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Louise Macdonald – The Milliner

Name: Louise Macdonald Occupation: Milliner Years of Experience: 24 It’s the busiest time of the year for milliner Louise Macdonald, who can be found in her studio, located in the historic Nicholas Building, preparing for this year’s racing season. Colourful ribbons are in full stock, the sewing machine positioned by the window is buzzing away and clients are coming in and out collecting what will be the cherry on top of their perfect outfits. Macdonald takes this all in her stride – she is old hat at this (pun intended), with 24 years of experience creating unique headpieces for women to steal the show with. It all began in England in the late 1980s when Macdonald began a short course in millinery. Her day job required little creativity and making hats provided her with the perfect creative outlet. She later specialised in costume millinery and was offered her first role as a qualified milliner in 1990 with a period costume company. During this time, she made hats for popular TV shows and films including the BBC series of …

Michael and Etsuko Clonaris – The Origamist Couple

Name: Michael and Etsuko Clonaris Age: Michael is 60 years old Etsuko is 66 Occupation: Origamists Years of Experience: Combined 60 years It’s quite rare to find someone who identifies themselves professionally as an origamist – it’s even rarer when two of them find each other. Michael and Etsuko Clonaris are the couple who bonded over their love of origami in 1985 and have been folding together ever since. The duo met while Etsuko was touring Australia as a student. She started making origami during her childhood in Japan and loved it, having no idea it could one day make her money. “A friend from Kyoto who had travelled to the US told me that I could earn some extra pocket money from teaching origami – I thought it was a great idea,” she says. It was through Michael’s sister, who was tutoring Etusko in English, that their paths crossed. “I had just completed making 1,000 cranes as a zen exercise… Etsuko had a book on origami which fascinated me – we resolved to do origami together” says Michael. The couple married …

Jim Baruta – The Coffee Roaster

Name: Jim Baruta Age: 58 years old Occupation: Coffee Roaster Years of Experience: 26 Melbourne and quality coffee go hand in hand and locals expect nothing but the best when paying top dollar for their favourite brew. Sure, the barista plays a big role in the process, but some would argue that the true star of the show is the coffee bean. Master Roaster, Jim Baruta, has been roasting for 26 years at Quists Coffee. Part of the lengthy Quists Coffee history, that dates back to 1938 as one of Melbourne’s original coffee roasting houses, Baruta joined in 1989. Previously working in electronics, taking on the role of a head roaster wasn’t as big of a change as one may think, “I analyse everything – I experiment with things and figure out how to make things work,” he says. “That’s really what roasting is about – it’s very scientific actually. A lot of people say it’s an art, but that’s because they don’t understand the science behind it.” As Melbourne’s obsession with coffee grew over …

Grant Miller – The Surfboard Shaper

When Grant Miller chose a career in surfboard shaping, he never imagined it was a passion he could turn into a successful business. After 36 years, he has experienced the highs and lows of the industry and has become a master craftsman to be inspired by. Miller began surfing at the age of 11 in Sydney’s picturesque Northern Beaches. He recalls his first time standing on a surfboard he had borrowed from one of the older kids on the beach as the moment he knew there was nothing else in life he wanted to do. “I was just totally hooked! I was catching waves for the rest of that afternoon and eventually, the boy who I’d borrowed the board off had to swim out and ask for it back,” says Miller. Using any downtime between classes at school to catch some waves, Miller eventually started to compete professionally and was sponsored by Hot Buttered Surfboards and competed in international waters including Hawaii, England, France and New Zealand. “I learnt a bit about surfboard design during …