Seala and I met in Melbourne earlier this year in my favourite store, Lucy Folk. Seala was working there at the time. We got chatting about her craft and I fell in love with her ethos and beautiful artistry - both in her jewellery and her ceramics. It is an honour to feature the very lovely Seala here on these pages, and all her favourite tips for her adopted-hometown of Melbourne.
Name: Seala Lokollo
Star Sign: Aries
Hometown: Byron Bay, Australia.
When and why did you move to Melbourne?
In 2011. I wanted to experience a big city, I had spent my whole life within the Byron Shire ( quiet beach/country life living) - I stayed for the beautiful people I have met along the way and the supportive art/ design community that thrives here in Melbourne/ Naarm.
Describe yourself in 3 words or less...
Describe Melbourne in 3 words or less...
Creative, supportive, busy.
What inspires you here?The vast variety of people and talent. Someone is always doing something new and exciting.
Tell us a little about your craft...
I studied Fine Arts at university, my practice currently includes sculptural clay works and wearable metal objects. I also run Mōri Market, a online recycled/ vintage store with my best friend and business partner Wave via instagram.
What does a normal day look like for you?
I work from home/ my studio both in Brunswick so I am normally jumping between projects all day. I get up, walk down to the local cafe for coffee and head back to either make my rings and pendants at my home studio or shoot for Mōri Market. Around lunch time I'll head to my clay studio and spend the afternoon there creating and getting dirty. One of my favourite times in my day.
Favourite places in Melbourne for:
best coffee: Wild Life Bakery.
something to sip: Amarillo Fitzroy - anything on their special board is normally fun and interesting.
markets: St Andrews Market
for culture: Going to different suburbs and trying different styles of foods, being open to new flavours and cultures.
for nature: Wilsons Prom is a fav of mine.
for fresh produce: St Andrews Market
What is Mori Market?
Mōri Market is my recycled/ vintage store which I run with my bff and business partner Wave. We love vintage and recycled clothing and have made our personal passion into a business.
Local Melbourne labels you love?
Favourite weekend getaway?
Shoreham, we normally rent a little air bnb or stay with a friend. beautiful quite beaches, good fresh food and coffee, markets, vintage shops etc.
Next trip? Pakistan, hopefully in January!
Window or aisle seat? Window!
What 3 things are always in your suitcase?
Silk materials to be worn on my head or as a little top if its hot + vintage leather jacket.
Favourite 3 hotels in the world?
To be honest, I'm not a hotel person - always stay in Airbnb!
Who is inspiring you right now?
What is on your stereo?
My partner, musician Arvo Tanty made us this mix for our most recent pop-up residency at Molly Younger, Collingwood - it's very, very good: https://soundcloud.com/arvo-tanty/hand-in-hand-vol-1-the-passeggiata-mix
Words you live by…
Be honest to yourself, be present with the world.