Sunday, August 7, 2016

Letter 11 Is Open!


It has been a while since I have written on here, life took over for a bit. Moving countries, finding somewhere to live and a new job.. the usual :) But I am back. I shall be sharing my usual finds around the globe with a focus on design, textiles and handmade goodness.

Also I finally opened a new Etsy shop which I have been meaning to do for a long time, in the year we had in KL I learnt to screen-print and made some fun things so these goodies are now available to buy!

Letter 11 is a lifestyle label full of bright, fun and colourful things for you and your home with a focus on pattern and print. My favourite things. Often things are one offs and will be of limited runs so keep an eye out for that special something for you or your home. xx

Sneek Peeks:

I read somewhere the other day that time passes regardless, so if you are thinking about doing something you should go for it...  So here goes...

Thanks to the friends who have helped in the butt kicking department, I love you very much.

K xxx

Friday, April 1, 2016

Get Into Bed With Bonnie & Neil

Happy Friday!

I am a big fan of the design duo team behind the fabulous Australian brand Bonnie & Neil, for me it's the bold and quirky designs with that delicious colour palette. Screen-printed and hand-crafted, the perfect combination. Design heroes.

''Luxury homewares, handcrafted in Australia'' The latest collection is called 'Home' and features a new product joining the already full packed variety is.. you guessed it, bedding! It joins ceramics, artwork, cushions, timber, tableware.. the list goes on. [I would like one of everything please]

Home is inspired by exactly that, weekends pottering and enjoying your space. It features timber room dividers, luxurious bedding, throws on soft linens, cotton and even a velvet. See the feature in on The Design Files for some beautifully styled shots of it.

Something for the weekend.....perhaps it's time to treat yourself to some autumn delights... below is a selection of a few of my favourites...across all collections.

Seriously juicy colourful homewares....

Have a fab weekend!

K x

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Mirdinara - Folklore Fancies


Today I am sharing with you an Artist/Illustrator/Designer whom I discovered somehow by chance and just fell totally in love with her beautiful designs and folk inspired work.

Her name is Dinara Mirtalipova and she was born and raised Uzbekistan but now lives in Ohio, her roots are a clear influence on her unique style.

It is pretty and whimsical with a very ''Scandi" folk vibe that I just adore but is also functional and even educational. The colours are bold and the patterns are intricate and guess what, she is totally self taught! Amazing. She has a range of beautiful fair trade Tea towels that come under her Mirdinara Kitchen range which even come with recipes... My kinda T Towel. 

See examples of her Illustration commissions and projects alike here. 

Choosing which photos to share was quite a process... 

If you happen to be lucky enough to live in Ohio you can visit the new [ish] shop in person! I bet it is beautiful... I see snippets on her instagram.... @mirdinara

She is currently painting some gorgeous eggs for Easter....

Big Love!

K x

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Shibori Sunday - Workshop 11


On Sunday a few friends and I had a Shibori workshop day, the first of it's kind in Workshop 11! That is the little name I am giving our new garage/studio space.... I am pretty excited about having somewhere to get really messy and make/build lots of fun stuff!

Shibori is the Japanese term for what the west commonly calls Tie-Dye. It has become super trendy and perhaps even mainstream yet the more sophisticated Indigo coloured hues are certainly a grown up version that work in the current world of both interiors and fashion.

Essentially is is the art of manipulating fabric [cotton or linen works best] with various tools to achieve a beautiful unique pattern. The use of threads and objects acts as a resist to the dye leaving the white of the fabric behind...

A few snaps from Workshop 11...

I loved getting messy and we were all so excited unwrapping our creations, there is something magical about the waiting process and it takes less than half an hour before you can see your results! I am pretty impatient so this is excellent news for me..

There are 5 main ways in which you can manipulate the fabric: Miura, Kumo, Nui, Arashi and Itajime. Have a further read if you fancy!

My fellow Sydney creative chum  Jessica organ  is teaching a workshop in Shibori at MakerSpace, a fab new creative community style studio space and if you fancy signing up you can do so here!

I can't wait do do some more....

K x

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

A Little Update - Hello Sydney


Sydney, we are back. Yay! The year in Asia was a wonderful experience and certainly not one I shall forget but I am happy to be able to swim in the ocean, picnic in the park and get great coffee everywhere :) It's the small things hey...

Also I am excited to be back to be amongst all the great creatives and designers that reside here and will be back on sharing my finds and my own work!

I am pretty excited to find more street art popping up around Sydney including this fabulous one by an artist called Nadia Hernandez..

Have a fab week!

K x

Monday, February 8, 2016

Pedal Penang - A Street Art Tour


Georgetown in Penang might just be one of my favourite places in the world. It has delicious cheap food, beautiful candy coloured colonial and traditional architecture and it's totally flat so you can cycle around and photograph all the incredible street art the city has to offer.

So that's exactly what we did one very hot day last week.. we hired a tandem bike and set off with a street art map [readily available around town] taking us down lanes, alleyways and all the nooks and crannies the town has to offer. Stopping only to photograph and enjoy some street stall Makan!

There are several artists responsible for the artwork, one is Ernest Zacharevic His series that mainly feature children were part of the arts and culture festival in 2012, the first public artworks to colour the city...

Nowadays you find street art on every white space, adorning walls with colourful stories and making Georgetown a unique and wonderful place to visit. There are also metal sculptures by Sculpture At Work dotted around the main streets and make for interesting wanders.

A few of my favourite artworks and sights from pedaling Penang...

There is something in Georgetown for everyone, it has won me over and I am dreaming of renovating a little shophouse...... and cycling everywhere..... and eating mint noodles... Oh yeah YUM!

K x