INVADING BONFIRE FOLK

Wednesday, 19 September 2012 5:07:38 PM Australia/Brisbane

This week we got up close and personal with Kim Victoria Wearne, founder of Bonfire Folk. Kim’s handmade jewellery is designed using a combination of one-off casts, individual roll prints and hand cutting to ensure each work of finery is unique and worthy of being treasured. Her jewellery is available in Windsor, Manchester Lane and Fitzroy.

Q: What inspired you to get into designing jewellery?

A: I began making small models while I was studying interior design and this eventually morphed into jewellery. I just love sitting at my workbench and working with waxes, metals and stones to make pieces for people to treasure.

Q: What is your number one piece currently showcased in Design A Space?

A: My 'Fingerprint Rings' are my most popular pieces but I am very excited to present the customers with my new precious range - medallions, earrings and rings featuring sapphires, diamonds and emeralds.

 

Q: What was the last Art Exhibition you went to?

A: Unexpected Pleasures, a contemporary jewellery exhibition at NGV.

Q: What’s your best memory from your childhood?

A: So many to choose from! But in the spirit of jewellery making I would have to say that setting up on the kitchen bench with the 'Busy Box' (a box filled with scraps of fabric/paper/pipecleaners/etc) and making some art pieces.

Q: What do you most look forward to during Spring?

A: The flowers, the smell of the air and walking my dog without having to wear gloves.

Q: If you could meet anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be? And what would you say to them?

A: Louise Bourgeois, for sure. I would have asked her about her life and her career and how she sustained her art practice until the end of her life.

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COMPETING WITH STYLE! - THE MOST FASHIONABLE OLYMPICS YET

Monday, 13 August 2012 3:07:48 PM Australia/Brisbane

If you watched any of the London 2012 Olympics, you would have noticed some of the classy and attractive uniforms worn by some of the teams during the parade. But did you know that it all could have easily been a fashion show, with some of fashions biggest names such as Armani, Prada, Ralph Lauren and Stella McCartney being some of the designers of the team’s uniforms?

For instance the Italian’s monochrome kit in navy and white was designed by Georgio-Armani and the waterproof blue designs for the sailing team by Prada.

Jamaica showcased their national colours with lightning prints which were designed by Cedella Marley, daughter of legendary singer Bob Marley for Puma.

The British teams white and gold tracksuits were created by high street label Next.

Ralph-Lauren designed the US teams clean-cut navy blazers, crisp white trousers and skirts which were accessorized with navy berets and blue, red and white striped scarves.

Other designers include luxury label Hermes which designed riding jackets for the French equestrian team, Salvatore Ferragamo who designed the stylish dresses for the tiny European republic of San Marino and Stella McCartney who worked with Adidas to design the sporting gear (performance kit, podium suit & villagewear) for the British team.

Apart from the athletes gear other parts of the opening ceremony had “style” to contribute as well. British designers Christopher Shannon and Nasir Mazhar created the costumes worn by 350 dancers in a segment of the show representing the "present and future of the extraordinary influence of British creatives in the world of youth culture, during the opening ceremony.”

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INVADING UBERMAN

Friday, 22 June 2012 5:49:31 PM Australia/Brisbane

We had a chance to invade Johnson from men’s fashion label Ubermen - now available in store at Windsor, Manchester Lane and Fitzroy.

Q: What do you love most about being in men’s fashion?

A: I’ve always had a great interest in men’s fashion, I’m addicted to quality clothes and design. I’m fascinated about how different designers blend in creative elements with conservative menswear. I really enjoy exploring how we can dress up.

Q: What’s the best Uberman winter warmer you have in Design A Space at the moment?

A: Our signature Square Lapel Grey Jacket, a nice tailored fit and damn it looks good on!

Q: What was the first concert you ever went to?

A: It’s funny, the first proper concert I attended just happened two years ago when my favorite band Dream Theater had their tour in Australia. They are a progressive rock/metal band that I gain a lot of inspiration from.

Q: Who are two of your biggest inspirations?

A: It’s hard for me to name just one in particular as I feel my inspiration can come from anyone and anywhere. I try to read all sorts of magazines to get a good balance between design and business. However, if I would really need to choose two it would be the designs from Vivienne Westwood and the personality of Karl Lagerfeld.

Q: The most memorable road trip you’ve been on?

A: I went to Mongolia last year which is still very developing. There was a large proportion of citizens still living in Mongolian Ger (felt line tents). I was at the capital city Ulan Bator, here skyscrapers, apartments and high end luxury retail stores blend in with small Mongolian Ger - a pretty interesting scene. It really had a rich fashion taste which I wasn't expecting.

Q: What’s the next adventure for Uberman?

A: There’s lots to do, more detailed treatments, more innovative ideas, more colours… we’re dreaming big and want to make it happen.

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MOTHERS DAY

Saturday, 12 May 2012 12:02:56 AM Australia/Brisbane

Many countries celebrate Mothers Day with a public holiday and why not? We love our Mum’s and the tradition of gift giving is a chance to celebrate motherhood and thank them for everything that they do .

We’ve come up with a small showcase of Mother’s Day gift ideas to help make sure your Mum is happy this Sunday. We love you MUM!!

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BE MY VALENTINE?

Monday, 13 February 2012 9:48:28 AM Australia/Brisbane

Following some research into the traditions for Valentines Day I discovered that in the Middle Ages young men and women used to celebrate this special occasion by drawing names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be.

They would then wear these names on their sleeves for the entire next week. A bit like wearing your heart on your sleeve… We’ve put together some little treats that we’re sure your special someone would be thrilled to wear... C’mon make it happen!

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