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I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Upper Moutere based artist; Fleur Woods before, and heard first hand the happy story of how her painted work led her to teach herself to stitch and as a result we have this incredibly rich, textured and beautiful art!!
“Bloom is a new series of 14 contemporary, stitched paintings. I created them while channeling my humble Crown Lynn collection, love of flowers and overly optimistic op-shopper-itis. The 12 smaller works are each the size of a Crown Lynn saucer and their imagery references Crown Lynn patterns from the 50’s-70’s. Reinventing the patterns with fresh contemporary colours the paint & stitch meets linen where it blooms into new forms.”
To coincide with the launch of the collection, Fleur has also chosen 5 of the “paintings” to be printed as an exquisite, limited edition series of giclee prints. I own one myself from a previous series she did and the effect of the stitched features as a print is eye catching!
If you are in New Plymouth between Friday 27 January and 21 February, drop in to Kina (101 Devon St West, New Plymouth) to view. Fleur will be there herself for Friday’s opening and Saturday morning.
And here we goooo 2017! You’re very first post and its rightfully juicy for the eyes.
Milton and King is a family run wall coverings business that I am more than a little enamored with. Over the last few years they have grown a really impressive and GREAT quality library of papers and murals through collaborations with Australian and international artists. There is quite honestly something for everyone in the selection.
With connections and awareness of their products widening to the global stage, they have helped this along with a new series of collaborative designs working with some of North Americas most interesting design personalities.
The Tastemakers collection see’s designs by Pinterest queen; Paula Coop McCrory, well known interior designer; Jillian Harris and the duo behind top, long established design blog; Poppytalk. The work is super varied which makes it even more interesting and definitely reflects the designers own personality and style.
All paper is shipped free around NZ and Australia (YUS!) and we would like to offer one of you the chance to win 2 x rolls of your choice!
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Paula Coop McCrory
Poppytalk founders : Jan Halvarson and Earl Einarson
Their collection above.
Her collection above
YOUR CHANCE TO WIN 2x ROLLS OF YOUR CHOICE
Competition now closed:
Congratulations to Sam Kelly !!!
– Simply click through to view the Tastemakers collection here and return to leave us your choice of paper in the comments below.
– Extra entries can be achieve by leaving the same comment on the competition posts on our Instagram and Facebook pages.
T’s and C’s:
– Open to NZ and Australian residents only.
– NZ residents need to be aware that some import duties may apply and are at the winners responsibility.
– To be drawn at random on Monday 23rd January.
The aesthetic that Akazi brings to the table is everything I personally love. Natural fabrics, a looser fit and a casual but cool vibe. This all rests on a commitment to growing an ethical brand in its manufacture and processes.
Mother/daughter duo; Tracey Barker and Pia Twyford might be based near Byron Bay, but the inspiration for Akazi comes from a lifetime of travel and the simpler life they led for many years in Africa.
The collection of basics that is aimed to let you slide from house to beach to plane and back again is made from quality, plant based fabrics – think various weights of linen and muslin.
It’s safe to say my shopping list is growing (those wide leg pants!) !!!
Explore below and online at Akazi here.
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Photography by Melody Jasmine
Hi everyone! This is a rather fitting introduction to lead with for the brand new year! I’m always gunning for a new slate, new rituals and the intention to look after myself much better.
“Bodha is a collection of modern wellness products designed to help you come back to yourself. Based on the belief that feeling connected is the key to happiness our line engages your senses through the power of ritual and aromatherapy.”
I would struggle to have introduced bodha any better than founder; Emily L’Ami does above. This beautiful collection of carefully thought out goods (for the soul and senses) have been created by this New Zealander while living in LA with her husband; Fredericus L’Ami, (also creative director of the brand). Some serious research has gone into the products as well as an international role call of designers and artisans!
Japanese linen is used for the aromatherapy eye pillows and the hand crafted brass incense holders have been made in a Japanese factory dating back 100 years. The Ritual Oil Diffuser has been designed by our own Jamie McLellan and crafted by local ceramic legend; Gidon Bing.
What I like about all this is the care taken in design and construction totally reflects the ethos of the products. Its about “quality time taken”.
Emily L’Ami outside her LA apartment
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Merry end of 2016!
Just a last check in before Studio Home has a wee gin and tonic in the sun while we turn the leaf for 2017.
Writing this reminds me a lot of the Christmas time family “newsletters” that used to whizz round ( both sides of my family are large!) – first by mail, then there were the fax years and finally, artfully put together as photo filled pdfs. You’d get a run down of each family members latest and to be honest…it was kind of nice! I don’t partake in this at all (except in my mothers own that she sends out) but at this time of year I always feel compelled to say “hi”, and “this is whats going on, on my end” to you, the eyes on the other end of what I share here and on my social channels.
This year has been a massive one for me! I’ve driven up and down the length of NZ 4 times, presented my social media workshop to over 250 small business owners and done my fair share of agonising over my own too! I’ve found the launch of Studio Home Biz Brains to be hugely rewarding with the opportunity to connect with people face to face, the type of people who reflect the hundreds I have written about over the years. It kind of felt like I got a glimpse of the “coal face” and I loved it.
I also called time on my Auckland existence and moved to Christchurch to discover a lifestyle I didn’t expect. Food, family, architecture, design, Banks Peninsula, food again and cohabitation! No complaints here except for the clothes that don’t fit me at the moment ha! (we’ll deal with that in the New Year ok?) This was all made better by finding the tiniest but coolest city pad to live in (which by the way is coming up for rent!). You can snoop by searching #studiohomehq on instagram or clicking here.
Studio Home has continued to tick along with new and existing TEAM.WORK collaborations circulating out there between NZ and Australia. There are more of these on the table too – I consider myself very bloody lucky to be able to work with such motivated, talented minds on these. I am certain/hoping it rubs off right?
It was also SUCH a relief to see an amazing person take the reins of Juniors Design Blog and run hard with what I started in 2014. Time (or the poor juggling of it) had meant that I couldn’t do it justice and the guilt of letting that project AND that amazing local industry of kids based products, art, clothing, furniture, food and brands drift away was killing me!
So cue the arrival of Rachel Thompson and the amazing refresh and relaunch of the site.
Please visit here!
But what of 2017?
Well, first up will be the clock ticking over to mark 9 years of this blog and its resulting projects, communities and friendships. The internet is still very much stuck in fast forward, so I’ll admit, I am very proud that despite the immense amount of information presented to you daily, you have remained attached and engaged with the local introductions I bring you. Thank you so much!
As my ability to interview and shoot my own content has been impacted by the growth of other projects (much to my dismay, its my favourite thing…) I have sat back for a little while to watch, learn and consider the direction of Studio Home for the future.
Spurred on by the incredible stories shared by our down under photographers, writers and content creators on their own channels, I’ve decided that the 2017 will see an opening of the doors to allow more contributed stories to be shared here. However the focus will be as much on the storyteller as the story itself, to celebrate this part of our creative community who often are missed as they aren’t “making or selling” us anything.
Anyone interested is welcome to pop me an email and I will share with you the breakdown of this opportunity: email@example.com
The Demystifying Guide to Facebook and Instagram for Small Business will be taken online alongside my Pinterest and Pitching to Media workshops. Right now this hurts my brain but will be a really gooooood move forward in allowing more people to access these classes. I’ll also be taking on more one-one-one clients as a sidekick to the growth of their own projects.
And lastly, 2017 will see me stepping back into my interior design shoes to take on a new build, residential project with my partner here in Christchurch. I’m really looking forward to sharing this process with you as well as the softer upgrades we will be doing to a lovely villa we’ll be moving into in January! Talk about old vs new!
I’d love to invite you to join me on these more personal projects via my instagram feed: @studiohome_ju.
NOW lets get you connected to some content you can browse from the archives!!! There are 9 years of them!
– Browse my favourite category “Art” here for NZ/Australian talent to the max.
– Looks like my own interviews will be disappearing into the background going forward to maybe you’d like to read the stories of those I have met over the last few years:
– Creative HQ – a peek inside homes and spaces.
– Fly the Coop – interviews I have done with kiwi and Aussie expats in Bali, Australia and New York.
– Store Front – inside the doors of some local stores.
– Locations – some personal travel stories that I plan to update with the Maldives soon!
– Real World – my personal favourite selection of interviews done by Studio Home sidekick; Sarah Allen. Sarah met with some industry go getters to glean advice and wisdom for all those of your out there trying to establish your own business/career.
– Take a trawl through those posts we listed as “emerging designers/artists”…these were people we felt we would most definitely watch rise above the rest.
You can find the rest of the categories in the left hand sidebar PLUS search by year in the dropdown menu.
I hope you find a lazy shady tree to do this under OR not at all.
Taking a technology break is a good idea!
I’ll see you back here in January.
For less than a quarter of a second I wondered if you might be getting sick of the art based posts….then I thought, of course not, IMPOSSIBLE!
So, to keep the intro’s flowing, here is an exciting update from one of our “shared” (NZer living in Byron Bay) emerging talents!
I posted about Joe Helmore and his beautiful, layered largescale work earlier in the year. I’d definitely be considered a serious fan of his original works and one day I will surely arrive a “collector” status.
In the mean time, I can start with his brand new offering of beautiful limited edition prints!! This a tight, capsule collection printed at a variety of sizes (imagine the horse above at A0!!!) that will allow us all to jump on Joe’s fast moving track upward in the artworld.
Click through to explore all here and information for purchase.
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