Monthly Archives: October 2009

Finders Keepers Markets

We set out to the Finders Keepers Markets at the Old Museum near RNA Showgrounds this morning to check out the handiwork of our talented designers and makers from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. There was already quite a good crowd from the word go, and got increasingly packed as the day wore on… I was armed with the very high-tech camera that Danny had to show me how to use, with the different lenses so good shots could be taken of the craftwork for the blog. Everyone was good natured in putting up with my photo-taking, so we did manage to get nice shots while trying not to elbow enthusiastic buyers! For the next week I will be featuring individual makers and providing links to their websites so you can all go and check them out.

Today’s featured maker is Brooke Johnston with her beautiful doily jewellery. It was only the fact that I didn’t have any cash that stopped me from whipping out the wallet and getting the ring for myself, but by god I wanted one!!

hero shot

02-sausages

03 band

04-brooke johnston

05 brooke johnston

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of shoes and lace

A wonderful pair of lacy tights crossed my path today while I was mooching around David Jones before an exhibition opening. These came from White Suede – by Melbourne designer Jacqui Demkiw who produces lovely soft tailored pieces with beautiful craftsmanship. Coming across White Suede in one of the lunchtime retail therapy sessions, I now am the proud owner of 2 silk and embroidered vintage-inspired tops, and of course – these beautifully tailored sinuous new lacy black tights!  Definitely made for waif-like girls with legs up to their ears, as it is half a calf too long for me, but who cares? They go with every pair of shoes in my wardrobe!

Black leather shoes and red lollipop shoes as featured below are from Trippen – a German company who hand makes their shoes. Its quirky designs aside, having them on feels like one is walking on clouds~… …

black shoes

black shoes heels

yellow shoes

Red shoes

 

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Two of a kind

Front and Side Profile

Front and Side Profile

Black-Out Earrings

"Black-Out" Earrings - Oxidised silver on the outside, matte silver finish on the inside.

… So we grew together

Like to a double cherry, seeming parted,

But yet an union in partition,

Two lovely berries moulded on one stem…

– William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Nights Dream –


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Madame Mannequins

Ta Da! I am very pleased to introduce my new lady mannequins. Not long after embarking on serious photography with my pieces, I decided it is best to get something that will give a sense of scale (I can’t photograph my own neck anyway). Mannequins are required but must be tastefully made. So I looked to sourcing it from the UK-based Vintage Style Mannequins – and Julie did a wonderful job with them!

And of course they shall have names. Lady Coddington is named after Grace Coddington – creative director of Vogue – only made aware to me through The September Issue. Grace Coddington is the woman behind the Woman (Anna). Vogue cannot exist in its current state without the geniuses of both, yet with Anna as the face of Vogue, the other genius recedes. Then there’s Lady Coco – after Coco Chanel (played by Audrey Tatou) in Avante Chanel. Currently my favourite movie, Coco is an inspiration to anyone hoping to succeed in the fickle fashion industry ,and I am just about to embark on the book for further motivation, a birthday present from Danny.

I hope it is not too cheesy to name the mannequins after fashion icons… after all, am just hoping a little of their magic will rub off on moi.

'Coco' in her beautiful studio set

'Coco' in her beautiful studio set

Me in Mine - a far cry from Coco!

Me in Mine - a far cry from Coco!

Lady Coco

Lady Coco

Lady Coddington

Lady Coddington

The full figured Ladies

The full figured Ladies

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they came in the night…

Two fairy-godfathers delivered a stump to my workshop last night. It’s a really heavy timber log – an off-cut from a piling post – which they picked up so I can hammer away on my pieces  without inflicting tinnitus on us all… I say ‘picked up’ as if there was little effort involved, but really, they lugged it in the dark night after it was discarded by a nearby building site. And then proceeded to move it back and forth the room as we tried to determine to best location for it!

The welcome addition now sits proudly next to my pickling pot, well lit by The Motlen P***s, and is a new member of my tool family, first befriended by my raw-hide mallet.

The two fairies will be richly rewarded with beers in return for their kind favour.

the fairy godfathers

the fairy godfathers

what they delivered

what they delivered

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The molten p***s

The molten p***s over my workspace

The molten p***s over my workspace

I recently purchased a light for my workbench. Metalarte from Spain provides interesting light forms and this is one that I spied in a new lighting catalogue from my lighting supplier. He had one in the showroom in melbourne and offered me a great 50% off!! One resounding ‘yes!’, and it’s on the next flight up to Brisbane. Am sure its creator meant it to be a lovely organic free form, but the boys at work thought it was mighty funny and analogous of some human anatomy – gave it its rude nickname and it stuck! Leather strap support adds to the amusement and merriment of those who’ve seen it. 🙂

Perhaps next year’s collection will be inspired by the human anatomy…!?! No?

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