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A shop for well made, handcrafted goods by artists and makers curated by Lauren Musacchio. 

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The Stories

Meet the Maker: Frazer Parfum

LAUREN MUSACCHIO

Natural Perfumes
Cape Town, South Africa

Following in her family’s fragrant footsteps, Tammy Frazer of Frazer Parfum creates organic and natural perfume products in a small perfume house in South Africa. Her grandfather Graham Wulff, a chemist and inventor, created Oil of Olay in 1953. Her father worked at Swiss perfume powerhouse Givaudan, and both her aunt and uncle pioneered the introduction of Homeopathy in South Africa. As head of the house, Tammy personally creates all the perfumes by hand, only working with natural and organic raw materials personally sourced based on quality from farmers around the world. Unlike most perfume houses, Frazer Parfum doesn’t use any synthetic molecules or chemicals. Each perfume consists solely of rare absolutes, concretes and resins coupled with chemotyped essential oils, petals, woods, roots, grass and zest. Each perfume she develops springs from her experience.“ The way in which I compose a perfume starts with a place. Take Corsica. Arriving on the island with my camera in hand I began to document visually what I saw. Colour, the architecture, the light and the vibrancy of life. I considered the weather conditions, how it impacts on the people. I considered the soil types and the ocean currents, the plant life. Next I met with the farmers to understand their methods of harvesting and distillation.”

Frazer Parfum creates organic and natural perfume products, handcrafted while collaborating with local artists.  Tammy Frazer creates each perfume by hand.  She works only with high quality natural and organic raw materials sourced directly from farmers around the world. 

This parfum solid is an eighteenth century traditional method of perfuming oneself. The organic beeswax is sourced in Africa and infuses the perfume oils in a balm. Warm the balm with your fingertips and apply the ways to your skin. In particular to places of warmth, like the nape of your neck, behind the ears and the wrists. The warmth of your body will diffuse the scent over time. 

The perfume solid is set in an African Blackwood compact that is handmade by Allan Schwartz of the Mezimbite Forest Center. The illustration is by local designer Heather Moore. 

Buy Frazer Parfum here

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Meet the Maker: Christina Nicole

LAUREN MUSACCHIO

The vision for Christina Nicole is the same for the lives and homes of founders and makers, Christina Nicole and Travis Brooks: natural organic growth and sowing what they reap. As a family, they are laying down their foundation by living off the land, working with their hands and living in the everyday. Inspired by the organic world around, the femininity of wooded terrain and Moroccan romanticism,  their work is organic, ever evolving but transcendent from generation to generation.  Whatever it is they envision, they do it with quality craftsmanship and commitment. Each piece of jewelry made by Christina and Travis is a glimpse of their lives and their story.  

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Meet the Maker: Tito the Spoonmaker; Woodworking

LAUREN MUSACCHIO

Alberto Hogan "Tito"  has always been an artist with a passion for testing new mediums.  While he has explored drawing, painting and designing, Alberto now works as a local woodcarver in the heart of Dublin City, Ireland. Using only locally sourced wood and hand tools, he reduces his environmental impact while simultaneously creating rare pieces.

This love for art and creativity carried on through Alberto's adolescence and into college where he studied multimedia and animation. With this new knowledge and experience of digital mediums he went on to work freelancing in various computer graphic roles such as, graphic design, 3d architectural modelling and conceptual arts. It was around 2009 that Alberto began to take a strong interest in self-sufficiency and sustainability which led him to learn more traditional skills like Permaculture and Bushcraft. It was through these experiences that he got a taste for wood carving.

Alberto has crafted a series of birch wood spoons for Straw and Gold. All pieces are carved by hand.  The wood is sourced from his family's property in Ireland and/or collected from fallen trees in the local area. 

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Meet the Maker: Alchemy Home Co.; Perfumery

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Whether transforming a snippet of poetry into perfume or turning a worn-out idiom into an expressive scent, Alchemy Home Company creates distinct fragrances with meaning.  Each perfume is crafted from natural, wild-harvested botanical materials and oils and comes with a personalized story.  

Stacy Giovannucci considers herself born half mermaid, half wild thing and is immersed in the joys of creating–dance, painting, design, and folk tradition. Sarah Eynon brings a different eclecticism to Alchemy.  Born among Texan sagebrush and desert flower, she is part Cherokee with a love for all things French.  The Author of Alchemy’s “scent stories”, Andrea Talarico, is Lebanese, Irish, and Italian.  Her diverse heritage conspires a gypsy soul who is in constant search for secret stacks of dusty old books.

Alchemy was born out of Stacy’s dream to re-sensualize our lives through scent, but it requires all three Alchemy girls to produce these magical potions and perfumes.

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Meet the Maker: Kiel Mead; Metalwork

LAUREN MUSACCHIO

Born and raised just east of the midwest, Kiel Mead got rather used to ordinary things. Soon enough, after relocating to Brooklyn, NY, he recognized that while most of the everyday objects we see do not change on their own, our perception and appreciation of them varies greatly in terms of the nostalgic imprints they leave in our minds. Out of matchsticks, car keys, previously chewed gum, string and even onomatopoeias, Kiel fashions jewelry which is overtly non-descript into pieces of desire. His approach to design wields results both remarkable and unexpected. Kiel's innovative designs have been featured in magazines, museums and myriad web sites.

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