Monday, 29 April 2013

profile white with three - kimmy hogan.

kimmy hogan of white with three

Today's profile is about another creative artist who will be represented at the up-coming Brisbane Open House and Pop Up Gallery. Kimmy Hogan is a Brisbane based graphic artist by day and a print designer by night, who loves playing with shapes and colour and draws a lot of inspiration from her travels as well as her super cute dachshunds Honey and Rio, who are gorgeous! Checkout Kimmy's beautiful range of prints for sale on etsy here. They are all lovely but her sleepy dachshund prints are irresistible. Let's be honest who doesn't love a sausage dog!

How would you describe yourself in five words?
Funny. Creative. Hard-working. Romantic. Sweet.

What was your childhood dream?
To be an artist! Or a teacher.

What led you down your current path?
I studied Graphic Design at University and have been in the industry for over eight years – but it was home interiors that really made my heart sing. A way to be involved with home interiors whilst using my skills was to design art prints – and I absolutely love it! 

What do you love most about what you do?
The design process experimenting with everything from drawing to digital is such a treat when I actually have time! And when people who have bought my art send me photos of it in their home it is the real icing on the cake – it’s so lovely to think that my art is all over the world and putting smiles on people’s faces.

Where do feel most inspired?
When I travel. I was in Germany and New York just a couple of months ago, and we did a huge South America adventure last year. I just can’t get enough of the culture and sights, I go crazy with my camera and collect every flyer and publication I can get my hands on and cart it all home with me!

Who do you admire?
Artists like Beci Orpin, Miranda Skoczek, Kirra Jamison and Rachel Castle. I think their creativity and design style is amazing AND they have all made a career out of being an artist(which is really hard!).

What challenges have you had to overcome?
The biggest challenge is just getting yourself out there! I’ve definitely learnt a lot about blogging, facebook and instagram since starting my business!


What's been a 'pinch yourself' moment?
That would be when Beci Orpin bought one of my prints! (It was the Dachshund Sleep Study for her dachshund-loving sister). To have my idol buy one of my prints was just unbelievable!!

What are your top creative resources?

What is your idea of happiness?
I would love to just have a month off to just draw, paint and play on the computer creating new designs – and also potter around the house styling and decorating! Just stopping for cuddles on the couch with my husband and two dachshunds.

What's next?
I’d love to design fabric for lovely homes and lovely clothes! I have some of my favourite fashion labels in my sights…

When the weekend rolls around what do you love to:
Read – Real Living & Frankie magazine.
Watch- Honey and Rio (my two mini dachshunds) basking in the sun on the veranda.
Cook- Turkish Eggs.
Create- New art prints.
Listen to- Rage(as background music).
Dream about- Creating a fabric range.
Look forward to- A trip to the Woolloongabba Antique Centre.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

plant holders.

I love having plants inside. I know some people think they're a bit daggy, but I always find rooms feel so much nicer and lived in with a bit of greenery. My favourite low maintenance variety is simply dracenas stems in a vase of water. They last forever and look after themselves. Terrariums are another great option, and I was particularly impressed with this beautiful one, from a recent house shoot.

As a plywood devotee + screen print devotee, I love Bonnie and Neil's plant holders which combine the best of both.

If you're pots aren't so nice, Lumiere Art + Co.'s "potato print" linen plant buckets are ideal. 


The natural look though, is ultimately my favourite. I don't often re-post photos from other blogs but I was so taken with these plant collections from Decor8 I couldn't resist. These shots make me want to race out immediately, and invest in blown glass holders, white wall hangers and white pottery vessels to house a trio of succulents. Love it!


Sunday, 21 April 2013

profile zillpa - clare collyer.


clare collyer of zillpa

Playing around with rope, crocheting, braiding and knot tying resulted in Clare Collyer's fascination with the humble strands and she was soon, roped into a new world of possibilities. Settling on cotton rope stitched together using coloured thread her creations include baskets, bags, dishes and pot holders which are incredibly though and beautifully modern. Who needs to know how you to tie rope, when it looks so good sewn! My favourite from Clare's collection are her hanging rope baskets, as I am quickly developing an obsession with plant holders. Check out Clare's lovely rope creations here or see her work along with a host of other designers who will be showcasing their wares at Brisbane's First Open House from Saturday 11 of May through to June 1st. Stay tuned for several more profiles associated with the Open House and Pop Up Store over the next few weeks.

How would you describe yourself?
Passionate, shy, hard-working, loyal and compassionate.

What was your childhood dream?
To be a ballerina but I didn’t have the feet for it (or the body!).

What led you down your current path?
Having studied my way through half a degree in Graphic Design I realised that I didn’t want to sit in front of a computer all day, I wanted to create physical objects with my hands. I took six months off and enrolled in an Advanced Diploma of Fashion Design at TAFE. I loved every minute of my time at TAFE - I had the most amazing teachers and was lucky enough to travel to China in my last year. After trying to find a job in the Fashion Industry in Brisbane (which is rather small!)I decided to take a leap of faith and start my own business.

What do you love most about what you do? 
I love that I am my own boss and making my own dreams come true.

Where do feel most inspired?
Inspiration hits me anywhere, at anytime. Whether it be walking the dog, that moment just before you fall asleep or driving in the car.

Who do you admire?
I admire anyone who follows their heart and makes their dreams come true. But the person I admire the most would have to be my mum. She is my biggest supporter and her faith in me is unwavering.

What challenges have you had to overcome?
One of my biggest challenges is believing in myself - I’m always second guessing my decisions and ideas. I still find it amazing that there are people out there that what to buy my work or stock my products in their stores!

What's been a 'pinch yourself' moment?
I’ve only been creating my rope products since just before Christmas last year, so whenever someone buys one of my products it’s a ‘pinch me moment’! But getting an email saying I was accepted into the Sydney Finders Keepers Market has been my highlight this year so far.

What are your top creative resources?
* My family - I rebound ideas of them all the time
* Textile, Design and Home magazines
* I’m crushing on One Sheepish Girl’s blog at the moment.
* Driving up to the Sunshine coast - I love driving past the open spaces and tree plantations.

What is your idea of happiness?
Tucked up on the couch with a crocheted blanket, my dog, a good book and a cup of tea.

What's next?
I’m in the process of developing my next collection - sneak peak: new colours and textiles. As well as sourcing more stockists and interstate market events.

When the weekend rolls around what do you love to:
Read - Novels - at the moment I’m reading Kate Morton’s ‘The Secret Keeper.’
Watch - I’m a sucker for action flicks.
Cook - Anything with mushrooms in it!
Create - I love to crochet - I’m currently working on a big multi-coloured blanket.
Listen to - Spotify.
Dream about - Travelling overseas.
Look forward to- New adventures.

Friday, 19 April 2013

artist stefan dunlop + his home.

I've always admired the work of artist Stefan Dunlop, and although I'm no art connoisseur I know what I like and what I love about Stefan's work is his distinctive colour palette and his bold almost tactile brushstrokes which remarkably come together to create 'other wordly' landscapes and scenes. You can see more of his work at the Edwina Corlette Gallery and Scott Livesey Galleries.


What is also lovely is that Stefan is remarkably down to earth (far from precious 'fine artist' stereotype) and incredibly easy going. He is also quite the builder too as I discovered many years ago when I first visited his amazing hinterland home he shares with his family. In order to create their 'dream house' Stefan and his wife Adrienne decided to project manage the build and did a lot of the hands on work themselves - a high-set architecturally designed home, it was no mean feat.
One of my all time favourite places, so it was an absolute pleasure to revisit it for a Home Beautiful feature.

Although the house is relatively small, it's perfectly formed. Every element is just amazing - the outlook, the mid century modern furniture, the terrariums made by Adrienne, the walls adorned with artwork, the multiple decks, the native landscaping - the butterfly chairs! I must admit I do fall in love with a lot of houses and appreciate many diverse styles, yet this place is my idea of perfection. Read the full article in the current May edition of Home Beautiful.