Thursday, 6 March 2014

Hello Beth Ditto!

2013 was just about the biggest year of my life. The birth of my daughter Eden, running a pop up shop with a tiny baby and then a big interstate move threw my life into momentary chaos until I was left blinking in the sun in country Victoria. The last half of the year flew by in a whirlwind of baby bliss and it was probably just about the happiest I've ever been.

So after a fairly long break, Elephant and Rose is back up and running! I have an order to send off to Sturt Gallery in Mittagong shortly and there will be more stockists announced throughout the year.

I also just finished making a doll to enter in the Reginald CAE Portrait Prize. The brief was to design and make a plush portrait of a pet or person that you admire. I had a pretty long list of potential candidates including Jenny Kee, Twiggy, Clare Bowditch, Katie Noonan, Margaret Pomeranz but I finally settled on Beth Ditto (lead singer of band The Gossip) and I'm glad I did because she makes up into a rather gorgeous doll! The photo I chose was of her modelling some Jean Paul Gaultier haute couture. Making her tiny little dress was the most fun and my years of dress making really paid off. I'm sure I've made quite a few adult sized dresses that took way less time to make than this one! I had to take a bit of artistic licence with it because it was a very detailed dress that was hard to make out in photos, I also had to work with what I had on hand so it is made from a mix of a dyed petticoat, a floral bed sheet, tulle from underskirts and an enamel brooch. Her body was cut from a beautiful old linen table cloth. She is made entirely from materials that I have collected from op-shops. See! I knew all that stuff would come in handy one day.

I made the pattern for her body out of my head and sketched her face and tattoos directly onto the fabric which I then meticulously embroidered. I would estimate that she took me about thirty hours to complete. I just had to steal moments while Eden was asleep or busy with her toys. 

I just received an email from Ararat Regional Gallery confirming an exhibition I will be involved in for May so it's on to the next project for me and fingers crossed that Miss Ditto will make it into the exhibition at the CAE. If not, I know a certain little lady that has been eyeing her off big time!

Monday, 1 July 2013

A Big Move!

We have finally settled from a big interstate move and Miss Eden is not so new born any more so I have (slightly) more time on my hands. Yes, I moved interstate with a tiny baby! Oh and did I mention that I ran a pop up shop for two weeks before that! Apparently I think I'm Super Woman.

This is me running a shop with baby attached!

Gorgeous products in the shop by Elephant & Rose and the lovely Deirdre from Third Bird

It was so much fun and such a success but I won't be doing it again anytime too soon. For now I would just like to settle into my new home, spend time with my little family and create some fresh new designs.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Pretty Birdies

Birds have been a big hit in the art and design world for a few years now but this seasons neon and pastel colour scheme really showcases them in all their glory don't you think?
1.Jessica Breakwell 2 & 3 Inaluxe 4. Miranda Skoczek 5. Martinich 6. Bonnie & Neil 7. Miranda Skoczek for Douglas & Hope 

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Elephant & Rose on Society6

The Elephant & Rose Etsy shop is now closed until the end of March (baby due on Friday OMG!) If you're in Canberra you can still find us at The Portrait Gallery Store and Craft ACT.

The great news is that we've opened a Society6 shop so you can still go shopping there to buy our prints on a range of products like iPhone cases and tote bags. Some of the pieces feature prints from the new Fiesta range which will soon be available to purchase as fabric on Spoonflower

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Summer Time Fiesta!

This is what I'm dreaming of today. It's a real summer here this year and what better time to party! 

The truth is that I'm nine months pregnant and there's no way I could get my swollen feet into those lovely flats, I haven't seen my waist for months and definitely no cocktails for me this summer. I have been eating plenty of ice cream though so it's not a  total write off!

Necklace by Emily Green. Earrings by Faux Real. Pinata by Wilkinson. Tassel Garland by Confetti System. Nails by Trophy Wife Nail Art. Shoes by Yes Walker. Hair Clip by Ban Do. Cushion by Beci Orpin for Urban Outfitters. Dress by Alanna Hill. 

Sunday, 16 December 2012

A Beautiful Blog Feature

The lovely Julie from Tractor Girl Blog recently wrote an article on Jiah's fabric designs. Here is a snippet. 

Surface design : Jiah Harrison

Did you ever get bored as a child? Jiah Harrison says she never was, but always had an endless amount of energy for drawing and painting. “My mother is really artistic and I always felt very nurtured and encouraged to pursue my creativity. I went to a screen printing workshop with her when I was about five and I loved it. I’ve never considered pursuing anything other than art or design since.”
Jiah’s prints are fresh and clean, with a palette of citrus and mint, put together with a light touch.

You can keep reading here

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Make Mine Mint!

or teal or aqua or seafoam...

I just can't get enough of this colour palette lately. It's so fresh and summery!

Satchel by The Cambridge Satchel Company. Nail Polish by Butter London. Fridge by Smeg. Necklace by Homako . Shoes by Nelly . Chalk board Paint by TMOD . Chair, cushion and fabric samples all by Elephant and Rose