Month: April 2015

Steampunk cufflinks

Interview | Louisa Jenyns Vintage Jewellery Creations

I found this great (unattributed) quote on Pinterest: ‘I don’t think outside the box; I think of what I can do with the box’ which I think perfectly sums up today’s interviewee, Louisa Jenyns, who creates ‘new’ jewellery and accessories from pieces of vintage jewellery and watch parts. Like everyone who upcycles, recycles and re-creates, Louisa finds beauty in the old, the pre-loved and the no-longer-wanted and loves to create ‘a whole new kind of beauty or art that has its own story’. Please tell us about yourself – where are you from, what is your background and how have you ended up where you are today? I’m a Queensland gal but my parents moved a lot so I’ve lived everywhere from lovely Melbourne to a country New South Wales farm to sunny Brisbane with a stint in Papua New Guinea for good measure. But I met and married the best man I have ever met 14 years ago in Brisbane and have remained here since. When and why did you begin exploring/ working with vintage jewellery? My love …

DIY and Craft Collage

5 DIY and Craft Ideas

It’s time to get making!  For some reason, I’ve been feeling more green-thumbed than normal and I’ve learnt that when the desire to get a thumb green hits I need to make the most of it! Which is why I started researching vertical gardens. Not sure where I’d put one but I do like the look of them. Then on my travels I found some other DIY and craft ideas … Images from left to right: Got a drill? If so, this cutesy tree-slab table with hairpin legs is probably quite easy to make. Emily Henderson also shows what goes on behind the scenes when shooting said cutesy table. Get the lowdown at Style by Emily Henderson. I love handmade clay dishes and not long ago posted a DIY on how to make some here. These marbled clay bowls would make gorgeous handmade gifts. Find out how to make them at A Beautiful Mess. Want to make your own designer-looking light bulb that shines designer-looking shadows on the walls? Then get yourself a doily and some silver spray paint. …

Steve Duque Skate Art

Interview: Steve Duque | Duque Skate Art

  It’s no secret I’m a fan of upcycled skateboard creations, having interviewed pro-deck upcycler and artist Haroshi and, closer to home, selling skateboard jewellery created by forest-dwellers Ellie and Sam on the store. So when I came across Steve Duque of Duque Skate Art, I was keen to learn about his craft and how he started. And it will come as no surprise that the common thread is an obsession with skateboarding!Please tell us about yourself – where are you from, what is your background and how have you ended up where you are today? I was born and raised in Rhode Island and have lived there my whole life. My parents moved there from Colombia in 1975 to provide our family with a better opportunity at an education and overall quality of life.I grew up in Cumberland, Rhode Island and am now living in Downcity Providence. About four years ago I applied for residency at the Mercantile Block, a live/work studio building for artists run by AS220. I have lived here since then and it is …

DIY feathered eggs

Happy Easter DIY

It’s egg-decorating time of the year again! These feathered eggs are a welcome change from the usual Easter DIY projects floating around. I’ve love to take credit for their creation but that must go to Katya of Lilla Tirlittan and her Finnish minimalism. Wishing you a happy and restful Easter break! And if you pop on over to the store, we’ll be open! Purchase anything this Easter and it will be posted on Tuesday 7 April.