Elizabeth Tarrant has been an Obus fan from way back. In fact, when we originally decided to feature some of our favourite customers in our FOR THE LADIES lookbook photoshoot, she was an obvious choice! Liz is a talented, accomplished artist and a mum, and we loved learning more about her.

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What Neighbourhood do you live in and what do you like about it?
I live in Northcote. Northcote is great for many reasons: proximity to parks, shops, city, public transport and quiet green streets… but most important are the open, unassuming people.
What is your day job what do you love about it?
I am a multi-disciplinary artist. I've worked in many mediums, mainly painting. I love and need to be constantly creating and challenging myself to feel a whole person.
Do you have a passion project or hobby?
I love my plants, looking after them, seeing them thrive, making baskets/pots and macrame hangers to display them. I am passionate about exercising regularly at the gym and I walk and run and practice Qi Gong daily.
When did you start shopping at Obus and can you remember your first piece?
I started shopping at Obus not long after I moved to Northcote, some years ago. The first piece I ever bought was a lightweight jacket - a black pinstripe number - beautiful, with a floral lining.
How does wearing Obus make you feel?
I feel honoured and grateful to wear such beautiful clothes. I feel self-expressed and comfortable. Wearing Obus makes me feel good about myself.
Do you have a funny or nice story to share about wearing Obus?
The other day on Gertrude Street I was walking down the hill and another woman was walking towards me on the other side of the road. She was wearing the top to my shorts in a matching print - we both waved at each other and gave one another other the thumbs up.
What do you like most about about wearing Obus clothing?
All the beautifully designed garments. The passionate use of colour and bold prints, inspired by people and places around our planet. The clothes feel inspired by the beauty all around us. They are clothes for women of all ages and shapes - they are clothes that honour women's bodies. They're well made, with quality fabric. The clothes match the seasons in and out. They're sustainable in so many ways.
Is wearing locally made important to you and why?
Absolutely. This not only supports our local manufacturing industry, but supports and validates other local makers (of many disciplines), creating diversity. It makes our city a better and richer, more exciting place to live.
What is your favourite thing to do on your days off?
As a family we love to get into nature: parks, reserves, water, mountains, the bush and go exploring.
My favourite podcast/radio show is: I listen to Triple R. I love The Ghost on Friday afternoons.
I'm currently reading: Bill Bryson travel books at bedtime. The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton and a psychology magazine called Muse.
My favourite place I’ve ever travelled to is: The Pilbara, WA. It is ancient, the silence is deafening, so still, so old. I felt like a passing spirit in the landscape.
I have just finished watching: I don't watch a great deal of TV but love reruns of The IT Crowd - very funny.
I love to sing loudly along to: Patti Smith's Gloria.
I love the saying: 'What doesn't kill you will make you stronger' and 'This too shall pass'
What is your superpower: Colour.
Say hello at www.instagram.com/elizabethtarrant/
February 08, 2018