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From Leap Of Faith To Business – A chat with russet.design

Russet. Design

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Minimalsm Print by russet. design $29 – Styled and photographed by Rachael Honner 

Hello

Boy, do I love to hear about people wearing their brave and following their passions – just so you know, I’m particularly talking about that moment where one decides to take a leap of faith and follow their passions! I use the word brave because throwing caution to the wind and following your creative ideas and pursuits takes huge courage. So today, I’m interviewing russet. designThey are a small Melbourne-based business designing and producing a range of limited edition prints and handcrafted timber products. It is run by entrepreneurs Nicole Pitcon and Vic Hamilton. Here are a selection of russet. design’s beautiful range of prints which I know you will love and here is their story.

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Styled by Pixie Home, Photography by Verse Photography 

Tell us how you came about starting your own business and when did that all fall into place for you?

We’d talked about starting a business together for a while but it wasn’t until we were both on maternity leave and away from other work that if felt like the right time to transition into this path. It’s still very early days for us, and we’re in the throes of bringing out a new range of products, handcrafted and made in Melbourne.

What has been the hardest obstacle to overcome so far?

Time has definitely been the most difficult obstacle – we’re both mother’s of young toddlers and have other work to juggle, as well as trying to maintain a semblance of a social life! It’s an ongoing obstacle and one that we think every working mother has to try and juggle.

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Angled Lines print by russet.design $29. Styling and photography by Rachael Honner

What strengths do you both bring to the table? Do these talents vary? And how on earth did you ladies iron out who would do which particular roles?

It’s been a learning curve for us both! The graphic design and technical skills come from Nicole, while Vic is the organization freak and tries to keep the business side of things up-to-date. We’ve been quite lucky, we work well together and balance each other’s skills. When it comes to designs, we always collaborate and talk about what it is we’re trying to create. We save visual inspiration and document our ideas. After brainstorming we usually go away and fine-tune a design to create a certain mood or feeling. We both tend to opt for simplicity in design. As we love to say – less is more! 

Do you have any advice for others considering a partnership?

Try to be considerate of the other person, express your views but be prepared to compromise. We have recently agreed that if we’re not both 100% happy with something we don’t go ahead with it. Do your research, get a good accountant, some cloud bookkeeping software, and a system for organizing correspondence and files – like Asana and Dropbox. Last but not least, be aware that it will be time-consuming, and that you’ll need to give up a lot of your time in administrative, website tasks and marketing, while also still making time for the fun stuff!

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Styled by Pixie Home, Photography by Verse Photography 

Can you share with us how you keep motivated and inspired?

We’re both constantly reading magazines, blogs, Instagram, Pinterest, even a visit to a homewares shop can help with inspiration. Admittedly because we’re busy we get most of our motivation and inspiration from websites. And because we love that side of a creative business, it makes it easier to stay positive and inspired.

How do you both deal with self doubt?

A good catch up, (usually at a café) to talk things through and one of us sorts the other out J Venting can be good for you!! We pretty much always agree on whatever it is that’s bothering us! 

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Styled and photographed by Rachael Honner

Which are your faves?

Thongs or heels?

Nicole: Thongs

Vic: definitely thongs!

Blooms, ferns or palms?

Nicole: Blooms

Vic: Palms (I’m a Queenslander through and through)

Colour Palates?

Nicole: Monchromatic

Vic: Neutrals – nudes, blushes, gold and copper tones.

And lastly, what do you think is most unique about your designs?

Fresh, clean, fuss-free modern designs. We like to think in their simplicity they can compliment nearly any décor and have staying-power.

 Thanks Nicole and Vic for your answers- your work is beautiful. I have to agree that the simplicity of your designs will compliment any decor style and I am certain that my readers will also agree!  You can also read a similar interview to this one right here.

Rachael xx

 

6 Responses so far.

  1. Yvette says:

    Oh Rach, I love this segment. It’s wonderful discovering other creatives and I adore this. Fantastic styling and pics too xox
    Yvette

  2. Oh wow I absolutely love their gorgeous designs. So much talent right there! xx

  3. It’s amazing in support of me to have a website, which is useful in favor of my knowledge. thanks admin

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