The incredibly talented Charlie Gunn is the hands behind locally run accessory label Cecil and Gunn. With studies in Journalism, Fine Arts and a dabble of Interior Design, the eccentric mother of two provides a breath of fresh air to the jewellery community.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Your family and what you do for a living?
I am from Melbourne where Cecil and Gunn began, 16 years ago now. I’d studied Journalism and later Fine Arts and some studies in Interior Design. I worked as a designer for my father, Architect Graeme Gunn for 10 years. We moved to Geelong 13 years ago with toddler Ben and 3 years later Alex was born.
Enlighten our readers to some of your passions! What drives and inspires you?
I am pretty keen on design, architecture and art. I love collecting antiques and modern design. Everyday objects, shapes and curios drive me – how to make the ordinary unusual but wearable and, or usable.
Your pieces are beautiful and all handmade by yourself. What is your favourite aspect to your job?
My favourite aspect is pulling all the elements together and translating what is in my head into something unique. I find the results always exciting but sometimes there are disasters which are often the precursor to something great.
Your jewellery combines various elements to form extraordinary designs, what are some of your favourites to incorporate into the pieces?
Incorporating the old with the new is the basis of my designs and my life in general.
What are you wearing most this summer season?
I’m wearing big earrings and leather cords with droplets of special elements. My tops? Never follow the pack and try something new. Be smart and left of centre.
How do you balance between family life and running a local business?
I make time for myself and work at night once the kids are settled. I tend to take on the mother role from 4-9. I do most of my work and catch ups with friends before 4. After 9 I start work again.
What are your short-term and long-term goals for Cecil and Gunn and what can we expect from you in the future?
My kids are older so I’m planning on growing Cecil and Gunn into something bigger as from now!
Geelong has a diverse culture of small business owners. How do you find being a part of this community?
This community is challenging because it’s so small but there are some wonderful, innovative and gracious members that I love being involved with and am grateful to know.
Indulge our readers in a day in the life of Charlie…What might you get up to day-to-day?
Sleepy wake up to dog and cat staring at me. Wake kids, get them to school followed by gym then at my desk by 10.
I work until 4 when I pick the kids up and we do sport activities. Homework, dinner and bed…hopefully in that order!
I then work until after 11. I generally force myself to bed because night time seems to be my productive time.
Lastly, what are 3 things you cannot leave the house without?
Lipstain, hair tie and phone.