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Once Found, Twice Loved

Mar 21, 2024
Article by Tess Crellin

Madison Wilday’s life is one of both creativity and care – for others in vulnerable moments, and of cast-offgoods that can be reused in the home. She has studied psychology, worked as a model, restored and sold vintage furniture, and more recently started training to become a paramedic.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I am 29 and currently based in nipaluna. I am curious, creative, compassionate and kind. I find joy in simplicity and seek deeply for things not immediately seen. I look for leading lines and soft curves. I am drawn to simple objects, handmade vessels, and pieces of furniture revealing the vision of the craftsman in its design. I desire to truly see something and someone beyond form and circumstance.

How did your furniture reclamation business, Indor, come about?

I have always delighted in being creative. I see the value in discarded items and find joy in rediscovering and revealing their beauty. The idea of Indor was born whilst working on two mid-century chairs for my home. I enjoyed the process so much that it sparked the desire to restore more pieces and share my work.

You’re one of six children – and you and your siblings actually seem to get along! Can you tell us a bit about the Wildays?

I am fortunate to have a genuine closeness with my family. We value quality time together and celebrate each other’s achievements. Creativity runs in the family and is manifested in different forms. My older brother McKay is a chef. He expresses his creativity through his passion for food, and he owns his own restaurant, Alta Trattoria, in Fitzroy. Logan is an academic and also designs and makes her own line of bespoke homewares. Bailey is a film photographer and Eden is a photographer and musician. My youngest brother Ziggy is a musician and singer. Our mother is an artist, maker and photographer. She always inspired and encouraged us to explore and express our creativity.

You grew up in Ulverstone. What was that like?

Ulverstone gives me a sense of place and belonging. When I reflect on my childhood memories, they are full of nostalgia – the smells of the ocean, afternoon drives to the countryside nearby, safe and happy days. Even though it is a small town, it offers so much beauty to explore. Ulverstone inspires me to tap into and take advantage of its minimalism, which I have carried into my adult life. I now appreciate the small and simple things and moments are what truly matters.

You are currently working at Hobart’s beloved Pigeon Whole Bakers. What’s it like for a young person in Tasmania juggling casual employment, the gig economy, full-time study and running a small business?

It is hard, trying to find balance. I have to manage my time well and prioritise. When I do feel overwhelmed, I like to lean on others and incorporate intentional practices and routine to recentre my focus.

Do you have any tips for sourcing preloved furniture?

Look beyond what you initially see. Take the time to tune into your inner creativity and see the potential in everything. Look for details such as lines, curves, textures and overall craftsmanship. Beautiful pieces can be found in the most unlikely of places.

Can you see your creativity expressing itself differently in the future?

I have hopes to one day make my own furniture from recycled materials, and have recently found a love for slow stitching as another creative outlet to bring balance.

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