Wednesday, 19 June 2013
Have you seen the Winter Cabin Collection? It's a collaboration between Portland, Oregon-based creative types Mary Kate McDevitt, Man vs Ink and Wanderlust, and the result is a limited-edition range of products inspired by old-timey winter cabins. The range includes cosy blankets, prints, cushions, wooden signs, crates and these fab Hunker Down With Me banners. The banners have been screen printed onto canvas and hung from a wooden dowel with twine. As I type this my fingers are frozen, and I'm wearing boots indoors and have a blanket over me in an attempt to keep warm, so the idea of hunkering down for the winter in a cabin in the woods sounds absolutely perfect!
Tuesday, 18 June 2013
Apologies for the silence around these parts lately; last week involved some work deadlines, and then Adam and I took off to the country for the weekend. It was wonderful getting away for a couple of days, and was exactly what I needed! Today I wanted to share these sweet new greeting card designs from San Francisco letterpress studio Hello!Lucky, which involve lots of bright colours and retro graphics, as well as some beautiful gold foil details. The golden oldie card would be perfect for my record collecting-obsessed boyfriend!
You can check out the full range of new cards on the Hello!Lucky website.
Thursday, 13 June 2013
This time last year Adam and I were living in up in San Francisco. We had such a wonderful week there and still talk and think about it a lot, and would love to get back there some day. It probably won't happen anytime soon, but in the meantime I can enjoy San Francisco through this fantastic series of screen prints by Lab Partners.
Lab Partners are husband and wife team Ryan Meis and Sarah Labieniec, and are based out of Oakland. In 2007, upon their arrival in San Francisco, they decided to collaborate on a letterpress print to send out to their family and friends announcing their move. They had so much fun with it that soon after they launched their studio as a way to experiment and explore. The pair now work for a variety of commercial clients and also produce their own range of prints.
I really love this series and the sweet, retro graphics and the colourful and sunny colour palette. Some of the prints are unfortunately sold out on the Lab Partners online shop, but pop over there to take a look and to view the rest of their fantastic work. Lab Partners are also represented locally in Melbourne by Outre Gallery.
Tuesday, 11 June 2013
Hello all, did you have a good weekend? It was so nice having a three-day weekend – I wish they could all be like that! I wanted to start off the week with a fabulous new Melbourne homewares label, Feliz. Julia featured Feliz on her great blog, Studio Home, last week, and I found myself promptly clicking through to their website to check out the collection. Feliz is a new venture for friends Jane Forbes and Melissa Alessi, who have backgrounds in product development and not-for-profit organisations. The two found themselves in an exalted state of happiness (feliz) after the birth of their children, and decided to share this feeling through a range of quirky and fun organic handmade bed linen and decorative cushions.
All of Jane and Melissa's textiles are ethically and sustainably produced, and screen printed here in Melbourne. The pair are inspired by colour, texture and clean, simple designs, and their aim is to produce items of the highest quality while also injecting a pop of colour and fun into the home. I think this is something they've certainly managed to achieve – how fun are these quilt covers?! I love the 'sprinkle' design, especially in fluro red.
For more information, visit the Feliz website and online shop.
Friday, 7 June 2013
Eco-friendly textiles manufacturer Cloud9 recently collaborated with South African designer Heather Moore of Skinny laMinx to release this fabulous new range of printed quilting-weight fabrics, titled Up, Up & Away.
The new collection was built around a successful print Heather created for Cloud9 back in 2011, and features a range of bird, dot and cloud motifs in three colourways. I really like the new designs, and especially love the vibrant yellowy/mustard prints. Cloud9 Fabrics uses only 100% certified organic cotton in the manufacturing of their base cloths and eco-responsible low impact dyes. To view the full collection, visit the Cloud9 website.
On an unrelated note, I realised the other day that it's been three whole years since I started this blog. Wow! I probably should have done something to celebrate, but it completely slipped my mind. Thanks so much to those who have been reading from the beginning (you can read my first ever post here), and a friendly welcome to those who have just joined me! I don't think that a whole lot has changed around these parts since that first post. Sure, I've tweaked the way the blog looks and have gradually felt more comfortable sharing a little more 'me', but at the end of the day I still aim to share the lovely things that inspire me, and it means a whole lot that others might find some joy in that too. Gosh! Well, it's a long weekend here in Australia, so I'm going to give myself a few days off as a reward. Enjoy your weekend and see you back here next Tuesday! x
Thursday, 6 June 2013
9th Letter Press is a design and letterpress studio based in Winter Park, Florida, run by friends Isabel Ibanez and Sheli Scarborough. The pair handle a variety of projects, including custom wedding invitations, and also produce a fun range of letterpress greeting cards.
There's some lovely designs to choose from here – I especially love the gold foil features and hand illustrated type. To view the full collection visit the 9th Letter Press website.
Tuesday, 4 June 2013
One of my favourite designers, Clare Nicholson, recently released four new prints for summer.
Aren't they vibrant and fun? Perfect for brightening up any space. I think my favourite is the new mountain print, but they're all great. Check them out for yourself in Clare's online shop.