Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

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We’re back on January 14th ready for a massive 2013. Thanks to everyone for such wonderful support this year.

Have a Happy New Year!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Happy Christmas Party

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Woohoo, last day at the studio! And I’ve organised the BEST Christmas Party for us all in the studio TODAY. What a massive year and none of it would be possible at all without the help of the girls - Rachel, Kate, Robyn,Jessica & my sister Jacqui. Everyone has worked so hard and at times it’s been very challenging. Especially when Florence decides she has a headache! Long hours and deadlines were no trouble for my tireless bevvy of girls. There’s no shortage of love for them! Thank you!


And a big thank you to all of the wonderful creative people that have come to us this year to bring another dimension to their artwork. It's been amazing meeting everyone and hearing such wonderful feedback. It's a terribly scary thing quitting a well paid job to go out on your own and set up a completely new business which may or may not work - well it's worked! And it's thanks to all the people supporting us and my wonderful family of girls here in the studio. Can you tell that I'm very grateful?!

So as for the Christmas Party – the fun starts in 1.5 hours!

 - First lunch at Mama Baba around the corner
 - THEN Chelsea from Trophy Wife Nail Art is coming to the studio to paint gorgeous things onto our nails!
 - THEN it’s off to Claremont Tonic for cocktails.
“ASIAN FOOD + ISLAND DRINK + ROCK MUSIC”. Gold!

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Yay! Fun times!

Happy Christmas and New Year to all!
Michelle
xx

Thursday, December 20, 2012

“My Creative Days” | Interview with Debbie Mackenzie

Living on the Peninsula has provided no shortage of inspiration for artist Debbie Mackenzie. Less than an hours drive south of Melbourne, her little seaside village oozes style, charm, sophistication and an understated elegance – all of which is abundantly shown in Debbie’s work. From the beach to the bushy surrounds, this locale heavily influences Debbie’s often whimsical and always charming work. She lives with her (also creative) husband and two young children in their recently renovated ‘old Orchard Cottage on the hill’. It sounds gorgeous! 

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Tell us a little about your background?
I’ve always been obsessed with drawing, even as a young child I would completely immerse myself into a fantasy world drawn from my imagination. After year 12 I was offered a place in what was my dream course, Illustration, at what is now Swinburne. I thought long and hard about it and decided I would never suit being a "poor artist". I was too much of a consumer and admirer of aesthetics. I decided to go with my second option Graphic Design, at least this would provide a career in which I could afford all things beautiful in design. In the end I spent a wonderful early twenties in the Film Industry followed by a decade in Multi National Ad Agencies. It was a great career for a young girl. A few years after meeting my husband we decided to move to the Peninsula and that is where I explored my desire to paint. Other than meeting my husband and having my two beautiful children, nothing fulfils me more than painting. Its a euphoric experience!

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What are the main influences on your work?
Nature is a constant influence for me. I'm also obsessed with the composition of a painting and I think my Graphic Design background plays a big part in how I structure a painting. When I look at a landscape I cant help but feel that our surroundings are so big and we are so small, so when I paint, my skies are LARGE and everything falls into place scaled down from the sky. I've seen people look at me strangely when I'm staring into space completely absorbed in looking at the colours in a cloud or the depth of the texture of a pine tree. All of nature triggers a major creative burst. I'm currently very taken with how many butterflies there are. They are everywhere and things like this make me feel creative. With my illustrations I often draw little fable like characters. I will see a photo and my interpretation of it instantly becomes "fable" like. My little owl man came from an image I saw on Pinterest and I just had to draw him. My Auntie & Uncle also had a MAJOR influence on my illustration work. As a child I would walk around my uncle's art studio in awe. He always had amazing things in there, like dead dragon flies and bugs on his window sill and then right beside them an intricate drawing of them. My Auntie showered us with beautiful books on the wonder of fairies and goblins and it was really the birth of "fable like creatures" and my imagination from there.

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What does a typical day look like for you?
Up at 6.30am scurrying around getting lunches and breakfasts done and my daughter ready for school and then usually do a mad dash to school with my 4 year old in tow. We do try and keep active during the day so my son and i are usually either at the gym or at soccer or swimming. If not we are at home cooking or making play dough. My 4 year old requires a lot of stimulation at the moment and he is very much looking forward to kinder next year (so is Mummy)! Then after a short stint its school pick up and I'm usually playing peace maker and diplomat to the children. Then its dinner, bath and bedtime. It can be a bit "Ground Hog" day but my goodness its great and they are just the funniest little people!

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You have 2 young children – how do you juggle the work/life/creative balance?
My husband has his own business and works very hard. I support my husband in his business one day a week and the remainder is spent playing Mum which I do feel so blessed to be able to do, albeit at times challenging & time consuming. I try to squeeze creativity in where ever I can but being creative requires you to immerse yourself completely and isn't something you can just turn on and off. At times this is difficult when you are really into something and one of the children requires me immediately. My very wonderful husband does try and get them out of the house 1 day on the weekend so that Mummy can do her paintings and I think he's a GOD for that!

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What are you looking forward to?
So many things! I've given myself a challenge for next year, I'd really like to have an exhibition somewhere or at least get some of my work into a gallery. I'm also looking forward to watching my children learn and grow and loving my husband even more (if that's at all possible)! He's a ripper! x

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Happy Snaps

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I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by. So much has happened – a new baby for me (3 months old now and sleeping pretty well touch wood), and the business is doing super well! It’s busy busy times and there’s so much to look forward to next year as well. We’ve got LOTS planned and are seriously excited.

So while I’ve been on ‘mat leave’ (not really, as I’m in the studio nearly every day anyway),I’ve been playing around with Instagram.  Are you on Instagram? I must admit, initially I wasn’t a fan. I didn’t get it. The photo filters made images look weird - twitter just seemed to make much more sense. But now Instagram is my number 1. It’s like twitter in that there is interaction and conversation but it’s done through a visual medium. Twitter through a text medium. It’s the ability to capture a moment, a single second in time, that is lovely about Instagram.

I’m about to take a snap of the apricots Kate brought in today – from her tree at home. Watch out for it on Instagram!

Michelle
xx

Friday, December 7, 2012

Hankey cushions {Made by Mosey}

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I have serious love for these new cushions by Madeleine Sargeant, the super lovely lady of Made by Mosey fame. I first met Madeleine last year, pretty much around this time, at a lunch that Tess and I hosted. I was super excited when she came to us to help recreate hankey cushions. I’m actually going to buy a couple for my girls for Christmas!

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