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