Friday, 25 October 2013

From the archives : Furniture Design

Furniture Design
I was looking through some old files on my computer, and I found this. In 2001, I completed my Bachelors degree in Design where, I designed, developed and created a furniture piece relating to my interest in product design.

Furniture Design
It's always interesting to look back at my old designs to see how far I've come. After eight years of working in the advertising industry, well it's easy to say, my designs back then could all use a lot of work. I can admit, at that time, my graphic design skills were never any good. I was always better at making things with my hands and I loved to draw and paint. I've obviously come leaps and bounds since then, as I now make a living working as a graphic designer.

Furniture Design

This project was based on the idea of furniture adding value to life, enhancing enjoyment on an everyday level. It not only challenges the traditional notion of furniture as a fixture in a room, but it challenges the way we look and act within a space, by its enduring sculptural quality. In a written brief, I wrote "I enjoy creating interesting objects or graphics for everyday living. To see someone enjoy my designs, to find them being excited by how it looks or feels, or to see them wondering how it was done, is the reason why I design." A philosophy I still use today!

Furniture Design

An extraordinary result after three years of endless creativity, late nights, stress and countless hours of study!

Friday, 18 October 2013

Featured Artist: Franck Bohbot

Paris is a city famous for love and its passion for art and theatre, and gifted photographer Franck Bohbot, takes you deep inside some of the most majestic and grand theatres in Paris, to admire their beautiful designs and architecture. If you have ever wondered what it would be like to be in a Parisian theater alone, these images will give you a pretty good idea.

It’s a sight few if any get to see. Captured when they were completely devoid of human activity – Franck's symmetrical imagines, are as beautiful as they are unique – it’s not everyday you have an entire Parisian theatre all to yourself.

You can see more pictures from Franck's ‘Theaters’ series here, or head over to the photographer’s website to view more of his work. 

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Pink Ribbon Day

Every day in Australia, around 50 women are told they have breast or a gynaecological cancer. Not so long ago, I lost a family member to breast cancer, and watching her battle was devastating.

I'm turning pink to show support for the cancer council's pink ribbon day!

So for the month of October, I'm turning pink and will donate 10% of all my sales to the Cancer Council to help support the many thousands of other women in Australia and their families who are affected by breast and gynaecological cancers.

Every dollar makes a difference, so please donate to pink!

Friday, 4 October 2013

Press Boot Camp : Week One

I recently joined the Australian Press & PR Team on Etsy and have participated in week one of the Press Boot Camp. This week was was all about crafting your about page.

Participating in the Etsy Press Boot Camp – crafting my about page

While I've always had an about page, it was in need of a little TLC, something I kept putting off for a rainy day.

The biggest challenge for me, was writing this page. Opening up and telling the world about your creative products and process can be daunting. I have never been really good at words and I tend to hide behind my work, and the process to me, is a little like sharing a glimpse of my soul to a stranger.

Telling your shop’s story is often a process of self-discovery, and learning to recognise your creative value is an important step in understanding your identity as an artist. I also think if you are open and honest, people will welcome you, maybe even be inspired by you, and hopefully return to your shop!

Looking at some of the other great about pages, it really makes a difference to actually see the shop owner, learn where they came from, see some of the most gorgeous studios and hear their incredibly interesting stories. To get to the heart of some more handmade stories on Etsy see WinterOwls, BelindaSaville and redtreedesigns.

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