Month: May 2015

Baker Nikki Lee, founder of Unbirthday

Interview: Nikki Lee | ‘Unbirthday’ Cakes

Wow, talking to Sydney-based cake-maker extraordinaire Nikki Lee of Unbirthday you can’t help but be drawn in to her passion, drive and enthusiasm for baking and cake decorating. For Nikki has turned the humble cake into a work of art, bursting with colour and fun. Her creations are vibrant centrepieces that scream admire me, share me, eat me. A self-professed big kid at heart who’s been to Disneyland six times, Nikki believes cakes are what draw people together and that you should always celebrate your birthday. Yet she wasn’t always a baker. For nine years Nikki ran her own graphic design business (having dropped out of university at age 19 in order to start it) and then for four years, had a corporate career. But cakes were always her love. In her early thirties she decided ‘to throw caution to the wind’ and start something new again. For many switching from the corporate world to baking cakes might seem a radical if not foolishly whimsical career move but for Nikki it made perfect sense and it’s …

Jade Holli at work hammering vintage cutlery to make upcycled garden markers

Interview: Jade Holli | Vintage Cutlery Upcycler

A love of gardening, vintage and upcycling led Melbourne-based creative Jade Holli to turn old and unwanted forks and spoons into personalised and custom-stamped garden markers. How gorgeous to be inspired by a quote on the aged patina of a spoon while pottering in your garden! As Jade says on her website, she ‘loves to re-create pieces of discarded silverware into little objects of lovely for you to enjoy’. With a chook-filled garden full of home-grown flowers and veges, Jade practises a sustainable and enviable lifestyle. Read on to find out more about Jade and her business, The Spoon Flower … Please tell us about yourself. Where are you from, what is your background and how have you ended up where you are today?  I am a mother of two beautiful girls; they are the ones that feed my creativity. My youngest loves a good craft session or going on a nature hunt to hug a tree, pick flowers or just sit in the grass. I think I was born a ‘maker’; I’ve always been creating something. My favorite memory is nailing my brother’s building …

Four Photographic Artists

Photograph Link Love | 4 Artists to Admire

Get ready to be inspired and in awe. These four artists sure know how take a photo (and a short film). I urge you to click through to see more of their work. From top left to right: 1. As part of her ‘Enjoy Your Stay’ photographic documentation of the Australian landscape, Sydney photographer Lisa Sorgini immersed blooms in bubbles of water for great effect. See more at Lisa’s website. First seen on Fubiz. 2. Italian artist and filmmaker Yuri Ancarani has produced a simple but evocative film of what goes on in a marble quarry in the Apuan Alps in Northwest Italy, with ‘Il Capo‘, the chief, in the leading role. Even the sound effects (sans soundtrack) are amazing. Watch it at Nowness. 3. Using her three photogenic dogs, Rocco, Ralph and Simon, in starring roles New Zealand-born award-winning photographer Serenah captures the essence of dog and a large dose of humour in her animal series of photographs. She also photographs cats and people. I defy anyone who doesn’t love them (or at least, have a giggle). …

Eco Resin Bangle Candy Sprinkles

Interview: Rheana Bijl | Eco Resin Jewellery

I’m really excited to introduce jewellery designer Rheana Bijl of Knitted Window to you today as we are now stocking some of her pieces in the store. In fact, we love her work so much that we actually wanted to keep all of them ourselves! Rheana works with all things sustainable – from her bio-based eco-resin to the sprigs of nature she encases inside. You name it, she’ll consider using it – from colourful 100s and 1000s candy sprinkles to feathers, coffee beans and teensy paper cranes. The resin she works with is actually used for surfboards so is extremely hard-wearing and, of course, waterproof. What sets her apart is her originality. Who said wearing jewellery had to be boring! Jewellery designer Rheana Bijl Please introduce yourself. What’s your background and how have you ended up where you are today? I started my career as a photographer. Working with resin is very similar, in that I can take something so delicate and create a snapshot of time. I love that my jewellery can capture the essence of life …