Yarn Yurts

Sam was engaged by C&K to create a temporary breakout lounge and creative activity for their 2018 QLD Early Education and Care Conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The lounge, titled the ‘Yarn Yurts’, was created to celebrate the conference themes of: cultural diversity and inclusivity; inspiring imagination; and cultivating language.  It was provided to spark conversation, the sharing of ideas during and after the conference and to promote peer to peer learning, collaboration and a sense of community amongst the 800 delegates.

The space was inspired by the floor living cultures of the world.  Gathering and residing on the floor for everyday activities such as eating, cooking, resting, socialising and crafting is a common tradition between cultures around the world. Sitting on the floor is one of our most natural positions (being a favourite with children) and there are many benefits.

The ‘Yarn Yurts’ lounge was set amongst artisan made yurts on a bed of floor rugs.  It provided a casual space for delegates to relax, have a yarn and contribute to a collective, modular artwork using the global languages of colour, pattern and smiling.

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photography Sam Parsons

QLD Export Awards

Studio Sam and seven other leading Queensland practitioners were invited by Artisan to showcase some works at The Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards 2011.  Some of our Sienas and book sculptures were used as table centre pieces and provided “a fabulous talking point for the 800+ guests”.

photos provided by Artisan

A family Christening

Date 2010

Occasion Sam was commissioned to make 6 Standard Sienas and 9 mini Sienas for a baby christening in Sydney.  The Sienas were used as vases and table ornaments accompanied by an amazing array of flowers.  Books were sourced especially for the occasion.

Event Organiser and Photography Pret-a-party

Paper Installation

Project Sam was commissioned by stylist Megan Morton in 2009 to create a series of paper Installations for the Clara Display Suite in Melbourne.  Some of our works included: Siena the Bookblock Tables, Mini Sienas, a Mini Bookscreen and hand stitched paper sculptures.

Photographer Tim James


Bookscreen was a limited edition, flexible screen constructed from quality, used, hardback books. Each one was unique, an exploration into colour composition and built on the qualities of the original books.  The screens were handmade using traditional book binding techniques.  The integrated book spines provide pliable hinges for the concertina screen.

The back of each screen was lined with pages from the books themselves; providing a subdued alternative for a change of character.

Bookscreen’s bold colours, tactility and existing patina added an element of personality to any interior, especially over time as traditional books are increasingly replaced by digital media.

Ruby the Bookscreen (image) was commissioned for a Melbourne couple’s living room.

photography Peter Bennetts