Jun 14, 2011 12:00AM

Environments by Olga Bennett

A prying eye into the studios of creative people working in Melbourne.

OK, so I have voyeuristic tendencies. Not in a perverted sex way, more in an 'I have a folder on my desktop filled with pictures of other people's houses' way. And my obsession with light-filled spaces and converted warehouses (extra points for exposed brick walls and sky-high ceilings) shows no sign of abating. Having spent an unhealthy number of hours perusing interiors on The Selby and Freunde von Freunden, I'm now eagerly awaiting getting my paws on this book.

Environments is a collection of photographs documenting the studios of eleven creative people, most of them working in Melbourne. Subjects include artist Amber Wallis, sustainable fashion designer Ellie Mucke, illustrator and graphic designer Luci Everett, artist Justin Lee Williams, graphic designer Marc Martin, artist and jeweler Penny-Elizabeth Niel, graphic designer Suzy Tuxen from A Friend Of Mine, artists Miso and Ghostpatrol, sustainable stylist Kim Kneipp, knitwear designer Elizabeth Rayman Yong and ceramic artist Belinda Kennedy. Its a colourful hodgepodge of inspirational interiors - some messy, some cluttered, others very organised. Bennett's camera lends itself to the quiet moments - things like mismatched postcards and unwashed late-night wine glasses - the kind of things that a sticky beak like me wants to see.

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