25 December 2008

Happy Holidays from Bondville

I'll be taking a short break over the holidays. Thank you everyone for your support over the year and I look forward to sharing with you more great Australian artists and designers in 2009.

24 December 2008

Must-Read Peppermint Magazine

There are lots of fashion magazines, quite a few lifestyle magazines, and even a couple of green-living magazines - all of which I love. But now there is a magazine to reallly tug at my heartstrings. Peppermint Magazine is a green-living fashion and lifestyle magazine all rolled into one.

Produced in Brisbane, Australia, Peppermint profiles the best of conscious fashion from Australia, NZ and the rest of the world. Each page is dedicated to all things cool, hip and eco-friendly including clothing, jewellery, footwear, art, culture and design. Look for articles on sustainability, recycling, fair trade, locally-made, organic and environmentally-responsible threads.

Issue #1 is fantastic and I already have the gorgeous art by Marc Conaco and Nina O'Brien torn out and framed in my room!

The mag is printed on 100% recycled paper (90%+ post-consumer waste) with vegetable/soy inks. You can find Peppermint Magazine at online and retail stockists in Australia and NZ.

Image: Peppermint Magazine

23 December 2008

Cool Websites: Udessi online art gallery

This is a website to bookmark. Udessi is a new online art gallery that has just been launched by the lovely Kim Wallace, to showcase unique, contemporary Australian Art, Craft and Design.

Kim has worked incredibly hard to pull together pieces by amazing Australian artists. This has to be a must-stop shopping destination for gifts that have a truly Aussie heart. The range includes original artworks, limited edition pieces, ceramics, accessories, and stationery. Current artists featured are Tsk Tsk (see recent story), The Red Thread, KS Art & Design, Little Jane St, and Look At The Wall. Kim is also a talented artist who creates delightful patterned ceramics that you can also buy at the gallery.

Visit Udessi to check out homegrown talent, and stop by Kim's blog for the latest gallery updates, some great Australian finds and various exhibitions and design markets around the country.

Image: Top left - Pippijoe, Bottom Left - Tsk Tsk, Bottom right - Kim Wallace via Udessi

22 December 2008

Welcome New Sponsor Modern Little Munchkins

I'm really proud to welcome new sponsor Modern Little Munchkins to the fold. This fabulous online children's store, founded by Louisa Heywood, stocks designer fashion and accessories for little ones, with a strong focus on organic and eco-friendly products.

You'll find some divine up-and-coming brands on the site that are hard to find elsewhere, such as eight3one, Itch Design, Heavenly Creatures, and Willow and Finn. As well as children's clothes and must-have blabla soft toys, you can also get your skin products, eco-friendly Bambo nappies, Wotnot baby wipes and B_E_E green cleaning products under one roof - saving on time and postage.

Don't forget to stay online over the holidays and get some huge savings at Modern Little Munchkins. Louisa is offering a huge 30% off sale on all fashion, accessories and play items from 25 to 31 December 2008 to keep your kids looking fabulous and within budget.

Please stop by the store to take advantage of the sale and fee free to let Louisa know if there are any other products that you would like to see Modern Little Munchkins stock. You can also sign up for the mailing list to find out about new products.

Images: top left - eight3one Koi Tee, top right - blabla Mini Andiamo, bottom left - B_E_E whitener, bottom middle - Heavenly Creatures tutu skirt, bottom right - Bambo Nature training pants; all via Modern Little Munchkins

19 December 2008

Australian Artist Spotlight: Tsk Tsk

Brisbane artist Tiel Seivl-Keevers is much-loved and known for her extensive range of artwork for all ages under the Tsk Tsk banner. Tiel creates original artworks (paint, collage, ink), limited edition prints, greeting cards and gift tags, soft toys, and also textile design (exclusive patterns for Sproutdesign in Australia and Paper and Cloth in the UK).

I'm particularly excited about Tiel's expansion into surface design. Can't you just see this fab kettle pattern on fabric and then used for a whole range of homewares? There are also so many other delightful recurring themes in Tiel's art including birds, matryoshka dolls/nesting dolls, kokeshi dolls and folk girls.

Additionally, busy Tiel creates commissioned ABCme artworks for children. The child's name is illustrated (on canvas or paper), with corresponding images and colourway chosen by the parent/gift buyer. This collaborative process results in one-of-a-kind art that promises to be a treasured keepsake for a child - their very first original artwork.

You can find a portfolio of Tiel's artwork on the Tsk Tsk website, and for sale on Udessi (Australia), Etsy and at selected stockists in Australia and Hong Kong (listed on the Tsk Tsk blog). Personalised ABCme artwork for children can be ordered through the Tsk Tsk website. Check out more of Tiel's world on her lovely blog and her Flickr photostream.

Image: Tsk Tsk

17 December 2008

Hip Products: Little Home

What do you do when you've checked out all the usual suspects for some cool scatter pillows to update the living room, but can't find anything to fit the vision in your head that is also kind to your wallet?

If you are mother-of-two Renata Schmittmann, you scour online and in specialty fabric stores for your dream material. Then you take the plunge and buy material from all over the world in bulk and ship it to your home at the Gold Coast. Then you have the perfect pillows made up to adorn your sofa, and launch a fabulous homewares label called Little Home!!!

Of course, if you are the like the rest of us, you'll simply thank Renata for her good taste, discerning eye and huge helping of chutzpah, and head over to the Enchanted Closet to pick up some of the Little Home cushions for yourself for $54.95. You'll find them at The Enchanted Closet online store (postage only $4.95), and at the shop in Victoria. You can find the whole Little Home range on the Little Home website. Congrats Renata!

Image: Little Home

16 December 2008

Hip Products: Elk Accessories

I've been wearing my new hat 24-7 and have been perfectly satisfied with it. That is until I spied the ideal summer fedora by Elk Accessories, and kicked myself for getting the cheap-looking surf brand version. Don't you hate that.

So you have been warned. Check out Elk Accessories FIRST for great casual jewellery, scarves, hats, bags, knits, and homewares. Based in Melbourne, Elk Accessories is designed by Adam and Marnie who believe that you should only have to wear what you love. Their accessories range is predominantly in natural tones for a relaxed but chic lifestyle. Make sure you check out the Summer 2008/2009 collection "Down The Garden Path" which includes delicate nature-inspired jewellery and fun accessories in a palette of citrus, azure, cherry, mocha and white.

You can find the full range of Elk Accessories on their Website (where you can also buy all products), and at independent retailers across Australia and New Zealand.

Image: Elk Accessories

15 December 2008

Drool-worthy Design: Bespoke Letterpress Boutique

Based in Brisbane, Bespoke Letterpress Boutique creates beautiful hand-printed letterpress wedding invitations, stationery, cards, limited edition letterpress prints and other paperie using a vintage 1893 Chandler & Price - you guessed it - letterpress printing press.

Fittingly, Bespoke Press offers custom designs to suit your stationery needs, as well as house designs to choose from. Designs are printed on 100% cotton paper, and "lovingly hand-fed and foot-treadled" through the Chandler & Price. I adore the raspberry and tangerine bird print (pictured) and must get my hands on the newly released Christmas/holiday cards.

Alischa from Bespoke Press is running a giveaway to mark the launch of her online store, with two limited edition prints and a box of heavenly Christmas Cards up for grabs. Simply email Alischa at info@bespokepress.com.au to have your name added to the draw (tell her I sent you!). Entries close midnight on Wednesday 17th December 2008. More information here.

You can order Bespoke Letterpress Boutique products from the Bespoke Press online store (with international shipping), check out current designs on the Bespoke Press Website. You can also find out more about Bespoke Press, and check out some gorgeous wedding invitations, on Alischa's fantastic blog (where I discovered that Alischa and I may just be design kindred spirits).

Image: Bespoke Letterpress Boutique

12 December 2008

Stylish Kids: eeni meeni miini moh

You can't write about children's fashion in Australia without writing about award-winning Brisbane super-label eeni meeni miini moh.

Eeni meeni's so-soft outfits for little ones are in dreamy muted tones (in edible colours like mushroom pink, milk chocolate, lychee, biscuit, marshmallow, and mud pie), printed with sweet naive figurative drawings and the signature eeni meeni stamp. The collections are primarily created from natural fibres and the company has a commitment to social responsibility. The brand has attracted international attention with children of celebrities such as Naomi Watts and Cate Blanchett recently spotted wearing the label.

Apart from apparel, the eeni meeni miini moh team also create collections of bedlinen, toys and accessories for children 0-12 years. You can find eeni meeni miini moh products all over the world and on the eeni meeni miini moh eBoutique. Sign up as a VIP customer on the website to receive a $5 gift voucher for your child's birthday to spend at the eBoutique.

Elizabeth O'Connor-Cowley, the creative force behind eeni meeni miini moh, has also recently launched a contemporary lifestyle brand for 'big people' called article:®. Textile article: is a collection of limited edition lifestyle products created from natural renewable resources. Paper article: includes paper-based products derived from either recycled paper or plantation timber. See the article: site for a list of stockists, and ordering details.

For more kids fashion, check out Bondville Kids. And shop online for kids fashion from great stores in the Australian Online Kids and Baby Store Directory.

Image: eeni meeni miini moh

11 December 2008

Hip Products: Notes To A Further Excuse

UK-based Aussie Diane is an editor for graphic design and photography books during the day, and a serious crafter at night - working on her accessories label Notes To A Further Excuse.

Diane has a great eye for marrying current themes (matryoshka dolls! calaveras skulls! bird silhouettes! kokeshi dolls!) with hip product design. She uses gorgeous fabric (including Alexander Henry, Erin McMorris and quirky Japanese designs) to handcraft totes, clutches, sweet coin purses and soon home furnishings. So very cool.

Diane explains that the aim of Notes To A Further Excuse is "to create practical and durable bags, accessories and home furnishings, and to provide an alternative to high-street, mass-made products." Pieces are beautifully crafted with both machine stitching and a hand-sewn element.

Diane is based by the seaside in Hove, in the south of England, and is originally from Brisbane, Australia. You can find Notes To A Further Excuse on Etsy, Folksy (UK) and at select markets and craft fairs in the UK (keep an eye on the Notes blog for details). Look for new designs on the Notes Flickr photostream.

Images: Notes To A Further Excuse via Flickr

10 December 2008

Breath-taking Studio Kurashi

The highlight of the GoMA design markets, for me, was to see in person the beautiful styling, design and touch of Brisbane-based Japanese artist Momo under the Studio Kurashi label.

I loved the play of delicate objects made from earthy, textured fabric. The Kurashi pieces on display included lots of linen in natural tones (soft boots for indoors, children's pants with sweet swallow prints, scented pin cushions, slender pot holders), precious clothes peg dolls, and lovely children's clothes.

Studio Kurashi pieces can be found at Nesting Bird Interiors in Brisbane, and soon at Zakkaya in Melbourne, Australia. You can find out more about Momo's work on the Studio Kurashi blog and see more pics on her Flickr photostream.

Images: Kurashi-Momo via Flickr

9 December 2008

Hip Products: Red Seed Studio

It was great to see some familiar faces at the GoMA Design Markets on the weekend, and meet some new people too. I was really happy to see the work of Red Seed Studio in person. Ellie Beck and Sam Messina have designed a line of fabulous eco-friendly cushions to complement their artwork and greeting card range.

The cushions are hand screenprinted using water based solvent-free inks and then hand-crafted at their studio in Brisbane. Ellie and Sam use gorgeous textured fabric for the cushions, made from a mix of sustainable hemp and organic cotton, so it is soft to touch, but durable. They have put a lot of research into the source of their materials so that we can have a clear conscience that their products are made without the environment, or human rights, suffering.

You can find the Red Seed Studio range on the Red Seed Studio website and find out more about the studio on their blog and Flickr photostream. You can also take a look at behind the scenes on Ellie's blog petalplum. And you can contact Red Seed Studio for a list of stockists.

Images: Red Seed Studio

8 December 2008

Hip Products: Lovestamp

Congratulations to Jo who has just launched her first product range, Lovestamp. Jo's jewellery line includes lovely sterling silver necklaces hand-stamped with the names or initials of your loved ones. These would be a perfect gift for a Mum to keep her little one's names close to her heart all day. Jo has even whipped up a lovely gift for expectant mothers - the delicate Pea in the Pod necklace. So sweet.

Queensland-based Jo is also having a launch giveaway on her site; head on over for a chance to win a necklace.

You can find customised Lovestamp jewellery on Etsy (for international buyers) and Madeit (for Australian and NZ buyers). For more information about Jo's world, check out her blog Jogirl's Journey. You'll also Lovestamp at the upcoming Mathilda's Markets in Brisbane on 19th July, 2009.

Image: Jogirl

5 December 2008

Stylish Kids: Rock Your Baby

Boys have a tough time in the fashion stakes. There are lots of "nice" clothes, but what if you're looking for cool/fun/hip/stand-out clothes? You need to check out Aussie children's label Rock Your Baby which has attitude in spades. The brand has been setting the kids scene by storm for the last 6 years with their rock n roll graphics and inner city cool. And there are plenty of hip clothes for your little rock girl too.

The range includes shirts, pants, dresses, shorts, hoodies, jeans, shoes, bibs, caps and onesies/layettes for children newborn to 4 years, all featuring in-your-face design. It's hard to go past the iconic AB/CD play on that famous Australian rock band, and the ska print is so cool!

You can buy Rock Your Baby clothes online at the Rock Your Baby Website (with LOW international shipping of only AUD$12) and at stockists all over the world.

For more Australian clothing labels for kids check out Australian Designer Baby Clothes. Shop online for kids fashion from great stores in the Australian Online Kids and Baby Store Directory.

Image: Rock Your Baby

4 December 2008

Australian Artist Spotlight: Naomi Murrell

Boy am I glad that I found Naomi Murrell on the decor8 blog. Her work was featured at the top of Holly's Etsy Take Five Tuesdays feature, and I can definitely see why. Adelaide-based Naomi's punchy graphics are fun and folk-inspired and I love the way she has styled her prints so that you can imagine them on your own mantle piece. This Flock print (pictured) would definitely pass the test in our household - a feminine style that isn't too girly in the navy and red colourway.

I also can't wait to see the launch of of Naomi's jewellery line (for a sneak preview, check out her blog - you'll find a few wooden and acrylic necklaces and brooches to whet your appetite). And on top of being an artist, illustrator, designer and jewellery-maker, Naomi also designs fabric patterns for Sproutdesign, alongside some of Australia's hottest fabric designers.

You can buy Naomi's prints (and soon jewellery) on Etsy, fabric designs on Sproutdesign, get an overview of Naomi's art on the Naomi website and find out all about her latest exhibitions and projects on her blog.

Image: Naomi Murrell

3 December 2008

Drool-worthy Design: Metremade for Grippiks

The dressers in my bedroom are such a boring expanse of faux-beech. I've been inspired recently to jazz them up with wallpaper offcuts, but have been pondering how to keep them stuck on without ruining the drawers, and how to get them to fit perfectly. Well the girls from Desire To Inspire came to the rescue with the discovery of the amazing Grippiks adhesive stickers, made specially to fit IKEA's top-selling furniture. And since everyone in the world owns the Malm dressers, it's simply a genius product!

Even better, the patterns available are fantastic, and are designed in Melbourne by our own Liz Roger, and Tess McCabe, from Metremade. After documenting their collaborative textile and surface pattern designs on their blog, Liz and Tess were approached by the folks at Grippiks early this year to create the patterns you see today. Now their designs are marketed around the world.

Liz and Tess originally met each other at the Queensland College of Art and formed Metremade after reconnecting in 2007. Their different approaches to design (Tess is a graphic designer and Liz is a textile designer) and shared love of the independent craft and design scene have resulted in an inspiring collaboration.

You can find Metremade pattern designs (and free desktop wallpapers) on the Metremade website and on their Flickr photostream, and keep an eye on the Metremade blog for all the news from these design stars.

Image: Metremade

2 December 2008

Cool Websites: donna hay

I was thrilled to see that the donna hay website has been completely revamped and looks fantastic! The cool, crisp design is reflective of the donna hay style which has been a pioneering force in the modern Australian lifestyle (simple, beautiful food enjoyed by friends in a relaxed but gorgeous environment).

I'm also really excited about the functionality of the new site. There is a huge recipe database with over 400 recipes (along with the gorgeous donna hay signature style photography). You can now search for recipes by ingredient, season or occasion. There are also styling tips, seasonal menus, magazine updates, and an online shop where you can get all the latest donna hay books and merchandise.

Check out the new site for your dinner planning tonight, and while you are there, sign up for the donna hay newsletter which promises kitchen tips, updates, special offers and exclusive recipes.

P.S. Fill in the survey about the new site and you could be in the running to win a $600 Jo Malone prize pack.

Image: donna hay

1 December 2008

Hip Products: Sew Your Own

Melbourne-based designer Angela from Sew Your Own has the perfect product for you if you have a little time up your sleeve and want to take a stab at making a really cool holiday gift this year. Check out her amazing Miss Buttons design, which you too can make with her Sew Your Own kit!

Sew Your Own also stocks kits to make a tote bag in adorable retro-style material. Perfect for those new to sewing. I think the mushroom fabric is particularly cool.

And if you're in doubt of your abilities, check out the gallery of toys that people have already made (including very young children) to shame you into it. Or heck, why not just send the whole kit to your niece/girlfriend/babysitter?

You can find Sew Your Own kits at the Sew Your Own website, and at stockists all over Australia, the US and online. And you can read more about Angela's world on her cool blog Three Buttons.

Shop online for kids products from great stores in the Australian Online Kids and Baby Store Directory.

Image: Sew Your Own
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...