Saturday, December 31, 2011

It's not mine, but it's cute (Happy New Year)

I'm on holidays, cruising around the coast catching up with friends, swimming in the ocean and eating lots. I met up with my amazing friend Hannah and her beautiful baby #2 - Matilda. Hannah and her husband Adam bake a good cake - their other child Poppy is just as divine as this little one is. As it's the 31st December (which is also my bro's birthday - Happy Birthday Anth!), I thought a picture of a brand new person was appropriate. A new year starts tomorrow and although it's a day like any other day, there's a feeling of shedding an old skin and starting out fresh which I love. This year I'm going to work my ass off, travel lots, eat well, find some new bands to listen too, and hopefully make some artwork that I'm really proud of. Happy 2012 - stay safe and happy! xxx

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Follow me on Instagram!


So I've finally signed up to Instagram. If you want to keep up with me, my life, and my little leopard cats, then follow me - fleurelsie
xxx

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Birdy

Jasmine van den Bogaerde, aka Birdy - 15 years old and singing one of my favourite songs. Sorry Bon Iver, I think she does it better. This song and it's film clip are pretty much on repeat in my life right now. Amazing xxx

Monday, December 5, 2011

Ken Done x Something Else

It's been a long time coming for Ken Done to make a comeback... and he does it with Something Else... Fuck yeah xxx

We need to talk about Klaus

I recently had the pleasure of turning 29 years old, and as the dates fell I shared my birthday with the wedding of my friends Julian and Diana. These two cuties got married out at the Heidelberg Museum of Modern Art, must admit I had a slight case of wedding envy watching them tie the knot at one of Melbourne's most amazing establishments (but that swiftly wore off and I returned to my normal, not-getting-married-ever self). Congrats to these guys - a privilege to share in their special day. Now... onto Klaus:


For my birthday I was also lucky enough to be the recipient of some gorgeous gifts, including 2 bowls and 2 plates from the Taika series by Klaus Haapaniemi for Iittala, to add to my collection. An interest normally maintained by people turning 79, not 29, hoarding this dudes crockery really does it for me. Which made me hop on over to his website to see what other little things of his I might be able to get my hands on. Well, my Xmas list just got a bit longer.... check out his scarf, cushion and of course the Taika bowl. He's so good... and Scandinavian.... xxx

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Modern Times Pop-up shop

For those of you whose ears prick up at the mention of mid-century Danish furniture (in fact mid-century-anything-design-related) then the Modern Times Pop-up store is sure to get you going.

Modern Times imports mid-century furniture from Denmark. They also get together a bunch of talented local designers whose work complements the modernist style and pair it up with the furniture to create an exciting one-off concept shop that blurs the line between retail store and exhibition – the Modern Times Pop-Up Shop.

Artists such as Emily Green, Beci Orpin and myself will all have work on display and available for purchase - I've been told there's 20-30 artists in total so I'm dying to see the full list!

The Modern Times Pop-Up Shop opens December 10th – Dec 31st for 3 weeks only. Get down to 260 Smith St, Collingwood for the preview and drinks 6-8pm Friday 9th December xxx



Tuesday, November 22, 2011

You look so familiar...

When I first met Astrid I kept thinking 'you look SO familiar' and for months I couldn't put my finger on it. Then one day it hit me. Astrid is a walking, talking Audrey Kawasaki painting. Now every time I see Astrid I do a double take 'cos I still can't get over the likeness. Maybe no one else can see it and I'm nuts. Perhaps in real life it's more astounding, but this picture should give you an indication of what I mean. People that look like paintings... sounds like a good book title... xxx

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Print Shop is now OPEN!



After lots of emails from lovely people around the world asking if they can buy prints of my illustrations, I am happy to let you know that my online Print Shop is now OPEN! Yay!
I have 5 prints currently available - with FREE worldwide shipping. I'm super excited to have this up and running, check it out here xxx

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Artists series Xmas cards / Water for Water charity







This festive season, save your pals the burden of another crap card and get your mits on this Artist Series 8 Pack of Xmas cards - with proceeds going to the amazing charity Water for Water.

I worked on this project alongside some amazing artists:
Beastman, Numskull, Phibs, Yok, Thomas Jackson, Max Berry and Sibella Court. Head over the the WFW store to get yourself a pack.

Pictured is a preview of what's in the mix of cards, and a close up of my retro-wrapping-paper-inspired design xxx

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Aztec prints

The product I'm working on for Cotton On will hit stores in the not too distant future - I'll be sure to post as much as I can once it's released! I'm having a blast in the design studio at Cotton On HQ, busier than I've ever been in my life and loving every minute of it.
A couple of the last designs I did while I was at The Just Group have hit stores, so I can share these with you now, a little bit of Aztec just in time for Summer!


I've also got a couple of freelance gigs on the go at the moment - promise I''ll keep you posted as soon as I am allowed to spill the beans xxx

Monday, October 31, 2011

My friends are clever



I'm lucky to be friends with some of the kindest, talented and most gorgeous people in the whole wide world. I could post endlessly about each and every one of them. Today I'd like to introduce you to dallasandcarlos, the work of my pal Katherine Etheridge, and also my favourite clothing label bul, the incredible label belonging to my friend Virginia Martin.
Katherine and I lived together years ago in St.Kilda while we were studying Interior Design at RMIT. Our time living together allowed us to form a life-long friendship, and while Katherine has been doing time in Brazil and LA working on dallasandcarlos, we keep tabs on where each other is at and I am so thrilled to see all her hard work come to fruition. Seeing D&C's treasures splashed across the pages of GRAZIA and Vogue on a regular basis has been super exciting, it's no wonder though, as their gold skulls, chain and flashes of neon make for some awesome accessories. Pictured is my favourite, the hollenbeck skull bracelet.
Virginia's label bul is a huge inspiration to me. I've known Virginia for years and after she spent time in the USA working in some amazing fashion houses (including Proenza Schouler) she returned home to Melbourne and launched bul. She now has three stores across Melbourne. The ranges she has produced are absolutely beautiful. I'm a sucker for good quality staples for my wardrobe, so her silks, jerseys and leathers have got me hooked. The above image is from her SS/11 collection, and as I spend most of my day designing fabric yardages, I'm in awe of her yardage choices and the styling across her range. 
Here's a big high five to all my clever friends, you inspire me and motivate me more than words could ever express. xxx
 

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Cotton On announcement


I'm super SUPER excited to announce my next venture - I've recently been appointed the Senior Graphic Designer for Cotton On, specifically for Ladies, Body and Kids. Unless you have been living under a rock, you will already know that Cotton On is taking the world by storm with stores in Australia, New Zealand, America, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, South Africa and United Arab Emirates. I am thrilled to be working with this brand that not only places a great importance on good design, but also goes to enourmous lengths to give back to the global community through the Cotton On Foundation. I have an amazing team of designers I'm working with, not only are they lovely people but they're also incredibly talented.
I'll still be keeping up my freelance work (I'm rather used to pulling all-nighters by now) so while the path ahead is looking super busy, it's also looking set to be a whole lot of fun.
I've already begun working on the 2012 ranges for Ladies, Body and Kids - until the new range is launched I can't tell you much, but you can definitely expect to see some exciting stuff hitting stores around the world in the not too distant future. xxx

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Illustration for my favourite bike store - Northside Wheelers



My friend Malachi Moxom owns the CUTEST bike store in the world - Northside Wheelers, in Prahran. As well as being a super nice guy - Malachi is a shit hot rider and is some sort of an icon for cycling in Melbourne and beyond. The photos of Malachi pictured here are by Melbourne photographer Corey White. I was eating sushi with Malachi in his shop recently and we decided it was time to collaborate - so we brainstormed some ideas and came up with a concept that shows the quaint atmosphere of where his store is located in a style that's reflective of all that is Northside Wheelers (although his store is way cooler than I could ever convey). So I got to work and snapped some pics of his shop front and then drew me riding the bike that Malachi sold me a few years back with his dog Sparky in the lead. You can click on the illustration for a bigger view.
Get down to Northside Wheelers in Prahran and treat yourself to a very special bike store experience. Northside also stocks the awesome label Creux, owned by my pals Mick and Van - another good reason to check it out!  xxx

Monday, October 10, 2011

First Five Out

I'll be speaking at this AGDA (Australian Graphic Design Association) event on Friday the 14th of October, along with some super cool artists like tin&ed and Sam Koh.

Event Details:

Friday 14th October 2011 at 6.00pm

RMIT Casey Plaza, Building 10,
Bowen Lane, Melbourne



Tickets:

AGDA Members Student – Free

AGDA Members Professional – $10

Non Member Student – $10

Non Member Professional – $20

For more info hit up the AGDA website here. If you make it along be sure to come and say hello! xxx

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Mini doco: Fleur Harris, Un Jour (One day)


I'm so pleased to present this mini doco that I have been working on with Phillipa and Megan of Industry Standard. This film offers a glimpse into my life and inspirations here in Melbourne, Australia. You'll also take a peek inside my studio, see some of my art collection and meet my kitty cats!  I hope you enjoy it xxx

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Portrait of the most gorgeous family in the world
























To thank Phillipa and Megan for all the amazing work they have been putting into the short film we are working on, I drew this family portrait for them. Megan is wearing the pirate hat on the right and holding their cat bear, and Phillipa is on the left with their divine daughter Cinema on her lap. Cinema's 1st birthday was celebrated recently with a pirate dress up party (this family knows how to throw a party that's for sure) so I have drawn them in their costumes from their special day. For her party Cinema was dressed up as a parrot and it was probably the cutest thing I've ever seen. So much love for this amazing family xxx

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Day two of filming is complete...

Here's another sneak peak from the short film I've been working on with Philippa Knack and Megan Voevodin. Filming is now complete and Megan's insanely good editing abilities are currently piecing everything together. Collaborating with these ladies has been an absolute joy. It's been such fun crossing over into this extraordinary medium and working with Philippa and Megan who understand it so well, I think I might be a little bit hooked. I'm reserving this short especially for my blog, I'm super excited about it and can't wait to share it with you. xxx

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Taste the waste


A while back I promised my friend Tony that I'd draw him a picture, so I finally got a minute to put this together for him. Zombie stuff isn't usually my style so it was cool to give this a crack, though it's a long road ahead if I want to actually get any good at this kind of thing. Fun to get out of my comfort zone for a few hours all the same. Tony is much more handsome in real life, with the added bonus of being a total champ. I love Tony to bits. If you dig listening to Thrash as much as I do, you will already be familiar with Tony's band Municipal Waste, and if you're not, then check them out here, it's time for you to meet your new favourite band. xxx

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

In a while, crocodile!


I'm still playing with ideas for a print for my nephew George. As a 2 year old no doubt he has firm opinions on what sort of artwork is to adorn his walls, so hopefully this little crocodile I did for him is on the right track! xxx

Monday, September 12, 2011

Frankie & Scout





It's been a while since the crazy cat lady in me has felt compelled to share some of the MILLIONS of photos I have taken of my little leopards Frankie and Scout. They turned 1 recently and they keep getting cuter and cuter. If they aren't sitting on my lap while I work, they are play-fighting around my ankles or sleeping on top of each other in their beanbag. I love my little cat buddies to bits and pieces xxx

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Singapore in RGB




On our recent trip OS, Dave and I found ourselves with some time to kill between flights at Singapore airport. Not ones to sit around a departure lounge, we hot footed it through customs, grabbed a cab into the city and ran around exploring for a few hours. One of the unexpected highlights was a white bridge lit up by LED's, it wasn't much at a glance but once you stuck anything in the path of the light the RGB's refracted out into some gorgeous patterns and colour combinations. I was hooked, making shadow puppets that spun out into vibrant hues and watching the colour of my hands change from hot pink to fluro green with the flick of my wrist. Dave eventually had to pull me away from this magic bridge, heels dragging - but not before I got a few photos. xxx

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Geoffrey Gurrumul


For my Mum's birthday, I'm taking her to dinner and then to see Geoffrey Gurrumul at the Palais theatre tonight. Ive seen a few shows at the Palais and have fallen in love with it's other-worldly, haunting and historic atmosphere. I'm sure seeing Gurrumul weave his magic in this environment is going to be epic and I'm super excited. My Mum loves his music so it's the perfect thing to treat her to. If you aren't familiar with his music, I recommend you find out more about him here.

Gurrumul [his traditional name] is a member of the Gumatj clan of north east Arnhemland and it is the songs and stories of the Gumatj clan that Gurrumul sublimely adapts into contemporary song styles. At the age of 15 he was identified as a young and extremely talented multi-instrumentalist and joined the ARIA Award winning band Yothu Yindi where he played an integral role until 1992.

What makes Gurrumul even more fascinating is the fact that he is blind, and as a result his music hits me on an emotional level that I have rarely experienced. I'm a punk rock kid at heart, with a record collection that makes absolutely no sense, and Gurrumul's work fits in there perfectly. xxx

Monday, September 5, 2011

A taste of what's to come...


Here's a sneak peak of a project I am working on with some incredibly talented people... Yep, that's a still from a short film! Filming is halfway through and I can't wait to share the final product with everyone. Philippa Knack and Megan Voevodin are the genius' behind the lense, and I feel so privileged to be collaborating with them. They have this insane ability to make anything and everything look spectacular - so I'm in good hands! I can't stress how excited I am about working in this new media with such incredible people, it's what I live for. xxx

George of the Jungle



A little man in my life by the name of George is turning 2 soon, so I'm playing with some illustrations trying to come up with a print to give him for his birthday. I started drawing up these lions etc and it soon became clear that they'd be right at home in a yardage print, so here it is. A yardage isn't what I had in mind for George so it's back to the drawing board (did I just say that?) and in the mean time I'm pretty stoked with this little pattern that came about by accident xxx

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Happy Fathers Day, I miss you Dad xxx


Tomorrow is my third Fathers Day without my Dad, Peter. It certainly doesn't get any easier. What I'd give to have him back on this earth, words can't describe. I love you and I miss you Dad. Happy Fathers Day xxx

Saturday sketch up





I've been wanting to recolour this fox I drew up a while back, I love the shape of it and I want to see it really come to life. Here's my first go. I also turned him into that cute little yardage print. Think I'm going to need to keep working on it and maybe make him some friends! ! xxx

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Wish list...




I could spend hours on the maximo website, a few more hours on the Donna Wilson website, a whole day on the House Industries website.... all loaded with gorgeous things that make me want to burn a hole in my wallet, in fact set the whole thing on fire. Here's a bit of a wish list I put together:

Alexander Girard floor tiles, by Flor - these come in six piece tiles and you piece them together yourself to make your own floor rug. Awesome. Check these out on out the Flor website here.

Alexander Girard House Cushion - Printed on a cotton/linen oyster fabric. I'm obsessed with Girard and this cushion would be right at home on my couch. It's currently out of stock :(

T&O Doll Centaur - 1963 hand embroidered doll on 100% mexicotton, hand stitched yarn hair, comes with Certificate of Authenticity signed by Marilyn Neuhart. I have some on Neuhart's replicas from this series, but this is the real deal. Would love to own and look after this piece of history.

Pretty sure I can hear those floor tiles calling my name...

xxx





Wednesday, August 17, 2011

LMNOP, Illustrators Australia, and Me!

I have recently discovered the cutest website: lmnop.com.au (pronounced "elle em enn oh pee"... like the alphabet) as they chose my work Le Salon Amusant to advertise the upcoming Illustrators Australia A3 show in Sydney. If you have kids, or even if you just like looking at designer stuff for kids, then check out lmnop.com.au, stacks of articles and features on adorable stuff (and everyone knows how much I love stuff!) If you're in Sydney get yourself along to the launch at Fraser Studios on the 19th of August at 6pm. Le Salon Amusant will be available at the show for only $125 AUD. Bargain! For more details about the IA A3 show, click here. xxx

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Gabriel Dawe




Gabriel Dawe, my new favourite artist. Installation art can have a fairly high wank factor at times, but these colour spectrums made from tensioned thread are as far from wanky as you can get. They are just flat out beautiful, and really clever too. I'm inspired by the patience and focus required to put these together. I want one in my house! xxx