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Designer Rugs announces Dinosaur Designs Studio rug collection

We love checking out what design collaborations the duo behind Designer Rugs will commit to next! We shared their rug results with fashion hierarchy Easton Pearson here, and now we’re excited to showcase their latest release with Dinosaur Designs. (We’re a little Dinosaur Designs ob-sessed here!) This is the third time the rug company has fused its creative prowess with the homewares and jewellery label, developing six new designs that add a fresh twist to its previous collection.

Wink Rug

Wink Rug

The Studio collection is quintessentially Dinosaur Designs and plays with rhythms in line, shape, colour and tone. “We wanted to draw on big planes of colour with this series and work from a really warm palette to a very cool blue palette. Despite the striking individuality of each piece, the collection works as a family – when you view it in its entirety, you can see how each works together,” says Louise Olsen of Dinosaur Designs. The collection is now available in Designer Rugs showrooms nationally.

Moon Rug

Moon Rug

Glow  Rug

Glow Rug

Orbit  Rug

Orbit Rug

Carve Rug

Carve Rug

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INTERVIEW: Jac Gaal, Furrow South

We spied this bright Furrow South jewellery range back in November at the Young Blood Designers Market held at The Powerhouse Museum, and had to share! Graphic designer Jac Gaal, creates the geometric gems as a creative outlet to her — funnily enough — already artistic field. We’re drawn to these earthy pieces that have a zing of juicy hues for a few reasons: they’re handmade, sustainable, and one-of-a-kind as professed by Jac.  So we had a quick chat with the designer to discover more about her style, the designer jeweller, and sustainable design.

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Jac Gaal

Jac Gaal

Describe your personal style?
White with a pop of colour and earthy undertones. I’m a sucker for on-trend looks and I’m loving neon mixed with white and wood. I live by the ocean and lecture most days in a design college so I tend to have a daily battle with style: beachy and cruisy comfort, or on-trend, edgy professional.

When did you launch Furrow South? Is there a story behind the brand name?

Furrow South was launched only three months ago, and the brand name the reason it was  held launch off for so long! I’m the worst decision maker and, being a graphic designer, the hardest thing in the world is developing your own brand, nothing seemed right — I was my own worst client! I ended up deciding on Furrow South as ‘Furrow’ means trench or groove which, as most of my pieces are made from recycled timber floor boards, they possess the trademark grooves and character on them. The ‘South’ came about because I recently moved to the south coast of Sydney and that’s where the necklace making began.

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How did you get involved with jewellery design? Are you professionally trained or did you just fall into this creative sphere?
I completed a Bachelor of Industrial Design and have always worked within the creative/design industry. Despite working within an artistic industry, I needed a personal creative outlet (yes, I know that sounds crazy!). You need a place where you can design for yourself and not to a specific budget-driven brief. I also own a product design business, making lamps, mobiles, candle holders and origami artwork and, after doing this for sometime, I wanted to create something different from homewares, something more me.

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New furrows in the making. This timber was destined to be turned into ash.

New furrows in the making. This timber was destined to be turned into ash.

What are your designs made of? Tell us about the creative process for developing them.
My range is made from recycled timber floorboards with their shapes and designs dependant on the repurposed timber that I come across. I develop the angles and shapes based on what best suits that particular piece
of material.

Do you recall the first Furrow South piece of jewellery you made? What motivated you to experiment with this sustainable idea?
Yes very clearly! I embarked on a massive project of building a custom timber feature piece in my home to cover an ugly brick wall. Once I was finished there was all this beautiful timber left over that I couldn’t bring myself to burn or throw away. That was when I started experimenting with the left over pieces and realised there must be so much of this lovely material going to waste on building sites. So I went to see what I could save from the landfill pile.

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Why is sustainable design so important to you?
I acknowledge that we already have so much ‘stuff’ in our part of the world compared to others, and there is something fulfilling and rewarding about saving something from turning into landfill and giving it a new lease on life. Just the other day I found some great timber drawers from my local recycle depot tip and transformed them into a neat little shelving unit in just a couple of hours. It was great to stand back and marvel at my very simple, but thrifty creation.

Which other sustainable designs do you admire at the moment?
I’m in love with the Re-Ply repurposed cardboard recliner chair by Dan Goldstein. It’s such a simple design that’s very aesthetically appealing, and very practical
and comfortable.

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Is there a source you can suggest creatives visit if they wish to learn more about sustainable design?
As I’m only very new to the world of sustainable design, I can only suggest to keep your eyes open to all the items around you in your world. Think before you just dispose of things, there may be another life you can create for the items around you, so don’t thoughtlessly chuck out!

You’ve just released a neon range of ‘furrows’. What are you planning on doing/designing next?
The beauty of the Furrows is that there is no real set plan with how they are created. I am really dictated on the different types of timber that come my way and the unpredictability of the shapes that will form. I look at colours that are on-trend but also colours that work well to complement the natural tone and lines of
the timber.

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Where can we shop Furrow South?
We will be launching our online store very soon and have had lots of retail enquiries. We will have a full list on our website soon so check-in or like us on Facebook for regular updates.

Furrow South Websitehttp://www.furrowsouth.com

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Interview: Sarah Hudson, award winning ceramic artist

Sarah Hudson is an award-winning, Melbourne ceramic artist. A detailed and delicate finish to her creations – which include jewellery and tableware – has won numerous awards and recognition both locally and internationally. Off the back of her first solo exhibition in Melbourne this month, we caught up with the artist to discover where she finds her inspiration to promote harmony and beauty in her ceramic designs.

Sarah Hudson

Tell us about your background. What path led you to ceramic design?
 I’ve always worked in a design environment, such as graphics, communications and industrial and product design. The experience gained from this and working with amazing creatives in these fields has formed a strong influence on all aspects of my practice.

When I chose ceramics as an elective course in the first year of my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, I hoped to learn techniques that would complement my metals and jewellery major. By the end of the year I was combining techniques learned from both disciplines.

Where do you turn to for inspiration?

I tend to re-visit my visual diaries – of which I have many! Over the years I’ve sketched and researched a myriad of concepts I like to turn to for inspiration. My studio is also a treasure trove of curious pieces that capture my attention for one reason or another – whether it’s colour, texture, pattern, words or interesting objects I’ve collected.

What does a typical day at work involve for you?

My day is always varied and full – which I love. I make, design, source, research and, when firing, my day often extends into the night!

Your ‘Bamboo Sake Set’ won a prize at the 2010 Itami International Craft Exhibition. What was this like? Why do you think you were chosen as the winner? Describe the winning piece and what inspired it.

This International craft exhibition receives hundreds of entries from around the world, so to receive The Itami Prize among lots of amazing works is an honour. My design was a response to the judges brief to create a Sake Set that would bring friends together to enjoy the drink. My inspiration to use a bamboo theme with ‘clusters’ of bamboo poles suggested this connection and fellowship.

The materials, bamboo and porcelain, were carefully selected and hand finished resulting in a harmonious and calm environment. The set is appealing if only a few cups are used and, as friends gather, new bamboo vessels can be added to share the joy of drinking Sake, too.

Your jewellery collection, ‘Beauty, a quiet conversation’, also won an award at Itami International Craft Exhibition. Describe this collection and what inspired it.

Each year the Itami Craft Exhibition alternates between the themes Sake – Itami being the birthplace of Sake – and Jewellery. This necklace series is a collaborative design with fellow Melbourne artist, Pennie Elliott. Pennie and I studied alongside one another in ceramics and jewellery at Monash University.

The necklaces combine handmade porcelain and precious metal beads. The subtle design reflects on the repeated process of making over time. It features unique, irregular pieces that join together without interruption in a state of harmony.

You showcased your works at Potier Gallery in May. For those who didn’t attend, what were visitors privy to?

The exhibition was a quiet reflection on the beauty of porcelain, inviting the viewer closer to contemplate on the detailed and delicate work before them. The exhibition launched new designs including delicate and thin-layered tableware, new bamboo-themed vessels and necklaces.

I also launched an installation of hundreds and hundreds of translucent porcelain petals. Many hours of work, but worth every minute to see my idea fully realised!

What is your favourite piece/collection you have designed and why?

I can’t say I have a favourite as each individual artwork or coloured bead is intriguing. I’m fascinated with combining pigment and porcelain as its not until the final firing is complete that I can see the subtle or intense colouring I’ve achieved.

Which artists/designers do you admire?

A mix of local and international artists I love: Vera Siemund, Ted Muehling, Lucy Sarneel, Nga Waiata, Letitia Buchan and Sarah Dingwall.

What’s next for Sarah Hudson?

With the Potier Gallery exhibition finished, I’m looking forward to taking a step back and reflecting. Having said that, there’s always a mix of different opportunities and awards to develop ideas and designs for.  This year I was awarded an Australia Council ArtStart grant and I’m currently setting up my studio which is very exciting!

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Otazu’s Lady Gaga collection available in Australia

Jewellery designer, Rodrigo Otazu’s sought after Lady Gaga collection — originally made exclusively for the queen of pop — is now available in Australia!

The inspiring collaboration was sparked after Otazu designed Gaga’s controversial meat purse and jewellery for the Video Music Awards in 2010. The Lady Gaga inspired collection features six striking tribal inspired, Swarovski crystal necklaces Gaga herself has been snapped in numerous times. The pieces are designed to be worn together or separately.

Otazu Crystal Tiara

It’s no surprise Lady Gaga was drawn to the craftsmanship associated with Otazu. His instinctive signature style is quickly making him one of the world’s leading jewellery designers. “I am self-taught and have a very personal style, for me design is about a feeling inside me, a sensation you want to share” he says.

Rodrigo Otazu’s work encompasses a myriad of influences from architecture, travel, music and fashion, to the arts! It’s no surprise to see his designs adorned by the hottest female celebrities on the scene with powerful women such as Madonna, Grace Jones, and Mary J. Blige photographed in his creations. Otazu’s work has also been featured in the film Sex in the City 2 and worn by Britney Spears in her infamous Slave 4 U video clip.

For stockist enquiries, contact Liberta Jewel on 0412 193 763.
For more drooling over Otazu’s work.

Otazu Earrings, Crystal Clear Swing Gold

Otazu Long Necklace, Silver with Crystal Pendant

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Good Wood’s Lucky Cat Necklace

‘Cause we couldn’t help ourselves…

Out now by Good Wood NYC, comes an accessory that features one of our favourites – the Lucky Cat!

Made in the US, the wooden Lucky Cat is hung from a complementing classic wood bead necklace. The cheerful cat is associated with good luck, wealth and good fortune in the Japanese culture.

Available in two colours, you can find this piece at Good Wood NYC.

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SHAG new shipment

Shag has received a new shipment of exquisite vintage finds. The Melbourne store is a treasure trove of pre-loved, pieces and one-of-a-kind finds for those that love their clothing and accessories with unique flair.

Get your vintage fix here.


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UPDATE: 10% off Lord Coconut jewellery for ed and ruby followers

Lord Coconut is offering 10% off online purchases for ed and ruby followers till April 30. Use discount code RUBY when finalising your buy. Head to Lord Coconut to see its extensive range of unique finds!

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