Friday, 29 August 2008
Thursday, 28 August 2008
The Florence Broadhurst range includes fabrics and homewares
In years to come Florence Broadhurst wallpapers will be remembered as the look of the early 21st century, and that is due to the dedication, enthusiasm and skill of Helen and David Lennie, a husband and wife team who brought the designs back to life via their exclusive worldwide licence and traditional textile printing business Signature Prints. It's been quite a journey for Helen, who grew up in New Zealand and then went on to work at Chanel in Sydney. Here she reveals what she's learnt along the way...
What five words best describe you? Dynamic, stubborn, theatrical, assertive, generous.
What's your proudest achievement? Being asked to be a key note speaker to a room full of extremely successful business women! It’s that moment of realisation that a kid from a small rural town in New Zealand has made good. Being recognized both locally and internationally for our contribution to Australian design. Signature Prints – Home of the Florence Broadhurst library - is now considered to be a “National Treasure”. Our commitment to Florence Broadhurst continues to be identified as putting Australia on the map for international design. They are some of my proudest moments.
Who inspires you? Saskia Heaves of Grandiflora and her partner Gary Heery; Saskia creates the most visually stunning floral work I have ever seen and her husband Gary Heery photographs them! They are an inspiring partnership. Gary is also the only photographer to successfully photograph my husband, who hates the camera.
What are you passionate about? Life/work balance.
What's the best lesson you've learnt? I am learning to sometimes remain silent... it can be more powerful than being reactive.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? Florence Broadhurst.
What's next? Verona and Venice closely followed by Christmas in Paris. We will be working but who cares when you are working and living in those cities.
What are you reading? Oh my goodness you have caught me out here... I have about five books on the go!
Images courtesy of Signature Prints
Wednesday, 27 August 2008
Blackberries are considered a pest in Tasmania - I thought they were delicious!
There really is no substitute for food in its most natural state. I will never forget the taste of apples from the side of the road in the Huon Valley, Tasmania, during a country drive a few years ago. Now farmers markets are popping up everywhere, and with good reason. Farm fresh food is delicious. So if you're in Sydney check out the Hawkesbury Harvest Farmers and Fine Food market in Cook + Phillip square. This weekly market will run from 10am to 2.30pm every Friday.
Tuesday, 26 August 2008
Working as a textile designer for Country Road might seem like the ultimate dream job. And while it was in many regards, after several years Danielle Sanders was itching to start her own business. And just under a year ago she did just that, launching Ellka. Since then she's produced a winter range, which included gorgeous knits and cushions. And now she's just released her range for summer. I'm loving the dress and scarves, pictured above.
What's your proudest achievement? Finally starting my own business after years of wondering about it!
Who inspires you? My best friend - always sees the positives in life no matter what the situation.
What are you passionate about? Australian design, the environment, food, fitness and my friends and family.
What's the best lesson you've learnt? Listen to yourself - your first feeling on something is often the right one.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? I'd love to meet my mum again for a quick chat and a cup of tea.
What's next? Working on my 2009 winter range using Australian yarns into knitted accessories and homewares. Expanding the range into kidswear sizes also!
What are you reading? Just finished Eat, Pray, Love and now onto the E-myth for some further business reading - highly recommended!
Monday, 25 August 2008
Friday, 22 August 2008
Thursday, 21 August 2008
What's your proudest achievement? It’s cliche I know, but I will have to say my son Finn, everything else just pails in comparison.
Who inspires you? In a ‘ceramic sense’ I am inspired by the works of Lucie Rie, Gwynn Hanssen Piggot and copious contemporary ceramic artists but in general I find inspiration in the people I cross paths with everyday.
What are you passionate about? Art, music, family, friends and food.
What's the best lesson you've learnt? That there are rarely mistakes that won’t be forgotten – remembering this makes me more confident to take risks and try things that have uncertain outcomes.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? I guess that would be Lucie Rie although I woudln't mind if George Clooney popped up in my cereal bowl.
What are you excited about? Curating shows at Pan Gallery, emerging new works featuring power lines and an upcoming weekend away with the family.
What are you reading? The Divided Heart: Art and motherhood by Rachel Power
Monday, 18 August 2008
Images courtesy of Chris Stone
Friday, 15 August 2008
Thursday, 14 August 2008
What five words best describe you? Imaginative, obsessive, dramatic, impatient, striving for balance.
What's your proudest achievement? To realize my dream of studying art at a mature age, and my family.
What was the starting point for this exhibition? A Paris residency in 2007, which I won as a prize at my graduation exhibition.
Who inspires you? Great women artists like Louise Bourgeois, Fiona Hall, Karen Kilimnik, to name a few.
What are you passionate about? Fairness and justice, art and family.
What's the best lesson you've learnt? To grow slowly and steadily as an artist.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? Jeanne Moreau(French actress).
What are you reading? Kippenberger, a biography of the artist Martin Kippenberger by his sister Susanna.
Images courtesy of Nana Ohnesorge and James Dorahy Project Space
Tuesday, 12 August 2008
Monday, 11 August 2008
The woman with the magic pencil, Katherine Charlton.
What's your proudest achievement? Creating Katcharly.
Who inspires you? Morgan Freeman.
What are you passionate about? Family, art.
What's the best lesson you've learnt? Not to take anyone for granted.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? Anthony Kiedis from the Chilis.
What are you excited about? Growing Katcharly.
What are you reading? Lots of blogs from wonderful creative people.
Images courtesy of Katcharly
Thursday, 7 August 2008
Okay, so I know it was only recently that I was showing off my Tiffany blue wall and pointing out the similarity to the colour used in Carrie's apartment in the Sex and the city movie. But while I still love the colour I think my allegiance is slowly shifting to the much richer teal blue colour. I don't know if it's because we're in the middle of winter in Sydney or if my palette is just changing, but I am itching to repaint. Would love to know your thoughts. Oh, and I've attached some of my favourite teal blue images that I've found from Shannon Fricke's blog (well, it's an image from her home) and the teal blue collection from the Desire to Inspire girls.
Tuesday, 5 August 2008
The Mosman Art Prize is well known as a great marker of up and coming artists and so I am so proud to announce that my cousin, Sebastian Nash, has won the House of Phillips Fine Art Young Emerging Artists Award as part of the Mosman Art Prize. Congratulations! He's so incredibly talented and definitely an artist to watch.