This is a little ongoing series I have been working on involving my legs. This series is an exploration of the materials I work with acting as an extension of my body/identity. I’m hoping to add to this series over the coming weeks, but for now, I thought I’d share where I am at with it so far…
A pesky drawback of returning back from overseas, is the feeling that suburban Brisbane can (in my humble opinion) sometimes feel a little drab in comparison, compared to say…the bustling streets of Shibuya. As such, occasionally I find myself longing for some more exciting scenery. On these days where I get a little ‘grass is greener’ on myself, I make it my mission to have a solid stroll around my neighbourhood to try to find some unexpected beauty, or ‘flavour’ that I haven’t found before.
I confess that these feelings of wishing for more exciting surroundings hit me the hardest in the morning, just before I start work. Often I arrive in Nundah earlier than I need to (I don’t drive so need to hitch a lift with Thomas) and this leaves me with some cherished time to get a coffee and have a little stroll around. But while I love my relaxed long black, it is around the fourth sip that the feelings of “why aren’t I strolling past the Golden Gate Bridge” start to bubble up. But I hate these feelings! I hate starting the day wishing I was somewhere more aesthetically pleasing – it seems like such a first-world-whinge-athon. So to help me snap out of it, I have made it my mission to go consciously looking for the suburb’s unchartered delights. It definitely has involved taking a much longer route to work than necessary, but I have found that the process has really lifted my morning mood and given the period of 7am-8am, unexpected new meaning and colour.
As obvious as it is, it really is amazing what you see when you truly LOOK around. Despite knowing this full well, I still have to pointedly remind myself. I find that taking photos helps me to achieve this looking, and obviously assists me in documenting what I’m seeing. Things that I usually just stroll past without even thinking, suddenly have a greater significance. It is no secret that I love searching for the magic in the mundane…and this new morning routine has served to encourage me to do this
So if you’re feeling a little bored or underwhelmed of a morning, I encourage you to take the long way to work and really have a look around. See if you can find that little pop of colour that makes your heart skip a beat or a lush bush that really puts a pep in your step!
You can see all the snaps in this series by clicking….here!
Oh my goodness I’m so excited to finally announce that apomogy is coming to Melbourne! Yay! If you are about town on the 17th of Feb, I would love to see you at the launch party…but if not, the exhibit runs for almost 2 weeks!
Hopefully see you there! xo
It’s been quite a while since I have posted anything to this here blog, but like many of you reading can probably relate, the end of last year got pretty mental! Between workshops, Christmas parties, TED prep, and then venturing off to Japan (YAY!), every time I went to actually write a blog post I found that I was a little lost for words. However, now that we are well and truly in 2017, and I have returned from the holidays, I am feeling a little more focused and refreshed, which is allowing me to reflect on the happenings of the last couple of months!
In between making tinsel jackets, gluing things to tights, and collecting the apologies of anonymous strangers, I found myself unwittingly starting a new project using some old things lurking at the back of my cupboards. To be honest, it all started with some rocks.
I found myself lugging home little boulders I would see on my walks near work/home (to a very confused household) and enjoyed the idea of transforming them from something I would usually disregard…to something ornamental in my house. After doing this for a little while, I found myself starting to look at other things I usually overlook a little differently. Enter: the cupboard under the sink: packed full with laundry liquids and detergent that I rarely use…and certainly NEVER think about…particularly in relation to their aesthetics.
It got me thinking about how all these products, in their brightly coloured packages, come and go through our life. For me personally, these products come…but rarely go. Whether I use them too slowly or sparingly, they will stay in my cupboard, sometimes for years! And that’s just cleaning products! Non-perishable (or at least, hard to perish) food will stay in my pantry for any number of months, taking up a residency with no eviction in site (unless of course I find myself with a Sunday morning hankering for Milo). I started realising that I was unwittingly hoarding these products and started imagining them as an extension of myself – a strange reef of products that I was growing in my house…with no intension of letting them go.
These products are obviously designed to lure us in…to make us buy them over other brands, or swallow them down despite being made up of strange chemicals, gums, and mysterious numbers. It has been interesting to dwell on this, to think about what makes me want to buy something and in turn, what makes other people want to buy a product? What devices do product-developers use to make things like tinned tongues, processed mutton, (and the ever polarising) SPAM, appealing to its customers. And what makes me most perceptible to the charms of fancy packaging? These musings have made trips to the shops more interesting. I have found myself seeking out those products which fit into my aesthetic…responding by curating my shop to reflect my ideal colour pallet of pink, mint green, and lilac.
So over the next few months, when I get a quiet moment, I am going to continue curating my strange little reef, attempting to transform these non-perishables into ornamental sculptures, keen to dwell on the odd magic of it all. Lets see where it all goes…
I will be posting my creations weekly to my instagram @imakestagram ! Happy scrolling! xx
I thought I would pop this little post up about the tinsel jacket auction that is currently happening. If you click the above image, you will find yourself at the auction, able to bid on a range of 4 of my handmade jackets. Hope you find your way there! Happy bidding!!
I am so excited to finally be able to share with you the editorial I photographed on my last trip to Guangzhou, China. I don’t know if many people know that my day job is working as a Senior Womenswear Designer…and as such I find myself in China an awful lot. For example, I am going again on Monday…and it will be my tenth trip! Prior to my last journey, I have always kicked myself for not taking more images of the incredible fabric & craft markets. Before I first came to Guangzhou, I had no idea what to expect…and couldn’t possibly imagine the sheer volume of supplies and industry behind everything that I saw. So on my last trip, I made it my mission to document what I saw, with a hope to share this aspect of the garment industry. I was lucky enough to have my story picked up by Frankie Magazine, so if you get your mittens on the latest issue, you will see some of it!
I can’ t help but share more of the images form my story, that haven’t been published. As you can see, there is just so much texture and colour and amazingness to behold throughout the markets. It’s amazing to me that so much of what can be seen in the markets is destined to live in foreign boutiques and on bodies so far removed from the space it originated in. I think about Guangzhou a lot, and I feel like in many ways, the city has had a profound influence on my personal work. I find a strange beauty and magic in seeing things on mass, all glittering and spilling out.
The market is a strange place of contrasts. One minute you will be strolling through a lustrous sequin library, and the next you will find yourself confronted with a grey, urban metropolis…or someone sleeping on a bed of shiny belt clips.
Thanks for taking the time to have a look at my snaps! Looking forward to going back on Monday, and hopefully taking some more snaps to document my journey!
A few moons ago now, I had the absolute pleasure of working with Hayley Macfarlane and Iris Hall on a cutie film featuring some of my frocks and sparkly goodies! It was such a brilliant day, and it’s so wonderful to see it captured by such a bunch of talented sweethearts!
Happy watching! 🙂
The last month in pictures…and a few words!
My latest feature in Frankie Magazine. I made a whole bunch of handmade face decorations, and WHAMMO! What a dream come true!
I made these paper rosettes for The Queensland Ballet’s Lest We Forget activation. I had the opportunity to take part in a rosette making workshop on the day, and OH what fun it was!
Always taking time out to put pom poms on Daisy.
Oh yeah, I am obsessed with bejewelling this rock! I want to bedazzle more – watch this space.
I had the darn luck to the speaker for August’s Creative Mornings! I spoke on the topic of LOVE. Thanks so much to everyone who came along, it was such a fab start to the day.
How is it that August is nearly finished already? It’s hard to believe!
Chat soon. xx
The last 2 weeks has been a whirlwind adventure! Splendour in the Grass/Craft has come and gone and I can hardly believe it! And boy was it just soooo much fun! It was my second year acting as Craft Captain…but it was even better this time around as I got to share that honour with my good pal Patience! We had such fun swanning around the tent in the jackets I made us, prepping workshops, and chatting with legends like Beci Orpin, Lisa Mitchell and The Dr himself, who we obviously bedazzled immediately upon meeting….
Sipping on Kombucha from Southside Tearoom to stay refreshed and merry, we were delighted that so many people stopped by to take part in workshops and listen to the band in residence Monkey Monkey Shake Shake (who were a bloody sensation). It was also fantastic to host my Apomogy workshop in the tent, and see so many people get involved and share their feelings!
A cutie little submission from the Apomogy Workshop!
These pots were alllll throughout the Craft Tent and jeez louise they were cute!! Need to get some in my life!
Can’t wait until next year!! Woo! xx
A couple of months ago I made the decision to trade in my gym membership for a ceramics class, and it was a really fantastic choice. There was a time when I was dutifully heading to the gym everyday after work – destined for an hour of solid jigging about, un-coordinated attempts at overly complicated routines, followed by slothing on the couch when I got home, too exhausted to do anything else but congratulate myself by eating a tim tam. (more…)