15 April 2013

Artist Crash: Alexandra Lekias

Fantastical Illustrations & Rainbow "vomit"


Even experienced art critics disagree when it comes to the literal, figurative, or symbolic meaning of a piece. And that, of course, is the beauty of art—we all see something different in it! Based on our upbringings and personal experiences, a painting or drawing may whisper or scream to us. And if we just don’t get it, the picture might not say anything at all.

Born and raised in Perth, Western Australia, Alexandra Lekias is a brilliant young artist whose work has appeared in three sold-out exhibitions. A graduate of the Curtin University of Technology, Perth, her drawings have received numerous awards, prizes, and accolades for over a decade now!

Like many young artists, Ms. Lekias has a highly personal style that can be difficult to explain to the layperson. Her medium of choice is ink, although she also incorporates watercolour and draws almost exclusively on Arches paper. Each piece is incredibly intricate and takes hundreds of hours to complete by hand. These line drawings require a remarkable level of skill, since each ink mark is indelible. A single mistake could spell doom.

The subject Ms. Lekias’s art is almost always a young teenage girl. The subtext is nostalgia, especially with regard to milestone moments or rites of passage. Ms. Lekias is extremely interested in tradition and how it helps young people forge their own identities.

08 April 2013

Paper Beaded Bracelets Back in Stock!

Fair Trade Jewellery and Homeware


These gorgeous paper beaded bracelets are back in stock!

They come in lots of different colours, they're made from recycled magazines paper; each bead is handmade from paper and then varnished.

We get them from Cambodia, during our last trip we found by chance this very cute fair trade shop and we fell in love with their innovative design and use of local and recycled materials.

They make th perfect gift or a little treat to yourself!

You can now purchase them on our website at $20!

25 March 2013

Shopping in Surry Hills: Workshopped

Shop Australian Design


Nobody does it on their own! Behind every great artist, thinker, or creative individual stood dozens of people who helped them along. Patrons, parents, teachers, and friends offered advice, encouragement, and occasionally financial support. That hasn’t changed! Modern artists and designers need help at every step of their journey to realize their vision. And when they do, all of us reap the benefits!

For over 11 years now, WORKSHOPPED has been helping up-and-coming Australian designers at every stage of the production process. The company’s primary goal is to forge successful relationships between designers and manufacturers and sellers. All three are needed to bring inspired products to life, at a reasonable price.

What is the process?

WORKSHOPPED is essentially a design hub that invites promising Australian designers to exhibit their work. The company promotes these shows and then selects items that are well-received for possible future production. Their last exhibition features over 60 designers and was a smashing success.

It doesn’t matter if the item is scheduled for mass production or limited edition, WORKSHOPPED will promote any idea as long as it is completely original and desirable. Production method is also not an issue, as the team has worked on both simple and intricate designs.

Before WORKSHOPPED came on the scene, new designers had to fight tooth and nail to get their creations in front of the buying public. Now they have an effective and reliable avenue to bring the best in Australian design to the people. The company is proud of the many Australian designers it has helped take their projects from concept to reality. Several young designers who exhibited their work at WORKSHOPPED signed commercial production deals and brought their vision to the masses.

What do they show?

The company has over 14 distinct departments on its website, http://www.workshopped.com.au. They include Accessories, Bath & Kitchen, Bathrooms, Bedrooms, Furniture, Gifts, Jewellery, Kitchen, Living Room, Workplace, and more! Items for these spaces include everything from cutting boards and cushions to knickknacks and wallpaper. The pieces that show well are often accepted for wide-scale production by manufacturers.

In the image clock wise:

-Dial Hangers, $30

-Watch Out, $250

-Graph Cup, $32

-Dosh Wallet, $89

-Tuerca ring, $248

-Eyoi Yoi Pendant Light, $1355

05 March 2013

A Sunday at the MCA Sydney: Anish Kapoor

Optical Effects and Material Experimentation


An afternoon at the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Sydney is always a pleasant way of spending a Sunday, in particular if you get to see the first solo exhibition of Anish Kapoor.

Born in Mumbai, India in 1954, Anish Kapoor rose from humble beginnings to become one of the most celebrated and significant artists of his age. Like many creative individuals, Kapoor had an exciting, unconventional childhood that involved parents from diverse backgrounds. His father was Hindu and his mother was Jewish and both loved to travel. When he was just 16 years old the young artist immigrated to Israel, where he lived in a kibbutz for two years. It was there that Anish Kapoor decided to make art his life’s work.

His training began at the Hornsey College of Art and later Chelsea School of Art in Britain in 1973. It was there that he found a mentor in Paul Neagu, an artist who gave him inspiration as well as artistic direction. As he continued to hone his skills and refine his vision, young Kapoor worked as teacher at Wolverhampton Polytechnic in 1979. But his talent and hard work did not go unnoticed for long. He became an Artist in Residence at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool in 1982, which marked the start of his career as a professional artist.

05 February 2013

Cool Mobiles for your Nursery

Puka Puka Design


Babies aren’t easy to entertain. They can look at an object for only so long before they lose interest. But one product has kept them spellbound for decades now. Baby mobiles are used to soothe and entertain babies during their first few months of life. This is the stage where neonates spend most of their time in their cribs.

How do they work?

Newborn babies do not have very good vision. They can only discern blurry shapes and figures because they are nearsighted. It is only after the third month of life that most babies begin to recognize familiar faces. Before that time, they are nearly purblind. However, they can make out motion. They can tell if an object, no matter how fuzzy it may be, is moving. This is the genius of the baby mobile.

Lying on her back after a nap or just before one, a baby looks up and sees a slowing moving object. See might not be able to identify the shapes, patterns, or designs on this contraption, but she can tell that it is moving and that, for her, is intriguing. It is no wonder baby mobiles are one of the most popular baby nursery accessories.

Puka Puka Design is an Australian brand specialized in designing very cool and modern mobiles.

Puka puka in Japanese means something floating gently in space. Nina Still is the designer behind Puka Puka, she studied architecture and her new love is making kinetic mobiles. Each mobile is a unique handcrafted object.

They can be used as decorative pieces in the house, you don’t need to have a baby to buy one!

I really can’t tell which one is my favourite, they are all so gorgeous!

Have a look at Puka Puka website, which mobile is your favourite?

05 February 2013

Bunny-themed Finds: The Story Book Rabbit

Illustrated Porcelains, Pendants and Brooches


You might already know of my slight obsession with bunnies and all things bunnies….

Since I came home with Emilio the Bunny one year ago I’ve decided that bunnies are the best pets ever, he always brings a smile to my face and I cannot resist his cuteness and fluffiness.

I get quite excited every time I find cute bunny inspired objects on internet and I now have a nice Bunny Board on Pinterest J

05 February 2013

The Jam Facory, Adelaide

A creative project in Adelaide


Located in Adelaide city centre, JamFactory is a non-profit organisation that is funded by the South Australian Government.

For nearly four decades now, JamFactory has been presenting and promoting the work of talented designers, craftspeople, and artists. They are internationally known for their galleries, studios, and shops. Most importantly, of course, is the funding they provide for public programs that nurture and guide the careers of young artists. At present, JamFactory operates four major studios or workshops, each of which is devoted to a single discipline.


Establish in 1979, the original focus of the popular Ceramics Studio was stoneware pots. Experienced instructors guided students through the production process and helped them master a valuable skill. More recently, the focus of the studio has shifted to the production of fine porcelain using new methods such as computer aided design.

05 February 2013

Chalkboard Obsession: Wall Stickers, Labels, and Paint

Home Decor

Chalkboard Wall Stickers

Even in the digital age, simple things have survived. Earthlings might send tens of billions of text messages each and every day, but when it comes to organization, the old ways are often best. Whether you call it a chalk or blackboard, most classrooms around the world rely on these ancient communication devices. Although they have gotten a bit more sophisticated in recent years, the chalk board has remained more or less unchanged for centuries now.

One significant, cultural development has been the movement of blackboards from the classroom into the home. This includes both traditional devices and chalkboard paint, which is a type of paint that has a finish that closely resembles a chalk board when it dries. The surface can be used in much the same way, but may have to be retouched from time to time.

25 January 2013

Save the Planet with Reusable Lunch Bags!

Eco-friendly Products We Love


Hundreds of millions of families across the globe share the same morning routine. They get up, get washed, get dressed, eat breakfast, and pack the kids’ lunches before they drop them off at school. Others skip a step or two to save time and money. School buses and lunches are a godsend for parents who don’t have time for the traditional routine.  They may also, unknowingly, be helping out the environment.

School buses produce significantly less pollution than the dozen of cars it would take to transport each of its passengers to school. And school lunches are arguably more eco friendly than homemade meals because they do not require plastic bags. Most parents are unaware of this. They believe they’re making the healthy choice for their families. But most of the bags that are used for snacks and sandwiches end up in landfills.

What’s the problem?
Because of its molecular stability, plastic is not considered to be biodegradable. It may take up to 500 years to degrade, according to most estimates. This might not be much of an issue if we weren’t using so many of them. We’re talking billions of plastic lunch bags each day!  

What’s the solution?

There is absolutely no reason why a loving parent should feel guilty about packing healthy lunches for her children.  But she can also help out the environment by switching from plastic bags to reusable green bags.

What are they?
Often made of lightweight cotton or other food-safe fabrics, a reusable lunch bag can replace hundreds of plastic paper bags.  Most parents use them for an entire school year before they order new ones. So, not only are they better for the environment than plastic bags, they are also much cheaper in the long run.

Where to find them?
We came across these lovely pattern from Lunch Skins (image 1 and 2 on top), very colorful and fresh.
Etsy seller LYKDesign has a vast variety of 100% cotton fabrics with a retro vibe to them.

24 January 2013

DIY Paper Ornaments and Jewellery by Field Guide Design

DIY Home Decor


Every day I come across beautiful things on Etsy, it’s such an inspirational place and I’m always amazed at the things crafter and artists come up with.

If you’re the crafty type you’re going to love this Etsy shop:

Field Guide Design is a collection of jewellery and paper goods made by artist Darbie Nowatka.

Derbie was born in New Jersey and majored in graphic design, she now lives in New York with her husband, two cats, a bird, a hamster and a fish.

She’s inspired by geometry and nature.

I love her DIY geometric paper ornaments, they come in sets of 8 at t he price of $25

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