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Issue #07

ONLINE HOMEWARES MAGAZINE

fun = feliz

Meet the talented Mel Alessi and Jane Forbes from Feliz bedding

THE CLUB OF

ODD VOLUMES A unique offering of artists work

SCANDI LOVE Norsu Interiors for all Scandinavian homewares

2ND CHANCE TABLES Custom made furniture with a difference

Special 18 page kids section with loads of great ideas


CONTENTS

FEATURES 8 FUN = FELIZ The talented pair from Feliz - Mel Alessi and Jane Forbes have recently launched their new seasons collection using beautiful embroidery and stunning watercolour artworks

14 NORSU INTERIORS Nat Wheeler and Kristy Sadlier are the incredible duo from norsu interiors who have turned a love of Scandinavian design into a thriving nordic homewares business

OUR COVER NORSU INTERIORS www.norsuinteriors.com.au Photography: Armelle Habib Styling: Julia Green from Greenhouse Interiors

22 URBAANI Kylie Nash and Simone Lee took a love of all things Scandi and turned it into a thriving Scandinavian and European homewares store

KIDS SPECIAL 27 SACK ME

Getting right to the heart of every child, Li-Ann Scott has successfully designed gorgeous kids bedding

30 LAURA’S SALVATION Laura Shallcrass’s has turned her illustrative talents into creating stunning cushions and art prints

34 HELLO YELLOW STORE Bright and quirky designs that every child will fall in love with

38 LOVE MAE Brighten up the walls in your childs room with the amazing range of fun fabric decals, wallpaper and stickers designed by the talented Peta O’Neill

CONTACT US: hello@wiinkelenmagazine.com or advertising@winkelenmagazine.com. Website: www.winkelenmagazine.com


50 THE CLUB OF ODD VOLUMES Sarah and Matt help artists gain exposure through their unique curated shop offering a selection of homewares and clothing with a rotation of artists artwork on offer

58 2ND CHANCE TABLES Chris Booth gives life to custom made furniture using recycled timber from old building sites and structures

66 LEMON CANARY After a career change Jasmin Ronaldson created Lemon Canary with her own signature boutique essential oil candles and essentials oils

74 KEEPRESIN Alice Keep’s fresh and strikingly vibrant array of contemporary handcrafted resin homewares and jewellery celebrates colour and simplicity

78 LITTLE LANDS Busy mum of four, Rachael Harland has made it her business to make people smile

REGULARS 4 Moodboard 5 We love 44 Designer moodboards 46 Etsy finds

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A selection product pages featuring cushions, lighting, art prints and more


MOOD BOARD 1950’S ZIG ZAG CHAIR This little black and white chevron beauty is made from polyrattan and is perfect for inside and out, it’s steel legs are powder coated. Seat height is 44cm, floor to top height is 70cm, width 68cm and seat depth is 60cm. Price $295.00 Stockist: www.huntersandgatherers.com.au

IVY MUSE ‘CLASSIC’ PLANT STAND. GEOSCAPES COLLECTION Beautiful, functional plant stands that allow you to get creative with your greenery. Designed and made in Melbourne from 6mm powder coated steel. The Classic is suited to a wide range of botanical vessels including smaller pots, vases and plant bags. It also features a lower cross bar which can house another plant. Priced between $130- $140. Stockist: www.huntandbow.com.au

CACTUS SISTERS HAPPY LITTLE COCONUTS COLLECTION Peppa Hart and Mum collaboration print. Mother and daughter love being poured into every single piece. This is our simple black and white range hand drawn with Indian Ink, the original pieces are then digitally turned into prints. Priced from $40. Stockist: www.peppahart.com

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Hand Drawn Round Towel in blue hues. Inspired by an adventure to the Moroccan botanical gardens owned by Yves Saint Laurent. 100% cotton – 1500mm diameter. Price $99. Stockist: thebeachpeople.com.au

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1] Copper and Marble Side Table. Hexagonal copper side table with marble top. Price $480. Stockist: www.thedesignhunter.com.au 2] Offi Mag Table. A flexible side table that stores your magazines while providing a surface for a cup of coffee or an extra seat. Price $235. Stockist: www.top3.com.au 3] Pillow Chair. The newest member of the pillow collection has re-interpreted the smooth curves of the pillow stool into a eye catching armchair. Stockist: www.luxxbox.com


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FUN = FELIZ The talented pair from Feliz - Mel Alessi and Jane Forbes have recently launched their new seasons collection using beautiful embroidery and stunning watercolour artworks


“We have played around with textures and have used a more layered palette for the Thread Lightly design, which is beautifully embroidered.�


Tell us a bit about your brand ‘Feliz’? Feliz is the Spanish word for Happy and that is how we want our range to make people feel. Hand drawn imagery, clean designing with pops of colour and the ability to mix and match makes for a happy (Feliz) home. Tell us about yourself and your background? Mel here: I have worked in photography, product development and buying for several years, it was challenging and rewarding. After having my first child, I thought it was about time I focus my ideas and energy into my own brand. Thankfully Jane was thinking the same thing and together we combine all of our skills (and lack thereof!) to make Feliz happen. What sparked you to create your brand? When we first dreamt of Feliz there was a gap in the children’s bed linen market (not the case anymore!). Jane and I both struggled to find linen that we loved and that was easy to fit into our homes – so we thought let’s just do it ourselves. What processes are involved in creating your designs? Chats, playing with our kids, taking long walks

on the beach – ha – sounds like a holiday, but honestly inspiration is all around us. The most insignificant thing can stop you in your tracks and capture your imagination. What inspired you in your designs for the new collection? We have taken a slightly different direction for the new adult range. We have played around with textures and have used a more layered palette for the Thread Lightly design, which is beautifully embroidered. Jane has played around with some different painting techniques and eventually one of her stunning watercolour artworks has become the design you see in the range. What do you love the most about having your own label? Learning, creating, the independence and a complete lack of boredom. And making something that we can call our own. Because we make most of our products by hand, there is sooo much work involved in creating bed linen (more than we ever anticipated!) so when it all comes together and it actually is what you had dreamed, it really is an amazing feeling.

What are your top five designer tips? Play – fun things happen. Don’t over think it – hard to do! Stay true to your own style – don’t get too caught up in the latest trends! Surround yourself with positive people. Just start! What is your favourite item in your store right now and why? I am a bit in love with the Watercolour cushion, the design is just soo dreamy! What has been your biggest highlight? I must say having our Owl pillowcase on Offspring was pretty surreal – especially seeing Patrick lying on it. What do you foresee as the next big trend? Sleep! We would love that to catch on in our house. Honestly, we try not to get too caught on the latest trends. Our style is clean designing and pops of colour. We hope our designs have longevity. CONTACT: www.felizhome.bigcartel.com


TOP PICK

UNDER $100 It doesn’t take much to add a splash of class to your home with these fabulous buys

Black Hector from the Tropicool Collection. Peppa Hart and Mum collaboration print. Mother and daughter love being poured into every single piece. Watercolour and Indian Ink are used for the original pieces, they are then digitally turned into prints. Price from $80. Stockist: www.peppahart.com

Freckles Bath Towel by Kip & Co. Generously sized and super soft. Price $59. Stockist: www. huntersandgatherers.com.au DAW Dining Armchair Wooden Legs. White is constructed with a solid timber base. Maple legs and chrome struts connect the seat and base resulting in an extremely comfortable seat Price $65. Stockist: www.milandirect.com.au

Black and White Triangle Danish and Scandinavian Ceramic Vase. Price $99. Stockist: www.urbancouture.com.au

Lumberjack Hooks. This set of 3 lumberjack hooks is minimal, classic and sturdy. Designed and handcrafted in Melbourne, with Scandinavian pine. Price $64. Stockist: www.russetdesign.com.au


Ice cream wall vase. The Takeawei hand made ceramic ice cream wall-vase makes a unique display of 1-2 large size flowers or pretty posies. Price $55. Stockist: www.takeawei.com

Dreamscape Limited Edition Art Print by Laura Blythman. Price $85. Stockist: www.laurablythman.bigcartel.com

Kitchen Board Red Large. Handmade in Melbourne with sustainable grown Tasmanian Oak. Price $88. Stockist: www. treehorndesign.com

Tablecloth - Pink. Made from a soft woven cotton this is a large quality tablecloth measuring 2.5m x 1.4m. Price $89. Stockist: www.roomand bloom.com.au

The Isola Table Runner has been designed and screenprinted by hand in our Melbourne studio using water based, eco friendly inks onto a lovely 100% European linen. Price $60. Stockist: www.thehomecollective.com.au

Nel Lusso Soho black candelabra is a striking candleholder, holding 7 candles to create an immediate atmosphere and mood at any special dining occasion or living room setting. Price $69.95. Stockist: www.zimba.com.au


Photography: Armelle Habib Styling: Julia Green from Greenhouse Interiors


norsu interiors

Nat Wheeler and Kristy Sadlier are the incredible duo from norsu interiors who have turned a love of Scandinavian design into a thriving nordic homewares business


Photography: Armelle Habib Styling: Julia Green from Greenhouse Interiors


Nat Wheeler and Kristy Sadlier are the team behind norsu interiors. Born of a mutual obsession of beautiful things and a true love of Scandinavian design, norsu is an Australian online boutique specialising in unique and carefully curated Nordic homewares. Having met at their local Mother’s Group, not only did Kristy and Nat share the experience of becoming new mums, they soon discovered a shared mutual obsession of Scandinavian design. Constantly trawling Scandi blogs and interior magazines one common theme emerged to them both, and that was the lack of access

that consumers had to purchase beautiful Scandinavian products in Australia. Both ladies have backgrounds in corporate marketing and communications within large multinational organisations. Not long after returning to these roles from maternity leave, norsu was born. It provides them with a creative outlet that they were unable to channel in their corporate jobs. Their current range of products includes goods from amazing Scandinavian designers By Nord, Fine Little Day, Louise Roe Design, OYOY Living Design, Pia Wallen and Sne Design, just to name a few.

New to the norsu collection includes the Danish brand ferm LIVING and the soon to be launched Swedish Rebel Walls wallpaper collection from importers Scandinavian Wallpapers and DĂŠcor. Having just celebrated their first birthday, Nat and Kristy have taken the plunge with their first bricks and mortar retail space in Malvern East, Melbourne. Drop in or visit their online store, you will not be disappointed. CONTACT: www.norsu.com.au


STYLISH ARROWS Taking you back to your childhood the on-trend arrow design has hit the bullseye

Safari Arrows - Fletcher & Fox Price $64.95 Stockist: www.hallaboutthehouse.com.au


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1] Arrow wooden ice cream spoons. Price $10.50. Stockist: www.simplysweetsoirees.com.au 2] Arrow Mint Cushion. 35 x 55cm Price $55–$60. Stockist: www.edenandwade.com.au 3] Tribal Heart cushion by Minty Baxter. Stunning handmade limited edition. Price $95.00. Stockist: Minty Baxter 4] Arrow Wall Flag. Wall flag to decorate the walls in the kids room. Stockist: www.fermliving.com 5] Decorative Wild Pastel Arrows. 6 decorative wooden arrows, hand notched and tapered with blunt tipped ends. Price $88. Stockists: www.askulkoffoxes.com 6] Quiver Limited Edition Print by Laura Shallcrass Illustration. Price $120. Stockist: www.downthatlittlelane.com.au 7] Arrowhead Throw. A luxurious woven throw made from 100% baby alpaca. Price $300. Stockist: www.scoutlifestyle.com 8] Small Milk Bottle - Arrow Handstamped. Price $20.95. Stockist: www.robertgordonaustralia.com 9] Crossed arrows rubber stamp by Ella Leach Designs. Price $22. Stockist: www.hardtofind.com.au 10] Arrow Cushion Collection. 35x55cm. Price $55-$60. Stockist: www.edenandwade.com.au 11] Apple and Cinnamon Soy Scented Candle by Black Arrow Candles. Price $20. Stockist: www.etsy.com


LIVING ROOM Splash out and spoil yourself today with one of these gorgeous buys

Chatto Armchair - Recycled Teak. Cut with sharp angles and a modern design, it never suffers from a wallflower moment. Price $550. Stockist: www.barnabylane.com.au

Hamar Woman - Wallhanging. A beautiful plaid sepia wallhanging of a Hamar Woman, Ethiopia. Size : 140cm x 200cm, price $599. 100 x 140cm, $399. These can be block mounted at an additional cost (email Sourced4You for details). We have a number of other beautiful and dynamic images in this Ethiopian tribal range. Cushion covers are also available in this range, 45cm x 45cm. Price $89.99. Stockists: www.sourced4you.com.au

Finesse sofa, various fabrics and leathers available, made in Australia. Price POA. Stockist: www.surround.com.au

Bedouin Nomad Woven Rug. Make a bold statement in your home with the new Bedouin rug from the IDC Nomad range. Price $635.95. Stockist: www.kushliving.com.au


Extra Large Diamond Shelf. Super sized diamond wall mounted shelving unit designed by Danish brand Bloomingville as part of their new season release. Price $349. Stockist: www. roomandbloom.com.au

The OLLIE table lamp in mint. Available in four fantastic colours, the Ollie table lamps have a heavy powder coated steel base and a matching cloth shade. Price $179.95. Stockist: www.cranmorehome.com.au

TAB-LSLBR. Moroccan Light Brown Leather and Wood Stool. Price $99. Stockist: : www. contentimports.com.au

Replica Grant Featherston Contour Wing Armachair. Add a splash of colour to your living room today! Price $699. Stockist: www.baygallery. com.au

Offi Walnut Mag Stand. Moulded and folded to keep your favourite magazines close at hand. Price $225. Stockist: www.top3.com.au

Grey Diamond Shaped Side Table. Price $470. Stockist: www.thedesignhunter.com.au

The Iconic sideboard. : ‘The Iconic’ is a beautiful danish inspired sideboard designed and handmade in the Queensland studio workshop of Kira & Kira. Price $2450. Stockist: www.kiraandkira.com.au


URBAANI Kylie Nash and Simone Lee took a love of all things Scandi and turned it into a thriving Scandinavian and European homewares store Tell us a bit about Urbaani and how it was formed? urbaani is a distributor and wholesaler of Scandinavian and European homewares. We love to scour the world looking for unique and sustainable wares that can bring homes to life. We believe that over time special and unique pieces added to the home create your own individual layered story. Friends for over 15 years, we decided to combine our obsession for design and homewares and our love for all things Scandi. We look for beautiful products that offer not only a design element but are also ethically produced. How did your career begin? We are both Accountants and have spent many years in the business sector. We also run local businesses with our husbands and have always had a passion on the weekends for renovating/building homes and sourcing gorgeous items to style them. The satisfaction we received from doing this has outweighed our traditional careers, so it was natural to continue during the week pursuing what we loved.

What sparked you to create your business? In a modern and chaotic world, the space that we determine is our centrepiece, our compass and a place where we can achieve our daily mission to provide for work, home and family. When we pause, we can look and really admire our own space and our personal expression. We’d like to help others achieve this. Although our backgrounds are in the corporate world, we both felt that our true passion was in the design space and after having children decided to take the leap of faith. We shared a vision to bring together quality products from talented designers with a lot of heart and soul. Finding something different and unique and bringing it to others sparks us up. Can you tell us where you source your gorgeous homewares from and how do you select the right item for your store? We bring together talented designers from Europe and Scandinavia. For us it’s all about the layers that create the lifestyle that we all crave, whether it be a beautiful cushion or a cutting board that is so artful you don’t have the heart to chop on it. We also seek out eco-friendly and

sustainable homewares that use the best of materials crafted by the communities they live in. We like to find out as much information about the designer and their philosophy and manufacturing process as we can so we can ensure we are a good fit for each other. We look to what is current and happening now. We love bright, clean and modern spaces filled with natural light and pure lines. We appreciate natural timbers and materials, earthy tones, luxurious textiles, quality made accessories and unique prints and designs. Likewise we love artwork and pops of colour. What do you love the most about having your own store? Freedom to express our own style whilst having fun. Showcasing such incredible designers who truly love what they do and being able to share that with others is rewarding. All of our designers so far have been very different from each, for this reason we love the range of diversity and options available to our customers. Travelling and attending gorgeous styling events is also a perk we love! continued on next page >


< continued from previous page Who are some of your favourite designers? As lovers of all things Scandinavian we do still adore brands and designers like Marimekko, Muuto, bylassen and Arne Jacobsen. Our design preferences are contemporary yet modern by definition. We draw inspiration from beautiful and functional everyday objects that complement and enhance the lifestyle of those that use them, but without compromising the highest quality. So any designers ticking those boxes capture our attention. What do you consider to be a must have item in your home? Kylie: A furniture piece that you can relax in teamed with a gorgeous rug and pile of cushions are a must for me. My husband, children and I like to relax together; being able to do that in a stylish, warm and inviting

space is very special to me. Simone: Having a fabulous art print or poster is a must; it adds texture and conversation to any room. What has been your biggest highlight? Our biggest highlight so far has been seeing our customers get excited about our offerings or say how unique and well made they are. We strive to bring to Australia designs not yet seen here and we feel happy that is being recognised. Do you have any advice for our readers who love all things for the home? Kylie: Pick 3 items you really really love and place them where you can not only admire them, but use them every day. You can then build more inexpensive items around those pieces without breaking your budget. Simone: Share your home with unique pieces that show your individuality and have meaning to you.

What do you foresee as the next big trend? Kylie: I can see the introduction of new materials and textures continuing alongside the monochrome trend. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really looking forward to the new black and white patterns and designs beyond geometric shapes. I also have a soft spot for the sophisticated colours of deep blue and gold. I think they really convey luxury for the everyday. Simone: Sustainable designer homewares made from European hemp are becoming more and more popular. Customers care about the best use of the materials, wastage and manufacturing processes. Hemp fabric is eco-friendly in terms of production but is also a lux material that will last the test of time. We are getting requests for this more and more.

CONTACT: www.urbaani.com.au


MUST HAVE Devine is one word to describe these gorgeous products

Copper Calypso Stool Small. Made from recycled hardwood and featuring hand-brushed Copper around the edge of the seat and across the leg rests. The top and legs are finished in a organic wax to preserve the beauty of the timber. The stools have a finished height of 450mm. Price $270. Stockist: www.beelinefurnituredesign.com.au

O Vessel designed Roberto Rodriguez, handmade by Reduxr. For centuries ostrich eggshell has been utilised as a natural vessel, prized for its strength and form. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve reinforced this beautiful material and paired it with brass to make a modern vessel to keep and hold. Price $95. Stockist: www.reduxr.com.au

Raw Craft Pendant. A collaboration between fibre artists Natalie Miller and Harriet Goodall, these lights marry the ancient crafts of pottery and basketry using beautiful glazed clay and natural fibres. Once lit, the open weave created opportunity for beautiful shadow play and atmosphere. Each light is unique and can be custom ordered to the colourway of your choosing. Price $280. Stockist: harrietgoodall.bigcartel.com

Jack Frost Dahlia. A beautiful, yet simple design made to compliment a beachy house or add a touch of the coast to your home. Pendant made from plantation hoop pine timber. Approximately 60 x 60cm diameter. All Kuku Design products are proudly 100% handmade in Red Hill, Australia. Price $639. Stockist: www.kukudesign.com.au


KIDS SPECIAL

SACK ME Getting right to the heart of every child, Li-Ann Scott has successfully designed gorgeous kids bedding

Photography: Eve Wilson Photography & Danielle Trovato Styling: Paige Anderson


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Tell us a bit about Sack Me!? The idea for Sack Me! came about in 2013 when I failed to find bedding for my boys which was a mix sack of fun, classic and quirky, that wasn’t either gender specific (rockets, trains, cars for boys) or just patterns – as beautiful as they are, I felt it lacked a sense of adventure for kids. I saw an opportunity to create a unisex range that was truly unique - a twist on familiar objects (in this instance, food) that really got the kids excited and went for it.

What do you love the most about having your own label? I love the freedom to curate my own products and the opportunity to really push the boundaries (personally and professionally). I get to set the rules, break the rules and realise at the end of the day, there are no rules when it’s your gig – that’s a pretty awesome. Most of all I get to share a piece of myself with everyone who brings a Sack Me! product home (in a non creepy way of course!)

Tell us about yourself and your background? I studied Architecture at the University of Sydney and even though it was a very technical course, I was still able to dabble in electives such as photography, screen printing, ceramics and life drawing which sustained me through those 6 years. Upon graduating, I worked at various commercial practices but soon after the arrival of my twin boys in 2010 I wasn’t able to return to full time practice. The need for a creative outlet gave rise to a graphic design business (ham&pea) that grew along with the boys and fast forward 5 years, Sack Me! was born.

Who are some of your favourite designers? I get a lot of inspiration from fashion and architecture and love the work of the late Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Rem Koolhaas, Zaha Hadid, Kazuyo Sejima to local talents such as Beci Orpin, Toni Matievski, Sarah-Jane Clarke & Heidi Middleton.

What sparked you to create Sack Me!? I’m an entrepreneur at heart. I guess one can say I’ve been doing business since I was a child, getting friends and family to purchase ridiculous (often hideous) creations of mine. At the ripe age of 12, I sold every single flower mum received from well wishing friends after the birth of my youngest sister to fund a party my girlfriends and I had organised. I may have made some bad business decisions along the way, but it was only a natural progression that led me to creating Sack Me!, an avenue to express and share my (less hideous) work and make an honest living out of it. What processes are involved in creating your pieces? I tend to work backwards with my thought process often starting with a vision of the end product I would like to create. Days and weeks of sketching ideas followed by testing them on the kids, playing with colour schemes, adding and subtracting from the designs to create a strong and coherent theme. I don’t allow myself online to do any research too soon as I like the process to flow from my initial instincts. When the designs start to take form, I translate them digitally. I work very closely with our manufacturers during this stage to ensure the pattern making will work on the products and we source materials and create samples during this stage. Following a series of trial and error, adjustments and improvements, the products are well on it’s way to becoming a reality. What inspires you in your designs? Travel, fashion, conversations and definitely my children. I’m certainly not governed by trends… I love to zig when everyone zags!

What is your favourite item in your store right now and why? Tough question. I pour in so much love into each design but I suppose the Pasta Amore collection purely because it holds sentimental value to me. My very first project with my graphic design business some 5 years ago was designing a collection of 6 ‘spell it with Pasta’ cards so my carb addiction runs deep. What has been your biggest highlight? Most definitely the night when I presented the bedding to my boys – it could have easily been mistaken for the morning of Christmas. The kids were shrieking in delight and the excitement on their faces to sleep in ice cream covered quilts, pasta bedding and hearing them make friends with the Green Mob just sends me dizzy with happiness. I have been working on this for well over a year, and the designs came as no surprise to them so nothing quite prepared me to see the delight when they got to pick and choose what bedding to have on their beds. What are your plans for the future? I look forward to taking my designs beyond the bedroom. I’m having fun expanding our home range and hope to share those designs very soon. I’m also working on a few collaborations with a bunch of clever creatives so it’s busy but exciting times ahead. Is there anything else you would like to tell us about your business? I would love to take this opportunity to express a heartfelt thanks to everyone for their support, enthusiasm and getting on board with all we are doing. Without them, there wouldn’t be a business so I really appreciate the encouragement in helping us grow and do better.

CONTACT: hello@sackme.com.au www.sackme.com.au

Photography: Eve Wilson Photography & Danielle Trovato Styling: Paige Anderson


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laura’s salvation Laura Shallcrass’s has turned her illustrative talents into creating stunning cushions, art prints and even gorgeous children’s wear

Tell us a bit about your illustrations? My work is mostly character focused, but lately I’ve become really interested in botanicals so that’s new for me. I’m pretty into symbolism. If there’s not back story, meaning and often hidden references in my work I can’t finish it for some reason. It needs a soul to keep me interested. I also love pattern, limited colour palettes, but that’s fairly obvious I think. Tell us about yourself and your background? I’m an illustration major but I’ve always loved drawing, painting, anything creative really. After finishing uni I travelled around and worked odd jobs before settling in Queenstown and starting a family. It was only after the birth of my first son that I really gave illustrating a go as a career and I haven’t looked back. What sparked you to begin your own business? Having a bit of time on my hands after

Boston was born and needing a creative outlet now that I wasn’t working. Being able to go upstairs and draw for a couple of hours is still my salvation from a hectic mummying lifestyle. Without it I think I would be one of those crazy ladies who talks to everyone like they’re about 6 months old because she doesn’t get out enough. What techniques do you use in creating your pieces? I always start with a line drawing whether the finished product is going to be an oil painting, paper cut work or ink drawing. I then transfer my drawing to whatever surface I’m going to be working on and if it’s a patterned work I mark out the darkest and lightest areas. After that it’s just a case of doing the work. Patterning or painting or both. What inspires you in your designs? I’m inspired by the usual things, nature, people in the street. Animals are pretty huge for me too. It can be anything though. A

piece I just finished was inspired by looking at how my mustard coloured sleeve looked next to my peach coloured nail polish. It really can come from anywhere. How did your progress your work into homewares? My husband and I have just built our first house and so I have a newly developed love of homewares myself. So it seemed a natural progression. As for the kids clothes I really just wanted some for my kiddies and I’m just stoked other people seem to like them too. Who are some of your favourite artists and why? Oh man that’s a hard question - there are so many. I love Miso and Twoone from Australia, Ryan McLennan, Jeremy Fish and so many others that I can’t even think of right now. Mostly I love art to be a little edgy, a little low brow. Anything featured in the pages of Juxtapoz magazine or Booooooom.com continued on next page >


< continued from previous page What is your most favourite illustration that you have completed? They all come come with their own unique challenges and satisfactions. At the moment I guess I’m pretty proud of a work I just finished called Lucky Red Shirt. It took me about 6 months to complete and was my first attempt at portraiture which certainly didn’t come easy. But I feel like it’s the first time I’ve truly succeeded in combining oil painting and pattern in one painting. I’m also pretty in love with a new pattern I’ve started doing which is sort of like a mathematical constellation, which I’m really enjoying juxtaposing with organic subject matter. What has been your biggest highlight? Being published in books and magazines

is always really exciting. Last year I was a finalist and published in The Red Book and also Stolen Vol 2. which I’m pretty proud of but mostly I just feel so grateful and humbled whenever anyone wants to buy my work. That people value it enough to want it in their homes is the biggest highlight and so far that seems to be ongoing which is just amazing. Is there anything else you would like to tell us about your art? Prints and homewares are available online at www.laurashallcrass.co.nz and I love hearing from you. So if you have anything in particular you want to see me do sing out and it could just happen! I’m on https://www. facebook.com/LauraShallcrassIllustration and Instagram too laurashallcrass. CONTACT: www.laurashallcrass.co.nz


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HELLO YELLOW STORE A collaboration between Cherie Davies and Susannah Cantwell delivers bright and quirky designs that every child will fall in love with Hello Yellow Store is the collaboration between Cherie Davies and Susannah Cantwell who have a love for bright colours and quirky designs. Based in Melbourne the pair create their fun packed collection which consists of high quality digital art prints that are created from an original collage/pen drawing then digitally coloured and printed on 280gsm recycled linen paper. Their limited edition prints comes hand numbered and signed by the artist. Inspired by the love of simplicity of mid-century design and a touch of vintage plus a sprinkle of Scandinavian and then the final touch of a spoonful of fun their clever ideas come to life.

Brighten up your little ones room with one of their handmade, handpainted cushions. The range includes Ice Cream shapes, Hello Bunny, Hello Sir and Hello Holly. Each cushion is professionally screen printed using non toxic water based inks, and heat sealed to ensure minimal fade and wear. The lines are hand drawn and the fabric backing is hand painted. Filled with recycled stuffing to ensure they are doing their bit for the environment. CONTACT: www.helloyellowstore.com


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Multi Pink & Peach rug. Great addition to any apartment , house or babies nursery . These floor rugs are hand crochet and are a beautiful keepsake gift . These are very versatile - great as a floor matt , over the end of a single or double bed. Price $200. Stockist: www. ladedahkids.com.au

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Tangram Blanket. 100% cotton blanket with a geometric tangram design. Price $79. Stockist: www.kidfolk.bigcartel.com

Jazz up the kids bedrooms with some cute, colourful and handy pieces Beaming with Happy Wall Print by May and Belle. Price $26.95. Stockist: www. limetreekids. com.au Dad bunny Wall hanging. These characters are inspired by make believe stories of rabbits. Price $40. Stockist: www. ladedahkids.com.au ferm LIVING Half Moon basket. These graphic baskets are super useful for almost anything you like. Price $90. Stockist: www.norsu.com.au


Twinkle Time Pillowcase by One in a Melon. Stockist: wwwpipandsox.com.au Hello Possum Art Print. A pretty art print featuring the iconic Australian saying to adorn your walls. Price $27. Stockist: www. poppystudio.com.au

Whale Cushion. Introducing our cuddly whale cushion measuring a huge 45 x 35cm. Price $89.95. Stockist: www.homelycreatures.com.au

White Crochet Light. Bringing Industrial Chic to your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bedroom. Price $40. Stockist: www.ladedahkids. com.au

Toddler Ride On by Dudley Co. It is hand crafted and individually screen printed using water based inks. Price: $89. Stockist: www. littlemelittleyou.com.au

Boys only Cowboys/indians Door Plaque This vintage inspired wooden door plaque measures 12x8cms. Your little boy will love it! Price: $10.95. Stockist: www.littlemelittleyou.com.au Orange and Yellow Lion cushion. Price $45. Stockist: www. scoopsdesign. com.au

Armadillo-Floor Rugs- Flower Weave Daisy {Cerise Multi-Colour} Price $255. Stockist: www.limetreekids.com.au

Big Panda. A beautiful Big Panda print by UK designers Seventy Tree. Price $55. Stockist: www. mylittlelovebird.co.nz


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Brighten up the walls in your childs room with the amazing range of fun fabric decals, wallpaper and stickers designed by the talented Peta O’Neill Tell us a bit Love Mae? Love Mae is a delight. We design and sell really lovely children’s products such fabric decals, mini stickers, bamboo dinnerware and wallpaper. We also have a range of wrapping paper that is devine. We are are based in tiny village Northern NSW in Australia, but our products are available all around the world in so many beautiful stores.

What processes are involved in creating your pieces? Each product category has a different process, but most involve the use of patterns and characters. The designs are first brought to life in a decal which is digitally printed. We then adapt the design to other products. Luckily most of our products are made locally so it’s easy to be a part of the process and quality control. Our imported products are a little different and involves a more complicated level of manufacturing. They can take a long time from sampling to production. I think the language barriers are a bit challenging.But the travel certainly makes up for it.

Tell us about yourself and your background? I think I can honestly say that I’m living my dreams. I share these dreams with two beautiful girls and my partner in northern NSW, Australia. It’s all very green grasses and cottages, vegie gardens and quaint studios in old buildings. It’s important that I remind myself daily to stop and appreciate it all. It’s crazy also and I have to constantly work on the balance. It’s so easy to pour yourself too much into something while other things fall apart. The pace of children and small business sometimes makes me spin in circles. I’m sure I’m not alone. I guess people like me wouldn’t have it any other way. Before Love Mae I enjoyed wandering the world and living in some incredible remote locations. I love the extremes in life.

What inspires you in your designs? All the little loves in our life. Hanging out with them so much never leaves you short on ideas. When it comes to colour we try to keep it so that mum and dad can match back their stylish tastes. I wouldn’t say we follow trends, but we do have an eye for beautiful. It’s so much fun bringing to life themes for children’s bedrooms, we believe they don’t need to be tacky and super loud. We love that there are so many stylish parents out there that help their children find our goodies.

What sparked you to create Love Mae? In no particular order…. Magic, a series of events, hope and dreams. Next came blood, sweat and tears. I was lucky to have grown Love Mae with some extremely talented people. Love Mae had a gorgeous beginning.

What do you love the most about having your own label? On a personal level I love that I can shake up routine. I’m not very good at repetition and Love Mae guarantees ‘Never a dull moment’. I also love that as a women and not just a mother that continued on next page >


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< continued from previous page I have an outlet to pour myself into. It’s a whole other part of me that gets filled by its every moment, good and not so good. Who are some of your favourite designers? I covet so many amazing designers and products, especially Australian. I used to do a lot of tradeshows and I found myself constantly speechless at people’s work when I walked around the aisles. Pony Rider, Munster Kids, Fromague Lights, la de dah kids.. gosh I could go on quite easily. Needless to say a lot of these labels have incredible artists behind them. Meeri Anneli is an illustrator that does a few of our designs and she is most definitely my favourite. Her detailed drawings are overwhelming. Seriously how can people draw like that! What is your favourite item in your store right now and why? My favourite item is most definitely our new 5pc bamboo dinner sets. Forest Feast is adorable. We used some of Meeri Anneli’s artwork and the result is divine. I sometime sneakily eat off the sectioned plate at home.. and the little bowl and spoon are perfect for my morning tea snack of yogurt, nuts, seeds and cinnamon concoction. What has been your biggest highlight? Thanks for the nostalgic flashbacks. I’ve had so many highlights, Love Mae has been crazy


like that. I get a bit star struck by amazing designers when I meet them which makes for fun memories. A favourite highlight was buying a magazine when I was in China, I bought it off a little street cart outside a bustling food market. The design of it caught my eye and thought I would find some great inspiration. Flicking through the pages later on at the airport we found an article on Love Mae. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so excited to see us in print. I couldn’t tell you what the article said but one day I’ll get someone to translate it for me.

new suppliers. We’ve got some lovely ideas we want to bring to life and hope we can find someone to help us. There is going to be lots of new-ness in 2015 and I personally can not wait.

What are your plans for the future? I’m like a small child, I want to do everything. All the fun things. I’m flying out soon to find some

CONTACT: peta@lovemae.com.au www.lovemae.com.au

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about your business? We’d love for you to come and see our lovely products, we’ve got some gorgeous things. Also we’d love for you to follow us on instagram (@ lovemaestudio) or facebook (love-mae), we have fun doing our regular posts on what we are up to.


Toddler Chair, Children’s Collection The modern design is lightweight and on trend, featuring a selection of soft colour combinations. Each piece is unique as its handcrafted onsite by our expert craftsmen, using a combination of reclaimed and new timber. Price: $95. each Custom colour combinations available on request (additional charge) Stockist: www.rawsunshinecoast

I love you to the Moon and back steel art. Designed and made by artist Lisa Turley. Price $139. Stockist: www.lisasarah.com

Superhero Spiderman Print. “With great power comes great responsibility”... indeed it does! Price $29. Stockist: www.downthatlittle lane.com

STYLISH KIDS Whether your after something big or small this collection has got it all

The Bonbon Rug looks as sweet as its name suggests, available in a plethora of colours - we absolutely love this rug in any room, layered or on its own. Price $179. Stockist: www.littleville.com.au

Petite Vegas Lights feature our signature B&W vintage/ industrial distressed finish. Price $149. Stockist: www.fromagelarue.com.au

A Penny Scallan Design Bedside Clock is a perfect addition to a child’s bedroom. Price $29.95. Stockist: www.stuckonyou.biz You are the Bees Knees Cushion Cover. Is there a little someone in your life who you think is just the bees knees? Price $69. Stockist: www.cushionopoly.com.au


Oscar Bed. A classical and timeless single bed. oscar comes in a beautiful dark brown finish. Price $549. Stockist: www.downthatlittle lane.com.au

Donut Wall Hooks. These delicious doughnuts are made from beech and are iced in strawberry pink, chocolate brown and sugar white. Price $49.95. Stockist: www.littleville.com.au Beautiful day Mr Moon pennant. The pennants are printed on a cotton/ linen blend. Stockist: www. supertrooperstudio.com Bright and bold, the Blue Waves Wonder Tent from Such Great Heights offers your little one a unique and spirited space for laughter and play. Price $298.95. Stockist: www. zanui.com.au

Mint Ice Cream Cushion. Perfect for playing and decorating a kids bedroom. Price $40. Stockist: www.downthatlittlelane.com.au

Black and white Daisy poster from Pax & Hart. These artworks are for children, and the child in every adult. Price $55. Stockist: www.beaumondebabe.com

Crashmat Candy Stripe Kids Beanbag. Perfect for the play room, lounge room or bedroom. Stockist: www.crashmatstore.com

Display case in natural timber with soft blush pink drawers. Price $599. Stockist: www.roomandbloom.com.au


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Family Love Tree Rattan Pendant - Mint - Medium. Price $129

WITH NICOLE ROSENBERG

Jardan Maggie Chair with upholstered pinched edge stitching. Price POA. Stockist: Jardan Australia

NICOLE ROSENBERG INTERIOR DECORATOR LITTLE LIBERTY www.littleliberty.com With a full blown passion (or maybe obsession!) for kids interiors Nicole started her Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Interior Decorating, Little Liberty, about eight years ago. Her business has also grown to interiors in houses and also commercial properties. Little Liberty specialises in creating functional and fresh spaces for little people up to teenagers with a focus on contemporary furniture and incorporating Australian products where ever possible. Nicole signature style is to inject bold bright colors with monotone backdrops which gives her spaces a sense of fun without being too colorful and busy - she also love to add in birch/light wood furniture to give the space a sense of warmth.

Replica White 3 Drawer Componibili bedside table. Price $119. Stockist: Sokol Ferm Living Half Moon Bedding 100% Organic Cotton Single Duvet Cover and Pillow. Price $145. Stockist: Norsu Interiors

Budgie Art from Anya Brock Budgie Painting on Canvas. Stockist: www.anyabrock. bigcartel.com Blue Velvet Penny Round Cushion Cover Price $49. Stockist: Castle and Things

Fluro Pink Stripe Pillowcase - 100% Cotton. Price $49. Stockist: Castle and Things

White Alex Desk. Price $229. Stockist: Ikea

Single Metal Four Poster bed. A collaboration with Incy Interiors and Megan Morton (stylist). Price $999. Stockist: Incy Interiors

Yellow Diamond Cut Wooden Hooks by Rare Rabbit. Small $24.95, medium $29.95, large $35.95. Stockist: Lime Tree Kids


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1] Pink Dove Decorative Cushion. 45cm x 45cm. Price $59. Stockist: www.dreamersinc.com.au 2] Cut Crystal Cushion. This beauty has its own natural charm. Price $95.Stockist: www.maandgrandy.bigcartel.com 3] Bunting - white and pink cushion cover. Price $50. Stockist: www.dontblamebetty.com 4] Island Palms Cushion Cover by Ourlieu. Price $79.95. Stockist: www.kreohome.com.au 5] Ice Dyed Cushion Blue/Grey by Lumiere Art & Co. Price $145. Stockist: www.willows-home-traders.myshopify.com 6] Multi coloured cockatoo cushion cover by Royal Hamam. Price $44.95. Stockist: www.hardtofind.com.au 7] Serpent Cushion. This cushion has been hand woven by artisans in Rajasthan, India using traditional techniques. Price $135. Stockist: www.langdonltd.com.au 8] Oasis Cushion Mosaic Navy. Price $49.95. Stockist: www.escapetoparadise.com.au 9] Green Vintage Tile cushion. Digitally printed on 100 % linen, made in Australia. Price: $110. Stockist: www.vanillaslatedesigns.com.au


Indigo Shibori Linen Tablecloth Dyed with natural Indigo, the hems are finished with a running stitch and left raw for a rustic look. Made using 100% linen, these tablecloths are the perfect backdrop for creating a beautifully laid table. Price $190 Stockist: Bind | Fold


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Bees in Indigo Blue Cushion Cover. Scatter a collection of your favorite illustrations around your home and office on this soft and comfy pillow slip. Price $34.66. Stockist: Thistle and Fox

Deer Head. Looking dashing in indigo blue, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all business for this dapper deer. Displaying elegant features and impressive antlers, this beautiful beast could belong on a royal estate. Price $113.22. Stockist: Hodi Home Decor

Blue stripe and polka dot children placemat. Make mealtime fun and keep your table free from scratches, spills and crumbs with this waterproof placemat. Price $12. Stockist: Moon Room Kids

Porcelain ceramic bowl. This little dish is prefect for keeping your jewellery safe by the bed or sink, candle holder, spoon rest, or just to decorate your home. Price $29. Stockist: Springwood Porcelain

Urban Garland hand dyed in washed indigo with dip dyed hemp tassels. Made by hand from vintage cotton, linen or softened canvas and is either dip dyed to obtain an ombre effect. Price $195. Stockist: Urban Garlands

Indigo blue stoneware side plate. Perfect for a entrĂŠe of smoked trout pate as its reminds me of the trout in the waters beneath the giant Mountain Ash that grow here in the Kinglake Ranges. Price $20. Stockist: Mountain Clay

Indigo Universe Signed print. This print is from an original indigo acrylic and white ink painting. It has personality and warmth ... Just like the universe. Price $99. Stockist: Mid Century Child

Indigo spot & stonewashed linen cushion cover. 100% cotton has large spots in a charcoal/ indigo colour on an off white background. Price $65. Stockist: Villa Deluxe Boutique

Hemp/Organic Cotton Napkins. This set of 2 napkins is made from 55% hemp / 45% organic cotton. Size: Approx 45cm x 45cm. Price $45. Stockist: Kind Designs 2


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Treat yourself with a bargain designer piece for your home today with this inspiring collection

Duck Egg Blue Pennant handprinted by Yardage Design. This design is printed on a light cream/off-white coloured, medium weight organic cotton/hemp blend, and comes ready to hang on a sustainable bamboo knitting needle. Price $35. Stockist: www.yardagedesign.com.au

Paddywax - Great Outdoors Candle Surf. Signature notes of marine + sea salt. Price $49.99. Stockist: www.willows-hometraders.myshopify. com

Small Concrete tile artwork turquoise splash. The concrete is coated with black enamel with a splash of Turquoise and Neon Orange then sealed. Price $48. Stockist: www.zinandbert.bigcartel.com

Natural Belly Basket from Olli Ella. Our beautiful storage baskets are an absolute must-have. Price $29. Stockist: www.wallabuy.com.au

Jesse Luke Photography Prints. Sydney based event and landscape photographer. Price $35. Stockist: www.lushbykatemaree.com


Emporium Aireyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mirror. Price $49.95. Stockist: www.emporiumhome. com.au

The Dial Hangers from Neutral Instinct can be mixed and matched in various colours, quantities, layouts and can be purchased with or without the extension hook. They are made from powder coated stainless steel so are ideal for indoor areas, wet areas or to hang things outdoor. Price $38 with hook. Price $30 without hook. Stockist: www.neutralinstinct.com.au

Margarita - Egyptian Cotton Beach Towel. Part of a fantastic range of gorgeous retro pattern, best season designs and hot new colours. Price $49.95. Stockist: www.bambury.com.au

Fern Copper Canister Candle by Found Goods Market. Price $49.95. Stockist: www.willows-home-traders. myshopify.com

The Hariss Breeze chair is a classy and simplistic looking chair to use in the backyard or at the beach. Price $35. Stockist: www.lifeliveitup.com.au

2015 Desktop Calendar Stay inspired every day of the year with this 2015 desktop calendar. Price $34.95. Stockist: www.paperelephant.com.au

Rope basket with leather handle. This basket has been hand-crocheted using high quality heavy rope and features handcrafted leather handles. Price $50. Stockist: www.crayonchick.etsy.com

Candle Pot - dark blue. Hand poured soy candle in reusable ceramic pot. Scented with Lavender & Peppermint. Price $36. Stockist: www.shelflife.com.au


THE CLUB OF ODD VOLUMES Sarah and Matt help artists gain exposure through their unique curated shop offering a selection of homewares and clothing with a rotation of artists artwork on offer


â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are not only looking for stuff that is new and exciting, but we like to keep all 20 artists different. Different illustration styles and subject matter.â&#x20AC;?


Tell us a bit about The Club of Odd Volumes, how it was formed and how it works? The Club was formed in 2012. We are a digital direct-to-garment print studio based in Collingwood, Melbourne. Finding a printer who could fire off a small number of tees at a realistic re-selling price, was tough. Realising that other artists wanted this too, we bought a printer and started offering our services. There are no-minimum orders (that’s right we can print just one), no setup costs, full colour, photo quality printing at great re-seller rates. As artists ourselves we try to offer a service that helps everyone create uniquely designed wears that are both achievable and affordable. After a year we launched The Odd Collective to help artists get more exposure. An online curated shop featuring 20 artists who rotate twice a year. This means you don’t need to scroll through thousands of products to find a gem and gives serious artists a platform to get exposure with new customers and retailers. Tell us about yourself and your team at The Club of Odd Volumes? The Club of Odd Volumes consists of Matt (previously a signwriter) and me (a book designer). Matt takes care of all the printing and technical side of production, while I look after the designs, artists and general day to day stuff. We’re not a production line making novelty mugs and mousepads, we are a two person operation making art from the back room of our little apartment.

Can you tell us how you source your artists to participate in The Club of Odd Volumes? Instagram mostly… We either do a shout-out for artists to join or stalk people we love. It is honestly the best and worst part of my job. I get to see so much amazing art but with only 10 spots up for grabs in each rotation, emailing ‘sorry not this time’ is pretty hard. What are you looking for terms of art design? We are not only looking for stuff that is new and exciting, but we like to keep all 20 artists different. Different illustration styles and subject matter. Something for everyone’s taste whether it is cutesy kids, designer homewares or quirky tees. How often do you rotate your artists list? We rotate twice a year. There is a Spring/ Summer intake (Sep – Feb) and a Winter/ Autumn (Mar – Aug). We only rotate 10 artists each time… this way people can still get designs from favourites who are always updating and making new art. What are your top designer tips? One tip only – Be original. My opinion on art is different to Matt’s who’s is different to the next person. Love what you do, always be creating and making. We love to see applicants’ social media or blogs to see their process and development of ideas and what they are super passionate about.

What is your favourite item in the store right now and why? I feel like a mum confessing I have a favourite child. I think my fav is the Yin and Yang tee designed by Meat Sauce. Carl + Lenny. What is the most popular item in store? Our Fish Collection tee. Popular with kids, fishing enthusiasts and the urban crowd. What has been the businesses biggest highlight? I think it would be our recent kickstarter. We were pre-selling our bed sheets and asked a few blogs / magazines to help us advertise our project. One thing lead to another and the lifesize cat collection bedding went crazy on Frankie magazines facebook. We achieved our goal and so excited for these sheets to arrive in stock soon. What do you foresee as the next big trend? We have to try and gauge what’s going on in both the homewares industry and the t-shirt / fashion world. Ethically and locally made are our main priorities at the moment. What’s next for The Club of Odd Volumes? We are excited to get our shipment of bedding in November and getting ready for Finders Keepers Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. Artist applications will also be open November – December for the next rotation. Supply bios for each current artist you have. continued on next page - artists bios >


the artists

FURRY LITTLE PEACH @furrylittlepeach

LAURA BLYTHMAN @laurablythman

HOLLIE MARTIN @hollie_martin

Sha’an d’Anthes is Furry Little Peach, an artist, illustrator and designer living and working in Sydney, Australia. This little peach has been drawing since forever - as soon as she could hold a pencil - but it wasn’t until she discovered her love for watercolours and ink at seventeen did she start to create both obsessively and religiously. Constantly inspired by the world around her, and especially by nature, Furry Little Peach’s work acts as a window to the magical world in her mind.

Laura Blythman is a 32 year old artist and designer based in Melbourne, Australia. She is renowned for her vibrant, smile making, handcrafted style which has seen her work with many iconic brands across Australia. Laura’s has worked with brands such as Finders Keepers Market, Love Mae, Mini & Beau, A Skulk of Foxes, Typo, Click On Furniture, Lark, Peachy Gift, Mr.Wolf, Cotton On Kids, T2 teas, Zoo York, Kiitos – Living By Design, Swan Emporium, La De Dah Kids and Stuck On You.

Hollie Martin is an Australian artist currently based in London. Her work takes on a variety of forms including paintings, watercolour drawings, mural works and three dimensional works. Hollie has worked with brands such as Cake Wines, He Made She Made Gallery, Incu Clothing, A Happy Death Paper Co, Melbourne producer Dcup, Freshly Baked Gallery, The Club of Odd Volumes, and more recently The Art Hunter, a collaborative creative display produced by The Cool Hunter, Jaguar and The Artistry.

JASMINE DOWLING @jasminedowling

CARLA MC RAE @thepaperbeast

AUF WIEDERSEHEN @ohaufwiedersehen

Jasmine Dowling is the fashion blogger / graphic designer and typographer behind the self titled blog - jasmine.

Carla is a freelance designer and illustrator residing in Melbourne for a number of different clients in her tiny studio. In addition, she enjoys making small runs of zines and prints, selling them through her online store. She also spends half of her week playing Creative Lady for sock purveyor Odd Pears, creating and taking care of all things visual, including social media and sock designing.

Under the pseudonym Auf Wiedersehen, Jacqueline Smith hails from Melbourne. Among other things, she likes to draw shy girls for us to comfort and sculpt tiny landscapes for us to explore. Auf Wiedersehen translating not to goodbye but to ‘until we see each other again’ – stands for beauty behind impermanence, and helps us to feel that not all that is gone is lost or forgotten.


For more artist bios visit The Club of Odd Volumes www.theclubofoddvolumes.com

MEGAN McKEAN @meganmckean

TARN WATKINSON @tarniwha11

YOKO HONDA @yokopium

Megan McKean is a 20-something designer, living in Sydney. She grew up in the Hunter Valley, constantly drawing, crafting and playing with Fuzzy Felt. After completing a Bachelor of Design in Visual Communications at the University of Technology, Sydney, Megan has been busy with a range of Souvenir Scarves, Mini City Domes, Sights and Bites cushions, Stationary, type and illustrations.

A 27 year old New Zealand illustrator/self confessed doodler. After spending one and half years in Berlin soaking up the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inspiring art and music scene, he has just relocated to Melbourne. His style is whimsical and symbol based often with geometrical shapes and made up objects. He is still constantly drawing and evolving as an artist.

Yoko Honda is a Japanese artist bringing the disco era back to life. With her bright youthful graphics we are transported back to the 80â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exaggerating the old-school vibes and pulling at the heart strings of those who long for the lost era of disco pool parties.

HELLO TOMATO @ hellotomatostudio

AMY BLUE ILLUSTRATION @amyapple85

DANILALO DESIGNS @danilalodesigns

Sasha Heath is a Melbourne based illustrator who started her own illustration studio in 2011 called Hello Tomato. She specialises in pen and ink illustrations but most of all loves murals and large format artworks. Over the years, Sasha has worked on projects for clients such as King of the Castle Cafe, The Woodsfolk, Aviary Hotel and Monsterthreads. She was also the artist in residence for Falls Festival last year.

Amy Blue Illustration is a small business run by Sydney based illustrator Amy Blue. Amy Blue Illustration offers customers personalised design and illustration services, as well as offering a range of functional paper products and playful jewellery. Her illustrations serve as a personal journey with universal themes such as fashion, pop culture and the mundane.

Danilalo Design is the Melbourne-based studio of illustrator/designer/biologist Danielle Lalonde. Based in Melbourne Danielle now spends part of her time teaching biology at Monash University and dedicates the rest to freelance design and illustration. Danielle draws inspiration for her designs from her passion for animals and nature, and her love of bold colours and shapes.


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Snap one of these little treats up and brighten up your day

Tweed Pots by Have You Met Miss Jones. This lovely home accessory is perfect for herbs succulents, the possibilities are endless! Price $19 each. Stockist: www.follow-store.com.au

Oh, the places youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll go by Yoko Home. Beautiful hand painted watercolour art prints, designed and created in Australia by Hannah Brown. Price $25. Stockist: www.wallabuy.com.au

Davis & Waddell Stockholm Bowl - Medium. Price $22.99. Stockist: www.davisandwaddell.com.au Emporium Sheppard Mantle Clock. Price $19.95. Stockist: www.emporiumhome.com.au

Gold and Black Ceramic Votive. Price $22. Stockist: www.thedesignhunter.com.au

Bamboo Cereal Bowl. Deep white lacquer bamboo bowls. Price $14. Stockist: www.thetwentytwo.com.au


A Cry of Macaws. This is a page from my book, A Compendium of Collective Nouns - Book Two. Price $24.95. Stockist: www.redparka.com.au Square Tin Box - Purple Owl. Fabulous retro tin box that can be used to store all sorts of lovely things. Price $16.95. Stockist: www.babygoesretro.com.au

Warehouse Jar. Approximately 35hr burn time and is hand poured in all 10 of our signature FRANKIE scents. Price $25. Stockist: www.frankiegusti.com

Simply Vanilla Soy Candle. Made with pure soy wax, burn for up to 60 hours each. Price $24.95. Stockist: www. buckleyandphillips.com

Amalfi Mondo Vessel. Price $24.95. Stockist: www.amalfihomewares.com.au

Emporium Marshall Bottle. Priece $14.95. Stockist: www.emporiumhome.com.au

Red and Gold Decorated Coconut Bowl. Handmade from reclaimed coconut shells these coconut shells make beautiful bowls for just about anything. Price $19.95. Stockist: www.sampan.com.au

Light Bulb Planter is a quirky decor accessory. It has a flat base so it can be placed on a shelf or hung. I comes with an air plant and stones. Price $25. Stockist: www.mintinteriordesign.com.au


2nd chance tables

Chris Booth gives life to custom made furniture using recycled timber from old building sites and structures


Tell us a bit about 2nd Chance Tables and how it was formed? 2nd Chance Tables is a Melbourne-based furniture business specialising in custom pieces made from recycled timber. We just love making furniture pieces with a story. We’ve made tables for Melbourne University Blues Footy Club using their old pavilion flooring which they later auctioned to members for fundraising. And more recently we had a customer approach us with an old table belonging to her grandmother and we were able to incorporate parts of that table with the new one to produce a sentimental piece of furniture for her. There’s something

special about making something useable from buildings or structures that no longer exist. 2nd Chance Tables started about two and half years ago, out of desperation and necessity. It was during the economic downtown in Melbourne. I had been working as a carpenter in the domestic construction industry for about fifteen years and was made redundant. It was a really difficult time to find work in industry and so I used the skills that I had to make some money. My wife and I often reflect on our journey. We started from such humble beginnings, building tables on my mother in-law’s tiny rooftop garden in the

middle of winter and sold them online. You can imagine how miserable and desolate life was for us then. Luckily our furniture was well-received and we were able to find a great workshop to grow the business in. We haven’t looked back. How did your career begin? I’ve always had a huge interest in how things go together. Anything with moving parts or different pieces or adjustable components. This manifested early on in my life coming from a long line of engineers and hands on makers of things. I started labouring casually for a family friend who was a builder


whilst I was in high school and found I had a real knack for house building and loved the process. Straight after year 12 I found a carpentry apprenticeship and began my foray into the wide world of wood. As a traditional carpentry apprenticeship only really covered construction techniques, I definitely had to teach myself most of the finer points of joinery as I went along, so it was a very steep learning curve once I decided to try my hand in the furniture game. Can you tell us how you source your materials for 2nd Chance Tables? Victoria and Melbourne are much more

progressive in appreciating of the beauty of recycled timbers than other states and there are several well stocked timber yards around which I’ve been able to build good relationships with over the years. Sometimes our customers want to incorporate other materials such as power-coated metals which we outsource, or from time to time they’ll bring in some timber from their homes that has a sentimental value to them. What processes are involved in creating your pieces? Lots of back and forth emails and phone calls. Because each piece is custom made

for each client, each new job takes a bit of planning and designing before the actual construction begins. Most of the time our customers contact us with a design concept in mind, it’s either something they’ve seen in a shop or a magazine which they want to re-create and alter. From that point, we discuss pragmatic things such as the size, the number of people it would cater, the room / space that the piece will be going, timbers and the desired finish. Based on that, I would draw a digital rendering which is emailed to the client for editing and approval. continued on next page >


What do you love the most about running your own business? To me it’s much more that the “be your own boss” cliché, which quite frankly means a ton more stress and work than everyone else. It’s the complete ownership of the process that puts a significant and long lasting piece of furniture into a family home. It’s the idea that my wife Hien and I have created this thing from nothing and people seem to genuinely love it. What are your top five designer tips? I’ll throw this question over to my wife… She’ll be much better at answering this than me. • It’s important to design the space to be functional and useable… I’ve often seen stunning glamorous living rooms, expensive couches and rugs but the owners are so concerned about the

preserving the furniture that you’re never really able to relax and enjoy the space. I have a friend who recently bought a white leather couch but she has a two year old toddler… I don’t think it’ll stay white for long. • |Haha, Chris would probably hate me saying this, but when furnishing your house don’t overload on one material. We’ve definitely reached the household timber quota at our place – anymore and it’ll probably start to look like a timber-log cabin! • Don’t be afraid to embrace colour or patterns. I tend to keep static furniture, paint and cabinetry neutral and incorporate colours and patterns through accessories like cushions, rugs, artwork, or light fixtures. These things can be changed easily because I tend to tire of them over time.

• I just love minimalistic and open spaces. I think I’m drawn to it because secretly I’m a hoarder. I can’t help myself - I love stuff. So when we designed our house I made sure we had lots of cupboard space to hide all of our stuff. • Lastly, a beautiful light fixture can transform or set the tone of a room, particularly if it sits over the top of your dining table. Your eyes are naturally drawn to it and it can transform ordinary to extraordinary. What do you consider to be a must have item in your home? Oh, that’s difficult to answer. There’s so many to choose from. My wife loves to cook so a dining table to cater for our friends and family is extremely important. I built us a (200cm x 120cm) table and we’ve been able to squeeze 15 people around it – it helps


when you have bench seats. The other item we couldn’t live without is the couch – we spend a lot of time of that thing although that’s probably to change with the addition of our first baby in a few weeks. What has been your favourite piece you have created? I recently made a change table for our nursery. Surprisingly it was made out of plywood instead of recycled timber. My wife designed it and it incorporates wallpaper and leather. It’s pretty satisfying and sentimental being able to make something specific for our little boy. What has been your biggest highlight? Recently we employed another woodworker on a casual basis, although it may seem like a pedestrian step, it meant a great deal to me about where I was headed with the

business. It also introduced a whole new person’s perspective on furniture design not to mention their fantastic woodworking skills. It’s a great boon at work to be able to discuss what you’re doing as you’re doing it with a likeminded person. What do you foresee as the next big trend? My wife is obsessed with copper and leather at the moment. I imagine a lot of our future concept pieces will be incorporating these materials. According to her, copper enhances the sophistication of timber, while leather can be a nice contrasting material to blend in. I’m yet to be convinced, although people tend to compliment the pieces she creates so she might be on to something – I’ll keep you posted. What’s next for 2nd Chance Tables? It’s a pretty exciting time for us, as our brand

starts to grow we’ve been approached by several cafes and businesses around Melbourne to furnish new venues. That’s something that we hope continues. And over the last year or so we’ve started to make furniture pieces other than tables which provide us more creative opportunities. In the next few weeks we’ll be launching an online store for our off-the-shelf furniture range. A lot of the time customers want neutral and simple pieces, but the online store will allow us to create sample, once-off concepts to demonstrate other possibilities that the customer might not have considered before. More importantly pieces will be available at a reduced price compared to the custom-made furniture. CONTACT: sales@2ndchancetables.com.au www.2ndchancetables.com.au


Fermob Bistro Range - Fuschia. Price $430. Stockist: www. classicwithatwist.com.au

Dial Hose Hanger - Yellow. a clean and playful garden hose hanger. Price $195. Stockist: www.top3.com.au

THE BIG OUTDOORS You can bring glamour and style to your backyard with some colourful inclusion Geometric Turquoise Zagora Outdoor Floor Rug. Price $115. Stockist: www.cranmorehome.com.au

Basil Bangs The Shrubbery Outdoor cushion. Price $85. Stockist: www.thedesignhunter.com.au

The Hampton Deluxe Beach Chair, is a stylish and sturdy beach item, with timber arms and a generous size. Price $45. Stockist: www.lifeliveitup.com.au

La Scala Barstool Grey. Suitable for indoor or outdoor use, our La Scala Stool is a stackable bar stool with a decorative scale pattern footrest. Price $599. Stockist: www. utedesign.com.au

Camilla - Watering Can - Koziol. Camilla harmoniously combines both functions and is the perfect watering can for inside and out. Price $27.49. Stockist: www. optocoonline.com


Ellie - Egyptian Cotton Beach Towel. 100% luxurious Egyptian cotton. Price $44.95. Stockist: www.bambury. com.au

Basil Bangs Jungle Fever Beach Umbrella. Price $249. Stockist: www.thedesignhunter.com.au Vintage Mesh Chair Blue. Brings a contemporary twist to a classic look and is sure to become a wow feature in your outdoor space. Stockist: www.tofs.com.au Buzios Rectangular Table and Bench. A contemporary table and bench combining high grade stainless steel and a premium teak top. Stockist: www.leblon.com.au

Coast Throw Cushion. Made from the same marine-grade Sunbrella brand fabric. Price $132.25. Stockist: www.coastnewzealand.com.au

Green Diamonds Pure Outdoor Crashmat Beanbag. Price $139. Stockist: www. crashmatstore.com Ceramic geometric pot in soft blush pink. Designed by Bloomingville. Stockist: www.roomandbloom. com.au

Marcus Porch chair - Pink. Lovingly restored from a former glory, the Marcus is the perfect outdoor chair. Price $640. Stockist: www.barnabylane.com.au


lemon canary

After a career change Jasmin Ronaldson created Lemon Canary with her own signature boutique essential oil candles and essentials oils


Tell us a bit about Lemon Canary? Lemon Canary is a boutique intention based gift business based on Australias Gold Coast. Currently I hand make a range of essential oil candles and essential oils. I also have a crystal range, organic chocolates and homewares. I also have some awesome new projects in the works. Tell us about yourself and your background? I was born in Germany and grew up with a Yoga teacher Earth Mother. I spent my childhood dabbling with oils and potions. After school I became a Beauty Therapist and studied Aromatherapy. After working in this industry I embarked on a 13 year career as a long haul flight attendant, during this time I ran a salon on my down time

specialising in natural skincare. After my father became ill in 2009 I decided that life was too short to stay in a job where I was no longer happy and completed my Yoga Teacher Training. During this time I began to dabble in soy candle making due to my own inability to find an essential oil candle to use during meditation. As they say, the rest is history. I left my flying career and have now been running Lemon Canary for four years, I have recently completed my Reiki Healers Course and look forward to all that is to come with Lemon Canary. What sparked you to create Lemon Canary? What sparks me to create all of my products is always my own personal need to fulfill

a product that I can’t find on the market. I had a very tough time in my teenage years and I have a deep desire to try and connect people to make sure they know they are loved, I feel that my products help others to easily transfer their emotions to another person. The world needs love, lots of love. What processes are involved in creating your pieces? It usually starts with a thought of ‘oh wouldn’t that be a great product!’. Then I ponder on it for a few weeks, if the interest is still there a month later I will revisit the idea. I have so many ideas all the time, I have to try and filter the right ones out. continued on next page >


< continued from previous page How do you create the different scents in your candles? I create scents that I love and that make me feel a certain way. For example my Meadowlark candle (Lemongrass) reminds me of a particular hotel I used to stay in when I went to Bangkok, it always makes me feel happy and relaxed as that’s how I used to feel arriving in the lobby after a long flight. What scents are currently available and which is your favourite? I have wonderfully long list of scents, my

current favourite is Wanderer, from my new Luxe Range, it’s floral and citrusy and delicious and has flecks of copper throughout. It’s currently on repeat at my house. What makes your candles stand out from the rest? I use Organic Essential Oils in all of my candles, most other brands use only fragrance oils. I have handmade every single candle that has come out of my studio with love and care. Every wick is perfect, every pour is perfect, so much love in Lemon Canary candles it’s ridiculous.

What do you love the most about having your own label? The ability to have creative control and let my heart speak through my products. The comments I get from my customers about how my products make them feel, that is the ultimate reward. Do you have plans to expand your scent range? We have some super exciting new products coming soon! Top secret! :) CONTACT: www.lemoncanary.com.au


SCENTS DOVE - VANILLA AND CARAMEL CREME Sweet and delicious, gooey caramel and vanilla bean. Cacao adds warmth and comfort to this candle, sweet like a little dove. CRANE - WHITE TEA AND BLACK PEPPER This scent is as delicate as a paper crane, fresh, white and clean. Balanced with the depth and beauty of spicy black peppercorns. CUCKOO - SWEET PEA AND VANILLA POD Cuckoo, peekaboo! Sweet and floral, lovely notes of sweet pea, rounded with gingergrass and french cypress this cheeky little bird is vibrant with patchouli, vanilla and Australian lemon. EAGLE - WEST INDIAN BAY RUM Strong and masculine eagle is a spicy blend of crushed cloves, cinnamon sticks, and crisp pine needles, with a sweet orange freshness. FAIRY WREN - PEACH NECTAR AND TASMANIAN HONEY A whimsical scent. Fresh peaches, oranges and nectarines picked from an orchard at sunset as fairy-wrens dance. Essential orange oil brings pure magic to this scent, sweet honey dances with the memory of the day. FINCH - VINTAGE GARDENIA Vintage dreams are filled with the thoughts of a world no longer here but one that forever lingers in our hearts and minds. As the Finch fly’s from her branch the promise of these memories are caught in the air. FLAMINGO - QUEENSLAND PINEAPPLE, COCOS AND WHITE FRANGIPANI Balmy nights and bikinis, the smell of coconut wafts over from the beach, you lie in a hammock and swing away with your pina colada cooling your palm. Endless summers were made to warm the soul. LITTLE OWL - SANDALWOOD AND JAPANESE CITRUS The sweetest little owl perches in the midnight branch, the warm air brings scents of white amber and sandalwood. Woody and cosy with an unxpected fresh burst of japanese citrus to balance and sharpen, can you hear her?

LOVEBIRD - ROSE AND PINK PEPPER Like the beautiful lovebird, romantic roses and peony blossoms fill the midnight air. Lavender and patchouli give this scent the depth that only true love could understand. Pink pepper adds heat and desire. MEADOWLARK - FRESH CUT LEMONGRASS Running through a grassy meadow, can you hear the grass whispering to you? Lemongrass freshens and invigorates, it allows us to focus on what is beautiful and meaningful, lifts out sprits and carries us forward. MESSENGER - WHITE JASMINE AND MINT A delightful blend of night jasmine and white flower petals whispers to you beyond the wall of the secret garden. The night air is sharp and fresh with mystery. Romantic and refreshing. PARTRIDGE - FRENCH PEAR AND VANILLA BEAN The most divine and juicy Pear scent folded into a cloud of fresh vanilla beans. Promises warmth and comfort when we need it most. PHOENIX - CLOUDBERRY AND CLEMENTINE Light delicious scents of cloudberry and blueberry touch the air and are chased by the strength of clementine and tangerine fruit tang. Fresh and comforting. SWAN - MARSHMALLOW AND PEONY A garden of delightful pink peony blooms is brought to life and the sweet swan sets sail on a marshmallow cloud. Something dreams are made of. TOUCAN - TAHITIAN COCONUT AND LIME The exotic tropical toucan, perched in a tree with it’s beautiful black and white coat and orange beak. Escape to this place beyond the sea with tropical coconut and fresh lime splice. HUMMINGBIRD - ITALIAN LEMON AND SHORTBREAD The sweet hummingbird. This scent is a lemon cream scent, with a buttery biscuit base, lemon oil adds a punch of flavour and freshness.

The Lemon Canary Pure range is scented with 100% pure essential and fragrance oils. All of our candles contain pesticide free, vegan, eco soy wax and non toxic cotton wicks.


THE CANDLEHOLDER The humble candleholder has been reinvented to deliver class and elegance

Nordic Shine Black The Nordic Light now has a elegant glossy finish. Shape it in any way you like: the four arms are connected with an iron spindle, and after being used the candleholder is easily folded together to occupy a minimum of space. Price $229.95. Stockist: www.vincent2.com.au


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1] Allas Candleholder. Familiar cast iron has been combined with a modern Scandinavian design vernacular, creating an exciting object that simply demands the finishing touch of a candle. Price $155.95. Stockist: www.stemonline.com.au 2] Menu Weight Here - Small. Price: $129.95. Stockist: www.stemonline.com.au 3] Line Candle Holder Copper by Lassen. Price $195. Stockist: www.designstuff.com.au 4] Menu POV Candleholder Wall. Price: $79.95. Stockist: www.stemonline.com.au 5] Amalfi Alessia Candleholder. Price $29.95. Stockist: www.amalfihomewares.com.au 6] Tippetop Candleholder form one by OYOY. Price $68. Stockist: www.designstuff.com.au 7] General Electric Trinity Candelabra Fuscia Pink. Price $71. Stockist: www.grandlivinghomewares.com 8] Wee willie winkie candleholder. Made in Australia at a fabulous foundry in Victoria. Price $35. Stockist: www.cranmorehome.com.au 9] HAY Lup Candle Holder - Black, powder coated steel. Price $50. Stockist: www.designstuff.com.au 10] Wire Candleholder. This metal candleholder is a creative mix of geometric angles to hold up to 12 candles. Price $69. Stockist: www.roomandbloom.com.au


GET THE LOOK Create a talking point with one of these gorgeous prints

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1] Budgie. This original illustration has been digitally printed in Sydney, Australia. Price $49.95. Stockist: www. iendeduphere.com 2] ONLY YOU by Ruben Ireland. Price $79. NZD. Stockist: www.popmotif.co.nz 3] Peachy Art Print by Print Space. Price $30. Stockist: www.printspace.com.au 4] Monsieur Whale by Schmooks. Price $46.05. Stockist: Schmooks Art Prints 5] Pale Pink Geometric Daisy. Come about after playing around with new patterns, textures and colours. Price $15. Stockist: Sweet William 6] Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Time Mr Wolf Art Print. Price $27. Stockist: www.poppystudio.com.au


MUST HAVE Unique and creative pieces are essential for any home

Reclaimed Timber Crate with Handles by hiatus goods co. perfect for display and storage around your house. They work really well as shadow boxes/shelves for wall displays or perfect for displaying flower arrangements at weddings. Price $54. Stockist: hiatus goods co.

Falcon Prep Set Red Rim by Odgers & McClelland. The six-piece Falcon Prep Set is a useful addition to the kitchen. It includes a colander for picking and washing vegetables or draining pasta or rice and five bowls for mixing or serving. Perfect for spring and sumer harvest and casual entertaining. Price $84.95. Stockist: Odgers & McClelland

5pcs Spice Caddy. Made from salvaged Sycamore-maple, paper labels and Cork, Made in Tasmania by Indeco. Various 370x62x70mm. Price $99.95. Stockist: www.countryculture.com.au

Terracotta Pendants Light by Antonia Throsby. produced in terracotta, or porcelain using a technique called slip-casting (liquid clay poured into a specific hand made mould). I then paint a white gloss glaze onto the terracotta;- or a clear glaze onto the porcelain. Price $180. Stockist: Antonia Throsby


keepresin Alice Keepâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fresh and strikingly vibrant array of contemporary handcrafted resin homewares and jewellery celebrates colour and simplicity


Tell us a bit about KEEPRESIN? KEEPRESIN produces a contemporary range of hand crafted resin jewellery, home wares, artwork, lighting and planters. The designs are fresh and striking, celebrating vibrant colour and simplicity in form allowing for complimentary pieces to mix and match. The hand-crafted nature of the products, from the initial design through to the final stages of sanding, ensure that each piece is unique and that no two items will be exactly the same. Tell us about yourself and your background? KEEPRESIN initially started as a hobby whilst I was studying at university. I was doing a Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) at RMIT. I found it a very fascinating course and had dreams of working for the United Nations in New York. However KEEPRESIN was expanding and something had to give so I stopped university with six months to go in my course. This was just over two years ago now and I have never looked back. I have always had an interest in art and this was helped by the fact that my Mum is a Design and Technology teacher and it’s an environment I have always been surrounded by. I think it helps to not only have the creativity but in order to survive in this industry you have to be organised and have business knowledge. This knowledge hasn’t been easy, as I don’t have any higher education training in business, there have been a lot of mistakes along the way but they are what make you stronger and help you more forward. I live on the Mornington Peninsula, with my fiancé and little Cavoodle Fenton. We have just spent the last year renovating our little 60’s house, which has been an amazing process, and something I have thoroughly enjoyed. What sparked you to create KEEPRESIN? As mentioned before my mum is a teacher and did a resin course through work. She then taught my sister and I how to do the basic process and then it has grown from there. The business has grown organically,

exploring different shapes and colours. What we have tried to achieve is to create unique and affordable resin jewellery and homewares. What processes are involved in creating your pieces? Resin is quite a labour intensive material to work with. The initial design and prototypes are made out of clay or something similar. This is then set into silicone, then into the silicone you pour the resin with the colour added. Once the resin has hardened then begins the sanding process where you slowly use lesser and lesser grades of sandpaper in order to achieve a smooth finish. The final

process is to oil the surface so that it brings out the colour and seals it to some extent. What inspires you in your designs? I am continually inspired by my surroundings and where I live. The decision to move into homewares was inspired by the fact that I have bought my new 60’s house. I love organic shapes especially combined with resin, as it’s such a pliable material to work with. The ranges continue to evolve from season to season and I love exploring different colour palettes depending on the season. continued on next page >


< continued from previous page What do you love the most about having your own label? Owning your own business certainly has its ups and downs. It is amazing to have the freedom to be creative and do whatever you would like really. There arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t two days the same, which keeps me inspired and challenged. Who are some of your favourite designers? I find some of my favourite designers are from all over the world. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really have any particular in mind. Instagram and Pinterest are two amazing sources where there is an

amazing array of images and sources you can draw inspiration from. What is your favourite item in your store right now and why? I particularly love the lighting that I am working on at the moment. This is a new field for me to branch out into and there is so much scope to creativity. What has been your biggest highlight? There have been a couple of highlights that have occurred in the last years. The first would have to be stocking to the National Gallery of Victoria. This is such an honour. Another honour has been stocking to the beautiful store Fenton and Fenton. I am so

humbled to be amongst such a talented artists and in such an iconic store. Fenton and Fenton have been on my list of desired stores since the business started. What are your plans for the future? KEEPRESIN will continue to expand in Australia. Over the next two years we are hoping to expand overseas and hopefully break into the American market. We are hoping to continue to be represented in beautiful stores. It is such a lovely feeling being approached by stores that you love. CONTACT: www.keepresin.com.au


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Busy mum of four, Rachael Harland has made it her business to make people smile Tell us a bit about your business? I have a shop full of terrariums, from floor to ceiling. I just love them, each one is different and once they are made, they thrive on neglect. The shop is relatively new, only opened six months ago. I have been working from home for the last four years developing my little business. Tell us about yourself and your background? I’m a 36 year old mumma and wife. My background has been in deciding to raise my family young. I dreamed of having children and family from a young age. I suppose I have done things reverse to what the world says one should do, but that was my dream. As my children grow older, I pursued my creative and artistic interests while returning to university to study teaching. What sparked you to create your business? It started with finding a book in the op-shop published in 1973 on terrariums. I had been a stay-at-home mum for some time and was at the studying my Early Childhood degree. When my youngest child started prep, I had more time on my hands and needed something I enjoyed. Both of my boys have been diagnosed with Autism so making terrariums was a creative outlet that provided my calm. After lots of trial and error we applied for design markets in Melbourne and took our terrariums to pop-up stores at Westfield and Chadstone Shopping Centres. Earlier this year when our little poppet (child #4, who is our foster daughter) left our care, we were at a cross roads. It was decision time. We could build a shed and I keep working from home or open a shop close to the children’s school. Hubby and I opted to open the shop. A few weeks later we had our little poppet back! Life is certainly busy.

What processes are involved in creating your pieces? The escapism and imagination of a Little Land is always front of my mind. Each piece is unique, in saying that, there are always the customers favourites. Everyone loves Alice in Wonderland and the Woodland Terrariums. The process ranges from ensuring all the glassware and materials are as clean as possible, sourcing the miniatures, visiting plant growers and the physical making. The business side like answering emails, keeping receipts etc has been a big learning curve for me. I’m the creative one, perhaps not always thinking logically... thankfully my husband comes to the rescue. What inspires you in your designs? I think for me it is creating a piece that one can look into and their worries escape them for a moment in time. Bringing a smile to someone’s face and a sense of wonder is such a nice thing. Plants are beautiful and amazing creations in themselves, to encapsulate them in a miniature eco-system is fascinating and allows inspiration to stop and look and appreciate creation. What do you love the most about having your own label? I feel so thankful, this is something I never thought I would do. Having my own label is pretty humbling, I am no more special than anyone else. It is nice though that if someone sees a terrarium they wonder if it is a Little Lands terrarium, and people are recognising our designs as unique. We are not about a succulent in a jar – that is not a terrarium. Terrariums have lids, always. Who are some of your favourite designers? Mmm... these days I am loving simplicity. The

designers that come to mind are Charles and Ray Eames. As for local designers it is about relationship for me. I love individual designs, stuff no-one else is doing. Treads and Pedals are amazing and the craftsmanship of Plank and Trestle is amazing. They are gorgeous, gorgeous people too. What is your favourite item in your store right now and why? Something I created just recently, it is a huge rose bowl garden with a festival inside. What has been your biggest highlight? We were in The Age newspaper in August and on 3AW’s Big Backyard with Jane Edmonston and Darren James. That was pretty exciting. I must say though, coming into the shop every morning after bringing the children to school is a highlight for me. Entering a fresh white space filled with plants – it feels great. What are your plans for the future? The immediate future I have a few designs up my sleeve, but need a handyman or craftsman to help me with that. We will be at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden show next March, and flat out until then at various markets and events. Is there anything else you would like to tell us about your business? I love it. I love being blessed to work with plants each day and make people smile when they look into each vessel and realise there is a story inside. It’s priceless.

CONTACT: www.littlelands.com.au


PEACE & LOVE Add a dash of peace and tranquility with these wonderful ideas

Daisy Peace Giant Wall Flag. 100 x 150cm. Original artwork printed onto a heavy-weight canvas using water-based inks. Hand-mounted with timber baton and supplied ready to hang with 100% cotton rope. Designed by Blacklist. Made in Australia. Price $399.95. Stockist: www.blackliststore.com.au


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Winkelen November 2014  

Special 18-page kids homewares special with Sack Me!, Laura Shallcrass, Love Mae and loads more. We also talk to Feliz, Norsu Interiors, The...

Winkelen November 2014  

Special 18-page kids homewares special with Sack Me!, Laura Shallcrass, Love Mae and loads more. We also talk to Feliz, Norsu Interiors, The...

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