Well finally I have a little bit of a routine going with my now eight month old, and thought it was about time that I stop procrastinating and get back on the blogging horse…. While my searches for new ideas have predominantly been taken up with getting well and truly sucked into the world of how much you can possibly buy for a new born, or googling “sleep deprived”, “introducing solids” and “what nappy DOES NOT explode for heaven’s sake!” to name but a few, I have been tryin
I recently posted on felt designer Barbera Keal and her fantastical headwear… the envy of every child’s dressing up box. Barbara has kindly agreed to an interview to tell us a little about herself and her influences. So sit back have a cuppa (and a slice of the chocolate cake below!)…Have a great weekend How would you describe your work and style?
My work as a feltmaker mainly consists of tranformative animal headwear – hats. The hats feel very genuinely animal because they
Anthropologie Overdyed Terai Folding Chair A few times a year we are allowed to put all of our junk on the curb for the council clean up, and this weekend was just one of those clean up days. That said not much usually makes it to council clean up day because, as fast as you put it on the curb, a little white van is parked up to pick it up… the modern day rag and bone man. I have no issue with this as I would rather it end up being recycled than in land fill…. but my curios
Some fun for a Monday…. how cool is this? A headmaster in the country of Georgia wanted to find a way of making kindy a place where kids want to stay… not go home as soon as they get there. So thinking firmly outside the block (or should I say outside the classroom) he purchased a disused plane and converted it into a class room (as you do!). The idea being that the classroom with its knobs and dials and underwing access might create a little more stimulation than a concre
When asked what she always bought home from her travels, the answer was an illustrated children’s book. And where would she most like to travel… Vienna to dress up in full costume and take part in “The Sound of Music Singalong Tour”. With answers like that it is easy to see where the whimsical comes in to Californian designer and blogger, Brittany Watson Jepson’s, creations. I also love her mums favourite quote…”a creative mess is better than tidy idleness”….. I must try th
Why is it that whenever you give a child a present or toy, they are far more interested in the packaging? Well maybe they are onto something!! Through her brand Mmiinn, Korean “object designer” Joeng-Min Lee focuses her design philosophy on reinterpreting the uses of objects found in our everyday lives. One of her simple but fun ideas are these tapes which give the illusion that your box is even more secure with hinges, cable, belts and bolts….. On with the colourful advent
Ok, this is probably something for the proud lover of all things Britannia, and as an English born gal I have to say I do love the Union Jack flag ( possibly not to the extent of Geri from the Spice Girls) but in a classical, bunting and afternoon tea kind of way. Which coupled with the news of a new royal baby in July, is probably what drew me in to the world of UK based company “Lost and Found”. Becky Oldfield, source aluncallenderblog.com Textile designer Becky Oldfield gr
A little bit of fun today… I bet you cannot look at these images with at least a little smile on your face!! Dutch textile designer Anne-Claire Petit began her career as a designer for the clothing label Esprit, before taking the plunge and setting up on her own. Soon, Anne-Claire Petit Accessories, became well-known for its shawls and other fashion accessories. But her creative talents have not just stopped there. Feeling a little constrained by the seasonal cycle that come
Minding my own business walking around the sculptures by the sea the other week I received a call from my sister in law to request a cake for my nephew’s 18th birthday. “Nothing flash! just something we can put a candle in was the request….”. As a little bit of background, my nephew was sprung at the ripe old age of 16 trying to sneak a Heineken Keg in a back pack…..his excuse as to why he had it, and where he found it is legendary…..lets put it this way there is a tree in th
A couple of weeks ago I posted on the beautiful work of Bethany Linz who has worked as a designer for the Fabric house Mokum and collaborated with iconic Australian designers such as Catherine Martin. Well I am really excited that Bethany has agreed for me to interview her. Soooo…. time to grab a cup of tea and biscuit, sit back and relax and read on! How would you describe your work and style?
“When I was at art school the other student’s nicknamed me Victoria. I love Wil
Condé Nast Traveler Magazine have recently announce their visionaries of 2012. Effectively, these are the people that they believe help to shape the world in which we live. Whether it be their conservation ethics, their diplomatic skills, philanthropy or determination to use their status to give back to the world. Each of these 2012 “Visionaries” were asked (as part of the awards) to take a traditional school house globe and redesign it for auction, with the proceeds going
Jennifer Collier is a UK based artist who creates everyday household objects like cameras, shoes and dresses from paper. The paper is treated as if it were cloth with the use of stitching to create the final sculptures. “The papers themselves serve as both the inspiration and the media for my work, with the narrative of the books and papers suggesting the forms. I tend to find items then investigate a way in which they can be reused and transformed; giving new life to things
There is nothing quite like hand made and even better is when that creative sole shares a few of their secrets and ideas for you to try your hand at some fab projects all by your little self…. or heaven forbid to while away the school holidays with the kids if you can prize away their ipod playing One Direction on repeat…. One such creative sharing sole is New Yorker Ann Wood who makes things, paints stuff, and draws for her “life and livelihood”. Another champion of the upc