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…!