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press for indie illustrated lamps
We were thrilled with the response to a couple of recent features in the press and wanted to share these with you. Our Black Autumn Table Lamp ($108.90) was featured in the A Plus section of The Australian on June 21. The response has been overwhelming, and we've had to reorder twice in less than two weeks! We have plenty in stock now :) This design is stunning, with the Autumn scene printed onto the inside of the timber veneer shade so that the image is revealed when the lamp is switched on. It really is special.
Brand new Mickie & Stevie Whale Timber Table Lamp in stock!
Our brand new Whale Timber Table Lamp ($108.90) from Micky & Stevie is proving to be a big hit and was featured on Babyology!
It's a new style with the image printed in semi-translucent colours onto a timber veneer shade. The blues waves overlap and you can see the woodgrain texture though the image. Completely adorable, and an ideal gift for a newborn or a child's birthday.
We offer flat rate shipping to anywhere in Australia - so our range of lamps are affordable no matter where you live!
now showing: far fetched
Currently showing at St. Thomas Studio is Far Fetched, a collaborative exhibition by Gold Coast designers Laura Strange and Sarah Huston. Their accessories have a sleek, contemporary aesthetic. While the viewer may be seduced by smooth curves and carefully balanced geometric elements, each finished piece in fact represents the artists' exploration of modern fabrication techniques. Laura and Sarah have combined techniques such as 3D printing in precious metals and plastics, and laser cutting in acrylics and wood, and have explored their use in unison and combined with traditional making techniques. This approach allowed the designers to create new and unique designs that may not have been possible using traditional methods alone.
Through photography, prints and prototypes, the exhibition is also a vibrant documentation of the processes involved.
Each accessory on display has been designed thoughtfully. Laura and Sarah have resisted the temptation to overuse the processes they are exploring. Small details and clever use of negative space create intrigue, and invite the viewer to take a closer look at the form and its construction.
Prototypes were produced as part of the design process to ensure that the unique pieces were perfect before the final product was made. These were printed from plastic through Gold Coast Tech Space and Shapeways. The designers worked with Online Laser Cutting to produce not only pieces for the show from wood and acrylics, but also the exhibition display.
Sarah Huston and Laura Strange have both studied design in Queensland. Sarah is currently working primarily in the fashion industry, with recent work including accessories design, illustration and graphic design for labels such as Afends and Vanguard. She likes to experiment with new techniques and create pieces out of unlikely materials.
Laura Strange is a graphic designer based between Brisbane and the Gold Coast. She currently works at digital agency, Klyp and also designs unique accessories under the label Strange Stranger. After exhibiting in numerous group shows Laura is excited to collaborate with a like-minded designer to create a strong body of work focused on the techniques she has been using in her practice.
Laura and Sarah also collaborated with Fritz Frames to create a one off pair of sunglasses for Far Fetched by combining his unique technique with 3D printed details. The method Fritz uses to create each handcrafted frame originates from the traditions of wooden yacht building. He is a craftsman as well as designer, and his ever-evolving process brings a new perspective to the project.
Far Fetched continues at St. Thomas Studio until March 11, 2014. You can view more of the designers' work on their web sites: Laura Strange's Strange Stranger, and Sarah Huston's coming soon site www.sarahhuston.com.au.
St. Thomas Studio is the Gold Coast’s newest hub for creative events. Its opening marked the launch of the Gold Coast Arts District, and the Studio will be adjacent to St Thomas Place - a project currently under development as a place for creatives to live, work and make. St. Thomas Place is an international design collaboration between Miami Architect Ludwig Fontalvo-Abello of Studio LFA and world acclaimed French botanist, Patrick Blanc, whose Vertical Gardens are revolutionising the use of green space in the environment.
now showing: time recalled by artist jo davenport
Jo Davenport's abstract oil paintings depict the landscape; a moment experienced in the landscape rather than a scene studied and recorded. What she captures is fleeting, and her images have almost a sense of urgency. They take me to that moment when you hold your breath, in awe of a realisation which will quickly fade into a memory you will soon struggle to articulate. Something that when retold, might seem mundane - you can describe it but you can't quite remember why it was so compelling.
Jo's gestural paintings grasp at those instants and keep them still long enough for her audience to reflect upon their own experiences and the way in which they personally identify with the landscape. The energy of brushwork and the vibration of high key colours threaten to tear the moment out of view; to have it move once again with the relentless forward momentum of time. For now though, while it remains captured on canvas, we can breathe out. By taking it in at our own pace, we can extend and intensify the emotional charge.
In 2012, Jo held her first highly sucessful solo show, Remembered Landscape, at Flinders Lane Gallery. 2013 saw her follow on with Remembered at Sydney's Arthouse Gallery. This year, her new work is on display at Flinders Lane Gallery with Time Recalled. The exhibition is currently showing and will continue until 8 March, 2014. Works can be viewed online here.
Jo describes her work: 'In approaching landscape as a subject...my paintings hope to capture landscape in the spontaneous instance when the past is almost gone, and the future is just starting to appear. The result is an impulsive act of colour and mark-making that brings the transient experience into view.'
Throughout Time Recalled, we are reminded that the sunlight is constantly changing. A small shift in time, or in the weather, or in the landscape itself causes the light to reflect in an almost infinite number of ways. Even on an overcast day, we are treated to abstract shapes of negative space as we look up through the trees into the glare of the sky. The intimacy of witnessing all of these details and how they interact to create your experience is a joy in itself. Jo's paintings communicate the wonder of such moments beautifully.
january jewellery sale!
Treat yourself these summer holidays with some of our jewellery favourites! Throughout January, indie art & design is offering you 20% off all jewellery pieces* by Polli, Love Hate and Meow Girl PLUS $1 shipping on all jewellery!* (*excludes jewellery stands)
Save 20% on Polli's intricate “illustrated” pendants & earrings in stainless steel or timber ...AND have you seen their brand new sterling silver Lotus rings? Just stunning!
Save 20% on geometric all sorts by Love Hate... featuring Geneine Honey's unique twist on seasonal colour palettes such as pretty pastels.
Meow Girl’s whimsical hand-painted porcelain pendants of woodland creatures and other animals, and retro-styled teacups & teapots will make you fall in love. Save 20% on all designs!
So many gorgeous designs from which to choose, and we'll post it to you for just $1! Happy Holidays!