Jana Stewart is on a mission to stick more plants inside Sydney households. The scientist, who majored in microbiology, insists a splash of indoor greenery can lead to better health. Her plant business, Microcosm, is all about fostering an appreciation for plant life – whether or not a particular species is supposedly on trend.
Her once-roving store may have found itself a comfortable home in Petersham’s plant, design and homewares store Mini Mart – owned by Stewart and her partner Pablo Colombi – but it’s hitting the road again on October 27 at the Connoisseur Discover Festival.
“We will be bringing a few of our favourite things,” says Stewart. “Artwork, clothing, accessories, plants and homewares from artists.”
But, she insists, things will be a little different to your usual visit to Microcosm. “It'll be Mini Mart in hyperdrive,” she laughs. “We have two artists doing live large-format paintings on the day, with the end pieces for sale. And our newest tee and tote designs will get their first showing at the event.”
You can expect to find more than your average peace lily at the Microcosm stall, too. Stewart, who sources her wares from boutique Central Coast supplier Noraville Green, assures us there’ll be unusual varieties that aren’t on every friend’s credenza. She’s been known to offer “donkey tail” varietals, alongside a “shrimp plant”, with pink flowers that look uncannily like prawns.
One thing’s for sure: on Saturday you’ll be surprised by what you find. “I’m excited to show a little piece of Mini Mart to a new audience, and to meet all the other amazing small businesses involved,” says Stewart.
The Connoisseur Discovery Festival by Broadsheet is coming to Cell Block Theatre, Darlinghurst, from 11am–5pm on Saturday 27 October. More information here.
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Connoisseur.