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Having been so quiet of late deserves explanation….

It looks as though I’ll be going on exchange to Germany early next year, to study at the Fachhochlschule Dusseldorf – {University of Design & Applied Sciences, Dusseldorf}.

As such, I’ve been busily designing a portfolio, making a website, writing applications, a curriculum vitae – not to mention all the other travel necessity nasties. Moreover, it’s sent me into a bit of a financial panic (just like the rest of the general populus, I suppose…) so I’ve decided to get cracking and start selling some of my wares.

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Hence – Happy Accidents. has been launched!

I’ll be selling hand-made and hand-altered wares including jewellery, vintage clothing, paper goods and other small treasures. I think I’ll try as bet I can to document the process here, which could be helpful to other budding Etsians. Feedback I always appreciated, too!

I’ve listed a small few items, with more to come on a weekly basis. I’ve tried to refine the colour palette and aesthetic to keep it graphic and eye-catching, and reflect the pieces. It’s surprisingly difficult to create decent product photography without the use of studio equipment — currently I’m using sunshine and polystyrene sheet (as reflectors).

Watch this space. 🙂

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Ms Brown Clutch by Kara Smith on madeit.com.auNight Swan by Lino Creative on madeit.com.auThe Kiss by Honor Bowden on madeit.com.auPapercut scarf by Button Tree on madeit.com.au

For all those budding Australian artists and designers who want sell and keep it local on 2.0, try www.madeit.com.au. Featuring the saleable works of independent artists, designers, and budding
createurs
, it’s kind of the local equivalent of etsy, and the nice thing about that is that it doesn’t have as many sellers so your wares are far more visible to customers. That’s where I plan to be launching sometime soon. Hopefully.

(Yes, I coined that word. It isn’t real.)

Aephilae by Rex RayTelecenesis by Rex RayRationaria by Rex Ray

The work of Rex Ray makes me happy. The San-Fran based fine artist (and also heralded graphic designer) started his collage works by cutting up magazines (if you’re a mag-hoard like I once was, this is so liberating) and then began to experiment with printing and colouration techniques on various papers as source materials. His collages are assembled
on plywood or canvas and then sealed with epoxy. Makes it sound simple, huh? The resulting works are these shimmering, lively neo-pop wall-candies. Some of his works remind me of one of my most favourite illustrators, Aya Kato.

Rex Ray’s works are sold at the online store of Jonathon Adler, which is also very deserving of special mention, not the least because of his manifesto:

” We believe minimalism is a bummer.

We believe handcrafted tchotchkes are life-enhancing.

We believe tassels are the earrings of the home.”

Also, I can’t argue with his terribly fun, pop-chic wares such as his scroll wallpaper,
needlepoint pillows, union-jack rugs, collage cushions and ‘curiosities’ such as the large leather rhino (and other pets).

Collage Pillow by Jonathon AdlerWoodhouse Chair by Jonathon Adler
Wallpapers by Jonathon AdlerSquirrel ring box by Jonathon AdlerLantern Birdhouse by by Jonathon Adler

Kara Smith, unique handbags, clutches and more.

Kara Smith hand makes delicious handbags and accessories from vintage fabrics, buttons and buckles. Her range consists of totes, handbags, ‘ballerina’ bags and clutches, made of reclaimed upholstery and dress fabrics in very exclusive quantities. Even more exclusive are her range of one-off handbags, scarves and shawls. Her pieces are embellished with more vintage haberdashery, like quirky buttons and buckles.

Re-cut vintage garments by Hand CutRe-cut vintage garments by Hand Cut

Smith’s bags are stocked at Sydney boutique Hand Cut, who follows a similar ethos through their gorgeous one-off garments made from deconstructed vintage clothes.

Hooray for covetable sustainable design!

**Postscript: The lovely Kara mentioned she is having a 10% off sale until Friday 02/05/08 for mother’s day! Yay!**

Stephen Proctor on Canberra’s Got StyleCorr Blimey on Canberra’s Got StyleArne Jacobsen on Canberra’s Got Style

Canberra’s Got Style is a design/culture/art/fashion/shopping blog by sassy Canberran lass Ninaribena. Herself an interior designer and self-proclaimed domestic goddess, Ninaribena has made it her personal goal to put Canberra on the culture map, enthusiastically exploring local talent via architecture, boutiques, thrift stores, exhibitions and galleries.

She also has a secondary blog, ninaribena makes… where she posts images of her personal design and sewing projects.Definitely one for your daily design supplement. 🙂

Chronicles of Never Chronicles of Never
Gareth Moody
Jewellery from Chronicles of Never
2007

Ex-Ksubi frontman Gareth Moody launched his latest label Chronicles of Never in 2007, a year after distancing himself from the denim-heavy fashion trio. This latest collection represents a darker, more mature shift for the Australian designer; the collection extends from men’s and women’s clothing and shoes into unisex jewellery. Material choices include oxidised silver and brass, with bold geometries and heavy shapes.

The CON website (note the sly acronym) is beautifully designed, with illustrations reminiscent of 19th century botanical drawings which form the navigation for the site, which includes images of the collection, inspiration, and Moody’s own dreamlike musings:

“The children of the Neverland, the 19th letter in the alphabet, an audible vision that sounds of twilight in september and or may resemble a monumental structure, the third eye with green lazer beams, probes and has been probing, only to be met with an apple made from arrows hanging from an ancient/ proud weeping willow tree. (noir)”

Cool Hunting posted an interview with Moody in 2007 about the launch of the label, in which he describes the motivations and inspirations behind his work.

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