Month: October 2014

Jane and Meryl from Who'd Have Thought

Interview: Jane and Meryl | Wixen Vintage Candles

Now I will admit that today’s interview is slightly weird as it involves interviewing myself! But before you hit the delete button, let me explain. My business partner and I have just launched a unique candle range called Wixen Vintage Candles where we source vintage glassware and turn them into eco-friendly soy wax candles. As this blog is all about the stories behind artists, designers and creative people – from those who’ve just started out to others who’ve been around the blocks a lot longer – we thought readers might be interested to know a bit more about us and our new venture. Just like many of the people I’ve interviewed our backgrounds are varied and diverse. Meryl studied sciences before a career change to journalism. Her interest in Who’d Have Thought comes from her regular column on collectors in Australian Country magazine. Jane studied languages but ended up working in PR, publishing and as a freelance writer and editor. We’ve both lived in other countries and love that the world is a small place …

Art and DIY Who'd Have Thought

Things that caught my: Art and DIY

It’s an unusual mix of things which caught my eye this week … Russian-born, New York trained, Berlin resident Polna Soloveichik creates amazing murals like this one on the outside of a massive apartment block in Berlin. She also does beautiful murals for private residences. See her work here. You’ve got to love Rowen Atkinson and his Mr Bean and Black Adder characters! And now you’ve got to love caricature artist Rodney Pike who’s taken these characters and put them into the faces of the subjects of some of the most famous Old Master paintings from the likes of Rembrandt van Rijn and Holbein the Younger. Hilarious! See more at Bored Panda. Can you believe this is not a real rose? Can you also believe it’s made from disposable cone coffee filters? Learn how to make one via Martha Stewart and her homemaker doyennes. How come I’ve never done this before? I love making chocolate brownies and dusting them with icing sugar but using leaves as sugar-stencils takes them to another level, wouldn’t you agree? Found on Pinterest. A super ingenious idea to get the …

KUUB - Arizona

Interview: Lucy and Jasmine | KUUB Design

It seems to be a common thread with many of the people I’ve interviewed here that the creative pursuits they are currently doing were not what they did when they first started out. Is it because the usual route for many is a so-called ‘safe’ job or is it because many don’t have the confidence in or the ability to realise their full creative potential? Either way, I think if you can tap into a creative outlet sometime in your life – whether it’s as a profession or an after-hours hobby – it’s only ever a good thing. For two girl friends, Lucy, a teacher, and Jasmine, a print designer it was the combination of wanting to start one’s own business (Jasmine) and the desire to be more creative (Lucy) that sowed the seed for their sustainable, versatile shelving design business, KUUB based in Melbourne. Realising each other skills and seeing a gap in the market they decided to specialise in whitewash shelving cubes made from 100% sustainably sourced Mango Wood collected from the demolition of old houses, factories or …

Julie Alberti and her upcycled, hand-painted porcelain

Interview: Julie Alberti | Artist

Multi-media artist Julie Alberti is the ultimate upcycler: she has a 1970s mechanical Paragon kiln in which she fires her ceramics and painted china; and she is learning to sew on a 1960s Elna – both of which she fixed up as they were not working when she bought them. Plus all her china paint pigments and the porcelain surfaces she paints on are vintage. I couldn’t help but do a double-take and have a chuckle when I saw her painted porcelain and ceramics as her favourite subject matter is famous faces of filmmakers and actors, such as Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Walken and Steve Buscemi. If you check out her Etsy store, you’ll find all sorts of hand-painted upcycled plates, teapots, mugs … So what’s the appeal of the famous face and some charity shop china? I asked Julie … Please introduce yourself. What’s your background and how have you ended up where you are today? Hi, I’m Julie! I’ve always been drawing, painting, and sculpting. I went to college for a year and a half, majoring in oil painting for …