Today we take
you on an adventure to probably our most unique House Perv to date, meet Katrina and her travelling home a Ford Econovan Maxi.
Perched atop of the cliff at King Edward Park, Katrina’s van is absolutely picturesque much like its surrounds today. From the outside, this van looks
like any other but on the inside, it exudes a bohemian style rich with the layers of her nomadic, creative and free spirited life.
Katrina’s work as a jewellery designer and maker is intrinsically linked with her nomadic lifestyle. She travels the east coast of Australia year round
from market to market, making and selling her jewellery.
Her brand, IINA designs are all handmade by Katrina and the pieces are as unique as her lifestyle. Taking inspiration from nature and ancient cultures
her jewellery uses recycled sterling silver and natural quartz, and are stocked at local boutiques Yardsale
in Islington and The Lair
in the mall.
For the last ten years Katrina has moved every year or so, living in Perth, Melbourne, Torquay, Byron, Noosa the list goes on. But it was about two years
ago that she decided that van life was the way to go, “pretty much ever since I started doing the markets". Since then she has hit the road and meandered
her way around from market to market, even taking custom orders whilst on the road.
“I was down at
Falls Fest for New Years and I actually got to make wedding rings. We had a stall and a couple came up to me and were like, we want to get married
today but we don’t have rings. I was like, I’ve got my desk in the car. And so I started making them.”
Katrina’s van is dreamy, it’s the ultimate bohemian getaway. Although this van serves a purpose of transport, accommodation and jewellery workshop, it
is beautifully decked out as a homely chill-out zone. Katrina’s style is vintage, bohemian and beautiful, “I hope it's not too much of a hippy van,”
she commented. Her style comes from her love of op shopping, “Pretty much everything is old and I’ve just sort of done it up. I love old things. I
like things that tell stories and have character”.
Much like the intricate illustration on the side wall of the van is a work in progress, as Katrina pointed out “My sister Georgina and my friends did the
drawings in the van, Whenever we park up we sort of start drawing on the walls. It’s a collaboration of all my friends. It will fill up eventually”.
Does it ever get lonely in the van? Katrina explained, “No because I have lived all over the place, I have friends in a lot of different spots. I love
coming and hanging out with them. Pretty much from Melbourne all the way up to Noosa".
“Its hard to know where I will settle down eventually. Because I love so many different places. Forster Tuncurry to me is what really feels like home.”