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Archive: Sep 2008

  1. Marimekko Madness

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    Following yesterday’s piece I became all nostalgic for the Marimekko clothes I used to wear, so I have been online looking at the current Autumn/Winter collections and thought I’d share them with you. They’re simply stunning.I love this bag. I didn’t even know Marimekko made leather bags… something new for me to covet!
    Roxy would look so sweet in these clothes…. hmmm… maybe a trip to Finland?! You can check out all this gorgeousness and more here at marimekko.com.

    Image source: Marimekko
  2. Seventies Style

    Above: a still life of some of my mum’s gorgeous vases from the ’70s,
    together with a vase which belonged to my husband’s grandmother
    (although, obviously not from the seventies).

    In the late ’70s my parents had an interior designer redecorate our house. Our family home was architect-designed in the early ’60s and had floor to ceiling windows taking up at least one wall of every room. Combine that with new cream shag pile carpet, funky Marimekko curtains, blinds, bedspreads and tablecloths and you’ll get some idea of the style of my childhood. My mum even dressed herself, my sister and I in Marimekko clothes… and underwear! Unfortunately I don’t have any photos on hand to show you – I mean of our Marimekko lives, not our underwear. My parents took literally thousands of photos, but they are all on slides and I haven’t yet been able to face the enormous task of sorting them and getting them transferred to disc.

    At the time Mum also bought the a wild ’70’s design Villeroy and Boch dinner set “for good”, and the now sought after Arabia Rustica dinner set for “every day”. We ate with Georg Jensen cutlery and I was surrounded with beautiful Scandinavian design pieces. My bedside table was lime green, made by Kartell.

    Although as a teenager I think I took it for granted I am now incredibly grateful for the exposure I had to the pureness of Scandinavian design. I’m thankful to my lovely mum for (amongst a whole list of other things) instilling in me a love of good design and an appreciation of buying quality. I know that it has shaped a significant part of my design aesthetic.
    I had so many clothes in the Marimekko stripe fabric like the T shirt above. I wore maxi dresses, nighties, T shirts, singlets – in stripes of every colour. My collection of Marimekko coin purses (like the ones below) surely must be unrivalled. Image source: Marimekko.

    Marimekko book available here.

    The floral fabric on the cover of the book will always say ‘laundry’ to me… we had the blind in our laundry made from it.

    You can check out the Marimekko blog “always mod” here and the website here.

  3. Embroidered House

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    Image Source: Flinders Lane Gallery

    I’m not entirely sure why, but when I saw this divine installation it made my heart sing. It could be a number of reasons: firstly the title “Embroidered House” – how romantic does that sound? It could also be that it’s reminiscent of playing with a torch in childhood cubby houses, or the magic that seems to surround the little house. The contradiction of fragile/strong is wonderful – again that comes from the title of the piece as well as the fine detail and strength of materials. Whatever it is I absolutely love this piece of art by installation artist and sculptor Greer Honeywill. You can see more of Greer’s work at the Flinders Lane Gallery website and on her website here.

  4. Last chance: Tim Walker


    I managed to squeeze in time on Friday afternoon to see Tim Walker's superb exhibition at the Design Museum in London. It closes tomorrow (Sunday) so you've got one day left to see his photography in all its colour-saturated glory. I particularly loved seeing his scrapbooks and 'thinking' behind some of his more spectaclar shoots – so inspirational.

    I'm also keen to check out Eglingham Hall in Northumberland one day – has anyone been? It's interesting that he returned to this English manor house time and again for so many shoots – and fully utilised the grounds as well as the interior. It's hard to imagine it now without a mass of coloured balloons tumbling out of the front windows.

    I made it to the museum with one hour to spare at 4.45pm, which was actually quite fortunate as I picked up a 'last hour' ticket for £5 (down from the usual
    £8.50 for adults).  Something to keep in mind …

    Design Museum

    28 Shad Thames

    SE1 2YD 

    Tel. 020 7403 6933

    Opening hours:
    Daily 10am – 5.45pm
    Last admission at 5.15pm

    Click here for a Wee Birdy map.


    p.s. his kitsch pastel kitties reminded me of one particular wedding from my bridal magazine days where the bridesmaids marched down the aisle with matching dyed poodles in pink, lemon, blue and mint.

  5. Can you handle a ‘Keep Calm’ rug?


    My mate Gemma recently sent me an email entitled, "Don't tell me to keep fuckin calm!!!!" in response to the interior world's love affair with the now ubiquitous Keep Calm and Carry On poster. Shortly after, she designed her own reply and posted it on her Flickr account:


    She's not the only one getting her knickers in a knot over this British WWII reproduction … check out the snarkiness going on over at Apartment Therapy, where admittedly every cool apartment and its doghouse seems to have a "Keep Calm" hovering somewhere between their Saarinen tulip table and Eames plastic rocker.

    You may remember that I was also pretty excited when the first wave of Keep Calms came out. I first fell for the poster when I spied it at the V&A Museum shop soon after I had moved to London from Australia. In its original red design and within the context of the museum shop, I thought it was clever and unique and brought a smile to my newbie expat dial.

    Since then, the trend has exploded and you can now purchase apricot-coloured (apricot?) Keep Calm posters from Etsy, as well as whole host of merchandise ranging from sweatshirts to tote bags.

    And now, introducing, the Keep Calm and Carry On rug, available exclusively from Pedlars.


    What say you? Yay or nay? (Should I duck and cover?)

  6. Online shopping: Present & Correct


    The latest online shop that’s got everyone talking is UK-based Present & Correct. And rightly so – it’s a veritable treasure trove for stationery fiends and those with a penchant for good design and vintage paper ephemera. The best part is that stock is constantly updated (ahem, every Wednesday) with new finds sourced from around the world, like these delightful animal growth charts from Melbourne:


    My most favourite items are really the most classic and simple, like old-fashioned exercise books and school timetables. Here are some more tasty gems I’m loving:



    Dish of the Day letterpress notecards, £2.50, feature traditional British fare like pie and peas.


    I'm also loving Present & Correct's inhouse designs, including their A-Z Endangered Species of the British Isles (fast becoming a modern design classic) and their new range of greeting cards.

  7. I *Heart* Fridays: I *Heart* my "Deer and Cupcake"


    I know, I know, Elizabeth Soule’s work did the blog rounds about 6 months ago… but I’m excited about her work because I just bought my adorable “Deer and Cupcake” off etsy a couple of weeks ago. I just love it.

    “Deer and Cupcake” is part of Elizabeth’s series “The Little Zoo”, which also includes such quirky things as a polar bear with a cocktail umbrella and a turtle in a jar. Elizabeth’s website reveals other beautiful work like the “Objects and Collections” Series, which the still life image below is from. And the stunning black & white Holga series featuring a horse in urban landscapes.

    You can visit Elizabeth’s website here and her etsy shop here.

    Image source: all images from esoule.com

    Happy Friday!

  8. Custom Printed Fabric

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    I was very excited earlier this year when I found out about Spoonflower in North Carolina. What a fantastic idea: having your own design custom printed onto fabric by the yard! From their website:
    The folks who are waging the handmade revolution by and large do so quietly. On blogs, in sewing groups, on Etsy storefronts and in their homes, a growing number of people have decided to make and to share things they think are beautiful. Spoonflower exists to give crafters a powerful tool for expressing their creative visions using fabric.

    Spoonflower is still running in Beta mode and you have to join a list and wait to be invited to have your fabric printed. Then there’s the issue of the additional cost of postage to Aus.

    Then, recently I heard about Ink & Spindle in Melbourne. I love Lara Cameron‘s fabric designs and found out about Ink & Spindle via her blog Kirin Notebook. Lara, Bianca and Tegan are in the process of setting up a yardage screen printing business, with an environmentally friendly focus. How exciting is that?! Their studio is located in Kensington, in the Younghusband Wool Store building. I’m so impressed with all the work they’ve done so far to get Ink & Spindle set up – you can check out their progress on the Ink & Spindle blog here.

    Image Source: Ink & Spindle

    Bianca of course is the talented Bianca Van Meeuwen of Hollabee. Here is the Hollabee blog. And the mysterious Tegan, well, I can’t seem to find out any more info than she’s a secondary school teacher and a Scorpio.

    Top: Fabrics by Lara Cameron. Image Source: Kirin Notebook
    Fabrics by Bianca Van Meeuwen. Image Source: Hollabee

    Of course, with my Creative ADD my brain has been in overdrive for weeks now thinking about designs I can have printed on to fabric. Somebody stop me… I already have too much to do!

  9. Discoveries via small magazine

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    If you haven’t already come across it, small is an online magazine which supports creators, designers, photographers and illustrators working on a small scale for ‘the smaller sized’. It is a gorgeous mag full of truly beautiful products presented in unusual and imaginative ways by independent creatives.

    In the current issue I (re)discovered the beautiful illustrations of Jayme McGowan. small commissioned Jayme to illustrate a fashion story and the resulting spreads are quite remarkable. I had seen Jayme’s three dimensional paper constructions/illustrations on etsy, but with so many things bookmarked(!) I hadn’t looked at her work for a while. You can visit her Roadside projects blog here and her etsy shop here.

    Image source: small magazine

    Another artist who’s work I’ve admired previously is LA-based photographer Jen Gotch – she also created a fashion story for the current issue of small. Jen’s images are shot on polaroid, so they have a lovely quality to them.

    Image source: small magazine

    Check out the work on her website too. I just love her simple and perfect compositions.

    Image source: jengotch.com

    And lastly is a new discovery (of mine at least) and inspiration from small magazine: the incredible images of Louise Robinson. Louise’s work is dream-like and compelling and is created digitally with photos she takes, painted and textured backgrounds, and lots of layers in photoshop.

    Louise says:Much of my work concerns themes and desires that are horrendously close to my heart; my love of trees, the forces of nature, childhood, the importance of dreams, imagination and self belief. Most of these themes are integral to my work, as well as the occasional slice of humour or playfulness.
    Above all, I try not to fall into the habit of taking myself too seriously.”

    I am just about to check out Louise’s etsy shop, and I think I can feel a purchase coming on! Here is her blog: art and ghosts.

    Image source: art and ghosts blog