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Category Archive: Australian art

What to order now for Christmas: Little Branch cards

I’m always fascinated by Australian interpretations and portrayals of Christmas. When we’re not pretending we’re living through a northern hemisphere winter complete with snowflakes, icicles and sleighs, we roll out Aussie Christmas cliches of barbecues on the beach and sunburnt Santa surfing the waves. (Weird, because the only people I know who spend Christmas day […]

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A wee chat with Beci Orpin

I know I’m not the first bird to have a bit of a lady crush on Australian design wunderkind Beci Orpin. I’ve been a long-time fan of Beci from her fashion label Princess Tina days, and in the past I’ve blogged about her beautiful bird collage (see below), as well as her sterling silver cloud-and-raindrop […]

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Get the look of Nina’s apartment from Offspring

Have you been watching Offspring? Are you as obsessed as I am? This season has officially got me hooked, and when I’m not angsting about Nina and Patrick’s on-off relationship, I spend quite a bit of time perving at her apartment. (My sister, meanwhile, is obsessed with Nina’s casual-bohemian wardrobe, and if you also want […]

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A week of Aussie Etsy: Draw Pilgrim

Etsy shop: Draw Pilgrim. Who: Pilgrim Lee, a Melbourne-based graphic artist who loves the design and style of the ‘60s and ‘70s. What: A collection of bright and bold decorative children’s prints which are evocative of vintage picture books, wallpaper, décor and toys. There is also a range of tote bags, badges and cards. Best […]

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A week of Aussie Etsy: Pannikin

Etsy shop: Pannikin. Who: Illustrator and jewellery designer Holly Leonardson, who lives in Brisbane. What: Limited-edition jewellery (each piece has a run of 100) inspired by animals and nature made in Brisbane. Many of Holly’s pieces feature hand-painted Queensland Maple veneers, which have been engraved and laser cut from her illustrations. Best buys: Super-Kinder necklace, […]

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A week of Aussie Etsy: andODesign

Etsy shop: andODesign. Who: Yumi Ando, a Japanese ceramicist based in Melbourne. What: Delicate ceramic jewellery and homewares in muted shades inspired by Japanese and Australian cultures. The pieces are made in Ando’s home studio using clay slab tecnhiques. Best buys: Crown earring holder; Octogan-cut jewel stud earrings, and porcelain air plant hanger with faceted […]

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