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Prepare yourselves …. as I can foresee more than a few tape measures being whipped out and stud heights considered to allow for these BEAUTIFUL chandeliers!
I thoroughly enjoyed exploring the world of Klaylife – their impressive and unique collection combined with the story of their production.
Powered by a Melbourne based family, the beads and chandeliers are hand made by local women in the South African Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal. Initially, the chandeliers were crafted by local women whose lives had been impacted by HIV and desperately needed an income to support their families. Over time, as Klaylife grew in popularity, more and more women with differing circumstances came on board. In 2012, 8 ladies were permanently employed. There are now over 65 dedicated women rolling beads and creating their own work of art.
Take your time to explore their website and designs and yes! They having shipping down pat!
Imagery courtesy of Klaylife
Styled in situ shots by Jacqui Moore from Greenhouse Interiors
Photography by Armelle Habib.
Sydney based creative; Eloise Rapp is the textile designer responsible for this collection of beautiful silk scarves which are essentially the wearable follow up to an installation she did in First Draft Gallery last year.
You can have a good and proper browse of her Reason for Ruin range here on her site and have a casual shop here.
You might recognise the name Micimage as the one responsible for the building of two Studio Home websites. The man behind the brand is Mickey Ross and yes, while I vouch for his skills at bringing a site to life and even his all round talent behind the camera – it is a new and exciting thing to be able to present you with one of his weddings.
He has a distinct candid, documentary style and a knack for capturing real moments and uncontrived emotion. You can check out the rest of this beautiful Queenstown wedding and bear witness to the fact that sideways rain and hurricane force wind (well almost!) didn’t dampen the spirits of this party!
A couple of days later, Mickey returned to Queenstown and joined the pair for a fair weather flight to a mountain top for some extra pics with a breathtaking backdrop!
I’m also happy to report that Mickey will be collaborating with Studio Home on a brand new project in the works and coming to your way very very soon!
The beautiful handmade hats, caps and visors of The Brim Label are all carefully crafted by ex- pat kiwi, Emma Cheape. Bouyed by the lack of options out there when looking for a hat for herself, she got to work from her London bas,e scouring markets for fabrics, sourcing leather and trim locally – all with the intention to create understated statements for your head!
Well I think she’s winning on that front and have had a hard time choosing my favourite from all her options! Maybe one of each?
The School and their travelling roadshow of crazy talented creatives is arriving just next week!!! I’m excited to introduce you to the final tutor in this series of interviews; Simone Madigan who is winging her way over to demystify and teach you ( in a way non computer geeks can understand!) how to use Photoshop effectively and easily.
Simone is a successful creative in her own right with her beautiful range of hand printed products and textiles. With the ability to understand the needs of a creative small business owner AND the ins-and-outs of the handy but sometimes elusive programme of Photoshop she is the perfect person to guide you through the full day, hands on workshop.
Photoshop is a programme I use daily and I’ll admit it wasting a massive amount of time chugging through stuff when a simple course could lead me to a much more productive outcome!!! Check out her interview below (and that great little vid of the Melbourne class) and most definitely take a look at the course details here.
What is your day job? Well really I have 2 day jobs. One is my little textile design company called States of Nature. I produce scarves, brooches and teatowels that are all hand printed in Australia and sold in independent retailers throughout the country. And my other day job is as a consultant to other small businesses, doing design work and training people in how to use Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign for their own websites, blogs, online shops and catalogues.
What led you to do what you do? I have worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for many years, and recently finished a Masters in Printmaking where I looked at the relationship of digital technology and traditional printmaking techniques. It was so much fun! My work grew from exhibitions and design markets into wholesaling and designing for my customers, and I have also taught these skills to students of fashion and interior design.
What are your favourite aspects of your chosen work? I really love my quiet time making and designing, but I also like working with clients and helping people. It’s really good to find a balance and I now know that too much time spent in my own studio drives me a bit batty! So while I find it very nurturing and meditative, I know that I might be spending the next day with a client so both aspects of my work really complement one another. I enjoy learning about other people’s businesses, at different stages of their life cycle. I love hearing people’s stories of why they do what they do, and how we can make a great blog, website or online shop around that story.
Tell us about your class you teach at The School? Who would it interest and why should I tell my friends to go? My classes at The School are all about Photoshop, design, the internet and how to make your digital images work in your blog, website and online shop. These technical skills are totally not sexy, but they are very important! I teach the basics of how to make good images better, turning them into banners and buttons on the web, and generally building up confidence in the use of the tools available. Nobody wants to sit alone at the computer getting frustrated and confused. Yet so many people do! So in my classes at The School we focus on fast, fun step-by-step exercises and get to talk about all the glitches as they happen on the spot. That way the confusion level drops as the day continues and there is a whole lotta learning going on. The group dynamic is wonderful too, people asking questions that most people want answered means that we all get to share in one another’s progress. Most of all it is a fun day with ample opportunity for chatting, eating and instagramming!
There is still some special spots available with two of my most fave creatives!Stephanie Somebody can teach you how to use the powerful channel of instagram to its full potential and Brooke Holm will pass on all her tricks of the photography trade which she is dominating!
I had promised Lisa Li and Georgia Davison that my visit to their new Kingsland studio/store; Terrarium would be done and dusted in an hour. Yeah….try close on 3 hours!
While I had blogged the bags produced by both of these young designers in the last year, I hadn’t met them in person until yesterday and as it turns out they are damn fun and inspiring company!
As I snapped and snooped around their awesome space they shared their ideas for what is essentially an open and exciting concept. Having only just shed it’s former life of being an antique store, the girls are very much still “camping-out” while they work on their vision AND look to recruit like minded creatives to enjoy them in their workshop/boutique fusion.
23 year Lisa Li moved with her family to the eastern suburbs of Auckland from China at the age of 8. Following high school she moved straight into a fashion degree at AUT from 2008-2010. Riding against what you might expect from a young designer she hattteeed to sew! This led her to research and then explore the idea of puzzled construction which meant creating garments that essentially “fit” together. She went on to use this method to create her final year project; a fantastic collection of laser cut leather jackets. Totally set on the dream of producing her range commercially she set off for China to do some research on materials and laser cutting methods. Turns out a young grad rolling solo will find it difficult to get the answers she needs within a bustling and huge industry. Not to mention the lure of the big wide world outside school which ultimately she drifted away to explore.
Once back home she started experimenting again, engaging her new ideas on simplicity and still developing her “non sewing” designs. Nuts and bolts entered the workspace as she worked on the new avenue of bag construction. She soon had a small and super interesting collection to offer and decided to present it to the team at Ruby. Rightfully so they snapped her up and in 2012 stocked MyDeerFox in their 8 stores. This has been a great springboard for her brand and she is currently working on an exclusive colourway of designs for them. In the mean time she has set up an online store and I could tell from our afternoon, that there are ideas punching through her mind everyday as she works, filling all her orders by hand.
Georgia Davison grew up beachside in Whangamata. She left school early to get the ball rolling on her dreams of a career in fashion. This began with 2 years at the Bay of Plenty Polytech before cross crediting to complete a Fashion Degree at the Otago Polytech from 2008 – 2010. She returned home for some post Uni summer sun and to ponder her next move. During this time she visited a gypsy fair where she picked up a possum skin and transformed it into a bag. Looking back – this was a pretty significant marker in what would be the birth of her brand, however, the niggling belief that she needed to get a “real job” over ruled and she headed for Auckland.
Roles as an assistant knitwear designer and then office manager for a graphic design company left her largely unsatisfied. Then an opportunity popped out of the blue! She jumped at the chance to move into a flat above an antique store on New North Road in Kingsland. The arrangement gave her ample space to begin designing again and soon enough she got the guts to leave full time employment and emerge with a beautiful signature range of leather and hide, purses and bags.
Local Whangamata store; Roar jumped in behind her, stocking her work, offering extensive support and sharing their valuable retail knowledge. Georgia Jay has since been picked up by Black Box Boutique and is growing her range with them as well as in her own online store.
In February this year there was a bit of a serendipitous meeting in the NZ Leather Suppliers stock room in Avondale. Both young designers were there sourcing material. Georgia recognised Lisa from some recent media and they were introduced at the counter by the manager. In no time they had arranged a coffee date for later that afternoon, very quickly they bonding over their common difficulties in working alone and their desire to have a shared work space. While dreaming of what this might one day look like they quickly established an easy friendship with Lisa regularly coming over to work and collaborate in Georgia’s little upstairs living room.
They were offered some of the rear space in the antique store which they gratefully took up and then just 2 weeks ago, the entire space has ended up in their lap!
Together they have christianed the studio Terrarium : “A small enclosure for keeping and raising
living plants and animals local creatives and observing them under their natural conditions” . They have created a fantastic document outlining stheir vision that will range from innovative retail space to an exciting and collaborative workshop. If you like what you see here please don’t hesitate to contact the girls to find out more. The studio is largely untouched at this point as they wait for their new team members to arrive and form it together.
Lisa – MyDeerFox: firstname.lastname@example.org
Georgia – Georgia Jay: email@example.com
All photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home
WHAT I LEARNT FROM GEORGIA AND LISA:
It’s a brave thing to follow your creative gut feeling when you are barely out of Uni….but if you have the ability to create something special, saleable AND be incredibly happy doing it, then be smarter than most and get cracking!