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Before I met her, one of Simone Tops’ colleagues described her to me
as a handywoman, a martial arts expert, an employee of the Brisbane
Powerhouse, “and she’s hot!” Simone Tops is all of those things – and not at
all stuck-up about it! Sauntering into the Powerhouse’s Spark Bar direct from
the handywoman business she started earlier this year, Simone greets
workmates and friends, grabs a Coopers and sits down to chat about
work, art and life.
“I guess if I was to define what I do exactly, on the most part, I’m
a glass-worker,” she says. A degree in visual art and study in the
US led Simone from ceramics to solid-glass casting, and a move
to Brisbane from the Sunshine Coast provided the impetus for a
move into other areas.
Her business, Hammer & Hinge, began through a desire to use her
more practical skills, and through it Simone maintains contact with
the art world by installing exhibitions at galleries throughout
Brisbane. In addition, she performs maintenance at
women’s organisations and shelters.
Building her business as female-owned and
operated, Simone is keen to bring other women
with a range of handy-skills on board so that
Hammer and Hinge can provide a kind of one-
When the workday is done, Simone puts her
considerable energy into Martial Arts: Ju-Jitsu, Kung-
Fu, and Karate. “I’m happiest when I’m doing it and
I love being physical.” With a partner and the goal
of a large property with a large glass-work studio,
Simone seems well on her way to becoming one of
Queensland’s Women of Note.
– Madeleine Marx-Bentley
Photo: Madeleine Marx-Bentley
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