Five Minutes with Jess Polaschek from The Tribe
What is The Tribe Art + Design Collective, and what do you do?
The Tribe has a mission to visually engage everyone, with everything from affordable, ready-to-hang artworks and small homewares to large-scale original artworks. We also like to run workshops and networking events, as well as offer mentoring and help to young creatives.
How do you come to work with individual artists?
Lots of different ways – some of them I discover online or at markets (Instagram is particularly lucrative) and others just come strolling through my door! I have a pretty specific aesthetic that I stick to, so if I see something that is going to work within that, it’s a no-brainer bringing them on board.
You’re popping up in Oxford Street until Christmas. What can visitors expect?
Colour, fun, bold prints, something a little different, loads of locally made art products, limited edition art prints both framed and unframed, some of the cutest ceramics in town and a selection of gorgeous jewellery and accessories. We also have an arts and crafts table with colouring in, so pop by and have a crack any time the store is open. The store will have late-night shopping in the lead-up to Christmas to make things extra easy for you.
How are you involved in the DoDarlo promotions this year?
We will be giving out the Lister-designed gift tag sticker sheets as well as DoDarlo stickers, so make sure you come and get a bunch for your Christmas wrapping!
How important is it to The Tribe that you engage with the local economy and culture?
Very. I absolutely love being in Darlinghurst, there is an amazing sense of community here and a fabulous arts scene that is bubbling away. It is really important to me that we encourage people to shop and play in the area to keep it alive and vibrant.