Dr Benjamin Matthews

Real Creative Collectives: Enspiral + Enkel

Real Creative Collectives: Enspiral + Enkel

Collectives are beautiful weirdos, and odd assemblages of the willing: those who believe sharing the work also means sharing the responsibility and the rewards as part of a fluid construct that brings people together and promotes community. In this article I highlight two, Enspiral (NZ) and Enkel (Aus).

754 Hunter St

Dropped by 754 Hunter Street this week to hang and work. It's a converted warehouse, and one of the many collective creative spaces popping up around Newcastle.

There's some seriously innovative companies based here to compliment the clever open plan adaptation of the space. Tiny Design Workshop, for example, are a pair of passionate young architects who work to convert and recycle elements of the built environment for alternate use. Check them out here

There's also photographer Hannah Rose. High level, boutique photography is rarely this great, and her prize winning art, anthropological and commercial work has caught the attention of the international photography community. She is frequently invited to speak and exhibit at large events, the most recent being Vivid, HeadON, and Look Upstairs. Eye candy galore on her site here

There's also Pocket Design, whose principle is the all conquering Brett Piva. His hand lettering is popping up all around Newcastle - think The Edwards - and his websites and graphic design are as original as they are high level. Check his stuff out here.

There's also architect J.P.Hellowell, who specialises in domestic interiors, additions and new builds - he also completed a Bachelor of Construction Management, and a Master's in Architecture at UNSW where he was also teaching academic. He can take even the most complex, avante garde projects through to completion. Check out his beautiful site here.

There's also jewellers and artists, Sian Edwards and Eleanor Hanlon and Jemma Clifford, two great little creative agencies - Crackler, and Beech and Co - and communication tech experts Your Modern Practice

The place is not just functional and packed full of great creatives, it's serious eye candy. Check out the shot, it's c/o of Hannah Rose