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Melbourne, Australia
designing my way through life with the help of yarn, fabric, paper and ink
Interests: design textiles magazines
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A glorious day on the beach this morning as Jack and I took our morning consitutional. See for yourself. The tide was out. Having a little trouble with my new phone - I was trying to take of photo of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2013 at greenolive
Success is very seductive, isn't it? We all what to be successful, but exactly what does that mean? What does it entail? What does it look like? Initially, many of us may subscribe to society's prevailing definition of success: the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2013 at greenolive
I laughed, I cried, I sang, I meditated, I ate raw, I cried some more, even did a bit of crafting. And then I did it all again the next day - but with lots more crying. I spent the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2013 at greenolive
1970s Brian Wildsmith illustration of an Owl now in the etsy shop. A very colourful and large-size Noddy illustration from 1958 now in the shop. While I've been having fun setting up the studio and shop over the last five... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2012 at greenolive
While I was resting up, knowing I had some hours to spare, I FINALLY dipped my toes into the world that is Pinterest. I had read so many blog posts about distraction, addiction, obsession even, that I had delayed my... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2012 at greenolive
It seems there are so many online magazines out there now, amd I remember when Est magazine was launched it was one of the first of its kind. I love that its Australian, and based here in Melbourne. Its free... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2012 at greenolive
Vintage ABC illustrations are always popular - they make great gifts for baby showers, christenings, first birthdays or any birthday really. Especially good for a unique 21st birthday present! We can never keep enough in stock, and did you know... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2012 at greenolive
While I've been taking it easy this past week, at least Drew is doing some creative stuff. Or at least as creative as he can be with the materials, inks and screen available to him. He's turned the old wooden... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2012 at greenolive
Image from Uppercase You probably already know I have a thing for typewriters - that design, the colours, those keys, the sound of the keys striking the paper, the look of the font they produce, ...I have three vintage typewriters... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2012 at greenolive
Once upon a time there was a lady who had a lot of wool. She had so much wool that she didn't know what to do. She decided that she would use as much of the wool she could, so... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2012 at greenolive
One of the things I was able to do while taking it easy (and was just a little bit Matisse-like as it did involve scissors, paper and sticking things with glue) was make a batch of Peter Rabbit cards. The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2012 at greenolive
I'm supposed to be chanelling Matisse. Getting all creative with scissors and paper. However those plans are delayed slightly while I rest up in bed, allowing my wound to heal. A quick trip to the Doctor a week ago revealed... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2012 at greenolive
It really is chance, or luck - the way vintage books and I find each other. There is no way I can force the process. Nothing I can do to increase the odds of me finding such a vintage treasure... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2012 at greenolive
Before the operation, when I thought about my weeks of recovery (6 to 12 depending on who you listen to) I imagined myself following in Matisse's footsteps. Matisse creating cut outs after his operation in early 1940s. Image from here.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2012 at greenolive
What I love most about working with vintage materials is the way the final product I create is directly influenced by the materials I find. I discovered this gorgeous book from the 1950s filled with B/W images of horses. They... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2012 at greenolive
long overdue - this is how the studio looked at one point in time... The front entrance – trying to disguise the brickwork and industrial setting with plants and screens made from old wooden pallets. Handmade felt open sign. View... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2012 at greenolive
wow. That was quite a blog break, wasn't it? Almost five months. I'd like to say I was busy, so terribly busy, but all I can honestly say is life kinda took over. Or rather, got in the way... We... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2012 at greenolive
After six months in our studio, we've realised the grass is greener at the front of the building so we are moving again. In the photo above you can just see the studio in the middle of the building (big... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2012 at greenolive
Jack our puppy – he's 7 months, so I suppose he's still a puppy – has become a real bowerbird. He collects all manner of things from around the house and puts them in his bed or on his mat.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2012 at greenolive
I'm not sure what this flower is, at first I thought it was passionfruit but it isn't, but whatever it is I think it must be one of the most complex flower designs I've ever seen. Its very sculptural, with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2012 at greenolive
I reckon if I was a jewellry designer I'd be hard pressed to design anything better than these: Organic Shell Rings by Sand& Water. I found these two broken and weathered shells when I went for a walk a day... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2012 at greenolive
Mum hasn't been able to see the studio/shop yet – she's in Brisbane & I'm outside Melbourne – so I thought a few happy snaps might help her imagine what it looks like. I keep changing things around, but this... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2012 at greenolive
I did my best to get some fire engine red flowers for the studio this week, and this is what I was able to come up with. Red, but not quite as red as I'd like them. I've spied some... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2012 at greenolive
The studio is located in an industrial estate, and there's lots of interesting things lying around the place. Like this stack of wooden pallets – all with different typography. Each a different font, a different colour, all placed there haphazardly... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2012 at greenolive
One of my favourite things about studio life is the flowers. They live in an old glass jar on top of our lovely wooden shop counter and can't help but catch the eye of each visitor. For the first week... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2012 at greenolive