Saturday, November 26, 2011

Fashion in the Mail...

New ugglebo clogs & #marimekko dress combo
My new Ugglebo Clogs and Marimekko dress.
Wow!  Friday was such a great mail day!  I love getting lots of parcels in the mail, especially when some of them are unexpected.  I was not expecting my new Ugglebo clogs to arrive.  Aren't they just the best dark purple colour, they really go with all of my Marimekko dresses.  If clogs are your thing, then check our Ugglebo as they do custom orders and they are all made by hand.

Stamps on the box that my clogs came in... Too cute!
The gorgeous stamps on the Ugglebo packaging.
My gorgeous clogs arrived directly from Sweden packaged up with the cutest stamps.  I managed to peel some of them off the packaging to keep for collages.  It's a lovely way to remember where they have come from and seeing my work involves a lot of fashion images, it seems very appropriate to add how these great fashion items arrived to me.

Look what came to my door today!!! #clogsrock
Ugglebo Rocks!
Also, I am in love with the Ugglebo owl.  He (or she?) is quite adorable with his feathered ears.  They are definitely one of my favourite shoe companies.  I was also pretty stoked that my new shoes match my new Marimekko dress perfectly!

Omena Dress by Marimekko. Pieni Hedelmakor by Mika Piirainen for Winter 2011. Print by Annika Rimala.
This is one of my new Marimekko dresses.  I love the random coloured parts of the print, like a weird little surprise.  I'm also a huge fan of this style with it's large pockets on the side.  I may look like a child wearing it but it is so comfortable.  I usually get my Marimekko stuff from Kiitos Marimekko in New York City.  They are an independent store but they give the best service and ship to Australia too.  There is a bit of a push in the USA to shop small, local and independent stores.  I think that this is a great thing to do where ever you live.  I do feel a little bad buying this from New York but the Kiitos store does feel like my local as they know who I am whenever I am in New York.  In a way, I feel like a local!

I hope that you are enjoy the crazy clash of patterns here and all this beautiful Scandinavian design!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Marimekko catwalk show in Tokyo

I am in love with all of this!!!  I especially love some of the long dresses which is inspiring me to try and make a great maxi dress for Summer.  Beautiful show!!  Thank you Marimekko, so inspiring, so beautiful, so simple.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries...

Blue Envelope:  Library Betty Composition
Blue Envelope: Library Betty Composition, 2011
woven tapestry, wool, cotton and linen, 29cm x 27 cm

My work above (pictured still on the loom!) was shortlisted for the Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries.  You can check out this exhibition until 18 November at The Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne.

The Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries is open to all professional and international tapestry artists and features a non-acquisitive award of $5,000 for the winner and a non-acquisitive award of $1,000 for an emerging artist who has been practicing for less than five years. The Workshop received 63 submissions with 43 finalists selected.

The Award celebrates Kate as an accomplished artist, respected teacher, avid supporter of the Workshop and ambassador for Australian tapestry. She was a wonderful role model and leader, and she influenced the lives of so many young artists. Susan Morgan, a long-time friend of Kate, was inspired to fund the Award after learning about Kate’s deep commitment to the Workshop and the art of tapestry. This Award is one of the ways that the Workshop and Kate’s friends can remember her and her legacy.

The judges for this year’s Award are Professor Kay Lawrence, AM, University of South Australia and a member of the Australian Tapestry Workshop’s Board, and Jason Smith, Director of the Heide Museum of Modern Art.

Generously supported by Susan Morgan and the Tapestry Foundation of Australia, the Kate Derum Award was created in honour of the former Deputy Director of the Australian Tapestry Workshop who passed away in 2008.

Margrethe Agger (Denmark), Mog Bremner (Australia), Dorothy Clews (Australia), Chris Cochius (Australia), Amy Cornall (Australia), Jilly Edwards (UK), Alex Friedman (USA), Renee Friend (Australia), Saffron Lily Gordon (Australia), Hilary Green (Australia), Tim Gresham (Australia), Birgitta Hallberg (Sweden), Sally Harvey (Australia), Beate von Harten (Austria), Joyce Hayes (USA), Susanne Henriques (Sweden), Inyul Heo (Korea), Maureen Hodge (UK), Fiona Hutchinson (UK), Anne Jackson (UK), Feliksas Jakubauskas (Lithuania), Valerie Kirk (Australia), Elina Lusis-Grinberga (Latvia), Jo McDonald (UK), Lindsey Marshall (UK), Susan Mowatt (UK), Mardi Nowak (Australia), Julie Paul (Australia), Judit Pázmány (Hungary), Michael F.Rohde (USA), Deann Rubin (USA), Christine Sawyer (UK), Freya Sewell (UK), Ann Shuttleworth (Australia), Joy Smith (Australia), Christina Sobrino (Spain), Joanne Soroka (UK), Emma Sulzer (Australia), Verona Szabó (Hungary), Jaroslava Têšínská (Czech), Cheryl Thornton (Australia), Anton Veenstra (Australia), Méabh Warburton (France)
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