole GatherKids idea came from my residential interior works. I was creating these beautiful homes with clients, and then moving into the childrens spaces, there was a jolt between sophistication and the bright, plasticky childrens rooms. So the idea was to merge adult style with childrens practicality, creating a really beautiful cohesion between the living spaces and kids rooms.
My best work is found in my notepad beside my bed in the morning. I am forever leaning over the bedside table scribbling ideas or words. Often times I can’t leave it with a scribble and end up sitting in the lounge with a sketchbook and my laptop whilst I think through a concept.
Where can readers see / buy your work?
Bondi Junction, NSW 2022
18 Hastings Street
Sorrento, VIC 3943
Unley, SA 5061
Launceston, TAS 7250
And we are soon to launch GatherKids Online Store so stay tuned!
Do you have any words of advice for aspiring artists / creators?
Love, love, love what you do! It will be successful if you throw all your passion and hard work into your creations.