With bags both sweet and stylish, b.sirius have captured the high spirits of the season and released them back into the wilds of the city with a gorgeous new collection - just in time for Christmas! Four fabric prints with new bird and floral motifs form the basis for the Spring|Summer 2013 range which features delicate cut-out and stitched detailing throughout.
Borders of lace-like detail and signature appliques (as well as clever hidden pockets and storage) have been added to the pretty line-up of very practical bags - ranging from versatile clutches, satchels, wallets and totes, to the new iPad clutch (brilliant!) and glasses cases which make an ideal Christmas gift (for a friend, or perhaps a gift-to-self!)...
The lovely girls at b.sirius (www.bsirius.com) have also given us four of their brand new GLASSES CASES (valued at AUD $45 each) to giveaway to our readers! We have one in each of this season's prints - as shown from left to right: Magnolia, Tree of Life, Butterfly and Immerse lying in front. For your chance to win, simply leave a comment on this post telling us which design is your favourite! It couldn't be easier... Entries will be divided into four groups based on your preferred design, and a winner from each group will be drawn on Monday 10th December, 2012.
Pictured at top are two pieces featuring the 'Butterfly' design - the Butterfly Tote (AUD $155) and Butterfly Zip Up Wallet (AUD $84). We love the contrast between the dark grey/blue faux leather and the high key fabric print, with its overlaying reds and yellows.
Below is the essential Button Clutch design featuring this season's 'Magnolia' fabric print (AUD $99). The gentle curves of the top flap are echoed in the lace-like cut-out border detail - so pretty!
To view all the new designs now in stock, visit our online store... and don't forget to enter our b.sirius GIVEAWAY by commenting below with your choice of this season's glasses case styles (Magnolia, Immerse, Tree of Life or Butterfly)!
Pocket Designs originated in 2001 as a small Perth based graphic design business producing flyers, illustrations and other promotional material.
In December 2004, Pocket Designs launched its own range of mens fitted tees in fashionable boutique stores in Perth, Australia.
Designer Jason Lee finds inspiration in Japanese culture and anime - influences which are reflected in his vector illustrations. While his detailed and imaginative prints are Pocket Designs' distinguishing feature, Jason considers comfort and long-lasting wear equally important.
Not only do Pocket Designs tees have fantastic prints - they are top quality, great-fitting & long-lasting. We're big fans of Pocket!
To bring in the new year, we have reduced all current indie art and design Pocket Designs t-shirts to just $20 each to make way for the release of some exciting NEW designs!!
Check out the INDIE SHOP for the Pocket Designs range. (Discount applied at checkout)
Alice Potter's works are bold, colourful and ultimately an extension of her personality. They explore colour, contrast, form and texture - creating playful pieces that are both functional accessories and unique works of art. It's this combination that leads Alice to define herself as an art jeweller, opposed to an artist or a jeweller.
Alice is based in Adelaide, and her work is regularly exhibited in galleries and studios around the country. Most recently, her designs were included in group Christmas shows at Zu Designs gallery in Adelaide and Studio 2017 in Sydney.
Alice's recent works explore colour and composition. As a synesthete, she experiments with the relationships between colour, emotion and expression. This is also an extension of her current honors studies which focus on the relationship of colours.
Evident in many of her works is Alice's background in graphic design. The influence of her previous studies can be seen particularly in her earlier works which focused on layering, and resulted in relatively flat, almost two dimensional pieces. Since then, Alice's works have evolved, and she now creates more three dimensional pieces.
"Having studied design, moving away from a flat was a challenge, I had to forget what I'd learnt and build a form" ~ Alice Potter
Alice creates her works from the basis of 'making do'; to use materials recycled from other projects, off-cuts or found items. She also attended a textiles workshop in which she learnt to coil and produce string.
This is a skill she now uses quite frequently. Not only is each piece delicately hand made, but where possible, Alice's textiles and string are also hand wound, creating a very personal work which cannot be replicated.
For more information on Alice Potter visit www.alicepotter.com to see the little things in life that inspire her beautiful works!
I was so delighted to discover the Buttermilk Baby range at Infancy at the beginning of spring/summer. I didn't realise at the time that I was browsing the debut release from a new Australian label, stocked only at Infancy (who have three store locations in the Inner West, Sydney) and The Hip Infant (online).
Buttermilk Baby's first collections are ideal for hot weather - lightweight cotton in breezy styles (overalls & rompers, shoestring strap dresses, frilly pants & more). The carefully designed prints are just beautiful - the perfect mix of fun and whimsy, sweetness and style (without being over-the-top-tizzy or too-cool-for-school). Liam (pictured above) took some of his first steps in his Skyways print overalls (on sale for AU $19.95)!
Additional releases this summer by Buttermilk Baby included the Cherry Pink Bird All-in-One (AU $29.95) and Marine Blue Bird Romper (AU $19.95) pictured above (making something special out of the basics!), and the most recent - Summer Stripes (pictured above right as the Tie dress, AU $34) and Summer Swallow prints.
We look forward to what Autumn might bring us from Buttermilk Baby, but for the moment, Summer is the place to be! (By the way, I was happy to see that the size range has been extended to include Newborn to 3 years... so I have plenty of time left to add Buttermilk Baby pieces to Liam's wardrobe!)
We hope our readers and their families have a wonderful Christmas and we wish you all the best for 2012! Thank you for all your support throughout the year and we look forward to bringing you many more lovely things on the blog and in the store next year. All the best from Carolyn, Martin & Alisha xx
Last minute Christmas shopping at indie art & design:
Indie art & design is the digital baby of graphic design duo Carolyn & Martin (who are now also mum & dad to adorable Liam and Camille). Since 2006, we have showcased the work of Australian independent artists & designers on our blog, and we stock a large variety of beautiful and unique products in our online store.
We take a great deal of care with your orders, and have many return customers who love our range and service. We specialise in art and illustration (now including the work of the talented Amy Borrell and Dan Adams), and unique handmade pieces such as porcelain jewellery and objects by Irene Grishin Selzer of Iggy and Lou Lou... We have aso recently expanded our range of clever and thoughtful kids' products - from the ever-popular B&W Baby Mobile to exquisite clothing by Knuffle Kid, and delightful soft books and toys from Growing World.