Thursday, March 31, 2011

Pastel Lamps, yes please

Moooi Lolita Pendant Lamps, photo from Space
I am loving these new "Lolita" pendant lamps in pastel pink and grey (and of course black & white!) by Moooi. Available in Australia through Space, and designed by Nica Zupanc, who apparently "seeks out female archetypes intentionally, making frivolous and naive objects her focus". I rather like frivolous and naive when it appears in this form!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Black was back in 1988

Reminiscing on account of receiving an email from my dear friend Bern and catching up on all the latest news from her. This is us young and "artistic" in 1988 at our Drama class break up party. Nice touch with my sweaty armpits from dancing like a fool - oh and the bottle of "Passion Pop" in someone's hand behind us. Classy.

I often think of Bern when I watch "Glee" and I know if it had been around in our heyday we would have LOVED every corny minute of it. Hooray for musical theatrics.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wishes across the water

Photo by Mainichi Design 2006 - Temple in Tokyo, Japan
Like many around the world, my thoughts are with all those in Japan affected by the recent devastation after the earthquakes. It is a wonderful, inspiring country full of resilient, steadfast people who I'm sure will rebuild their towns and cities with their usual pride and stoicism.

Wishes also to the Christchurch earthquake victims, our very close neighbours, who although they may be overlooked by the media at present, our thoughts are still with them. St Kilda's Espy Hotel will hold a benefit concert "Hands Across The Tasman", next Wednesday, 23rd March, to raise money for the people of Christchurch, New Zealand. Tickets available here.

Friday, March 11, 2011

New recycled leather necklaces

Sometime ago a lovely friend gave me some divine Japanese paper and said "use this in your jewellery making"!  Well I've been saving it and waiting for that idea to come, and finally my light bulb moment arrived.

Dots Leather & Paper necklace Copyright Mainichi 2011
I've created two new designs, one using circles and the other squares. Recycled leather samples on one side and the lovely paper on the other. Sealed so they are water resistant. What do you think?

Please note: all images and designs Copyright Mainichi 2011.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Finally finished, framed and hanging on my wall. The Summersville print project - TICK.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

"New old" packaging

This is taking recycling to another level. I decided that my recycled leather brooches needed some backing cards, to make them a little more presentable. So for weeks I've been racking my brain wondering what to use. I thought about recycled cardboard, and then I had a light bulb moment. I have so many product postcards that I've now recycled a bunch into these "new" backing cards for my brooches! Saving $ and trees. Yay.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Magical floors

All images via Bolefloor website
How about this timber floor created by Bolefloor, a Dutch company (of course, they are one of the forerunners in cool architecture!)?? The solid timber floorboards follow the natural shape of the tree they are cut from. I love that a highly technical and mechanical approach has been taken to create something that appears so natural. Magic. Via Springwise.