Every few weeks we visit the working studio of a creative company and make some drinks with them at the end of the week. This week we dropped in to see the wood workers at multifaceted Northcote studio, Pop & Scott.
There’s nothing quite like working with heavy machinery to build up a thirst, as is amply demonstrated by the crew at Pop & Scott, a collaborative workshop and arts studio in Northcote.
Established by florist and designer Poppy Lane and her partner, joiner Scott Gibson, the workshop space hosts an enviable roster of creative folk, making ceramics, photography and furniture. It’s also open to the dabbler, with the space and equipment available to rent by the hour, day or month.
After a hard day on the tools, we dropped in to have a knock off with the team as they made some Drill Press Lemonades and a Land of Scotch and Honey using Schweppes Lemonade, Dry Ginger Ale and some hand-cut ice.
CREV: Where did you guys get the idea for Pop & Scott?
Poppy Lane: Scotty stumbled across some woodwork machines at the airport when he was doing a job there. They weren’t being used, so we bought it all, just randomly, I don’t know why…
We thought we’d just put them in a space and start a workshop. We didn’t really have a plan for what we were doing.
And how did you find the crew to use the workshops?
When we got this space, it just grew really organically. Dane [artist Dane Lovett] wanted a studio, so we thought we’d build a studio and rent out the other one. We had some friends that worked in furniture-making and they all left their jobs and started up businesses here.
When we discovered that there were people wanting space, we decided to open it up and create a big cooperative workshop that anyone can use to do small projects, big projects or whatever.
Is it important to you to take some time out together after a busy day at work?
I think it is important to bond. Usually when we all hang out, we get pretty crazy. When we get together we come up with good creative ideas and projects we can do together.
Everyone works together a lot. Everyone helps each other. At the moment, Dane’s preparing for a big show in Sydney and we’re helping out with that. At lot of people do collaborative works, too – we collaborate with Bruce Rowe with ceramics.
Do you guys have knock off drinks most weeks?
Yeah, we do. There’s plenty of people who we’ve met through Pop & Scott, but it did start off as a group of friends. Though a lot of the people who started off here have moved out had got their own studio spaces now.
And who’s your in-house bartender?
Scotty had worked in a friend’s bar a few times. But mind you, he’d been fired from that bar seven times. He kept getting fired and re-employed again.
What’s your favourite Melbourne bar?
We’re kind of more pub dwellers. I love the Labour in Vain. It’s got a good vibe – it’s a nice, old man kind of pub, there’s a good beer garden upstairs, there’s good live music. Our friends are always playing live music there. It’s really comfy.
Your drink of choice?
I love a shot of tequila. Or a Margarita, with sugar, lemon and lime.
What are you guys drinking today?
We’re drinking honey-infused Scotch with lime and Schweppes Dry Ginger Ale, which we call The Land of Scotch and Honey, and a tequila, pink grapefruit and Schweppes Lemonade, or Drill Press Lemonade.
Juice from half pink grapefruit
20ml lime juice
1 tsp sugar
Top with Schweppes Lemonade
Mix tequila, grapefruit, lime juice and sugar in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously, strain into a glass (or jar) and top with ice and Schweppes Lemonade.
50ml Johnny Walker Black
25ml honey water (2:1 honey and water)
20ml lemon juice
Top with Schweppes Dry Ginger Ale
Combine Johnny Walker, honey water and lemon juice in an ice filled shaker. Shake and then strain contents into a tall glass and top with Schweppes Dry Ginger Ale. Garnish with a twist of lemon.