Poppy, Scott & Frida
Pop and Scott need little (nil) introduction. As the creators of a creative co operative workshop, they were initially inspired to create a positive, encouraging and practical space for new and old furniture makers, designers and for the hobbyist and the workplace is currently home to 7 private studios.
Scotty and Pop’s range of furniture and products have gained mass popularity and their swings, pots, tables, stools and bed ranges can be found in stores and homes all over Australia. Throw in the occasional flower installation and this dynamic duo have got more than their hands full.
7 months ago Pop and Scott welcomed Frida Jean to their family and I had the absolutely pleasure to head down to the studio for an afternoon to see how they make it work for their family.
What is evident is that Frida Jean is loved up but not just by her fabulous parents but those who work and share the studio with Pop & Scott. What a lucky little lady.
What has been the best thing about being your own boss both before and after children?
Having creative freedom. Being able to both be with Frida every day.
I’ve seen what a ‘family’ environment you have created with staff, how do your team/staff support?
It has taken some adjusting and juggling but we are now just starting to find our way. We share equal time with her to allow each other to get what we have to get done. It is extremely challenging but also rewarding. We also could not do it all with out our amazing crew Bobby, Marion, Vince, Jume and Ruth.
How have you ‘slotted in’ Frida into the daily happenings of POP & SCOTT?
It is like a big family in here. They all help us so much and give Frida so much love. The Girls help with getting lunch and take her for walks if we are both busy. The boys are always making her laugh and giving her cuddles. She is very lucky to be growing up here.
POP & SCOTT is a family friendly environment tell me a little more?
It is and it isn’t… it is still a functioning and loud workshop but we have just made some changes in what we do for it accommodate for Frida and Imogen who is the daughter of Andy and Bianca two of the artist that have a studio here.
How do you balance (juggle) family time and work time? Who is your ‘village?
Our village is the people in the space, close friends and Scotty’s mum is there for us if we need it. For the most of it we balance it between Scotty and I.
Frida has a beautiful space within your studio, tell us a little about some of these items.
As soon as Frida was born we set up my office as a space for her. The basinet was Scotty’s when he was a baby. The little patch work cat was an op shop find from years ago, paper mache mobile from the Gorman Pop up home shop, Mexican puppet was a gift form Bobby and the pretty little sun houses painting was done by Marion who works for us.
Give a shout to those who help make this journey easier.
My family live in Perth but they are so supportive and I call on them weekly for advice. My Mum is a mother of 6 and had her own business when we were little, she constantly amazes me. My Aunty Cathy is a Lactation consultant and mid wife so she was such a great support for us while we were trying to master breastfeeding. Plus Scotty’s Mum and the whole crew at the workshop are so supportive and work super hard to help us manage baby and business.
Best piece of advise you have been given
In reference to raising a family…
Do whatever works for you and go with the flow.
Be honest, stay true to yourself and treat the people that work for you with love and respect.
What exciting things are coming up for POP&SCOTT, tell us about the new kids bed collection
We are working on loads of exciting things… One being our new colourful kids range of beds and the rest you will all have to wait and see all I can say is there will be some big news and a launch in summer.
What inspires you creatively and personally?
We both find our inspiration from different things. I have been a Florist for 15 years so naturally nature is constantly inspiring me. Scotty is a wild, hilarious and inventive man and can find the smallest most unusual things inspiring. Once we all walked in and he has made the world’s tallest stool! Reaching the tin roof of the workshop. Big kid at heart!
Poppy’s Petite Edit
Best place for Sunday breakfast?
Our Sunday ritual is breakfast at Cibi http://minanoie.com/ in Collingwood we both have the Traditional Japanese brekkie. Frida loves it too. We then head up to work and water the plants sweep and clean the space ready for the week ahead. We actually love doing this because its Quiet there on a Sunday, we call it our good business vibes day.
Best place for a family getaway?
Anywhere! Road trips are ace we are on one now to Sydney.
What is your go-to parenting resource?
Favourite childrens fashion range
Frida’s favourite book
The Wonky Donkey
Give a shout out to another inspiring business (ran by parents)
Jessica Tremp and Mickey Madden From Brown Paper Parcel Photography http://www.brownpaperparcel.com/ Love you guys xxx
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