“I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck”
Emma Goldman 1869 -1940
Hobart designers Sandra Alcorn & Amanda Sheen celebrate spring, friendship and its connection to the garden at Salamanca pop up shop from 22nd September – 5th October.
Designer Sandra Alcorn’s garden inspires her miniature flower couture and under the petal & pins label she designs and produces a range of greeting cards and art prints featuring these ephemeral dresses. For spring 2016 petal & pins launch their Garden Party Collection and new print range Atelier Pétale featuring floral millinery.
Jewellery designer Amanda Sheen brings her hallmark style of organic shapes and playfulness to design a range of jewellery, objects and accessories using silver, gold and mixed media from classic pieces to statement collars that will add an air of haute couture to the simplest little black dress.
Sandra & Amanda often spend time together in the garden – they celebrate summer days with a gin & tonic, autumn with fruit bottling sessions, their birthdays together in winter and spring with flower adorned teacakes.
No matter what the season there is endless conversation and most likely champagne! From all this sprung the idea of the shared pop up and they invite you to come and see their work.
Space 008 Salamanca Arts Centre Hobart Tasmania
22nd September – 5th October Mon to Sun 10 to 4
Opening night Thursday 22nd 5pm to 7pm
On a recent trip to Melbourne I saw the 200 Years of Australian Fashion exhibition at the NGV and this wedding dress (circa 1952) designed by Beril Jents was just one of the dresses that not surprisingly caught my eye.
Over the years I’ve made a garden full of flowers from fabric myself – from evening and wedding dress embellishments to adornments for lapels or hats. Just lately I’ve been making ‘spring blossom’ out of paper for part of our petal & pins display at our second trade fair appearance.
We’re launching our new Garden Party card collection, a Black Label range of notecard sets and I have designed a new collection of limited edition prints we’ve called Atelier Pétale featuring a vintage fashion inspired sketch with hats I’ve styled from flowers from our garden.
So our garden flowers continue to inspire me creatively and petal & pins continues to grow! We head to Melbourne next week for the trade fair and Mr Petal & Pins and I are getting excited, thank you for following us on this journey you are part of our story!
We are back from our first big mainland market – the Bowerbird Bazaar! Held twice a year in Adelaide, South Australia over three days Bowerbird Bazaar is a celebration of Australian artists, designers and creative collaborations.
This year there were 150+ designers and makers exhibiting, Insitu displays – six rooms featuring stallholder product, creative workshops and demonstrations, a Saturday Speakers Corner for talks by design professionals, gift wrapping for a gold coin donation (to support breast cancer research) and delicious local food and drinks.
Jane and the Bowerbird team’s organisation and promotion before the event blew us away and we knew we were in for a fantastic and fun 3 days.
I was very excited to be chosen to be interviewed for their Meet The Maker series on their blog in the weeks leading up to the market.
Without further ado, let me show you some photos from the weekend.
Posters, banners and booklets featured gorgeous artwork by Adelaide designers Andrew Smart and Heath Riggs.
Fairy lights, trees and lawn created a fair ground feel in the food and bar area.
A display by visual merchandising students and one of the Insitu rooms. Sunday’s high tea was opposite our stand and I couldn’t resist going over to take some photos of the tables set with vintage china and glass cake stands, champagne coupes and pretty floral arrangements.
It was serendipity that I saw this digitally printed French denim from one of my fabric suppliers just as I was thinking about our stand design – it made the perfect backdrop for our Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.
As always it was fun designing our display but it takes ingenuity to make it transportable – I think we rose to the challenge well – all this packed down into 3 suitcases and one of my old art school folios with our stock for the two plane trips to get there and back.
It was a great weekend, we had fun meeting people, some lovely conversations, gained a new stockist plus some leads to follow up and our suitcases were a little lighter coming home!
And then there were our evening strolls looking at Adelaide’s beautiful old houses and gardens – but I’ll keep that tale for another day…
Sunday May the 9th is Mothers Day in Australia and a print from my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe range would make a lovely gift.
Pictured is the Hydrangea Gown – Hydrangeas remind me of my grandmother, I remember watching and learning from her what to do with the stems before putting them in a vase.
Nasturtium flowers are one I associate with my mother – I have designed and written about them previously in Slightly Defiant & Carefree .
My signed art prints are made with a high quality digital inkjet printer using fine cotton rag art paper and water based archival inks for beautiful long lasting images.
In May you can also find me at the following design markets –
Sunday 1st May in Hobart at the market.
Friday to Sunday 6th, 7th & 8th May in Adelaide at Bowerbird Bazaar
Is there a flower that reminds you of your mother or grandmother?
weeks months we’ve been busy preparing for petal & pins debut at our first ever trade fair next week in Sydney and if that wasn’t excitement enough, tomorrow we have our first design market appearance for 2016 at The Barn Market.
Being the day before Valentine’s Day there is sure to be a little love in the air and I’ve been making paper ephemera love tokens to sell along with the Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe cards and prints.
I chose our beautiful Elliot Erwitt’s Paris book to style a photo with. On a trip to Venice a few years ago we saw a wonderful exhibition of this famous photographer’s work at the La Casa Dei Tre Oci gallery on the island of Guidecca.
My love tokens have various little salutations, some romantic, some cheeky!
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day I dedicate this post to Mr Petal & Pins – as Ella Fitzgerald sang in My Funny Valentine – ‘you make me smile with my heart’.
Yesterday Mr Petal & Pins and I made a light box for photographing the petal & pins cards.
We had the perfect size cardboard box for the job – which just happened to be the one that we brought Agnès home in – so petal & pins is truely a family affair now!
There are plenty of instructions on the net for DIY light boxes and we are quite chuffed we finally got around to making one.
Some of our photographic session took place on the front verandah, the lowering sun in the early evening illuminated the light box and I swapped work for play.
My post about the ‘anniversaire de mariage’ dress explored the beauty of shadows too – you might like to take a look.
It’s a new year and I have a new vase, a Xmas present from Mr Petal & Pins!
It is by Tasmanian designer Sally Cassandra and features a striking imprint of lace that has been pressed into the surface and highlighted with black glaze.
It also has this interesting detail applied to the inside which makes it a striking object just on its own which is how I’ve been enjoying it displayed on the mantle piece since Xmas.
Yesterday we did some pruning in the garden and with a few small branches of maple leaves too beautiful to just add to the compost pile I decided to create my first 2016 flower arrangement for In a Vase On Monday.
I picked hydrangeas and lavender growing by the front of the house, both are such a mass of blooms I will be able to have several vases full and still have a showy display outside. The last addition was a piece of trumpet vine – the flowers similar in colour to the hydrangea but a nice contrast in shape.
In a Vase On Monday was started by Cathy from Rambling In The Garden as a weekly ritual of bringing something from the garden inside no matter what the season – why not join in for 2016 – post a link to yours in her comments section or add #inavaseonmonday to your instagram pics.
I was going to photograph my Spring garden today but it’s raining.
Instead I ‘m sharing with you my ‘Paris Flowers’ that I made earlier in the year.
I called them this inspired by the combination of soft pink wash I painted on the paper and black satin ribbon bows that form the sepals.
Paper flower making seems to be having a ‘moment’ by the stream of gorgeous ones appearing in my instagram feed lately.
There are some exquisite ones by artists making them from crepe paper, special crepe paper mind you not the flimsy bright coloured stuff of kindergarten craft memories.
I think though my métier is for using real flowers for my garden fairy dresses so my fabric scissors are safe from being given over to paper anytime soon.