Brand new from bilingual is "Eclipse" - a collection inspired by the natural phenomenon, and beautifully crafted into a series of sterling silver rings, bangles and earrings.
With each new collection, Sydney designer Marta Niegowska presents her ideas in silver lines which are deceptive in their simple appearance. Each piece has a beautiful form and sense of balance, and as a collection, they explore concepts which relate to the way in which objects and materials are perceived - whether it be the hybrid nature of design for the body, the sense of place an object carries with it (eg. "Stopover") or the how the properties of light influence our perception of the surrounds (eg. "Eclipse").
The three key elements of the Eclipse collection are
"Shadow", "Orbit" and "Ratio", and each sculptured piece consists of a series of arcs divided by two distinct peaks to signify the anticipation of the relatively rare lunar or solar total eclipse. Each element has been applied to earrings, bangles and rings. Like the fast-changing spectacle of an eclipse, the jewellery pieces suggest different interpretations of their concepts at different angles of viewing, or as they move with the body of the wearer. This element of Marta's designs can be appreciated when comparing the individual jewellery images with the plinth arrangements at the recent launch (at Gaffa in Sydney).
Surface texture also plays a role in exploring the theme. Marta explains, "With the Eclipse range, we have tried to encapsulate the idea of contrast by use of a dual finish." Her choice of satin silver combined with gunmetal oxidised silver give these creations a simple yet unique aesthetic.
In addition to the galactic launch of "Eclipse", we'd also like to let you know that bilingual are currently in annual sale mode. Take this opportunity to save 20% on selected pieces until July 8, 2011! To browse their collections, visit www.bilingual.com.au.
By the way, if you have a favourite from the new range, do tell! I think my choice is Orbit...
Marrickville Town Hall will be buzzing with excitement this Saturday (18th June, 2011) as Creative Lane launches its first art and craft festival - a platform which allows local artists to showcase their artworks and interact with their community.
The event offers more than a traditional market, and participating artists will be holding small workshops, demonstrations and tutorials during the day. There are over 40 artists and designers taking part, including many indie faves as well as labels we've only just discovered! Talents include: Tamptation, Diana & Christine, Ceeb Wassermann, Jen Allison, Cecilie Knowles, Cherish Vintage Treasures, Chi Chi Ginjaka, Chloe and Viscount, Craft Claudes, benconservato, Erin Dove Accessories, Genschi, Giggle Spot Designs, Hey Boom, Kikay Design, Pabili!, Penned Notes, Skoshlets, The Collectior's Room, The Snail and the Tea Cup, Steal the Lime Light, Whiskers Lane, Tika Bear Designs, Blissful Blush, Drawstring, Takessuy, I Made It, Sienna and Sidney, Twice Designs, and Neutral Beat Clothing.
Creative Lane is a project by MIAO (The Most Inspirational Art Objects), an online store supporting local design. The driving force behind both is Suki Tam, who handmakes notebooks, bags and accessories for her own label, Tamptation.
Hope to see you there!
I'm so excited about Mother's Day this year (Sunday 8th of May) - this being my first as a mum! I've been telling baby Liam how much I'm looking foward to it, while carefully in earshot of his dad!
While thinking about this milestone, we chose from our store some of our favourite gift ideas for Mother's Day & photographed them for you! Don't they look pretty among lilac blooms and a weathered white outdoor setting? Hope you enjoy, and Happy Mother's Day to all our indie mums!
My little one can't wait to grow big enough to ride his Bumblebee Wheely Bug™! When his great aunt wanted to buy us a gift after Liam was born, the Bumblebee was the perfect choice. (I'd seen it at infancy in Newtown a couple of months before and it was instantly at the top of our list of must-haves...) Though he won't be riding it for a little while yet, as soon as he can walk (and his feet touch the ground) he'll be buzzing about, no doubt.
I think it's lovely to receive some gifts for your newborn which you can look forward to introducing well after they've outgrown all the sweet 000 and 00 baby clothes. They also make an ideal gift for a first birthday. The Wheely Bugs are available in two sizes - the small size (AUD $99 from infancy) is suitable from about 12-18 months, and the large size (AUD $130 from infancy) is made for 2 years and up.
There are a range of designs including a mouse, cow, tiger and pig (check out the Wheely Bug™ site for more pics), but the Bumblebee and Ladybug are stand-outs for me! The Australian design is very safe and with castors for feet, these creatures are so easy for little ones to manoeuvre - moving forwards, backwards, sideways, and round and round... all the time promoting gross motor skills. The bodies are padded and covered with a tough layer of polyurethane leatheroid that can be easily wiped clean and the base is made from plantation grown Poplar plywood and has safe ergonomic rounded contours. The "feelers" which wobble and delight are made with stainless steel spring and have an internal limiter cord to prevent pull out. No wonder the Wheely Bug™ is a multi award winning design.
Which design would you choose for your precious little person?
Eggs of silver encasing sprigs of cast foliage, enamel zeppelins, layered clouds with cascading silver tears . . . just a few of the wearable designs from Melbourne jeweller Naoko Inuzuka. An RMIT Gold and Silversmithing graduate, Naoko handcrafts her intricate one-off pieces in her CBD-based studio. Her creations feature silver, copper, enamel, pearls, stainless steel and silk which she interlinks with personal memory.
Floating vehicles, such as zepplins and hot air balloons, feature regularly in Naoko's designs. They represent the physical detachment from a place, travelling from one home to another, living in the 'in between'. Clouds are also a common theme in her work and interpretation. 'Clouds are visible to everyone and they connect us all, no matter what part of the world we live.' Naoko successfully conveys a story by embedding her personal journey into her pieces rather than focusing on design alone.
Saturation is her latest piece from the 'In Between' collection and features over 20 hand-cut, paper-thin silver tears suspended from stormy, enamel clouds - the hinged tears create a gentle movement in the way they fall. There's an underlying sadness in the beauty of this piece.
Naoko has recently moved from her studio to RMIT where she is undertaking a 2011 Residency. Her jewellery is available at Craft Victoria, Black Finch and by appointment. Naoko is also available for custom work.
All photographs by Emma Starr
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.