27 February 2009
I love love love the hooot owl design shorts and dress. I'm hoping Jodi will make an adult version? Itch Designs has also expanded into a range of hip homewares for tots including bedding and tableware that you just have to check out.
You can find Itch Design at specialty boutiques across Australia, Japan, US, Europe, China, New Zealand and online stores, and other stockists listed on the website. You can also find out more about the Itch Design world on the blog.
Check out more cool Aussie kids' clothes at Australian Designer Baby Clothes. And shop online for kids fashion from great stores in the Australian Online Kids and Baby Store Directory.
* kawaii is Japanese for 'cute'
Image: Itch Design
26 February 2009
You can also feel good about your Beckybean purchase as the bags use fabric, trims and buttons that are recycled or eco-friendly. I particularly love the eco market totes using fabric from some of my favourite textile designers who use environmentally-friendly practices.
Beckybean bags and accessories are available on Etsy. Find out more about Jade and Bec on Bec's blog Special Small Stuff and Jade's blog Just Need Salt. You can also find Beckybean designs on Flickr.
25 February 2009
You'll find a whole range of hip recycled products including messenger bags, satchels, journals, photo albums, CD holders, aprons, dog collars, notebook covers and sleeves for your MacBook. Look out for the eco-friendly bags and bean bags which have been certified by the Good Environmental Choice Australia. The bean bags are so cool that they grace the bottoms of Google employees in Sydney.
I'm pretty sure that the guy in your life would love something from this range.
You can find haul products on the online store.
24 February 2009
Dinosaur Designs' distinctive pieces are modelled three-dimensionally by hand, using a type of plasticine and then after casting are hand finished in the Sydney studio. The uneven lines and handmade design are part of the label's charm. And not only do the pieces look beautiful, but they are made for everyday use.
Dinosaur Designs is a climate-friendly business with a strong sense of corporate responsibility. You can find Dinosaur Designs pieces at the online store and at stockists around the world.
Image: Dinosaur Designs
23 February 2009
I love the whole collection which includes birth announcements, baptism stationery, invitations, party products, thank you cards, note cards, and my favourite - personalised stamps. And if you can't quite find what you are looking for, Imprintables also offers a custom design service.
You can order Imprintables stationery from the Website and find products at stockists around Australia and an exclusive range only at Amity Child.
20 February 2009
Launched by Donna Schneider in 2003, OUCH is a delightful children's clothing brand inspired by Donna's life and travels. The look is cool and the feel is soft with the range made from cotton and knits.
As well as children's clothes, you'll also find OUCH knee high and ankle socks, knit toys, pyjamas and throws.
For more Australian designer kids clothes, check out Australian Designer Baby Clothes. And shop online for kids fashion from great stores in the Australian Online Kids and Baby Store Directory.
19 February 2009
The cards are cleverly printed on thin wood that can be popped into an envelope and would make a real impact upon opening. The tiles are also timber and feature hand painting and Japanese paper collage to reveal delicate birds nestled amongst foliage.
Lisa is based in Sydney and creates unique one-off and limited edition art. Her range includes montages and painted timber pieces, children's potraits, and delicate framed paper hearts that are heart-breaking. Lisa also works as a graphic designer, and accepts commissioned work including art, illustration, and pattern design.
You can find The Red Thread pieces on the website as well as stores across Australia and online at Udessi. You can find out more about Lisa's world on her blog.
Image: The Red Thread via Udessi
18 February 2009
Gemma Jones (curator of the Outre Gallery and The Kaotic Kraft Kuties website) has teamed up with Outre Gallery to organise the Art Fights Fire raffle and fundraising event on 25th February 2009. Tickets are only $10 and prizes have been donated from more than 20 amazing artists including Aussies Ali J. and Beci Orpin (the illustration shown above is part of the prize pool).
The event will be held at Outre Gallery, 249 Elizabeth St, Melbourne, VIC. Apart from the raffle, artwork will also be auctioned on the evening. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Australian Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal 2009.
If you can't make the event, you can still buy raffle tickets from Gemma's site (international tickets welcome if you are able to pay $25 postage for prizes). More info at The Kaotic Kraft Kuties.
Get onto it!
Image: You Let The Light In by Beci Orpin
Emma's books 'The Peril of Magnificent Love', 'Gorgeous Sense of Hope: A Love Fable' and 'Origin of Lament' are full of delightful illustrations and clever "Magenta-isms" that are honest and thought-provoking. A new children's book 'Planet Yawn' was released in 2008, written by Toni Collette and illustrated by Emma Magenta. Emma's designs can also be found on photo albums, tea towels, decals, t-shirts, and cards to brighten your day.
Emma Magenta (an assumed name based on the female character that she has developed over many years) was discovered while working at Berkelouw Books in Paddington, Sydney, where she would hang her artwork and scribblings. Two influential publishing folks visited the store, and the book sale turned into a book deal. There's a lesson there for all of us to just get our work 'out there'.
Emma Magenta books are published through Andrew McMeel Publishing, Random House and Pan Macmillan Australia. Tea towels, handkerchiefs and decals are available through Third Drawer Down. Photo albums are published by Coral Coast. And you can find some very special t-shirts, tea towels, bags and cards at the Mirabel Foundation Website with proceeds supporting this important charity.
Image: from Gorgeous Sense of Hope: A Love Fable by Emma Magenta
17 February 2009
Ari creates limited edition neckpieces, earrings and rings that are both simple and stunning. I love the clever riff on 'Diamond Crytal Earrings' in gold and silver that would work well for day or night. And I'm putting the wrap bangle on my birthday wish list.
Ari recently exhibited in the 'Freestyle: New Australian Design for Living' show featuring 40 Australian designers across Australia and at the Triennale Museum in Milan.
You can find the latest Ari Jewellery designs on the Website, and for sale at the gallery workshop at 1/760 Brunswick St, New Farm, Queensland, Australia.
Image: Ari Jewellery
16 February 2009
Heide Hackworth launched Earth Greetings in Adelaide in 2003 with a strong vision to create an eco-friendly line of paper products that celebrate nature. Now, the Earth Greetings brand includes sustainably produced greeting cards, gift cards, wrapping paper, bookmarks and Christmas cards. All producst are printed carbon neutral in Australia, with minimal and recycled packaging, green office management and offset carbon emmissions. Truly an inspiring model for Australian (and international) businesses.
You can find Earth Greetings products at more than 300 stockists around Australia and New Zealand listed on the Website.
Image: Earth Greetings
14 February 2009
This is a great way to support the victims of the Victorian bushfires. So if you are looking for some great Australian-designed cushions, stationery, accessories and homewares for bathroom and kitchen, get shopping!
13 February 2009
As well as creating art, Jeremyville is a clever product developer and you can find Jeremyville satchels, sneakers, toys, skate decks, t-shirts, caps, stickers, and other hip products. But I'm most excited about the incredible wallpaper (see image above). There are lots of potential applications both commercial and residential, and you can pick it up from French site Domestic.
You can find Jeremyville products and more information about the man himself on the website.
Image: Upper West Side wallpaper by Jeremyville
12 February 2009
Wild Bear is created by Di Leeson who hand crafts lovely dresses and ruffled bloomers for little girls. Based on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Di infuses an inherent beach style into her designs with just a touch of nostalgia. These clothes are great for everyday and beautiful for special occasions too.
You can find Wild Bear designs on the online store and at the Eumundi Markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
You can find more Aussie kids clothes at Australian Designer Baby Clothes. Shop online for kids fashion from great stores in the Australian Online Kids and Baby Store Directory.
Image: Wild Bear
11 February 2009
I particularly love the matte feel of each piece. This is achieved by applying glaze only to the interior of each vessel. These ceramics are meant for use - with handling, they become more smooth. This is one of the characteristics that bring an artisan quality to the pieces and ensure they get lots of attention at dinner parties!
Mud Australia makes and hand finishes all ceramics at the studio in Sydney. I also admire that the company embraces the values of craft, community and sustainability. You can now find Mud Australia at stockists online and around the world.
Image: Mud Australia
10 February 2009
Artist and graphic designer Alma B. is based in Brisbane where she paints her dreamy artwork. She also designs jewellery and accessories using her designs including necklaces, brooches and mirrors. Her art takes me away to another world, and I love the use of book pages and printed paper in the mixed media pieces.
You can view more of Alma B.'s art in the gallery on her Website, where you can also purchase prints, jewellery and accessories. Prints and original artwork are also available on Etsy. There are a list of other stockists on Alma B.'s Trunkt profile. You can also delve a little deeper into Alma B.'s world through her blog. I hope you enjoy exploring Alma B.'s artwork as much as I have.
Image: Home Is Where The Heart Is by Alma B.
9 February 2009
The packaging is right up my alley - minimalist, ultra-cool and ensconced in dark jars to keep the contents from breaking down. And for a real treat for the design-savvy, check out any of the hip Aesop signature stores - each individually designed to complement and reflect its location.
I'm a huge fan of the Purifying Facial Cream Cleanser (I can't face cold water to remove makeup at bedtime), and an even bigger fan of the decadent Camelia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream for sensitive and dry skin.
You can find Aesop products at the online store, Aesop signature stores in London, Paris, Zurich, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei and across Australia, at large David Jones stores, and stockists (listed on the website).
6 February 2009
Saffron is a master of children's fabric design, but she also creates a range of chic nature-inspired textiles for grown-ups, quilt kits, and handmade products including girls' dresses (like the delightful one pictured above right). I just have to mention the funky owl and dinosaur softie craft panels that would be especially good for anyone new to sewing.
You can find Saffron Craig goodies at the online store as well as various stockists. Find out more about the projects that inspire Saffron on her blog. (and a shout-out here to her husband Patrick, too, who is an integral part of the design team).
Image: left - Saffron Craig via Kelani Fabrics; right - Saffron Craig
5 February 2009
Each page is lovingly created by hand and the book is finished with beautiful details such as traditional hand-stitched binding, an individual wax seal, an artist’s statement, velvet ribbon, fold out fine art print, a pop up cover, embossed pages and a certificate of authenticity.
As with most Akina pieces, the book is highly collectible. Akina creator Lang Leav has only created 100 numbered copies of this art book making it truly limited edition. Previous Akina art books have sold out immediately. You have been warned!
You can buy The Little Mermaid book only on the Akina Website where you can also read the FAQ's.
4 February 2009
It turns out that talented Matthew Butler and Helen Punton create this iconic Australian furniture from their studio in Yamba where designs are handprinted onto certified sustainable Native Australian Hoop Pine. The eco-friendly panels are then slotted together to create a piece of furniture that can be used as a seat or table, and is guaranteed to be a conversation starter.
I chose to eat my breaky ensconced on the Florence Broadhurst design Zaishu, but there are many more fantastic designs available that are the result of collaborations with Australian artists and special projects around the world (check out the Fiji edition and I look forward to the upcoming Argentinian designs).
You can find Zaishu pieces at the Zaishu online store, as well as stockists around the world. You can find out more about Zaishu projects on their blog.
3 February 2009
I adore the Cicada range, inspired by a real cicada's wings. The Braille collection is also irresistible, featuring raised bumps. I'd love the silver Braille "Wild Child" ring.
Simona splits her time creating pieces for private commissions, exhibiting, and developing her own range of jewellery. Organic forms and nature feature prominently in her collections, with names like Wild, Bloom and Pod.
You can find Simona Chytil jewellery at very cool stockists Yoshi Jones and Funkis Swedish Forms in Sydney, and the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.
Image: Simona Chytil
2 February 2009
Lark aims to make products that are not only beautiful and well-made, but also socially and environmentally responsible. The knitted and embroidered products are made by a Fair Trade partner organisation in Bangladesh. And all products on the site are marked "organic", "handmade", "recycled", "fair-trade" and/or "sweat-shop free". Kudos!
The hand-knitted cupcake, doughnut and vegetable rattles are now baby gift classics. I also love the adorable vintage-themed children's products including Bambi soaps and activity kits. Check out the Website and you'll also find a great range of party goods, paper products, handmade accessories, books, craft kits, and gifts for grown-ups too (including a range of very popular Keep Calm and Carry On products).
You can find Lark products at stockists across Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland, France and the US. You can also buy Lark products online at the Australian Lark Website, and the UK and World Lark Website. And while you are there, why not read about the goings-on behind-the-scenes on the Lark blog.