Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Isn’t this gorgeous!
“Designer Kristen Wicklund is showing a beautiful collection of crocheted cotton lace dipped in liquid porcelain. After Kristen dips the lace in porcelain she fires it in a mold; during the firing the fiber burns out completely and leaves a (gorgeous) hollow porcelain shell of lace.”
It makes me think what else you could do with liquid Porcelain. It seems like a cool material to use.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
These wallets are ever so sweet and very urban.
“Myrtle and Lace is the creation of New Zealand born designer Regina Stroombergen [a lovely little lady I attended design school with]. Formed in 2008 the brand started off by making one of a kind wallets out of vintage fabrics and has moved into limited edition pieces using both vintage and new materials including silks and cottons from around the world. Many of Myrtle and Lace’s designs take influence from the past and give this feel off throughout its themes, promotional materials and fabric choices.”
Keep a close eye on movements here.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
I have been a busy bee. But I can give you a little sneak peak at what I’ve been doing. They are still in the early stages and are just about to be fired. I’m loving china painting and I’m especially loving that I have been making time to be creative again. I will keep you posted with my new pieces from this weekend as I’m running away to the beach for the weekend to allow myself to become introverted and engrossed in the china.
The kingfisher is to sit in a necklace and the cupcake is done on old second hand china. I’m super excited about combining lovely old prints with my own to create new pieces.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
This image reminds me of childhood and therefore home. I am also really looking forward to spending some time at home this summer, sitting by the lake, reading on the freshly cut grass, playing on the tree swing and having continuous high tea under the trees.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Seeing this picture made me think about where my fascination with tea cups came from. Like most things I relate it back to my childhood. My cousin and I were the only girls in the family at the time so whenever we visited my Nana she would make an effort to get out the good china and play ladies with us. I appreciate the time she spent doing these things with us and I hope that this still happens with girls today. Though one does doubt... but that’s a whole other rant that I don’t care to press today. For today is a day of aesthetic pleasure for me.
I’m going up to visit her this weekend on top of the grand hill the live upon. It has been a while and I hope to fosic and dabble in the closets and cabinets of my Grandparents old things. And of course play ladies.
I saw this on design sponge* the other day. I would love a wall that had lots of different, beautiful draws inserted into it. Big, long, decorative ones, heavy, fat, metal ones where I could store stamps and inks, small, sweet, intricate ones with little handles filled with gems and sparkles. And it would reach right from the floor to the roof. I would have a ladder to climb up to reach the most precious draws at the top.
Humm i feel like I’m harry potter choosing my wand now. Ha, my childish fantasies.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
The uniform project- 1 dress 365 days, always a new look.
“The Uniform Project is also a year-long fundraiser for the Akanksha Foundation, a grassroots movement that is revolutionizing education in India. At the end of the year, all contributions will go toward Akanksha’s School Project to fund uniforms and other educational expenses for children living in Indian slums.”
Check it out and donate, what an awesome project!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
During the weekend I stayed with one of my good friend’s grandparents. I have heard many stories about these people and they outlived expectations by far. They were extremely welcoming and were more than happy to share tall tales of their migration the New Zealand (via Australia on a flying boat) from Holland. One little treasure I couldn’t help but record was the amazing wallpaper they had in their home. It was in mint condition and I was informed it was original from the 70’s. I’m not sure what I will do with the patterns but I hope to use them for some kind of design; maybe a new blog design…
Anyway I thought it would be nice to share with you.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Semi permanent was on in Auckland over the weekend. I was unable to go but i hear there were some wonderful presentations. Alexiz Sinclair was a favourite and from these pieces you can see why I’m a fan. My obsession has been captured in these pieces; clouds, feathers, fashion. And all done in such a girly glamorous almost surreal style. Apparently she spoke on her difficulty finding her place between photography and fine arts.
Check out the rest of her portfolio and blog
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
The trailer for the fantastic book The lovely bones is released. When I first saw it I was a little disappointed but after seeing it again I believe New Zealand film director Peter Jackson has done a fantastic job. To be released in December.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Winter has been getting most people down (I’m usually one of those people as i long for summer before it even ends). However this year I’ve been pretty good, until today... I saw these pics of my cuzy’s and started longing for the hot summer days and the beautiful, magical light. Yum!
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Being a hospo girl of course I’m a fan of the old whiskey sour. It’s a drink one savours while reminiscing on the activities from the evening. So when my friend Milked started her blog the whiskey bar I was stoked as not only is it a chance to chew the fat on the yarns of life it sets the tones on the types of yarns one will have. Not only is drinking whiskey is one of my favourite past times but drinking whiskey while listening to Morris spine a yarn or two just hits the spot. I guarantee Milked’s dry, witty sense of humour will defiantly lighten ones heart and will constantly remind us all of the humorous side to life.
So as a hobby I work hospo. I have worked hospo as long as I can remember and when i walk into a bar I feel at home (yes this maybe a sign of an alcoholic... ) So today I competed in the stellar draught masters regional comps for 09 and I’m off to Auckland. Basically it’s a Belgium beer pouring comp that they hold worldwide. The national finals are in Auckland at the food show on July the 31st and the world comp in New York. So if you are around make sure you pop along and watch us do our thing. I have a bit of brushing up to do as I only work at Leuven part time so we will have to see how it all goes. (i’m sure I will keep you posted :)) The other winning participant was Sam from Hummingbird. Aucklanders have been the ones to take out the comp in the past but this year I’m hoping for a Welly participant. Good luck Sam.
Some of you will remember my fascination with French musicians earlier in the year. My crush continues with the discover of Sliimy. Described here as the “male version of Lily Allen” he was discovered with his remix of Womanizer. Below is his 2nd single release wakeup.
And can I just say how nice it is to see colour for a change. Welcome back the 80’s!
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Look at these amazing lamps. They're stunning!
Done by artist Michael Yabsley and sold through his site Wombat Hollow. They are all one off pieces making them more like pieces of art. I just love the mix between fabric/ feathers and teh construction of man-made objects. Stunning
SOURCE: Studio Home Creative
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Secondly of the wranglers campaign I mention earlier in the week.
Their thoughts are someone else's opinions
Their lives a mimicry,
their passions a quotation"