Meet the Maker | Ken Wallis of Seasonal Concepts

When I settled on Cabinets of Curiosities and Collecting to be the theme for The Society inc Newspaper #4, one of the first shops that came to mind was Seasonal Concepts, an emporium of wonders housed in an original Georgian two storey residence, still with its flagstone floor and lath & plaster walls. Built by a drayman in 1856 (my favourite year as it so happens), the building has passed through several hands, even undergoing a transformation in the 1920s by an engineer, but now hosts the wonderful collection of curiosities, antiques and flowers curated by shopkeeper & florist Ken Wallis. Have a read of Ken's Q&A that features in Edition #4.

Describe your work space.
Dickens meets Grandma’s kitchen and Grandpa’s Garden Shed… with a twist!

Most treasured object?
An ancient Agate Bead believed to be over 3000 years old. It called to me from an Op Shop in Sydney in the mid 90s and I wear it most days.

My collection of Australian Birds Eggs that was collected from 1890 to 1910 by a wealthy businessman at the time. I have all the note books listing the location and dates that each of the eggs were collected.

Holiday destination?
Namibia! I can never get enough of the landscape, animals and funky botanicals.

Kate Bergin!  I love her still life composition with animals, birds and objects on table tops! Perhaps how I see the dining table in my dream home!

Childhood scent?
On ice cold morning in early spring… the waft of daphne by the back door!

Way too hard! I enjoy the celebrations of all that in new with the arrival and end of each season.

Preferred mode of transport?
Walking! To be able to suck in every sensory detail and stop at will!

Secret skill?
Knitting! I was taught to knit when I was about 5! Part of the process of making yourself self-sufficient in the country. I still knit and it’s a great form of relaxation!

Time in history?
The age of discovery! Darwin! I want so bad to be on the Beagle!

Visit @seasonalconcepts | Seasonal Concepts, 122 Redfern Street, Redfern NSW 2016 Australia

FILED 04, Dec 2017

  • SYDNEY SHOP & STUDIO 3.02 75 Mary Street St Peters NSW 2044
  • 0429 589 982
  • SYDNEY SHOP & STUDIO 3.02 75 Mary Street St Peters NSW 2044
  • 0429 589 982