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Tree Change Dolls

Tree Change Dolls

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One person’s trash is another person’s treasure, right? This is definitely the case for Sonia Singh, an Australian mother, who began a beautiful and inspiring story of the Tree Change Dolls. It all started when Sonia rescued a collection of high-fashion dolls from op-shops and tip shops around Tasmania. She transformed these dolls by removing the factory paint from their faces and repainting them with a more down to earth style. Sonia also collaborated with her mother who knits and sews the dolls’ clothes, and the results are incredibly charming.

It’s so inspirational to see old and used products being rethought in such simple yet enchanting ways. This story has made us think twice about what we purchase and what we throw away.

Gemma O’Brien Talk

Gemma O’Brien Talk

 

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It is so inspiring to be amongst other like-minded creatives and last week’s ‘Defrost’ talk, at Frost, was no exception. The very talented Gemma O’Brien delivered a fantastic talk on the importance of authenticy and how the industry has evolved in response to brands all over the world demanding a more human and handcrafted approach. It was a wonderful reminder that technology is not always the answer and sometimes just putting pen to paper can achieve a much more heartfelt and engaging result.

True Detective

True Detective

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I’ve recently enjoyed watching the first (and only, so far) season of True Detective. It’s great, I highly recommend it. Particularly enjoyable was the opening sequence – seductive, eerie layerings of still photography partnered with simple and beautiful typography. Was so taken by it that I looked up who was the genius behind it… and low and behold, it’s Patrick Clair of Antibody – just down the street!  They’re located in Chippendale and have created a host of successful video reels for numerous national and international TV series and other film studios. Inspiring stuff!

 

A Fairy Queen on a Trampoline

A Fairy Queen on a Trampoline

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Kids make great artists – all that endless time-to-kill and unencumbered creativity. When I asked my 4yo what she was drawing recently she said ‘a fairy queen on a trampoline’ as if it should be the most obvious thing in the world.

I have since heard about a wonderful mother/daughter collaboration whereby illustrator Mica Angela draws the head and face and her 4yo daughter completes the body. The outcomes are imaginative and whimsical – a dino-man, mouse-lady, mermaids and peacock-people.

The process of collaboration, letting go, not being so rigid in a particular project or process is really the essence of creativity. After looking over these lovely illustrations I have made a point of taking more notice of fairy queens on or off trampolines and other ingenious musings – you just don’t know when they might come in useful.

You can read more about Mica here: http://busymockingbird.com/2013/08/27/collaborating-with-a-4-year-old/

Shake!

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We recently worked on a new brand for an online pet supplies store, and during the research phase we got just a tad caught up in what kind of fascinating creative projects involving pets which people have immersed themselves in. Carly Davidson is a photographer with a love for animals and an amazing skill for capturing them on film. A couple of years back she launched a book featuring 130 full page portraits called “Shake”; surely it’s the perfect gift for anyone who has a special place in their heart for ‘man’s best friend’.

This series of photographs and associated HD slow-motion videos are both hilarious and captivating. You MUST click through to watch these slobbery flapping beasts in action; I guarantee you won’t be able to stop at just one: carlidavidsonphotography.com

She Led Her Exhibition

She Led Her Exhibition

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In celebration of International Women’s Day, the ‘She Led Her’ exhibition showcased the works of 8 female artists practising in Sydney today. The works encompassed a diversity of mediums as well as documenting artists at varying stages in their career. Our very own Katherine Johnson was represented and two out of three of her beautiful geometric studies sold on the night.

The series of graphic patterns were based on the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day – ‘Inspiring Change’. Each pattern depicts a positive change in direction, symbolised with the use of colour and orientation. Each highlighted section focuses on inspiring change no matter how small the gesture.

Katherine Sabbath Cake Baker Extraordinaire

Katherine Sabbath Cake Baker Extraordinaire

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Katherine Sabbath refers to herself as an ‘Over-enthusiastic High School Teacher who on occasion, bakes the world a better place.’

These cakes are amazingly creative, witty and full of personality. I don’t remember any of my high school teachers being even vaguely this inspiring!

And yes, more cakes like this will definitely make the world a better place.

http://instagram.com/katherine_sabbath

Inez Daily

Inez Daily

The problem with ‘effortless style’ when it comes to fashion is that it does, in fact, take some degree of effort. I work full time, and when I’m not at Boheem I’m running around after my two-year-old daughter, trying to keep some level of order in my home, making sure I see my treasured friends and giving my husband the attention he deserves. Even though I realise it’s important for one to look good in order to feel great, keeping on top of what to wear and how to wear it has unfortunately become very low on my list of priorities.

So, I’m leaving personal styling from now on to Inez Daily.

There are puh-lenty of fashion blogs out there, but if you’ve been looking for someone to follow who knows their stuff, look no further. Inez has been a stylist for almost two decades and truly loves her craft – and it shows. Her approach is light-hearted – she believes fashion should be fun and never intimidating – and her findings show consistent intuition, beauty and creativity. And since she does the work/ home juggle herself, I know she gets it.

Oh, and branded by Boheem!

Swedish summer in Sydney: Naomi and Frag Woodall’s apartment reno

Swedish summer in Sydney: Naomi and Frag Woodall’s apartment reno

When my dear friends Frag and Naomi Woodall purchased a 1940’s 2 bedroom apartment in a quiet leafy street of Sydney’s east, they told us all they ‘had plans to make a few changes’. Within about six months after their purchase of the property, the space was completely transformed from a pokey, tired little pad to a bright, beautiful home with flowing living spaces with charming fixtures and thoroughly thought-through design details. This incredible residential DIY reno was developed around the idea of it being a contemporary rendition of a ‘swedish summer cabin’. The identification of the Scandinavian influences isn’t all that essential; the way this creative and hardworking team have breathed new life into their home is quite outstanding. 
Fumi Koike

Fumi Koike

Fumi is an illustrator and designer from Fukuoka, Japan. She has some beautiful illustrations of food as well as winter themed portraits – perfect for warming up our mid winter blues. her blog www.fumikoike.blogspot.co.au and her images www.flickr.com/people/fumikoike
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