When I travel, I come home with a colour palette and scent for each place I visit – I have memories of remote coves of pink sands in Galapagos, busy coastal seaside towns in the Aegean, Medieval villages at the base of the Carpathian Mountains, cobbled streets of Scotland and the milky clay waters of Mekong Delta. I am able to translate colour palettes and styling arrangements from my travel inspirations through my books. I also like to communicate one of the most important senses, one that transports you back to your globetrotting experiences or makes you dream of future holidays: smell. With these memories, I have designed a new range of soaps.
My 5 latest soaps are inspired directly from the chapters in my latest book Gypsy. All soaps are naturally coloured and pressed and cut into the shape of a Society inc. shield. Pick a place that brings you good memories, or the next one to explore!
Galapagos: A remote cove of pink sands, the shores strewn with sea turtle tracks, sea urchin quills & coral fragments. Dunes behind are speckled with prickly pears and the scent on the air is holy trees, geranium & pine.
Turkey: Coastal towns by the Aegean full of seaside activity; scents of pink grapefruit, sweet orange, clove & coriander from the markets, petit grain & helichrysum, Mediterranean sea salt from the turquoise ocean.
Scotland: A road trip that winds through a landscape of lochs & highlands, grey mist & cobblestone streets, heady with scents of oak moss, petit grain & thyme
Transylvania: Warm, cloudless days, crispy in the morning withe the scent of blood orange, peppermint & birch tar filling medieval villages at the base of Carpathian Mountains, hiding wolves & bears, unchanged for hundreds of years
Indochine: Quiet wooden boats drifting on secret water paths, milky with clay & ochre hues. Scents of sweet orange, clary sage, pine, lavender, cedar wood, lemongrass, & patchouli.
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The festive season is upon us, and here at The Society inc. we are having a Christmas Flea Market! Stalls will be lining Stewart St, Paddington this Saturday 7th December at 8am. Shibori, Walter G, Sally Cambell Textiles, The Hamamist and many more will be joining in the fun. Stylist props, textiles, stocking stuffers & presents galore will be on offer.
The store will also be open early, and is channeling Mexicola! It is all about beautiful faded colours, felted cactus’, turquoise peacock chairs & papel picado! It is overflowing with fun decorations, cushions, woven market baskets, pom poms, Mexican textiles & more!
See you bright & early Saturday morning for some market fossicking & Christmas present shopping!
The festive season is upon us, and here at The Society inc. we are channeling Mexicola! It is all about beautiful faded colours, felted cactus’, turquoise peacock chairs & papel picado! The store is overflowing with fun decorations, cushions, woven market baskets, pom poms, stocking stuffers & presents galore.
I like to have fun with Christmas themes, and stray away from tradition. Colour is in, so embrace it and do something different!
My latest commercial project; Old Joe’s, was named after the old milk bar that everyone from the area remembers- covered in old advertising & run by Joe. I wanted to create a relaxed & bright place to hang out, straight from the beach, sand on your feet kinda feel. The bar is located directly across the road from the beach, and I designed it as an extension of bringing the outside, in.
I delved into my own upbringing of beach culture in the 1970’s; striped umbrellas, washed out okanui boardies, tasseled terry toweling and ice cream from the milk bar at the end of a salty day meets the candy sorbet colours of Florida keys.
I worked with a talented team of builders, sign writers, blacksmiths, furniture makers, dyers, and print makers to create a detailed space that reveals both the history & legacy of Cronulla and universal seaside cultures.
After researching the local surf & social history, Old Joe’s milk bar appeared time & time again, namely some great social photographs of the exterior by John Veage. I used elements & finishes reminiscent of milk bars, such as terrazzo bar tops, soft sorbet colours, striped awnings & hand painted signage.
Much of my inspiration can be seen in the details; the recycled timber floor pays homage to coastal boardwalks, lighting made from vintage beach chair strapping, hand painted ping pong table, custom table tops & fabrics with colour blocking and colour palettes that reference faded surfboards & board short colours.
Some time ago, I was invited by Friends of the Australian Ballet to put my own spin on the classic pointe ballet shoe. I have always been amazed with the beauty of ballet and ballerinas, however, the behind the scenes of the art is what fascinated me more. The final product somewhat of a celebration and depiction of behind the scenes of dancers studios, rehearsal halls, backstage dressing rooms and set and costume makers.
A short time ago I was informed that my shoe, alongside other pointe shoes that were created by many Australians designers & creatives, including Sass & Bide, Fleur Wood, Brad Ngata, Ginger & Smart & Michelle Lesley, is to be auctioned!
The shoe will be auctioned at Bonhams International Auction House, November 26th at 6:00pm.Byron Kennedy Hall The Entertainment Quarter 122 Lang Road, Moore Park
I will be signing copies of my latest book, Gypsy, at West Elm, Bondi Junction this Thursday, 4.30pm – 6pm.
Looking forward to seeing you there!