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Inkster Maken

Inkstermaken: Factory Pendant
I’ve been stalking designer Hugh Altschwager and his beautiful lighting brand; Inkster Maken for a good wee while now. It’s one thing to look at and appreciate the clean but tactile quality of his collection; but it’s another to then consider the fact that each light is made by hand in Melbourne out of South Australian limestone.
Makes them all just a little bit more special I think! He has a great story and a creative business with momentum! Seriously look forward to seeing what more will come.

It’s a hard choice…but for my dream house.. it would be a couple of the Factory Pendants I think.

Inkstermaken: Flashlight and Inkster pendantsInkstermaken: Factory PendantInkstermaken: Funnel and Vader pendants Inkstermaken designer: Hugh Altschwager

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Peaches + Keen : Botanical Calamity

Peaches + Keen : Botanical Calamity Collection
 

Prolific creative duo; Peaches + Keen  have completed a collection of original paintings inspired by the foliage finds of their daily walks. Their beautiful, graphic series called “Botanical Calamity” opens at Modern Times in Melbourne tonight and will be in place until the 3rd of April.

A lovely bright “must -see” I would think!

Peaches + Keen : Botanical Calamity Collection Peaches + Keen : Botanical Calamity Collection Peaches + Keen : Botanical Calamity CollectionFrom left: Lily Daly and Lucy Hearn.
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Set up of "Botanical Calamity" by Peaches + Keen at Modern Times, Melbourne Set up of "Botanical Calamity" by Peaches + Keen at Modern Times, MelbournePeaches + Keen : Botanical Calamity Collection at Modern Times, Melbourne

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Elk – “Remember” Winter ’14

Elk - "Remember" Winter '14And its that time again when our friends at Elk reach into their design coffers and produce a collection of clothing, jewellery, footwear and leather accessories that pose some serious issues for budgets. So much choice!
Their Winter ’14 range; “Remember” is stacked with their signature clean, casual,  scandi-tinged aesthetic with the odd punch of colour and pattern not to mention their first major foray into homewares with a cool kilim rug!
This year they are dropping the selection in two parts. Most of what you see here is available now online (plus a TON more) and they are saving their cosier, woollier offering for a little later on (I’ve had a peek at this….more bad news I’m afraid.)

And because this virtual window shopping thing is becoming a habit – my favourite picks are the Drop Crotch Pants, the Leour Wallet and the Facet Earrings. 

Elk - "Remember" Winter '14Elk - "Remember" Winter '14Elk - "Remember" Winter '14Elk - "Remember" Winter '14Elk - "Remember" Winter '14Elk - "Remember" Winter '14Elk - "Remember" Winter '14Elk - "Remember" Winter '141I visited the Elk HQ in Melbourne last year, learning about their history and loving their offices!!!

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House for Hermes

House for Hermes - Andrew Simpson Architects in collaboration with Charles Anderson, photography by  Peter Bennetts House for Hermes - Andrew Simpson Architects in collaboration with Charles Anderson, photography by  Peter Bennetts House for Hermes - Andrew Simpson Architects in collaboration with Charles Anderson, photography by  Peter Bennetts House for Hermes - Andrew Simpson Architects in collaboration with Charles Anderson, photography by  Peter BennettsPhotography by Peter Bennetts
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I seriously stalked these images for you guys!
I spotted Andrew Simpson Architects on instagram…had a wander… smacked the table in delight when I saw the project above and promptly sent an email to find out more!

The House of Hermes is the result of a collaboration between Melbourne based; Andrew Simpson Architects with landscape architect and client; Charles Anderson.
My reaction to this place is that it really stuck out as something truly original! Its clever and interesting without being over designed and I love the exterior totally as much as the insides. Something that doesn’t often happen for me!
You can see much more of the house here and these are some words from the creators themselves:

“Divided into two primary volumes, the nucleus of the house is a reconfigurable kitchen in which the joinery works as the connective threshold between ground and first floor. This area is designed to accommodate a range of activities from group cooking classes to an intimate meal.  

The kiln is one of three buildings set within a large coastal property adjacent to protected wetlands. The Coldon home (a guest house and artist studio) and Setters Cottage (sewing studio) provide complementary amenities to the main house and along with an outdoor bathroom precipitate an engagement and traversal of the surrounding gardens and landscape.

The original heritage building is one of the few example of early 20th century chickory kilns on the Island constructed from concrete. Substantial rebuilding and restoration work to the concrete was required due to significant structural cracking and spalling, which was undertaken through the use of insitu reinforced shotcrete. The decking on the north side of the kiln is integrated with a large concrete retaining wall and water trough that was originally built as part of the industrial function of the building and has now been tanked and refilled with water to provide a means of passive cooling.

The project was delivered on a tight budget. Including the external deck areas the final building cost came in under $3000/m²”.

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Miso – Melbourne

Signed and NumberedMiso, Melbourne - shot by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home

Despite the raging popularity of her work across many platforms, Stanislava Pinchuk aka Miso remains humble and almost unaffected by the cult-like following she has garnered. The day I clattered up seven floors in the old lift of the Melbourne’s historic Nicholas Building, Stanislava was literally unpacking into her new studio and preparing to leave for a month long stay in Tokyo the next day.
Being somewhat of a groupy myself, I lapped up the bare workspace and thought that despite its sparseness – it was of course brilliant and distinctly Miso-esque.
As we settled in to chat,  I was both surprised and delighted to learn the background of this favourite creative as she relayed it in her softly spoken voice and threw smiles out from under her glossy dark fringe.

Miso, Melbourne - shot by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeMiso, Melbourne - shot by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeMiso, Melbourne - shot by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home

Born in the Ukraine, Stanislava moved to Melbourne with her family at the age of 10. Introverted by her own admission, she spent much of her childhood and early teens drawing and making her own clothes.  Creativity led her to connect with a like minded crew of artists and at 14 she started doing paste ups around the city which rapidly gained an audience.

Despite, or perhaps because of, her obvious talent and love of her own art she chose to steer clear of entering formal art study on her graduation of high school. By 18 she had finished in the top wrung of Victoria’s high schools for art, was already doing paid graphic work and had been involved in a number of group shows . The jaded look on her art school friends faces assured her she was making the right decision for herself and off she went to Uni in an unexpected direction.

Miso, Melbourne - shot by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeMiso, Melbourne - shot by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeAbove is a book about flamboyant Melbourne artist and creative; Vali Myers who worked out of the same Nicholas Building studio
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Having always studied French, Stanislava continued with this and also delved into Philosophy. Her double major in Art History and French taught her “to read, write and to understand.” During her study she continued with her art, supporting herself with sales through galleries and exhibitions, commercial graphic design work, curating shows and print editions through her online store she set up at the age of 19.  At 21 she authored a book about the movement of street art but it wasn’t long before she stepped away from paste ups and creating work in public spaces as the issues around their legality were constant. Interestingly enough and coinciding with this, the National Gallery of Australia purchased two of her “street works” (followed by another two large works recently). The National Gallery of Victoria subsequently purchased two pieces from her most recent show…this young “street artist” wasn’t considered a public pest by the art world at large!!

Miso, Melbourne - shot by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeMiso, Melbourne - shot by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeMiso, Melbourne - shot by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home

At 22 Stanislava took a year off study to really delve into her art full time, giving herself time to decide if this was the right direction to head in or to return to University. She travelled ALOT, her work came easily and whats more she had an incredible time! Life was going well…. further study was delayed….

It was about 3 years ago that Stanislava started tattooing. Combining travel with her target of two solo shows per year, she had been doing a lot of embroidery and pin prick work on paper – it seemed the obvious next move was tattoos. For over a year and a half she put her steady hand to good use and tattooed friends, doing whatever they wanted. It wasn’t long until the technique, style and resulting imagery began to cross over into her work and vice versa. Slowly they became closer and she enjoyed the emerging dialogue between the ink work and her actual artwork. Stanislava began to document her work of simple trades with friends – tattoos in exchange for artwork, baking, whiskey. The resulting zine and her iconic style has seen the imagery go viral and for many showed that tattoos could be beautiful in a simple, pared back and imperfect form.

Miso, Melbourne - shot by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeMiso, Melbourne - shot by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home

I think one of the most interesting things about Miso has been her ability to bridge and find an audience from street level, wandering creative enthusiasts online, workshopping artists in training and still clock wins with the often inaccessable upper wrungs of the fine art world. I don’t think this was an intentional result on her behalf but, for this creative groupy, its actually reassuring and exciting to see.

At 25 years old and armed with a highly transportable artform, Stanislava continues to travel and create at a rate that keeps her hungry audience happy. With her work to date spanning from paste ups, zines, drawings, paper cuts, tattooing and beyond its safe to say we are in for more interesting, innovative and distinctly Miso work to come!

Miso, Melbourne - shot by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home

 All photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home.
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WHAT I LEARNT FROM MISO:
Allow yourself to diversify, experiment, learn, innovate and progress.
In short – find your creative flow.

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Maurice Golotta

Maurice Golotta at Signed and NumberedMaurice Golotta at Signed and NumberedThese are just two of the colourways of Maurice Golotta‘s freaking cool large scale prints available from Signed and Numbered right now!

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