Wednesday, 28 August 2013

profile sixhands - anna harves & brianna pike.

Brianna Pike and Anna Harves of Sixhands
They say many hands make light work, yet Australian textile house Sixhands makes beautiful work! The creatives behind the label Brianna Pike and Anna Harves both completed a design degree in Fashion and textiles and their talent is reflected in their vibrant range of wallpapers, fabrics, wall art, rugs, cushions, lampshades and accessories. All their designs are lovely but if I had to pick a favourite it would have to be their Lorikeet Tequila Sunrise print - I still love birds! Checkout their entire range here.


How would you describe yourself?
Humorous, energetic, imaginative, resourceful, innovative.

What was your childhood dream?
To be a Potter with my own Industrial shed studio.

What led you down your current path?
I’m an expressive person with a tendency to chronicle experiences through art. After travelling & working abroad in some pretty diverse fields, I decided to make a living from something innate that would make me happy. I studied a Bachelor of Design in Fashion & Textiles, where I met Brianna, we worked in fashion for a while and both inclined to textiles, started Sixhands. It began with Fashion roots and found its niche in Interior decor, as we grow, its pretty evident we will eventually cover textiles for all aspects of your lifestyle, it’s always exciting to see what products we develop next!

What do you love most about what you do?
The adventure, full of surprises!

Where do feel most inspired?
Anywhere in the sunshine.

Who do you admire?
People who rise to a challenge and always look for the positives!

When the weekend rolls around what do you love to: 
Read – Funny text messages from friends.
Watch - International movies.
Cook - Everything with fresh herbs.
Create - Reasons to hang out with my loved ones.
Listen to - Laughter.
Dream about - Next holiday destination.
Look forward to - Early coffee mingle at my local beach with other misfits.

How would you describe yourself?
Courageous, passionate, unique, colourful, organized.

What was your childhood dream?
To live in Paris.

What led you down your current path?

A love of design + colour led the way. Having done a degree in fashion & textile design it was quite a surprise to end up doing interior textiles. It was a natural progression, the two industries are quite similar.

What do you love most about what you do?
Creating something out of nothing.

Where do feel most inspired?
The Sixhands studio, it’s covered in inspiration.

Who do you admire?

People who give their lives and dedicate their lives to help others.

When the weekend rolls around what do you love to:
Read – Books and blogs.
Watch- Documentaries.
Cook - Sunday lunch.
Create -  Conversation.
Listen to - Boyfriend mixing tunes all weekend.
Dream about - being in a workroom making shoes.
Look forward to - Wine and cheese. 


 Brianna & Anna: 

What challenges have you had to overcome?
In the early days the challenge was getting to meetings to sell product while doing everything else from design and production to marketing. We have recently engaged a national distributer, Radford Furnishings, who take care of our national sales and marketing, allowing us to focus on design and product development. We are Radford’s first Aussie brand in a stable of amazing designers including Designers Guild, Ralph Lauren home, Christian Lacroix, Vivienne Westwood and Cole & Son.

What's been a 'pinch yourself' moment?
Being featured in the ‘Sydney’ episode of the international TV series Designer Travel which has aired throughout South Korea, Canada, Spain, United Kingdom, Italy and France.

What are your top inspiring resources?
Inspiration comes from everywhere, it’s never just one source and appears sometimes when you least expect it! For us, it’s a culmination of travel, research, friends, music, art periods, nature, exploration.

Do you have a dream creative project?

They are all dreams! we’ve had great opportunities to work on some fabulous custom projects.
We recently worked on a collection of murals, portraits, floor rugs and outdoor fabrics for Neil Perry's new restaurant in the Melbourne Crown Casino Rosetta. The architecture, design, craftsmanship and fabrications are of extraordinary quality, it was a real honour to be asked to work on this project.

What are you currently coveting in the world of design?

Bionic architecture, borrowing inspiration from nature

What's next?
USA… Japan…!

Monday, 12 August 2013

profile sharon muir - ceramic artist.


ceramic artist sharon muir
Today's profile features the work of Brisbane based ceramic artist Sharon Muir, whose beautiful animal/bird pots have adorned table tops for years. With a Masters in Fine Art from RMIT Sharon specialises in delicate sculptural works. Each piece starts out as a hand sculpted original that is carefully cast in plaster to make a mould. When the mould is dry liquid clay - slip is used to create a perfect copy of the original sculpture, which is then glazed, decorated and fired. The end result is mini, super sweet masterpieces. For a list of stockists where can find Sharon's ceramics, head here

How would you describe yourself?
Good with my little hands.

What was your childhood dream?
Probably something that involved lots of horses and animals.

What led you down your current path?
I studied Fine Art Ceramics at RMIT for seven years (BA then Honors then Masters) and just kept making. Ceramics just turned out to be my thing.

What do you love most about what you do?
When I am quietly meditatively making and it’s just working.

Where do feel most inspired?

Who do you admire?
Prue Morrison who I share a studio with she just quietly chips away and creates amazing work.

What challenges have you had to overcome?
Moving to Brisbane from inner-city Melbourne- no friends, no family, no networks no studio and no idea.

What are your top inspiring resources?
Museums, the colours of birds, my old sketchbooks, the structures of plants and animals, vintage and historic ceramics.

Do you have a dream creative project? 
A solo show with a year off and a big budget to prepare for it.

What are you currently coveting in the world of design?
Serge Mouille lamps and more realistically a Kelly green Penny Round cushion from Castle & Things for my newly recovered couch. 

What's next?
A change of direction.

When the weekend rolls around what do you love to:
I usually work in the studio but...if I wasn’t I’d…
Read – Magazines. Any magazine on interiors will do.
Watch - Saturday night is usually Arthouse Cinema night as curated by my Mr Pants and if I can slip it in - Nana murders.
Cook - Nothing or cake.
Create - Stuff for home.
Listen to - My music collection on shuffle.
Dream about - The next stage of my balcony garden and interior decorating projects.
Look forward to - Playing tennis and hitting the ball back more than three times in a row. I am really bad at tennis.

Friday, 9 August 2013

this week i'm coveting...

New fabric from Kelani - I love + want all of these.

Bekko Swell Wide Width Tangerine 

Tsuru Motif Madness Ivory

Lilyfield Arches Royal on White

Tsuru 1000 Cranes Indigo

Have a great weekend.


Monday, 5 August 2013

profile cat willow - artist.

artist cat willow

I first discovered Cat Willow after I saw one of her artworks through the windows of homewares store Whitebeach Home & Living which is just down the road from where I live. The black cockatoo painting, with his larger than life elvis style crest, was hard to ignore and so I was inspired to do a little leg work to find who the local artist was who created such a great piece. Instagram is a wonderful thing, before long I'd found Cat and more of her lovely pieces. It is easy to see Cat draws inspiration from her natural surrounds and has a distinct soft spot for birds, as do I. You can find Cat and take a peak at more of her artwork here. Enjoy!

How would you describe yourself?
Quirky, genuine, curious, creative and caring.  

What was your childhood dream?
I hadn't visualised 'being' anything specific when I grew up, however, all I did do and wanted to do was design and create in every possible moment, in whichever way that was! 

What led you down your current path? 
I'm still designing my own life; now I realise that my desire to surround myself with natural beauty and to create beautiful things are integral to my happiness. It's been small choices along the way that have led to my life changing incrementally, for example choosing not to be distracted by television, instead immersing myself in the resources that inspire me; using my time wisely and making the time and space to create. Creating an aesthetically nurturing and inspiring environment and spending time with other like-minded creative people, motivating each other with our ideas and aspirations. 

What do you love most about what you do?
I absolutely love being totally present in the creative process. It's a whole different world and space I go into; no concept of time (that gets a little tricky when things need to be done - an alarm clock comes in handy there!) or judgement; just a pleasure! I feel like I'm most myself when I'm 'in the zone'.    
I'm aware that I have a natural 'gift'. I love layering on that and improving each time I work on a piece. To share this with others who may not have the ability to do so and who truly appreciate it brings me such satisfaction. I love the idea of inspiring others! 

Where do you feel most inspired?
Presently, I'm loving being at home; it's a stone cottage by the forest and during the cooler season I've been having the log fire on...a lot!  The smell of the wood, the fresh air of the forest, the juxtaposition of lovely objects with the earthiness of the stone house, the birdsong and the solitude are so nurturing and inspiring for me.

cat willow's hinterland log cabin
Being right in nature is invigorating and refreshing; walking in the forest, observing intricate moss, vines, trees, finding feathers, everything - I love it!  Also, a sea-change every now and then is essential to my creative soul.

Who do you admire?
Creatively and artistically I admire Frida Kahlo and Georgia O'Keeffe, strong women who lived their life with intensity for their creativity, producing such stunning works. I love the simplicity and beauty in the work of John Olsen. I also admire  brilliant female Australian artists including Del Kathryn Barton and Miranda Skoczek. And I love Leila Jeffreys for her photography, the way in which she presents birds is so endearing and beautiful. 

I also find Heidi Middleton of Sass & Bide so inspiring; a strong and talented woman. I love her confidence, grace and style. When I first saw her personal creativity and designs it made me feel like I was home (creatively speaking).

I also admire anyone who realises their capabilities, shares them and lives their dream! 

What challenges have you had to overcome?  
I've always had quite high expectations of myself and wouldn't even start a piece or try any creative project for fear of my work not being 'perfect'. However, the yearning to create became so strong that I found the confidence to experiment and explore, realising the only way to find out what one's style is, is to play. 

I also used to really beat myself up for procrastinating, now I understand it's the way I work. During those hours, days or even weeks of delaying creating a piece, I'm actually still being inspired and brewing until the moment I feel I'm about to burst! Then there's no stopping me! 

What's been a 'pinch yourself' moment?
Recently, every morning that I wake, I pinch myself. It's either the sound of birdsong here, or the rain falling on the roof. Knowing that I'm in the place that inspires me more than I ever have been and knowing that I'm carving my path with what I love to do and still going.

What are your top inspiring resources? 
* Nature, in particular birds, feathers and mossy green forests.
* Traditional textiles and adornments from other cultures.  
* Pictorial books on culture, nature, birds, art, design and beautiful places.
* Presently I'm absolutely hooked on instagram, following my favourite artists, designers and people (instant inspiration).

Do you have a dream creative project?
I have many! Whilst sharing my inspiration and challenges, the one idea that initially stands out is my desire to create a business that would allow me to employ talented young people and provide the opportunity for them to be nurtured and inspired creatively. 

In terms of jewellery and fashion design (did I mention I love that too?) I'd also love to create opportunities for creative Indigenous women within Australia or overseas...'show a man how to fish', etc. I'm not quite sure how this can happen just yet; it's something I've always wanted to'll come to me along the way! 

What are you currently coveting in the world of design? 
A Leila Jeffreys cockatoo photograph and a Miranda Skoczek artwork.  A quadrant soft (a divine leather single seater) by Koskela and there's an antique French chandelier in French & Gorgeous which I have my eye on.

What's next?
I'm presently working towards creating a series of large scale Australian inspired artworks. I'm also working on a range of cushions, tablecloths and banners which I am excited about presenting! 

When the weekend rolls around what do you love to:
Read - Design magazines, books on art, culture and creativity.  
Watch - Instagram photos!
Cook - French style cooking and scrummy savouries.
Create - Pockets of inspiration around my home, art and jewellery.
Listen to - Music of Mali; flamenco; classical guitar.
Dream about - Creating and travels to France!
Look forward to - Quality time with good friends and family.