Monday, December 7, 2009

Mid Century Modern holiday houses

Vacation Home by Henrik Bull (illustration by Bob Wandesforde)
Three Stage Beach Cabin (no architect listed)
Two Stage Expandable vacationer, by Walter Wiedmeyer

These images came from a promotional booklet from the Douglas Fir Plywood Association for 18 holiday houses built with fir plywood by various modern architects.
I love the illustrations as well as the designs. Ah.. I wish I could present drawings like these to my architecture clients! They are so much more beautiful and expressive than any flashy 3D CAD perspective I've seen!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

New stockist in Wollongong, NSW

A new art and design store is about to open in Wollongong next week.
Milk Thieves Art & Design is a mini mart of handmade art, design and craft.
It is also my newest stockist! The four brooches above will be in store as of Dec 3rd - the official opening day!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

It's Raining! It's Pouring!

All this rain is great for my little balcony garden and great for Melbourne but not so great for the stall that I was supposed to be having at the South Melbourne Night Market tonight.
Uh oh.. it is not the weather to be doing an outdoor night market.

But... instead I will be joining Charlotte from Cserpent Art at the Northcote Town Hall Kris Kindle Market tonight. Yes - 'tis INDOORS and slightly closer to my home.
Yep, warmness, dryness + proximity are a winner!!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Rose St Market - this Sunday!

hello hello!
I have a stall at the Rose St Market this Sunday (22nd) yay!
I will be sharing a space with Charlotte from Cserpent Art
The Spanish Festa will also be on this weekend so there will be lots to see and do this weekend in Fitzroy!
p.s. have you looked at my new online shop yet? Click here:

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

My Big Cartel Store

In an attempt to keep everything in the ONE place I have created a Big Cartel Online Store!!

I only have a few things on there for now but I am hoping to fill my shop up soon (well, at least before Christmas!). I have brooches, earrings and cufflinks all over my studio and not enough of them have made it online yet.

Here are a few of the goodies online...

And don't forget to buy handmade this Christmas. Shop local to support our economy.. and handmade things are nicer too! xx

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

phonebook dress

I love this dress!
Designed and made by a young designer called Jolis Paons, the whole dress is hand made with paper from a phone book.
More photos here:

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

more markets!

Ah it's market season madness! Busy, busy time.

Following yesterday's blogpost I will also be sharing a stall at the Rose St Market (Fitzroy) with Charlotte from Cserpent Art on the following Sundays:

- 22nd November 2009
- 29th November 2009
- 6th December 2009

Now I better get my butt into action and make some more BROOCHES!

Monday, October 26, 2009

market days!


I will be attending a few markets before Christmas so come along and start your Christmas shopping early (says me the most unorganised Christmas shopper ever!).

Below are the market days:
- Thurs 29th October: South Melbourne Market - Style After Dark, 5:30 - 9:30pm
- Thurs 12th November: South Melbourne Market - Style After Dark, 5:30 - 9:30pm
- Thurs 19th November: South Melbourne Market - Style After Dark, 5:30 - 9:30pm
- Thurs 26th November: South Melbourne Market - Style After Dark, 5:30 - 9:30pm
- Thurs 10th December: Revolver Upstairs Designer Market, 6pm - 10pm

I am also going to try to squeeze in a Thursday night at the Northcote Kris Kindle market ... date TBC

oh and if you are a blog, facebook or twitter follower you are entitled to a 10% discount when you buy something from a market between now and Christmas!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Style After Dark Market - this Thursday night in Sth Melbourne!

I will be selling my brooches at the Style After Dark Market ... the South Melbourne Night Market this coming Thursday (22nd October).
Come and say hello ... and maybe buy a brooch or some earrings while sipping a glass of wine? Unfortunately I am a bit low on cufflinks at the moment because they have been very popular (yeah har!) but you will be able to buy some of them at my next stall on Thursday 29th October.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

wearable miniatures ...

little things.
mini things.
cute things.
All of the photos above are today's new listings in my online etsy store ( ).
I realised after posting all of these that my love for cute miniature versions of things is pretty obvious in my brooches! Strawberries, pianos, musical notes, roses, records ... bright, colourful, kitsch cuteness!

Monday, September 14, 2009

I wish I was in New York right now...

above: Peaceable kingdom (evening land), by lane twitchell, 2008. collection of marylin and larry field. photo: christopher burge
above: the story of art by georgia russell, 2006. courtesy of england & co. photo: england & co gallery, london
above: eddy by mia pearlman, 2008. photo: jason mandella

I wish I was in New York right now so that I could visit this exhibition at the Museum of Arts & Design.
It is an exhibition dedicated to paper and will feature paper based art works by 50 artists who explore paper as a medium rather than surface for art. Here are some photos of some of my favourites.
If you are lucky enough to be in New York, here are the exhibition details:
Slash: Paper Under the Knife
Museum of arts and design, New York
October 7, 2009 - april 4, 2010

New Stockist: Sprinkle, East Brunswick

Sprinkle is a Melbourne based fashion designer with a beautiful range of clothing made in Melbourne. Her background in costume design is expressed through her carefully detailed designs. Each design is produced in small batches so they become a unique limited edition piece of wearable art.
The decadent interior and thoughtful placement of vintage items inside the store tie in well with the garments making it a lovely space to visit.
Sprinkle also stocks a range of accessories also made and designed in Melbourne. The photos above show some of my stock that is in store now.

You can find this treasure trove of Melbourne made marvels at:

Sprinkle Emporium
108 Lygon St
East Brunswick VIC 3057

opening hours:
Wednesday: 11am-6pm
Thursday: 11am-6pm
Friday: 11am-7pm
Saturday: 11am-6pm
Sunday: 11am-6pm
or by appointment

Thursday, September 10, 2009

new stockist: Blue Attic, East Brunswick

Blue Attic is a shop which supports local artists and craftspeople as well as an organic cafe. There is a lovely mix of handmade clothes, accessories, skincare and other great stuff. Oh and there are some chocolates in there too!
So next time you are in East Brunswick visit Tani, order a coffee & browse through all the crafty goodness.

Blue Attic
323 Lygon St
East Brunswick VIC 3057

I Dream A Highway

I Dream A Highway turns 2 today.
Actually they are having a birthday party tonight with wine and pizza and helium balloons..nice!
Here are some photos of new stock that I left with them yesterday. yay!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

new brooches on etsy...

have you visited my etsy shop lately??
If not, here are some of the new brooches you will find in there....

click here to see more:

Friday, August 14, 2009

RIP Les Paul

The legendary Les Paul passed away yesterday at the age of 94.

He was an inspiration to the world of guitarists and one of the greatest electric guitar designers.

However, he was also an inspiration for my brooches. In April 2008 my partner, who is a Luthier, gave me a toggle switch destined for a Les Paul guitar that he was repairing. I had just started selling my brooches and my challenge was to turn this toggle switch into a brooch. He also gave my an orange capacitor. From there my first ever toggle switch brooch was made (see photo). People would always comment on it. Boys would say "hey, you are wearing a Les Paul!" so I slowly began making more & selling them.... and the rest is history.

So thanks Les Paul for inspiring my craft. RIP

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

new stockist: Shop Sui, Gertrude St, Fitzroy

You can now find my brooches inside Shop Sui on Getrude St, Fitzroy. Shop Sui is run by Sylvia Tai and stocks a range of cute and colourful items. It is full of bright, playful and graphic accessories, clothing, cards, kids toys and other bits and pieces.
Pop into the store if you are in the area. I'm sure you'll find something lovely to brighten up your day!

Shop Sui
227 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
(open 7 days a week)

Monday, August 10, 2009

Sunday signs in Melbourne...

Julia Deville exhibition

i went to see the Julia Deville exhibition the week before last week. Julia is a taxidermist and a jeweler. I love her work! The little details in her work are amazing... they also make you want to touch them (but its ok, i was good... i didn't touch them)