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Trade cliii | Month 21 | Autumn

Carpenter's Daughter


The age of ‘someone else is doing something like that’ is upon us. I used to get sour faced when people told me this about my ideas or when I thought it about others. The truth is no matter how similar an idea, the differences have a list much longer. I am grateful when I come across someone else who is doing something smart or interesting and I actually don’t give two cents if there is someone doing something similar (not just because I don’t use money) but because there is always a chance I may have never discovered their work, their craft or their existence. Camille Moir-Smith is someone I am truly grateful to have met.

Camille is not only a cunning graphic designer but has started her own little design label called The Carpenter’s Daughter that began with apron designs. She taught me an appreciation for creating such pieces and I admire her for doing it in a world of people who talk ideas and get so excited as though talking is creation. I guess this all feels like a bit of a rant... but I’m ok with that. For The Pixel Trade we photographed some of her designs in a location just outside of Melbourne that I am all to familiar with from previous trades here. Butterland.


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Interview with Camille


Describe your most memorable adventure as a child.

I think my most memorable childhood adventures took place during the hot sub-tropical summers in Nimbin NSW Australia.

My family had lots of friends with kids up north and they were all very nature loving, intelligent and creative. Most days we would road trip to our favourite water holes to swim in, eat loads of mangoes and paw paws off the trees and come home for a swing in the hammock peeling lychees and rambutans.

By dusk all the adults would make a bon fire in the backyard, have a couple of joints on the porch and play music while all the kids, kelpies and red heelers would run around mad.

I remember always being very tanned, dirty, barefoot and always scratching from being bitten by critters. It was a very bohemian and easy-going lifestyle that I think I’ll always crave.

What is the biggest misconception with the design industry?

That graphic design is a 2D profession. A kinetic experience is an integral part of graphic design; things have to feel beautiful on your skin and have suited textures and finishes. You can design the perfect logo, but choice of application is essential and can dictate the effects of the concept.

What is the best part about the design industry?

Collaborating, as it’s a really nice way to meet people you look up too and admire. Some of my closest friends and some of the most talented people I know I’ve met through the creative industry.

Why did you start designing aprons?

I have many mad business ideas that usually last an afternoon of preaching manic grand plans, but this one seemed more logical than the rest and just kept growing. I also felt I needed to get away from my computer screen and balance the clean-cut design industry with something a bit more hands on and dirty.

If you could design an apron for anyone, whom would you choose?

Folk artist, Leonard Knight

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When was the last time you were in a scary situation?

When I was dotting around Cambodia solo, a 23-year-old travelling girl was taken from her bike, raped, murdered and thrown into the nearby river in the exact same spot and time where I was hooning about on my bike. That really shocked me and I was out of there with the company of a big family of Cambodians and their beautiful babies jammed into a sedan.

If you could do anything tomorrow what would you do?

Attend an intimate country music festival in the American desert and travel through the America’s with my favourite human, Pia.

If you could teach a country one thing, what would it be?

Respect all forms of life. 

Describe your most memorable adventure as an adult.

I think my adult adventure is still to come and very much on the horizon. If anything, I’ve had an emotional adventure moving into my new studio at the Pop & Scott collaborative studios. Everyone hangs out in the beautiful old workshop with dusty babies and dogs crawling around, we all have lunch together everyday and share knock off beers. It’s been a perfect, heart warming and positive adventure that gets me out of bed bright and early everyday.

If you had to recommend a favourite music album, what would it be?

I fell in love with Neil Young as a really young kid and would feel disloyal if I didn’t say one of his. His raggedy voice, harmonica, story telling and Navajo themes create pretty nice wanderlust feelings.

1977 Decade – Neil Young