Monday, 17 March 2014

profile - elke lucas ceramics.

 
Ceramicist Elke Lucas

Today I am thrilled to feature the work of ceramicist Elke Lucas, who enjoys many of the things I love too - native plants and walking through Noosa National Park - both of which influence her work - no wonder I love it! Elke's ceramics have a lovely curvaceous handmade quality, which makes each individual piece unique. Describing her ceramics as pieces which are, "made to be used, loved and enjoyed," there is no doubt  they add a certain specialness to any table top and I imagine food would undoubtedly taste better served up in one of her hand thrown pots. With an obvious passion for what she does, Elke's insight into her career as a ceramicist is inspiring. I get a real buzz featuring people like Elke who have taken the plunge to pursue what they love to do and despite myriad challenges, continue to find inspiration and joy in what they do every day. You can find Elke at the Peregian Beach markets and can also snap up her pieces on online

How would you describe yourself:
Someone who looks and listens.

What was your childhood dream?
To travel the world.


What led you down your current path?
Love really,  I was traveling up the west coast of Ireland in an old converted red fire engine where I met a surfer who was on the same journey. He came from a family of eccentric artists and he was a potter. We fell in love and after many adventures together we eventually took over the family pottery on the Cornish coast. I thought, ‘well if you can’t beat them join them’ so I started making pots. We used the local earthenware clay from that area and to my surprise found I was a natural and my pots quickly became successful, I always had a secret longing to work with porcelain though, because I loved its delicate translucent quality. Since setting up my studio in Noosa on the Sunshine coast I’ve been able to fulfill that desire as I’m now working with these fantastic Australian porcelains and just loving working with clay again. 


What do you love most about what you do?
Working from home and doing what you love is the most satisfying work – I love working with clay, I love the endless possibilities it represents, I love the successes and sometimes even the failures can help you to progress to where you want to get to. I have two boys too and it’s great that I can be there when they get home from school – working for myself gives me the flexibility to be there for the family and work around it and still get to do what I love..


Where do feel most inspired and what inspires your collections – Botanic – MaC Dot – Running Copper?
Walking through the National Park gives me time to look at all the beautiful leaves,
grasses and flowers that are native to this area. Every time I discover a new shape of leaf or shell, stone or even stick, I have to inspect closely to see if it would work on one of my ceramic pieces. The colours, shapes and textures I see on a daily basis through the park and on the beach are a constant inspiration for my work.

The Botanic Range is inspired by the leaves, grasses and flowers I come across daily when walking through the park.

The effect on the MaC Dot Range is reminiscent of a piece of sea shell that has been scoured by the effects of sand and waves and washed up onto the beach.

The Running Copper Range is a reflection of the greens I see in the park, sometimes the light reflects through the leaves, sometimes the leaves look dark and ‘gloomy’

The K├Ânig Gold Range has evolved from being inspired by sea urchins and the Darion Fruit (also known as King of fruits) – hence the raised studs on the pots and once I discovered gold it took me right back to my teens when I wore a studded white leather belt after punk had finally reached my sleepy village in the Black Forest!


Who do you admire?
I admire people who have the courage to just be themselves and follow their dreams.


What challenges have you had to overcome?
Pottery always has constant challenges. It’s quite a process to get started because of the amount of equipment required to set up a studio and the time you have to put in to acquire the skills involved. It’s taken me a while to take the plunge, invest money and pour myself into it but as soon as I did, it was all worth it.
The work itself is challenging as there are so many factors that can affect the end result from the consistency of the clay to the weather conditions for drying to the glaze testings and the firing techniques – pottery has endless options and endless challenges but that’s what makes it such an interesting craft to be involved in.


What's been a 'pinch yourself' moment?
Sometimes juggling the demands of life can become all consuming – so for me those moments when you can suddenly see clearly and feel thankful for everything, those times are precious.

What are your top (four) inspiring resources (books, blogs, music, the outdoors etc)?
The internet is the most amazing resource, I enjoy looking at beautiful ceramics, but really I draw most of my inspiration from nature. I’m a soul girl too, I love the old motown soul classics and usually have either that or some Xavier Rudd or Ben Howard blasting out in the workshop.


Do you have a dream creative project?
Answer- One day I’ll embark on a journey to master the secrets of glaze making

What are you currently coveting in the world of design?
I love design that is beautiful to look at as well as being functional.

What's next?
I wish I knew.

When the weekend rolls around what do you love to:
Read –  Something light usually, PG Woodhouse always makes me laugh.
Watch- Addicted to Breaking Bad at the moment (I know I’m a bit behind).
Cook-  Home made pizza with the family.
Create- Havoc if I’m stressed.
Listen to- Friends solving all the worlds’ problems whilst drinking some wine.
Dream about- The beautiful spacious workshop I one day will have.
Look forward to- Simple and easy times.

Monday, 10 March 2014

profile Anannasa - yen sher lo.



 
yen sher lo of Anannasa
Vibrant and vivacious are not words I often use to describe someone, but they are very fitting for today's profile on Yen Sher Lo of fashion label Anannasa. I first had the pleasure of meeting Sher last year at her home and was instantly swept into her creative and colourful mix of global styles. I was literally overawed and felt as if I'd traveled to another far more exotic part of the world - a long way from the Brisbane suburb I was in. Just like her home, Sher is full of energy, puts you instantly at ease and one of those people you can just chat to all day long. With a background in fashion overseas, last year Sher launched her new label Anannanas, which features kaftans, layered necklaces and beautiful billowy silk and cotton tops and pants. Sher's stunning home provided the perfect backdrop for the label's 2014 look book and for those who would love a further glimpse of Sher's home, you can read about it in the Autumn edition of Queensland Homes. A big thank you to Sher for sharing her home and creative insight.


How would you describe yourself:
Curious,  creative, Chinese, convivial and compassionate.



What was your childhood dream?
From a very young age, I was always drawing, sketching and making paper dolls wearing different outfits. It seemed inevitable that I would do anything else when I grow up! However, I did a commerce degree which had nothing to do with design but it gave me the opportunity to be fashion buyer for a department store chain in Singapore straight after my stint at Melbourne Uni.

What led you down your current path?
My professional life has always revolved around retail and merchandising from fashion to lifestyle products. However, since emigrating to Brisbane (from Hong Kong) 10 years ago, I gave up my career to raise the kids and to help with the family business. But there’s always been a yearning to do something more. During the middle of last year, with my husband’s encouragement I started my label for a bit of fun. Suddenly I found myself selling to 10 stores within a short period of time. I was so thrilled.

What do you love most about what you do?
I love fashion and I love being creative, so it is a very natural extension of who I am to do this.  A big bonus is I get to go to India again and again! I can also go shopping, read magazines, surf the net, visit places of interest and inspiration and call it work! Best of all, it is very exciting yet humbling to see my clothes being worn by my customers. 



Where do you feel most inspired?
I don’t think I have an answer to that!  Inspiration can appear anywhere and anytime! I love this quote from Grace Coddington (creative director of US Vogue) “never to fall asleep in the car because you might miss potentially inspiring views from the window”!!!



Who do you admire?
Tricia Guild is my style icon. Her intoxicating use of colours and prints in interiors transcends into fashion for me. I get a lift every time I see her work.



What challenges have you had to overcome?
My own insecurities, having second thoughts about starting out as an unknown, in a very competitive market. Other than that, I‘ve been incredibly lucky, it has been rather seamless to date, although I do foresee challenges ahead as the business grows.



What's been a 'pinch yourself' moment?
There has been several. But the one that takes the cake is the day when Fashion Allied Agency, Brisbane wanted to represent me!  I went in to deliver a necklace and walked out with them behind me! 


 What are your top inspiring resources?
Fashion and interior magazines, Pinterest and Instagram, people watching and travelling.



Do you have a dream creative project?
I toy with the idea that one day, my four sisters and I can join forces and put our creative talents together! Maybe to run a small but stylish resort in Borneo? The staff will have to wear my kaftans as uniform!

What are you currently coveting in the world of design?
I was in Bangkok a few weeks ago and saw the latest Furla Bag.  I am very partial to it at the moment!!!

What's next?
Developing a second label called Chutnee, so named due to the number of times we ate that while in Rajesthan last month.




When the weekend rolls around what do you love to:
Read –  Fashion, interior, travel, food, lifestyle magazines…
Watch- Movies; I love movies, from Hollywood to Bollywood, I do not discriminate!
Cook -  Laksa, a family favourite.
Create - Laughter.
Listen to - FM 105.
Dream about - My next holiday possibly Morocco but maybe Bhutan.
Look forward to - Getting my convertible soon!

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

profile heatherly design bedheads - georgie leckey.

 

georgie leckey of heatherly design bedheads
As the weather becomes cooler and the sun takes longer to rise in the morning it's tempting to stay in bed a little longer, so I thought it was fitting to devote this weeks profile to beautiful beds. For Georgie Leckey, an interior designer with a passion for textiles, it was a gap in the market which prompted her to design and create her own range of custom upholstered bedheads and launch Heatherly Design Bedheads in 2007. Available in various styles and fabrics, from timeless neutrals to striking bold prints, Georgie's luxurious range has grown to include fully upholstered beds, blanket boxes which mirror the design of the bedhead, coordinating valances, chairs and bedside tables. Just like goldilocks I'd love to dive into every one of these beds. You can checkout Georgie extensive design gallery here.

How would you describe yourself:
Driven, passionate, fastidious, impatient and self motivated.


What was your childhood dream?
To show people to their seats at the theatre or cinema so I could watch all the performances for free!

What led you down your current path?
A passion for beautiful fabrics.


What do you love most about what you do?
Working with gorgeous clients all over Australia in helping create their vision for their bedroom.

Where do you feel most inspired?
Could be anywhere from in the garden or on the streets of New York.

Who do you admire?
Carolyn Creswell from Carman’s Muesli.


What challenges have you had to overcome?
Slow internet which comes with the territory in regional Victoria, freight logistics with delivering such large pieces Australia wide

What's been a 'pinch yourself' moment?
Our designs featured in glossy mags and television

What are your top inspiring resources?
The Design Files, Interiors Addict, Pinterest and a recent book on Collette Dinnigan’s life.


Do you have a dream creative project?
A boutique hotel where every bedroom is styled differently.

What's next?
Children’s bedheads.

When the weekend rolls around what do you love to:
Read - Sunday papers.
Watch - Downtown Abbey for the interiors not the story line!! 
Cook - Anything from our vegie garden.
Create - Mosaics.
Listen to - My daughter playing her clarinet.
Dream about - A trip to Italy.
Look forward to - Hong Kong next month.