Posts in Life Happenings

It’s been a while between posts. Since returning to Brisbane there’s been little time to write between work and preparing enough pieces for the upcoming show.

In the meantime I've finished a new logo and some fine new cards + packaging


Of course, all of these things would not look as grand without the help and advice from my good friend (and very talented designer) Shayna (thank-you!). And just as importantly, Asiya, who has helped each step of the way… the number of times she has endured the phrase “better or worse… better or worse” is a testament to her patience.

The weekend past I also had the good fortune of working with Satomi Matsumura, who photographed some really great looks put together by Shari O’Dwyer using some of my designs.

Out of strange coincidence this was the first (but far from the last) time Miguel and I got to work together on a shoot.

It’s been over 5 years since we first started talking about our ideas on fashion so its hard not to be chuffed seeing things beginning to materialise. The ideas that came out of just a few short hours are a strong affirmation of the amazing projects we will collaborate on in the future.

It’s been incredibly difficult to stay focused on making numbers of items rather than experimenting with new pieces. My focus has never been on production, rather on designing unique pieces, so this sharing of my work is an experiment in itself. I have slipped a few new designs in while preparing for the markets though and have made a little more progress towards the designs for my exhibition. There is a photo at the end of the new efflorescence rings.. I’ve started casting all of these in a high purity tarnish resistant silver.

Lastly, if you get the chance, please visit me at Finders Keepers on the weekend of July 7th and 8th. This is a free event and there will be bands planning and lots of great designers will have their works on display. I will have a space right near the stairs down to the bands.

Ramen. and Envisaging the Invisible

This week has been incredibly busy both at work and in the studio as I try to get everything organised before leaving for the USA on the 4th.

This is just an extension of the past few months, where I’ve been so focused on finishing the pieces for my first two series that I’ve hardly had a chance to catch up with friends.

Not having the time to really plan anything for my birthday Asiya led me out into the torrential rain on Saturday night for mystery birthday times… I wasn’t really sure where we were heading until we were getting close to Taro's. Would have been chuffed enough with just some delicious Ramen but when we got inside she’d planned for a whole bunch of my friends to be waiting.  

Needless to say I felt like one lucky fool.

Asiya//cake times

Asiya//cake times

Sister love

Sister love

arlier in the day we went out trawling through the antiques in Paddington.. I was lucky enough to find this piece for $25.

The flowers are silk embroidered and the entire case frame adorned with hand engravings.

Still in good shape except for the latch..

Jericho paper inside dated 1910

The Friday before, I had the great opportunity of meeting Jo Underhill, a talented artist working in residence at a nearby institute, and sharing some of the imaging projects we are working on. Her project “envisaging the invisible” aims to translate what can be seen at a microscopic level and express these images through her paintings and personal experiences. The results from this exploration will no doubt generate some amazing paintings – especially given her recent work (below).

mount glorious

Yesterday we made the trip out to Mt. Glorious to celebrate Gulnara’s birthday with a smoked sushlick feast. Sushlick is the Kazakh way of smoking marinated meats.. and it tastes god damn delicious. Despite hours of heat confused preparation before leaving and several wrong turns on the way once everyone was a few skewers in the chuffed times did abound.