Running our lively Objects & Collectables department there’s never a dull moment. This issue, we spend five minutes with Rebecca Stormont, who works with an eclectic range of objet d’art offered through The Thursday Auction each week.

FAVOURITE MAKER / ARTIST
I’m a fan of Jess Johnson’s art. I enjoyed her exhibition ‘Terminus’ at Heide at the end of last year and was very happy to get one of the prints she produced to raise funds for the bush fire relief earlier this year.

FAVOURITE WORK OF ART / OBJECT
Some of my favourite objects that I have seen go through auction have been indigenous artefacts such as a spectacular Royal Hawaiian Lei Hulu made from the feathers of the now extinct ʻōʻō bird, a Maori Kahu Huruhuru (feather cloak) made from flax and native bird feathers, and a carved Maori Oko Ngarahu (tattoo pigment pot).

FAVOURITE COFFEE / WINE / COCKTAIL
Homemade cold brew coffee – it’s easy to make and less acidic than regular hot coffee.

FAVOURITE BOOK
I enjoyed the dark and funny absurdity of ‘My Year of Rest and Relaxation,’ by Ottessa Moshfegh which is about a young woman who decides to embark on a year of chemically induced hibernation.

YOUR IDEAL DAY IN MELBOURNE
It would start with a strong coffee and croissant from one of Melbourne’s many amazing cafes before heading out of the city to one of the national parks for a day of hiking – I’m looking forward to exploring the Grampians and Wilsons Promontory in the near future.