Friday, April 11, 2014

Photoshoot with Nikole Ramsay and Emma O'Meara for Sunday Style Magazine



My design bestie Laine Fraser and I recently had the pleasure of being photographed by Nikole Ramsay and styled by Emma O'Meara at my home in Flemington for Sunday Style Magazine.
Sunday Style is Australia's most read glossy mag so it was a real priveledge to grace their pages a couple of weekends ago. The article profiled Laine and I and our inspirations behind our homewares brand TASSEL+GAINE. If you missed it, I'll put a copy of the article up soon.
Here's a couple of pics from the shoot, a detail shot from our workspace on the left, a collage of painted swatches from our inspiration wall on the right, and me surrounded by a few of my favourite things in the middle (including some TASSEL+GAINE cushions of course).
I'm heading over to India, Hong Kong and China on Monday for a couple of weeks - will post some updates on my travels while I'm away.
xxx

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Ch-ch-changes...


Drumroll... I've won the prize for world's slackest blogger for 2014! Standing ovation for that stella performance! The last 6 months have been massive for me and as my list of things to prioritise gets longer and longer, sadly my attention has been diverted from anything internet related and I'm head down ass up in real life and all the fun it brings!
TASSEL+GAINE has been kicking more goals that Laine and I could have imagined. Below is a cute little article GT Magazine put out recently incase you missed it.
My brother and his gorgeous girlfriend of 9 years, Holly, got married in Holly's Mum's backyard last weekend - we partied till dawn afterwards in the gardens at my Mum's house. It was a gorgeous day. They are so in love with each other, it's really inspiring. Mum is selling her house to move interstate so it was beautiful to have one massive party there - her house has been the go-to place for parties for a long time, so to have the last celebration there be as amazing as it was marked the end of an era in the most perfect way.
In a big move for me, I've left my job at Cotton On, and with mixed emotions. I worked with an amazing group of creatives there. I made alot of precious friends, saw the world, designed a shitload of stuff for a shitload of stores (over 1,300 and counting) and gave the many notorious Cotton On parties and Design trips a good nudge - there's so much that I'm really sad to be leaving behind.
On the flipside, the new opportunity that presented itself with up and coming lifestyle brand Mozi is the perfect next step in my career. When they approached me to work with Camilla and her sister Liv, the founders of the brand - there was no way I was going to pass that opportunity up. What these women have created is something I am really inspired by. They are kind, focused, creative, confident and hilarious individuals whose preference of quality over quantity is something I really resonate with.Their taste is impeccable and I can't wait to learn from them and grow with them as their brand grows.
Getting back to work after a decent break between job was HARD. I had put myself on a plane in the time between gigs - eating, sleeping, sketching and sunning myself around the place with friends and family. It was time well spent and cleared the slate from the last 2.5 years at Cotton On to prep me for the exciting next chapter in my life at Mozi.
Fun times ahead. Time to dive in xxx




Wednesday, January 22, 2014

NEW WORK - Lara Bingle for Cotton On Body

The Lara Bingle for Cotton On Body range was launched last October, and it's been so much fun working on her follow up collections. I created this Oil Slick print with a little help from some stock imagery, and my design buddy Annie Coyne took over putting part of it repeat. There's some killer prints to come for her future swimwear collections with Cotton On, they keep getting better and better so stay tuned.
It's also worth a mention that this collection won Popsugar's Best Designer Collaboration of 2013 - kicking the butts of Isabel Marant for H&M, Rihanna for River Island, Phillip Lim for Target and some others I can't remember. Fist pump! xxx

Image of the gorgeous Elise Knowles courtesty of Westfield.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

BUDGIES AND BRUSHES

I have been sucked away into a world of non-stop work! TASSEL+GAINE launched not even two months ago and is going bananas, we've have some fun press and are going into some beautiful stores - plus our online store is getting a whole lot of love. I can't believe how well received our cushions have been - such an exciting time! Laine and I are busily planning our next steps so stay tuned!
This weekend the sun was shining in Melbourne so I made the most of it and headed out into the backyard to work on a new painting for our kitchen. I wanted something bright and colourful that would let me use lots of pattern and collage - so I went for a crazy colourful budgie. He's hanging up above our island bench now and has made himself right at home. So weird to not be finishing this digitally as most of my work is done now - there's no hiding anything on canvas xxx


Saturday, November 9, 2013

LARA BINGLE SWIM COLLECTION!!

I've been busily working behind the scenes on a mind-blowingly exciting project with the team at Cotton On Body and the one-and-only amazing Lara Bingle.

The collection launched instores around the globe and online last week and has just about sold out.
Lara has busted out some incredible work from her photo shoots for this collection, the shot below of her in the leopard one piece is just insane.
Instagram is going bananas with babes all over the planet posting which pieces of the collection they were able to get their hands on. It's great to see so many amazing young women getting excited about the product.
I'm so proud of the work I've contributed to this collaboration and to work with Lara was an absolute delight, her style is off the hook and her taste is impeccable.

I met yesterday in Sydney with Lara the team and went through her mood boards for the next collection and HOLY SHIT I'm excited for what's to come.

Love my job. xxx

PICS OF LARA COURTESY COSMOPOLITAN & SUNDAY STYLE MAGAZINES & THEYALLHATEUS.COM


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sunday drawing

After a massive week I decided to do as little as possible this weekend. That was all going very well until I tried to sleep in this morning (Sunday) and realized I'd quickly grown sick of not doing alot and needed to get up and get something done. I'm meeting a new client this afternoon so until then I've whipped up this little Bird encyclopedia-thingy illustration. I must say I'm a fan of that Cockatoo. Didn't expect to draw something I'd be so fond of this morning. A nice surprise indeed.  xxx


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

NEW PROJECT! TASSEL+GAINE HOMEWARES

I am SO excited to let you know about a project I have been pouring my heart and soul into behind the scenes for the last few months with my design partner in crime Laine Fraser.

TASSEL+GAINE is now live and is the culmination of all of our design dreams coming true.
Laine's an incredible talent, and together we share an obsession with good design which has allowed us to run wild with creating our first range of homewares - starting with six double sided, digitally printed cushions.

All the artwork on our product has been made by one of us (or both of us in some cases) and can be mixed and matched across the range to create infinite combinations for you to tailor to suit your space.

Head over to the website to see our lookbook and online store. xxx

 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Paint and homewares

Here's a pic I took in my new studio of a painting I'm working on at the moment. I've been playing with some mediums that I haven't touched in a while, such as my beloved bag of paints. My infatuation with colour is nothing new, I could sit for hours exploring new colours and groupings, I love getting lost in a world of blues and pinks and oranges.
This painting marks a bit of a crossroads for me, there's aspects of my work that I'm moving away from and new projects that are really grabbing my attention and shifting my focus. My love for textile design is turning into a fully fledged obsession and this combined with my love of interiors has led me to work on a line of homewares with my design partner in crime Laine Fraser. This new venture of ours will be up and running in a few weeks. I've been caught up in the mad world of working a full time design job and starting a new business, hence my appalling effort at keeping this blog up to date - so thanks for sticking with me. I promise to blog the shit out of our new homewares label over the coming weeks xxx

Monday, July 22, 2013

Winter escape


It's Winter in Melbourne, and it's a good and proper Melbourne Winter at that. Totally freezing and occasionally warm. A total mindfuck when it comes to getting dressed everyday, but I love it all the same. I've been barely home, let alone at my computer - to be posting as much as I'd like on my little bloggie blog blog. I was up at Jamieson for my best friend James' 30th and  now Ive just come back from a weekend in Tasmania - we hit up MONA for the new Red Queen show and ate at just about every restaurant in Hobart. This weekend was all about food and relaxing - because I really REALLY needed to relax. The work/life balance concept is one I'm gripping onto by a few remaining threads - so it was time to put pens down and go and run through the frosty hills of our most Southern state. Tasmania is SO beautiful. Lots more getaways planned down there for sure. 
I've also been getting busy in our new house - painting skulls baby pink for the bedroom and making artworks for all the new rooms that we have to play with. I'm in heaven. 
I'm also not far off unveiling a new project I have been working on behind the scenes - if you love homewares as much as I love homewares you'll want to stay tuned for this one! xxx



Friday, June 14, 2013

I need more candles to burn at both ends!!!

Here's a little summary of why I've been a bit slack on the blog...

- Designed the prints for a swimwear range for **** ****** that will launch in November. (It's top secret until launch but you'll know her well!)

- Completely redesigned the entire Cotton On BODY labelling suite. Rather a mammoth task. You'll see this coming into stores around the globe and online in October.

- Designed all prints for October / November and the most part of December for Cotton On BODY.

- Custom made a pair of painted and blinged out Vans for the winner of the Vans / Shoeshine competition.

- Moved house.

- Had an amazing mini break on the Mornington peninsula with friends for the Queens Birthday long weekend. Might of got my kit off in the spa. Dunno.

- Spending every spare moment working away on a special new project with a fucking amazing designer... Why do I have to have so many secret projects on the go, this is such a boring post as I can't tell you anything!! Stay tuned.

And now I'm off to China and Hong Kong on Wednesday. A whirlwind trip but really looking forward to it. 

Hope you're well and happy xxx