This morning I popped down to the Carriageworks in Eveleigh to visit the latest instalment of Here and Now: Lucky. Lucky has been curated by Liane Rossler to feature works by Australian and New Zealand creatives. The concept is to explore the idea of luck and interpret their findings through design and art.
My favourite creation was the hanging bells called ‘let the pure wind release you’ by Tiffany Singh. A concoction made from fabulous natural materials – brass, copper, clay, twine, beeswax, paper, flowers, leaves and natural dyes, these unusual objects really caught my eye! Made in collaboration with other artists, the aim is to keep the ancient tradition of Kharki (bell making) alive.
Other fun standouts were bronze knuckles and gold plated chicken wishbones, with wishes attached! It’s well worth the visit.
Please have a look at my guest post for The Interiors Addict on Liane Rossler and her latest projects….
Quercus and Co is a local artisan that has caught my eye recently. I discovered the new wallpaper design and printing company whilst walking through a supplier showroom, their fresh-off-the-press wallpaper sample book drew me in with their watery-print designs and perfectly balanced colours.
Launched last year by Adam Jones, the papers are gaining recognition quickly in the Australian design industry. I like them not only for their hand made style, but for the joyous feeling that they will evoke in any interior. The designs are playful yet stylish, the multitude of colours can create unlimited effects and the texture of the paper itself will lend another tactile layer to a scheme. All this, plus the bonus of being manufactured in an environmentally considered fashion.
‘We love the characteristics of hand-made marks on paper – washy watercolour, scratchy charcoal, soft pencil, blobby block-print. All our designs are first drawn or painted by hand and then printed using the latest digital techniques.’ – Adam Jones
Quercus and Co also offer art prints and bespoke wallpaper options. It’s well worth checking out the website http://www.quercusandco.com
Today I was lucky enough to be re-introduced to local textile and wallpaper artisans Sixhands. Australian owned, designed and made with a commitment to sustainable practices, Sixhands was founded in 2006 by three women – Alecia Jensen, Anna Harves and Brianna Pike. I first learned of Sixhands a few years ago whilst sitting in traffic in Redfern, I used to peer in to the studio window and thought it all looked rather exciting, but never quite made it in there! How fabulous now, that their designs be draped in front of me at a fabric showing.
What excites me most about Sixhands is that the designs are so versatile, all distinctly and proudly Australian in style. From vivacious prints to monotone graphics to subtle neutrals, I am in overdrive plotting out where I can use them next. I’d love to see Lorikeet Tequila Sunrise birds flying down my hallway walls!
See my favourites below;