Jetstar engineer crafts homemade lampshades
An aircraft engineer is subconsciously incorporating aviation aesthetics into his handmade lampshades.
Jetstar aircraft engineer David Sier started a side business crafting lampshades from a workshop in his Hillsborough family home at the start of last year.
The inspiration originally came to him around five years ago when visiting an upmarket home decor store.
Looking at expensive lampshades he thought they didn’t look particularly well made and decided he could do a better job.
‘‘I thought ‘wow, that’s a lot of money for something, if you stand reasonably close to it you can see the faults’,’’ Sier said.
The father-of-two’s lampshades have a distinctive look with wooden splines, although he never had a particular design in mind. ‘‘I’ve been asked the question a number of times, ‘where does your inspiration come from’, and it just seems to pop into my head.’’
People have told him some of his designs resemble aircraft jet engines, he said. ‘‘Maybe because I’ve been around these machines for so damn long.’’ When he made up lamp drawings he did not think it looked like an aeroplane.
‘‘It’s the old subconscious at work there maybe.’’ The lampshades range in price from $700 to $1050.
David Sier with some of his handcrafted lampshades in his Hillsborough home workshop.