For this designer spotlight, we're showcasing the talented Meaghan Barbuto of Scarlett Hunter.
Raised in the cultural epicentre of Australia, Meaghan spent her days surrounded by visual art across the Melbourne landscape – in parks, on the streets and even in her home, where her dad, David, spent hours creating masterpieces.
Meaghan recalls this time with sentimental nostalgia, “I played with glass when I was a child at the glass cutting table. It was a long-time hobby for my father. The things he made were just perfect and always in line with the art deco style”.
Pursuing a passion for art and design, Meaghan’s studies at Sandringham College, Swinburne and Monash Universities provided the qualifications, but she yearned to be independent.
“Running my letterpress business as a whole would have to be the highlight of my design career. I was fortunate enough to go on to design and print the official invitation for the welcome dinner for Oprah Winfrey held by Melbourne City Council when she visited Melbourne in 2009.”
Inspired by colour, form and observation, her love of ‘grunge’ style mixed with repurposing objects in a way that is ‘authentic and edgy’ has led to an obsession with jewellery revealing the imperfections of creation – distilled in her range of handmade wall pieces, named after her children Scarlett and Hunter.
“I have always loved a grunge style, it will never go out of fashion and reusing materials doesn’t need to look “cheap”. It is possible to make something bespoke and turn it into something sophisticated and high end.”
Forged in the fires of appreciating traditional glass window designs and combined with modern jewellery concepts, anyone who thinks that the styling in Mad Max is on point, will cherish these timeless pieces taking pride of place in their home. A definite conversation starter and something Meaghan continues to be challenged by.
“Learning new skills and understanding the materials that bring it all together. Then the most fascinating part, is how far can I push those materials to challenge the traditional medium. I’m happiest when I am making and learning, even when it sometimes seems impossible.”
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