Cross Our Hearts and Make Us Smile! Copper and Cross Homewares Warms With Decor.
Nestled away in the beauty of Byron Bay, Copper and Cross homewares inspires a spirited aesthetic that fuses textures, raw materials and monochrome, metallic palettes with sharp splashes of colour. Handmade, with quality and creative design at the forefront of their work, Copper and Cross represents a bohemian-meets-moderns-meets-Mexican vibe. “We are obsessed with creating using our human hands because we love the integrity and quality that is unique to homemade products,” notes Director and Weaver, Laksmi Wilson, who started the label in 2015. From their original cross wall hangings to their newer releases, such as a luxury candle hand-poured and served in sealed tin cans (so cute), the brand continues to amaze us with their extraordinary approach to personalized decor.
TELL US A BIT ABOUT THE IDEA/CONCEPTION BEHIND THE BRAND & NAME.
Before starting Copper and Cross, my main interest (and torment) was creative writing. It’s all I’d ever imagined doing vocationally but strangely, directly alongside my sense of fulfilment and purpose was a wearying feeling of guilt and pressure — the unfinished stories, the juggle between inhabiting the physical world and the intangible/storyteller world, especially as a mother — led me to pursue a more physically creative outlet (which I had no idea I was capable of!).
I had actually set out to conquer making a plant hanging but on a whim and a whimsy I got out some paddle pop sticks (yep, the prototype!) and made a “God’s Eye”. I’ve always been attracted to Mexican home wares — especially the handmade, full of character kind. You can feel the stories in them… The superstition. The cross shape and the modern take grew around it, as did everything else.
The name (my name) “Laksmi” was suggested to me by a few and was the frontrunner for a while. Technically I could see the appeal, but it was a bit cringe for me. Growing up in the hippy place, with the hippy name, the hippy parents, on the hippy commune has been a strange beast. Without going into detail, certain practices done in the name of spirituality had caused me to have a difficult relationship with it all. I try to strive for genuineness in all aspects of my life. I pour love into my products. I pour good intention. I honour the tradition bound to the crosses I make. But I didn’t feel comfortable ascribing my name, my background, to the brand.
In the end, I was forced to suddenly decide and it just came out. I make crosses. I use copper. I liked the C alliteration. (On a personal note it tidied it up that I have a 3-year-old with random copper hair and I have a large cross tattoo). Great.
I’m attracted to things that have a story, a point of difference, the things that you see and no matter the price… You can’t walk away.
IN YOUR WORDS, AS THE CREATOR, WHAT IS IT ABOUT HANDMADE ITEMS THAT DRAWS YOUR ATTENTION?
Oh gosh! Everything! I’m attracted to things that have a story, a point of difference, the things that you see and no matter the price… You can’t walk away. It’s that resonance, evoking an emotion of familiarity or excitement, whatever it is that says something to you about your story, your world — exterior or interior.
There is something so addictive about the quality and practice of products actualised from human hands. Love. Life essence. Story. Whatever you call that quality that you get from handmade products — that’s the emotion that will guide you towards creating a home that makes people FEEL good, not just look good.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE AESTHETIC TO SOMEONE WHO HAS NEVER SEEN YOUR WORK?
[Laughs] That’s always a fun conversation! Erm… I make like woven homewares for the wall, but Mexican-y, but modern? You know? Candles, but like in a soup tin…
Honestly though, I’d have to say we have a Boho/Modern/Mexican vibe. Our design aesthetic focuses on textures, raw materials and monochrome, metallic palettes mixed with sharp splashes of colour.
LOVE IT! SO, YOU’RE BASED OUT OF BYRON BAY. HOW DOES LIVING THERE INSPIRE YOU?
It’s the people. I am so inspired by the group of business savvy/creative people surrounding me. It’s awe-striking to be able to sit down with the women and men I’ve known since highschool, who have all grown their own businesses and family and to be able to connect on all levels — the triumphs, the failures, and perhaps most pertinent: juggling a family life!
Creatively, I would hedge to say it’s more of an intangible process. Not as conscious. Rooted in emotion. Growing up in a place like this though – that’s where Byron Bay lives. It’s in your bloodstream. Our vibe is boho/Mexican and I think it’s possibly no small coincidence… Not to generalise or to speak in a contrived way about either style, but the emotions that both evoke draw similar lines in my own life.
I grew up in this area under the overshadowing presence of an almost spiritual cult, and so there is this dichotomy of the free-spirited values and practices of a Bohemian life mixed with the mystery and sometimes darkness of superstition and religion. On a functional, level I strongly believe that the value of good quality, handcrafted products is second to none and this area is rife with artisans who feel the same way.
WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE COPPER AND CROSS MOMENTS OF 2015?
There are favourite moments that have been a success for the business and favourite moments that have been a success for me personally. Anytime there is any feedback on our products — that’s a highlight. It’s an honour every time somebody chooses our products; to have them beautify their house with it, to make people happy and feel that resonance.
To have people love what you love to do is an expanding, humbling experience.
It’s a very vulnerable-making venture — putting your passion and labour on display, you really have to get over yourself, but making yourself vulnerable (and I felt this magnified when becoming a mother) is some kind of gateway to feeling connected to the world. It floods in.
One of my recent favourite actual moments was being able to finally release our latest product: the candles!! I loved the idea so much, was determined to make it happen, and when we finally released them and people were like, Yes! We love them too! It was pure joy. Like you’d just revealed on a first date you’re into watching The Bachelor, and they just roll up their pant’s leg and have like a tattoo of a shit and a TV emoji. Soaring.