The best of Melbourne can be found down it’s alleyways, slightly hidden from view. Earlier this week I dropped into one of my favorite hideaways e.g.etal for some inspiration. E.g.etal is an Aladdin’s cave filled with all things shiny and fine. The retail and exhibition space is tucked away down Flinders Lane and features the talents of Melbourne’s most cutting edge, contemporary jewellery designers.
In a week that helps remind us of how lucky we are to live in a country like Australia, I’ve been thinking about the influence of our native surroundings on the development of design. Inspired by the beauty of Australian flora and fauna, the latest collection (which I will be sharing with you all very soon), draws vision from Australia’s most beautiful natural vegetation.
I like to start my design process with a spark of inspiration. Inspiration can come from any influence but one of my favourite things to do is to drop into Flowers Vasette. Vasette is a magical flower world where you can find extraordinary verity and beautiful seasonal inspiration.
What a beautiful mirror held to nature with the exteordenary free arm embrodery work of Australian artist Meredith Woolnough. Sewn free hand using a dissolving base fabric and Mimicking the fragility of a veiny leaf skeletons and the elaborate structure of coral with her complex work.
As a child I remember loving the Mr Man wall paper in my room ,going to sleep playing eye spy games with my brother or later when I got own room my elephant wall paper; even the secret bits I had torn off below my bed line. When the 90's came we were all busy taking down our wall paper and replacing it with modern white walls.
You may or may not have heard that this week a vandal calmly walked over to a Mark Rothko painting at the Tate Modern and inscribed the words: “Vladimir Umanets, A Potential Piece of Yellowism” across the canvas. (Read more in The Telegraph.)
My Christmas gift from Benjamin last year was season tickets to the Malthouse Theatre. It has been a wonderful gift that keeps on giving. We have seen a whole lot of theatre that we would not normally think to see, and it is the perfect excuse to get a babysitter and have a date night!
It was great to catch up with friends at Life In Style trade fair this weekend. I didn't showcase my label this time around but could not resist to have a walk around and gossip with my Comrades in small creative business.
It has been too long since my last post, I have been quite preoccupied with the winter colds that have been rotating through the family. It as been quite frustrating as I have been having so many great design ideas but not the time to put any of them into action.