130 Tex­tile artist Tammy Kanat is a dream weaver.

Belle - - Belle Promotion - Pho­to­graphs LAU­REN BAM­FORD & EMILY WEAV­ING Styling KIM DE WIN­TER

Tex­tile artist Tammy Kanat is in­spired by na­ture to cre­ate a home and workspace full of light, colour and pieces of dreams.

WHAT HAS IN­FORMED AND IN­SPIRED YOUR IN­TE­RI­ORS STYLE? HAS THIS E VOLVED OVER TIME? Na­ture has played a ma­jor role. Fresh green­ery in my house is es­sen­tial. I like to sur­round my­self with plants and ow­ers to bring the out­doors in and cre­ate a calm home and in­spir­ing work en­vi­ron­ment. Our home is de­signed around “a life­style” ap­proach rather than a speci c in­te­rior style. My goal is to cre­ate an am­bi­ence of warmth, cre­ativ­ity, and com­fort. There is an abun­dance of colour in paint­ings, cush­ions, weav­ings, rugs, and ob­jects. Beau­ti­ful ob­jects from around the world cre­ate a bal­anced and har­mo­nious en­ergy. Styling our home is very sat­is­fy­ing, a free­dom of ex­pres­sion, an in­ter­pre­ta­tion of our fam­ily and life­style. It is an on­go­ing and evolv­ing jour­ney that I love and am look­ing for­ward to con­tin­u­ing for many years.

IS YOUR HOME A SANC­TU­ARY OR DOES IT DOU­BLE AS A WORK SPACE? I am for­tu­nate to have my workspace at home. We ren­o­vated and ex­tended five years ago and de­signed an area called the ‘Re­treat’. It is a beau­ti­ful light-filled space that looks over the garden and it has a peace­ful and cre­ative en­ergy. I think my work plays a ma­jor role in help­ing to cre­ate the colour­ful, artis­tic and peace­ful haven we live in.

WHAT INI­TIALLY APPE ALED TO YO U AB O UT THE SPACE? D ID RE­QUIRE SIG­NIF­I­CANT AL­TER ATIONS? We were ini­tially drawn to the prop­erty with its north-fac­ing as­pect. Our love of na­ture and light is re ected in the de­sign. When we ren­o­vated our goal was to have as many rooms as pos­si­ble over­look­ing the garden to let na­ture and light stream through the win­dows. Great nat­u­ral light is so im­por­tant when I am work­ing.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE PIECES? I have so many pieces that have a story it is hard to choose. Pia Wüsten­berg’s ‘Stack­ing Ves­sels’ from Ger­many are a beau­ti­ful com­bi­na­tion of glass, ceramic and wood. The ‘Knot’ cush­ions by De­sign­byUmemi from Ice­land are the per­fect ac­ces­sory on my so­fas. I love the time­less de­sign of my vin­tage Cadrys rug and my Pa­tri­cia Urquiola rug with its soft colours and chunky tex­tiles. We also have a Va­lerie Sparks work, a com­po­si­tion of na­ture and his­tory.

WHERE DO YOU SPEND THE MOST TIME IN YOUR HOME? The ‘Re­treat’. Over the years this space has evolved into my cre­ative workspace dur­ing the day and at night our place to catch up over

a cup of herbal tea. I am sur­rounded by colour­ful tex­tured yarns, hand-wo­ven woollen blan­kets and ta­pes­try weav­ings.

IS T HERE A PAR­TIC­U­LAR PE­RIOD OR STYLE THAT A PPEALS TO YOU? Frank Lloyd Wright and his mod­ern ap­proach.

WHAT COULDN’T YOU LIVE WITH­OUT? My fam­ily, friends, time to cre­ate and de­sign, art, colour and tex­tiles.

IF YOU DIDN’T LIVE IN MEL­BOURNE, WHERE ELSE WOULD YOU LIVE? I could live in the Aus­tralian bush, the ro­mance of liv­ing in the coun­try­side ap­peals to me. The fresh air and peace­ful sur­round­ings are very at­trac­tive, but my roots are in the city. Mel­bourne has such a great life­style, a per­fect place to raise a fam­ily, great restau­rants, fab­u­lous cof­fee and lots of in­cred­i­ble gal­leries and en­ter­tain­ment. WHICH DE­SIGN­ERS, AR­CHI­TECTS OR IN­TE­RIOR DE­SIGN­ERS D O YOU AD­MIRE AND WHY? As well as Frank Lloyd Wright and his ideas of or­ganic ar­chi­tec­ture and holis­tic ap­proach where all as­pects of the build­ing are con­sid­ered, I ad­mire Diana Vree­land, a fash­ion icon ahead of her time. Axel Ver­vo­ordt is another of my favourite de­sign­ers. I love his phi­los­o­phy of link­ing life­style and home de­sign.

WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE ARTISTS AND DO YOU COL­LECT ANY­ONE IN PAR­TIC­U­LAR? I have an eclec­tic mix of art through­out the house. Some of my favourite artists are John Olsen, Gus­tav Klimt, So­nia De­lau­nay and Charles Black­man.

WHAT PROJECTS ARE YOU CUR­RENTLY WORK­ING ON? An ex­cit­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion with Cadrys – there will be a sneak peek at the DenFair in June and the rugs will be launched in Au­gust. I am also de­vel­op­ing a range of artis­tic out­door fur­ni­ture for Wil­liam Dan­gar for Robert Plumb for spring sum­mer 2016.

WHAT IS THE PHI­LOS­O­PHY BE­HIND YOUR WORK? IS THIS RE­FLECTED IN YOUR HOME? I like my work to be unique and authen­tic. Weav­ing projects a mood and this is re ected in my home. I buy things be­cause I love them, I never think about where I am go­ing to put them, I just know they will nd a spot. When it comes to de­sign­ing or cre­at­ing I fol­low my in­stincts to pro­duce some­thing that feels right. I am very vis­ual and I’m al­ways tak­ing note of my sur­round­ings – this is re ected in my work and my home.

IT This page, clock­wise from left Art­work by Valerie Sparks, a chunky throw by Tammy Kanat and side ta­bles from Cult in the liv­ing room. A Euan Heng paint­ing above the ‹re­place, Umemi ‘Knot’ cush­ion on the sofa and Pia Wüsten­berg ‘Stack­ing Ves­sels’ on...

This page, clock­wise from left Vin­tage chair and ot­toman from Sa­fari Liv­ing. Art­work by Sim­ryn Gill. Doug John­ston wo­ven ves­sel and Deb­bie Wein­mann ceram­ics on bath­room shelf. Charles Black­man art­work. In the bed­room is an art­work by Adam Gibbs...

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