Thursday, 30 September 2010

Laura McKellar

I really really adore these! Retro images and sublime stitching - combined! This is the handy work of Melbourne designer and artist Laura McKellar. Check out more of her artwork online.
Makes me think of Dame Edna and her crazy glasses. Above: I am Bird: Original hand embroidered digital print on calico, framed and ready to hang. AU $900 / €650. Available online here.You can find more links to artwork and galleries on Laura's website.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Karin Söderquist

Karin Söderquist is an illustrator currently studying at Camberwell College of Arts. Karin says "I enjoy working in a range of different techniques and I always try to find the right material for the right project." I really like her 3D pieces. Super graphic and fun.
Sausage Dogs, front and back (this is for Kelli and Jamie!).
Napoleon & Marengo. Who are totally awesome.
Circus bear.
And last, but not least, a t-shirt design for Lazy Oaf. There's bunting in the background...I I had no hope but to love this image! Keep your eyes peeled for Karin in the future...

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Samantha Robinson

Looking through a lovely blog Decor8 I came across Samantha Robinson. Samantha is a Sydney based ceramic artist and she makes some gorgeous pieces. Above, coffee cups in divine colours.
There's a great article on Decor8's blog on Samantha, with some wonderful photos of her studio and work by photographer Jillian Leiboff.
I really love the tall illuminators here. You can find her at Paddington Market every Saturday and Bondi Market every Sunday.

Monday, 27 September 2010

Sweet Beastiary

Newly added to my Etsy favourites: Sweet Beastiary. Flor Panichelli is the crafty miss behind these little creatures. Flor says they are "...quasi-animal or completely human. Something about them disturbs me - and touches me, at the same time. Bestiary is the title of my favourite story by Julio Cortázar, my favourite writer. I myself am a sweet beast." Flor also has a blog here.Some work in progress beasts above and some broaches below.Bunny pillow I want! Bunny pillows have a hand-sculpted head, made of air-drying clay, and a stuffed body, made of fabric scrap, felt and vintage lace. This one is about 6.5 tall. USD $43 / €32.
Miss Mouse is a one of a kind mixed media art doll. Her head is hand-sculpted in paper maché and air-drying clay, hand-painted with acrylic paint, sealed with matt varnish. Her body is made of fabric and pollyfill. She is wearing a dress I made from scrap, vintage crochet lace, felt and suede ribbon. Body and outfit are completely hand-stitched. She is a hanging doll. You can hang her from a loop added at the back of her head. She is about 10 inches (26 cm) tall. USD $120 / €90.
Funny bunny - wall art. This is not a mask, not a doll, but something between them.He is hand-sculpted in paper maché and air-drying clay, hand-painted with acrylic paint, sealed with matt varnish, signed and dated. He's about 2.5 inches in diameter, flat at the back with a hole to hang it from a little nail. USD $70 / €53.

Friday, 24 September 2010


Belgium-based, ROA, is a street artist known for his stunning over sized graffiti animals. Take a squiz of this video below to get a better feel for his art.

I love this boat with water bird and water rat.For a short time ROA is in Amsterdam, and will be working away as artist-in-residence at The Garage, it's not a public event but if you are a friend, you are welcome. It's just on this weekend, Brouwersgracht, Amsterdam. Viewing by appointment only. Otherwise keep your eyes peeled, maybe there'll be a few more critters about the place after this weekend...

Thursday, 23 September 2010

The Otherist

The Otherist is you one-stop gift shop. Ok, Ok, so I mostly buy gifts there for me...but that's not the point! This wonderful treasure trove of delights have each been hand-selected by owners Joshua Walters and Steven Stoddart, men with immaculate taste and impeccable sense of style.
They have a gorgeous shop on the Lelliegracht, The Otherist, a few doors down from Smaak. Inside is all manner of curios and must-haves from books, prints, jewellery, ceramics, toys, handbags, wallets, and all manner of beautiful, rare and wacky pieces to decorate your home. They have something for everyone. Check out the latest goodies on offer on their online store and via their blog. But wait, there's more! Joshua is an artist as well (where does he find the time?!) and you can see more of his work on his blog here.I've selected two of their pieces I really really adore, to begin with: Horse Chestnut. The Otherist says "
Penkridge Ceramics' success lies in the creation of the 'real thing' when it comes to ceramic fruits. This stand-alone collection, established by Lorraine Taylor and Nicky Smart, is now considered the best in its field. All design work and production is carried out in their workshop in Walsall, in the West Midlands, UK. Their attention to detail is unmatched, each piece is individually considered, with several layers of glaze added to create both colour and texture, giving a 'super-real' effect and accuracy of finish. Each piece is an individual ceramic sculpture inspired by nature. This chestnut pod has two removable nuts. The stem is cast from pewter and also hand painted." Approx 12cm high to top of stem, €144.And this lovely Amidst Routes Letterpress Print. The Otherist says "
Titled "Amidst Routes" it is letterpress printed in echo grey and mustard ink. 

Featuring botanical imagery surrounded by geometric diamond and antique lace bit-lettes. A stem of allium has grown a sprig of rosemary for roots while a tick-tocked flip-flopped bloom (a ranunculus or peony) sprouted a stem of mint 

Print measures 12,7 x 17,78cm (5" x 7"). Each print is hand numbered - This is a limited edition print. Packaged with a mock giant-tag backing, making it ready for giving to someone special." They just make everything sounds as beautiful as they look, don't they? And a steal at €14,95. Detail below.Joshua and Steven are passionate about their store, and it really shows in the quality and originality of their wares. They have things I've never seen in Europe, and you know I look! So, for something a bit different, of exceptional quality, this is my Amsterdam pick. But don't take my word for it, check it out for yourselves!The Otherist: Leliegracht 6, 1015DE - Amsterdam (between Herengracht & Keizersgracht).
Open: Monday 11 - 6:30pm, Tuesday closed, Wednesday - Saturday 11 - 6:30pm, Sunday 12 - 5pm.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

A Good Egg

I've been cleaning out my entire house recently (again!) and found these vintage Danish egg warmers in a draw. I think I got them from Ij Hallen many moons ago. I was drawn to the bold graphic 60s print, but who uses egg warmers these days?! I decided I couldn't let them go, just too pretty, so the only thing to do was to recycle them.
First I bought some matching fabric in complementary colours and bias binding from the Albert Cuypstraat market.
And then I unpicked the seems of th egg warmers so I had 8 pieces with flowers, on the back they all have the designers name:
Then I cut matching half circles, edged them, and joined them together to make some sweet little bunting! Ta-da! Much more useful! You can never have too much bunting, now can you? Mission accomplished and onto the next project...

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Ij Hallen's Flip Side

Sunday was Ij Hallen market day! And I love this market. This time, however, I was selling not buying. Quite an experience, I can tell you. Up at 6.30am, arrive at 8am. I had visions of laying everything out nicely, writing some pretty little signs, then waiting for the people to gradually come and swing by. No. This is not how it went down. What happened was as soon as we opened bags and started putting stuff out on the table people (the professional sellers already there) swarmed us and started going through everything like crazed animals. ANIMALS. Even going through the suitcases as I was putting stuff out. Just nuts, and a bit stressful I must say. So we'd gotten rid of a lot of stuff by about 9.30am, when gates opened to the general public.
The rest of the day was pretty steady, a few peaks where we were pulling quite the crowd, but then it dwindles off around 2pm, and we called it a day at 3pm. The rest of our unsold clothes went into pink garbage bags for charity collection (hope they made it there and not so some seller!), a small bag of stuff went to the bin, so I only bought a few things home with me. Five suitcases (yes, really I had that much!) down to about one shopping bags' worth = a very successful day in my book! And it felt so so good to purge and get all the unwanted stuff out of the house. I don't even know where half of it came from to begin with!
The day really flew by for me, the combination of a steady stream of shoppers and my co-store seller, the lovely Ms Katie, keep me pretty occupied. And I couldn't have done it without my man, who got up at the crack of dawn on a Sunday to help me set up, fetched coffee for Ms Katie and I and then treated me to my beloved poffertjes. Thank you, baby, you are the best! :)I think the hardest part of being there selling was the slightly torturous feeling on being at a market unable to buy anything! I did manage a few little breaks and my eagle eyes found a couple things. One fab book from my neighbour, can't wait. Middle Eastern cooking with super straightforward looking recipes and a little Easter treat as well!Too busy to take photos or really chat to those friends who swung by (sorry guys, fairly manic! really appreciated the support though), so all these photos are from my man. I think they're really nice and it's always fun to see something you love through someone else's eyes.
Anyway, I'd recommend it as a way to clear out old stuff. Although, a wooden trestle table is a great equaliser: our junk kinda looked just like everyone else's junk. But, as they say, one man's trash is another man's treasure and I think we made some people very happy. A lot of my bits came from Ij Hallen originally, so I like that it's had it's time in my life and now has returned from whence it came, ready for the next person. So i really like the recycling side of it all. And that's it from me. See you all at the next Ij Hallen, which will be in two weeks! Dates got mucked about this month. Next will be indoors from now on, in the old hall, and over two days: Saturday the 9th & Sunday the 10th of October. Admission €3.