Month: August 2015

Tobias Horrocks Fold Theory Cardboard architecture

Interview: Tobias Horrocks | Cardboard Architect

When architect Tobias Horrocks first designed a piece of cardboard furniture for his own use, the Freefold Popup Box, little did he know that his career was going to take another turn entirely and he would become immersed in a world of cardboard. And, oh, the places it has taken him. Literally around the world. Not only does he take on cardboard design commissions and architecture work but he also works part-time as a tutor in architecture design, history and theory at the University of Melbourne, and he regularly writes reviews of architecture and design for magazines and online publications. In 2014 he was awarded a VESKI Victoria Fellowship to travel overseas to investigate cardboard design practices and advanced computer modelling techniques that will help enhance local sustainable design. Which is where we meet Tobias – having just come back from his overseas travel … Tobias Horrocks , cardboard architect of Fold Theory Please introduce yourself. Tell us how you have ended up where you are today and when and why you began exploring with cardboard and realised its potential in …

Papetal Bougainvillea

Interview: Jennifer Tran | Papetal

How many of us have made crepe paper garlands as a child, or even as an adult, for Christmas or party decorations? Probably most of us. But how many have fallen in love with the material and gone on to make delicately beautiful flowers with it? Sydney-based Jennifer Tran is one such person. She has turned the craft of making paper flowers into an art and calls herself a ‘flowersmith’. Fake flowers have not always had good press, being of the plastic and unrealistic variety but with a strong love of nature, Jennifer strives for realism and a decent dose of colour in her pieces. After seeing her work on Instagram, I not only got in touch to see if she’d be up for an interview, but bought one of her flowers for a  vase that was begging for attention. This is what arrived in the post … I love that you call yourself a ‘flowersmith’! Tell us about yourself and your background and how you’ve ended up where you are today? Why paper; why flowers? I’ve had formal training …

Sample embroidery project by Laura McKellar

Interview: Laura McKellar | Graphic Designer

For someone who is still quite young, Laura McKellar has worked in a variety of different mediums from illustration, to textiles to embroidery and graphic design – the results heavily influenced by nature and animals, with a whimsical, vintage vibe. I just love how she creates digitally printed fabrics and then embroiders them. The slightly bizarre thing about this interview is that when my daughter introduced me to Laura’s work, little did I realise that the homewares I had recently bought from the Australian homewares brand Mozi for a gift was Laura’s handiwork! Naturally, I had to get in touch and find out more behind the creative fingers of this talented Melburnian. Tell us about yourself and your background I’m from Melbourne, Australia. I studied printing and graphic arts, and graphic design and then went freelance. I just recently got a full-time job as a graphic designer for a new homewares company. You say on your website that you’ve always been creative. How did you decide graphic design was the direction you wanted to head in? I loved all my …

Smadar Gerlich at work in her studio

Interview: Smadar Gerlich | Papier-mâché Dolls

There’s nothing better than art that puts a smile on your face. And Israeli artist, Smadar Gerlich’s dolls do just that. Whimsical voluptuous women in colourful clothes are her signature style but she also makes couples, friends sitting on benches, Caribbean singers, animals, miniature houses  … And they’re all made from papier-mâché and recycled materials. Discovering a love of papier-mâché ten years ago, Smadar has perfected the technique and her style. ‘Between us,’ she says, ‘my big love is shaping figures of curvy, graceful women with small tummies and hips, much like real women look like!’ Here, Smadar opens up about her work and its importance in her world … Please introduce yourself … If someone asks me what I do for a living, I would say I’m playing with dolls.  My name is Smadar Gerlich and I am a papier-mâché artist. I’m happily married with three grown children and I live and work in Caeasarea, a beautiful place near the sea in Israel. My experience includes  teaching arts in school, learning graphic design, creating and selling …