Marle Women is created to celebrate our philosophy of designing pieces for women of all ages and stages of their lives. Each feature profiles a woman we admire and we hope each interview inspires you the same way in which these women inspire us.
Here, we speak to artist Amelia Fagence off the back of her first solo exhibition and learn more about her craft, her process and her creative style.
Please share a little bit more about yourself, your upbringing and any defining moments that lead you to where you are today.
I often reflect back on my childhood where I was immersed in a world of arts. I was surrounded by talented and driven creatives. My parents are full time artists, and many of their friends were potters, builders and woodworkers. My parents would take us to art exhibitions on weekends, and in our spare time we would create and play. I went on to study architecture and completed my Masters of Architecture in Melbourne.
After a few years of working in the architecture industry I was longing to express my creative side again. The lockdowns opened up the opportunity to spend quality time exploring materials and forms, and I realised that creating and making was my calling all along. I have been creating art, objects, and furniture from wood since, spending every day enjoying the beauty and tactility that wood offers.
A multidisciplinary creative, you recently had your first solo exhibition. Showcasing a combination of object art, contemporary woodworking and furniture design, how did it feel to have your first show?
How did this exhibition differ from your existing online offering?
The works that feature online are small homeware pieces, such as plinth bowls, glow lamps and platters, which are all made from timbers with lush rich tones. The solo exhibition differed in that it gave me the chance to push the boundaries of my design practice, by blurring the lines between art and furniture and going big in scale.
Your craft sees you working with a mix of scales – from smaller household objects through to large scale furniture design. With timber a choice of material, what started your journey into woodworking and when did you realise it was something you could build a career from?
In my late teens I created an outdoor sculpture from a tree grown behind our home. These moments stood out, as I was fascinated by the process of repurposing a natural material into something beautiful and functional. I began to realise that I could build a career out of woodworking several years ago, as I found that others shared a love for quality hand-crafted work.
What do you hope people see, feel and think when they see or purchase one of your pieces?
I love everything about wood, and I enjoy showcasing it in my pieces so that people can engage with it as a material in a different way. The simple and considered forms and functions of my pieces have been designed to enrich people’s homes and encourage slow moments. I hope people see my work and know it is made to be enjoyed for many many years.
What is your favourite part of your creative process?
Do you have any special routines or rituals each day?
I love to start my day with a calming chai, a breakfast of homemade sourdough bread, and sometimes a walk to enjoy the morning light. Once I arrive in my workshop, I write out my list of tasks for the day and then get straight into the making. I often listen to music while I’m working through my bluetooth earmuffs.
Your creative style has a beautiful balance of hard and soft lines. Is your personal style similar? How has this evolved over the years?
I think this translates into my personal style. I tend to wear understated and comfortable clothing crafted out of natural materials and interesting detailing. I absolutely love a contrast stitch!
Marle is designed to add effortless ease to a woman’s wardrobe, how does Marle support you through your days? How does wearing Marle make you feel?
When I wear Marle I feel comfortable and at ease, while very much myself. I feel that my values and aesthetic are reflected in the natural fibres, classic tailoring, and attention to detail. Marle is equally perfect for my admin days spent at home, my meetings with gallery owners and clients, and dining out with friends.
What is your most treasured object and why?
A silver necklace my parents gifted me. I’ve barely taken it off for the last 5 years.
Favourite home cooked meal?
Tacos with fresh tomatillo salsa verde
Favourite thing to wear?
Comfortable and timeless clothing
Your non-negotiable daily rituals?
In bed before 10pm
Spring/Summer or Autumn/Winter?
Favourite Spotify Playlist?
My go to is always the Discover Weekly so I have new songs every week.
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo (one of the best reads too!)