Monday Blogday: Part 1 Smaller

The gorgeous online children’s magazine small has a (very) new blog. It’s called smaller… how clever and sweet is that?! I love the mag, so I’m sure their blog will be just as wonderful.

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Australian Designers Take to the Floor

I’m one of those people who’d like to try my hand at designing anything and everything(!), so I’m inspired when I see other designers applying their sensibilities to diverse products.

Australian company Designer Rugs has a wonderful collection of to-die-for rugs by some of my favourite designers.

Image Source: Akira Isogawa and Designer Rugs

Fashion designer Akira Isogawa collaborated with designer rugs to produce a range that reflects his passion for Japanese pattern and fabrics, and glorious colour. Rich textiles are an integral part of Akira’s design philosophy. He says: Richly embellished fabrics echo Eastern influences, and I have great respect for their traditions. Inspiration can be found from the past – re-using vintage textiles and sometimes creating replicas of them, incorporated with specific craftsmanship.

Image Source: Dinosaur Designs and Designer Rugs

I’ve been a fan of Dinosaur Designs since buying their huge polymer clay earrings at Paddington markets in the ’80s – way before they even started to use their signature material resin. Since then they have developed their unmistakeable style in stunning resin jewellery and homewares and become internationally acclaimed for their design. Dinosaur Designs’ rugs are a 2D translation of their wonderfully coloured simple sculptural forms.

Image Source: Easton Pearson and Designer Rugs

Fashion duo Easton Pearson‘s collaboration with designer rugs has just been released, and it’s gorgeous. Their clothes are always rich in colour, texture and embellisment, and they have managed to capture this look in their range of wool rug designs.

Image Source: Vixen and Designer Rugs

Melbourne fashion label Vixen takes an artisan’s approach to clothes, with themes that are designed to be timeless. Fabrics are custom dyed, printed and embellished, and before starting Vixen designer Georgia Chapman’s designs adorned collections for Collette Dinnigan and Scanlan & Theodore. I love vintage/contemporary feel of the lacey doiley rug design.

Have a look at the complete range each designer has made for Designer Rugs, because there are many more delights to be found. And while you’re there don’t miss the stunning range by Minnie Pwerle, one of Australia’s most important indigenous artists.

Have a wonderful, inspiring weekend. See you on Monday!

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Inspiration: Alabama Chanin

Alabama Chanin is known for elaborately embellished hand sewn garments made form recycled and organic materials. Their clothes, accessories and homewares are made in collaboration with craftsmen of diverse disciplines from North West Alabama, combining age old techniques with a contemporary sensibility. I love that they also work with sustainable philosophies.

I saw one of Alabama Chanin’s quilts on dear ada and clicked through to their website to find more stunning creations. The quilts which were once considered unsalvageable have been upcycled and given new life as wall art with screen printing and hand stitching. Organic cotton applique and embroidered oral histories add value, depth and meaning to quilts that had previously been discarded as unusable.

Their chairs are rebuilt with handcrafted details, and chandeliers and vases are made from found and recycled materials. The colour palettes and photography are gorgeous too huh?

Image Source: Alabama Chanin

Aren’t they the most beautiful creations? And all the more so when you know the story of handcrafting, sustainability and community which is intrinsic to Alabama Chanin.

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Embroidered Illustration: Lizzie Finn

Needlepoint and machine stitched portraits of
Gwen Stefani and Terri Hall for Dazed and Confused.

UK artist Lizzie Finn uses embroidery as an illustration medium, with lovely and arresting results.

Embroidered Fashion Illustration for British Vogue.


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Wool Felt FlatHat

After writing my previous post I had a look at Gareth Holt’s other work and discovered his ingenious flat pack hat design. The wool felt FlatHat has lattice cuts and can be “folded, stuffed or rolled within a pocket when not worn, without being crushed or damaging the structure”.


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