Month: March 2015

Mushrooms By Emilie Patteson

Interview: Emilie Patteson | Glass Artist and Illustrator

Emilie Patteson may describe herself as an emerging glass artist and illustrator but if you look at her work, the awards she has won and the exhibitions she’s featured in you would think she has been around a lot longer than she has. It was only in 2012 that she graduated from the Australian National University School of Art in Canberra, gaining a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Glass) with Honours and now she has her own shared studio. Having a fascination with nature, Emilie is not afraid to explore all sorts of ideas and techniques through her art – even decomposing vegetable leaves in water to dye papers for her upcoming solo show at the The Corner Store Gallery! Come and meet Emilie and be inspired by her art, her dedication and unexpected discovery for glass artistry … Please introduce yourself: What is your background and how have you ended up where you are today? My name is Emilie Patteson and I am an emerging glass artist and illustrator. I studied glass at Canberra School of Art at the Australian …

LOQI bag collections

Interview: LOQI | Creator of reusable, eco-friendly bags

It’s pretty much a given that most people hate plastic bags and yet they’re still around and are still used. And let’s be honest, even if you own an eco-bag sometimes you forget to take it out with you, right? The creators of the LOQI brand of eco-bags have made sure that not only are their bags super eco-friendly but they’re so fun and colourful that you couldn’t possibly forget to leave the house without one. Plus, they come in their own pouch for easy transportation, are washable and strong. The LOQI team is continually searching for new artists to create new designs so the bags will appeal to as many people as possible and therefore encourage sustainable green living. As they are a perfect fit for our Who’d Have Thought store we, of course, had to get some (you can find them here). I was then intrigued to find out more about how such a simple thing as a polyester bag could combine art with sustainability in such a practical, fun way.  Here’s what the team at LOQI …

Litelok: The world's first lightweight, flexible and super secure bike lock

Design Innovation: The world’s first lightweight, super secure bike lock

As I feature a lot of arty stories on this blog, I thought it time to throw in a bit of design innovation into the mix with a brand new product that has the potential to revolutionise the way cyclists can use and secure their bikes. Now I will admit this is a project my husband has been involved with so while I may be a little biased, I do genuinely believe it is a great product and worthy of sharing around. I hope you do too! Just launched on Kickstarter, Litelok is the world’s first lightweight, flexible and super secure bike lock. It weighs less than 1 kg (2.2 lbs) – which, to all non-bikies, is significantly lighter than any other secure bike lock on the market – and is so strong it can withstand sustained attack from all of the tools commonly used by bike thieves such as cable cutters, bolt croppers, hacksaws, jacks and hammers. I’m not a cyclist but I know many who are and they’d all agree that having your bike stolen is …

Koi Girl Vintage Kimono Bags

Interview: Koi Girl | Vintage Kimono Bags and Accessories

When I first spotted Tanya Stewart-Carter’s Koi Girl brand while surfing the web I was at first attracted to the beautiful photography accompanying her store and then to her hand-crafted purses, bags and clutches made from vintage Kimono and Obi fabrics, their bright and intricate designs telling stories of times past. With a background of time spent in Japan and a love of fashion, Tanya decided to meld the two with her business she started in 2008, in Perth, Australia. What’s your background and how have you ended up where you are today? My name is Tanya and I have a handbag and accessory label called Koi Girl. I ended up here because of my love of fashion, design and art. I’ve always loved fashion, especially vintage fashion, and always wanted to do something creative in that field. I am also in love with Japan and, in particular, Japanese textiles from the kimono and obi. I studied fashion and textiles, and silk painting for the kimono. I started Koi Girl because I really wanted to recycle vintage kimono …