Our light industrial neighbourhood is full of garage doors. But have you ever wondered what’s behind them?
We are nosey AF and sneakily got an invite (i.e. bribed with coffee) to see what goes on behind the scenes of one of Myaree’s most creative spaces.
Block D Studios in Myaree is a collaborative space between Sheree Dornan and husband John. The duo have been icons in the creative industries throughout Perth for years.
We arrived at the long slab of building which was unassuming from the front, with its cool grey exterior but we were instantly intrigued to say the least.
Sheree and John opened their entry door to reveal a cleverly laid out concept room. A cool mix of vintage display cabinets showed off jewellery, glass work and a mix of keepsakes and props.
Having recently made the move from their long(ish)-term business, Love in Tokyo in Fremantle’s West End, the pair decided to park the fashion label in order to create a space that would harbour their talents and reinvigorate them to follow other creative paths.
After swooning over the greenery, sublimely dressed mannequins and Persian rugs-a-plenty, John asks us if want to keep exploring. As he opens the big wooden door, he reveals a HUGE garage space with several areas all cleverly defined.
“We do glass work, art, textiles and prop hire,” explains John as he shows us around the space. “I love working with glass and I haven’t really been able to nurture that because I was so involved in Love in Tokyo, so this space has really enabled me to get stuck into it.”
Inside the converted garage is a painting room for Sheree that oozes natural light, a prop hire, office/loft space and a textiles room that acts as a museum for Sheree’s fashion pieces.
She thumbs through hangers with intricate detailed pieces hanging on them. “These are things I’ve made for shows, events or labours of love and I don’t want to part with them. I might do a museum collection one day… who knows!”
Scanning across the collection you can instantly see the colours of Sheree’s clothing is so unique. She is a self-confessed die-addict. “I hand die a lot. I have absolutely no formula, I just go by the feel of it,” she says.
Hanging on the wall is an almost life size image of the iconic GoGo dress that Sheree purpose created for STYLEAID 2015 GoGo theme.
“I got the inspiration for this dress by spilling a 60s shot glass that was full of sequins,” said Sheree.
The couple has used elements from Love in Tokyo to create different spaces in the large garage. Big wooden doors and what used to be the change-room dividers band together to section off areas of their space. Sheree’s love for authentic rugs also helps to set mood and define areas.
John quickly brings our attention to his glass kiln where he is currently working on a “little posie holder” he says. “Working with glass is very measured and structured which I really enjoy,” John explains. “Whereas Sheree’s designs are generally quite loose so it makes for a good combination.”
Sheree and John, who are often involved in creative think-tanks and meets, said they look forward to hosting events in their own space. They recently opened their doors to the Australian Design Festival.
“I’m going to start Ukulele Workshops soon. There is a whole bunch of us that get together and have coffee and play our Ukulele’s, so it will be great to host one here,” he says excitedly.
Wandering around the streets of Myaree you would never know how many interesting people and businesses are there around you.
We feel so lucky to have these peeps on our doorstep.
xx the Grouch team xx