Describe a typical day in the life of Camille Moir-Smith.
6am - 7am
Spring out of bed, then have a coffee and nice chats with my housemate.
Walk an hour to the workshop, stopping by the gardens on the way so Ru can have a frolic before work.
Roll into the studio and have a coffee with the workshop crew then get down to the admin side of business.
Communal lunch with the workshop gang.
Making, hammering, getting orders ready for post.
Walk home, with a stop by the organic store and post office.
6 - 9:30
Usually I catch up with a friend and have a yum meal or read until sleep with Ru.
You really are a Carpenter's daughter, tell us about your childhood.
My childhood was very bohemian in contrast to the suburbs I grew up in. My mother is the scientific illustrator at the Botanic Gardens, so the house was always lush with plants and specimens. Often I would look in the fridge, reach for the yoghurt or something like that and she would scream, ‘Oh Camille! There is a rare butterfly from Broome in there!’ If I wasn’t painting alongside my mother in her home studio or climbing trees with my friends, I would be knocking around my father’s workshop. My father’s workshop had a nice vibrant energy to it; he and his employees would sing and tap their feet to Louis Jordan or Neil Young while I would sweep up the ash, oak and walnut wood curls, or make up strange concoctions of beeswax, stains and polishes.
What inspired you to start ‘Carpenter's Daughter’?
I started the business about a year and a half ago when I was 24 – at an age when I felt pressure to refine ‘what I wanted to do’. I found it hard to narrow down my wide range of creative outlets to one and also to stick to a coherent routine; Carpenter’s Daughter was born out of these dilemmas.
Just through making an apron, I have been able to interact with incredible people whom I admire, and have accessed the full spectrum of my interests: painting, pottery, music, photography, cooking, gardening, etc. Carpenter’s Daughter embodies a beautiful connection of identities and provides a lifestyle that is sustainable for the way I live.
When did you make your first apron?
I made The Florist at home in 2014.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Inspiration is such a momentary experience, it’s so hard to pinpoint! Things that inspire me are ever-growing and ever-linking to more and more things. At the moment I am heavily inspired by: Joan Miró, Le Corbusier, Alexander Calder, Alvar Aalto, Constantin Brancusi, Charles & Ray Eames, Helen Frankenthaler, Xavier Corbero, Terence Conran. The list is endless.
What do you love most about living in Melbourne?
My friends with the added goodness of having access to seeing incredible plays, exhibitions and galleries, lounging in rich gardens and having the freedom to go camping or surfing whenever you need a dose of the great outdoors. Melbourne is fun and creative and not too big so you always bump into someone which is always a nice time.
What’s in store for 2017?
Linen/Hemp aprons, painting and lots of reading.
Camille wears The Chelsea Boot in Stone