SPACE TO CREATE :: Kristina and Jason of Inaluxe

After a few major dramas earlier this week I’m more than thrilled that my blog is still here and intact. Apologies if you came by and were met with a big empty space…  it’s all good now, and I’m ready to share some lovely things with you. This week’s Space to Create post is a goodie as we’ve been invited into the creative world of Kristina Sostarko and Jason Odd of Inaluxe. You might already be familiar with Inaluxe’s gorgeous prints with their well considered colour palettes and mid-century-style shapes.

Kristina and Jason work from their home in the beautiful Grampions in Victoria here in Australia. They are artists and collectors, and have both written very descriptively about their natural environment, and have a wonderful dream to share. I think you’re going to enjoy this.

Meet Kristina and Jason…

Inaluxe Kristina and Jason via the red thread

inaluxe Spring Almanac

Inaluxe via the red thread

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SPACE TO CREATE :: Belinda Marshall

I’m a big fan of Melbourne artist Belinda Marshall and own a couple of her prints (a painting is on my wishlist!), so I’m happy to share a peek into her creative life in this week’s Space to Create interview. Belinda’s mediums of choice are acrylic paint, graphite, hand stitching and collage. She says: “My works depict my vision of a perfect world – a calm, meditative space – communicated through layers of colour blocks and sections of representative imagery and repeat pattern. I focus only on what resonates and draws me in. By expressing observations of beautiful objects and moments in my work, I aim to create a space for the viewer to form a deeper connection to his or her surroundings and to access the contentment that can be experienced from this process.”

I could sit and look at Belinda’s work all day and love her vision of beauty, contentment and calmness.

Meet Belinda…

Belinda Marshall via the red thread Belinda Marshall 2 via the red thread

 

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SPACE TO CREATE :: Karen Nicol

I’ve been in awe of the incredible mixed media textile art of Karen Nicol for some time so I’m delighted that Karen agreed to share her home, showroom and studio spaces this week on Space to Create. From her London based design and production studio – which has been established for over twenty-five years – Karen works in different media and various techniques including applique, beading and hand embroidery. With work so exquisite it’s no wonder that her stella list of clients includes (amongst many others) Anthropologie, Marc Jacobs, Chloe, Vera Wang, John Rocha, Julien Macdonald, Michiko Koshino, Givenchy, Chanel couture, Mulberry, Harvey Nicholls, Harrods, Libertys, and Mario Testino. Karen’s private commissions have been for clients ranging from the King of Quatar to the Pope.

Karen’s processes and collections are inspirational and her creative spaces are stylish and enviable. I love what she says about her inspirations and motivation [click the link below for the interview and tour].

Meet Karen…

Karen Nichol all at sea

Karen Nichol via the red thread

House Nicol & Clark

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SPACE TO CREATE :: Ellen Giggenbach

This week’s Space to Create interview is a wonderful peek into the creative and colourful life of illustrator and designer Ellen Giggenbach. Her background in graphic design is clearly evident in her signature illustration style of bright, graphic geometric shapes.

Ellen has recently fulfilled a dream of having two books – My Town and My Zoo – published by Templar Publishing. There’s a photo of one of them at the end of the post and you’ll see it’s a whole lot more than just a book!

I’m really happy to be able to share Ellen’s work and creative life with you today, as well as a look at her collections of fab vintage pieces. [click on the link below for the full post]

Meet Ellen…

EllenG via the red thread Alfresco EllenG studio

 

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SPACE TO CREATE :: Melissa Wastney

Goodness I’m sorry that my blogging has been patchy over the last month or so… and I haven’t managed to write a Space to Create post for too many weeks. Things have been tricky on the personal front so I sort of lost my blogging mojo for a bit. I haven’t totally found it again, but I’m doing my best. Thanks for hanging around while I regroup!

Onto today’s Space to Create which is coming from the home of Melissa Wastney in New Zealand. Melissa has a full time job as a journalist, she’s a mum to two, and she still finds the time to be creative, write a blog, run an Etsy shop, and on top of all that her first book Sweet and Simple Handmade has just been published. I’m exhausted just writing all that!

I first came across Melissa’s blog Tiny Happy some years ago and fell in love with Melissa’s lovely embroidery and unpretentious life – it’s just as her book title says: sweet and simple. Melissa is also one of the teachers holding workshops at the upcoming retreat The Craft Sessions in the Yarra Valley here in Australia.

Meet Melissa…

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