About Seaberry Studio
Seaberry Studio draws on 30+ years of experience in painting, drawing and design to create art and beautiful homewares inspired by the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia.
Carmel Hourigan is the artist and driving force behind Seaberry Studio. She has spent a lifetime painting, creating, and capturing the energy of the natural world. Living and working on the Mornington Peninsula provides endless reference and inspiration for new work.
Seaberry Studio is committed to working towards environmentally friendly art practices and ensuring all materials used are sustainable where possible.
My art education was at Swinburne University, Prahran, where I met my husband, Michael. A teaching qualification was obtained at Melbourne State College, now part of Melbourne University.
After happy years of teaching art, I took part in a workshop with artist Mirka Mora—my first son was only four weeks old and sleeping peacefully in a sling on my front!
The kitchen in which I first painted, aged eight, was a 1950’s mix of cherry-red ceiling and brightly painted cupboards, the backdrop to heady smells of linseed oil and turpentine as my mother painted in oils and I filled my first sketchbook with watercolours…swimmers at a beach, a cricket match, and a scrub fire across the road.
My husband and I have designed and screen-printed tea towels and bags for around thirty years, selling our work to enthusiastic customers at markets around Melbourne. We have also supplied businesses around Melbourne and beyond.
Various workshops and classes I attended over the years helped to give me fresh inspiration. The Diploma of Illustration at Chisholm Institute was a marvellous boost to my skills and sense of direction.
- Designs for Shelta Umbrellas
- Rubber stamp designs for a Victorian company
- Children’s books
- Paintings and designs for Beleura House and Garden, Mornington, (George Tallis Foundation)
- Exhibiting and selling at art shows, Melbourne.
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We respect and honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on this land.