Ayusha in Katherine's studio

REAL Social Impact Design: Katherine Mahoney on Mentoring.

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller.

A design, a cause, a campaign: they are all crucial components of the REAL Social Impact Design Program but on their own, they are unlikely to effect a measurable social impact.

There is no perfect formula for success but we firmly believe that every successful social enterprise is above all a collaborative process between people – designers and mentors, entrepreneurs and social activists, manufacturers and consumers – who are all indispensable links in the chain towards positive change.

Over the next few weeks, we will ask each of the people involved in the REAL Program how they are helping to shape a new generation of social enterprises. Today, we start with one our mentors, Katherine Mahoney.

Katherine Mahoney is an established potter based in Sydney, NSW. Her hand-thrown pieces are both sophisticated and practical, perfectly at ease exhibited in galleries or cherished within the home. Parallel to her own ceramic practice, Mahoney is a respected teacher and mentor who guides her students with a steady …

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COFA students design for maximum social impact.

In Australia, the month of March marks the start of a new university year. To us, this means a fresh batch of students and projects to mentor through our REAL Social Impact Design Initiative.

Run in conjunction with the College of Fine Arts (COFA), The REAL Social Impact Design Initiative invites Design students in their final year to conceptualize and realize a product, artwork or program which must answer to one condition: create a positive social change.

A team of mentors made up of established industry professionals provides tailored workshops, one on one mentoring and a pathway to production, marketing and distribution, providing emerging designers with a rare access into the highly competitive creative industry.

Over the last 4 years, we have been delighted to help bring several extraordinary projects to life.

Some of our most successful projects include Santina Ingui’s ‘Life in Parts’ which raises awareness of mental illness with a series of exquisite but fragile ceramic vessels, embodying our own vulnerability.

Visala Wong’s ‘Take a Walk in My Shoes‘ aims to create opportunities for the …

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Shop ethically and choose the story you’ll tell this Christmas.

As the Christmas shopping season hits its stride, it can be hard to remember the pleasure one gets from picking just the right gift, for a family member, a friend or a child. Stressed and under pressure as the big day approaches, we have all made purchases we might have thought better of, if given a chance to stop and think.

A market dominated by the products of outsourced mass manufacturing has symmetrically brought on the revival of the handmade, the local, the custom and the pre-loved, available through arts and crafts markets, independent retailers and online, where artisans have found a direct path to their customers. More than commodities, these objects tell stories we all like to hear – about their makers, their origins, the inspiration and aspirations behind them.

The R.E.A.L Group, headed by CEO Virginia Bruce, is a collective of businesses that crosses retail (the r.e.a.l store), Social enterprise (Hands That Shape Humanity) and Brand consultancy. With over 25 years of experience in brand consultancy, strategic marketing, brand licensing and creative product design, …

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