Petal & Pins

Tag: Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe

An Invitation

“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

petal & pins pink hellebore and purple iris cards

100 Seasons

roses and tulips at Flowers Vasette

I’ve always loved strolling past or into a fabulous flower shop, what passionate flower lover doesn’t!

Long before I started creating my miniature flower couture I would take photos of flower shops that caught my eye on holidays, Flowers Vasette was one and I have a photo taken of their storefront from about twenty years ago.

So it’s not surprising that in the fledgling beginnings of petal & pins I declared I would love to have my cards stocked at this iconic Melbourne florist and we were excited in March this year when that wish came true!

Recently in Melbourne for Life InStyle we were staying in Fitzroy just down the road from Flowers Vasette so we made a visit to their beautiful shop.

I took these pictures of the wonderful abundance of flowers and our Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe cards on display and bought a bunch of pink runuculus – often referred to as the rose of spring – to help make our apartment feel like home when we got back from long and busy trade fair days.

pinks and purples at Flowers Vasette
cards at Flowers Vasette
orchids at flowers VasetteFlowers Vasette Fitzroy Melbourne

Fashionable Flowers

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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!

 

 

Return To The Source

It’s yet another rainy day in Hobart so since it’s not inviting to be in the garden picking flowers I thought I’d share some photos of making a dress with the hydrangeas from my autumn post gathered.

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If you’ve been following the petal & pins blog for a while you may remember that back in February we were planning for our  first trade fair, well now we’re busy preparing for our second – this time in Melbourne!

The theme for this one is Return To The Source and it was inspiring to hear futurist, curator, event designer Genty Marshall talk about the inspiration and motivation behind this seasons event theme at a workshop in June.

‘provenance – what is true – materials – tactility – essentialism – legacy – the idea of journey’ – all these things are important to us and what we do at petal & pins from the designs I create, the paper stock we choose and the decision to print locally in Tasmania.

Our garden not only inspires but also  provides the materials for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe dresses, so the seasons, and like today the weather influence when and what I have to design with but that unpredictable and sometime elusive nature is part of the charm for me – it inspires me to try and ‘live in the moment’ more.

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We’ve added some new dresses to The Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe card range and last week I went to see them start to roll off the press – I can’t wait to share them and some of the other creative ideas I’ve been working on!

If you’re a retailer who  loves flowers, fashion and a bit of whimsy we’d love to show you through the petal & pins range – come and say hello – you’ll find us at F24 in First Instyle.

To know when the new designs will be available online and in stores subscribe to our newsletter here.

Unexpected Colours

vintage flower dress

We were sent a beautiful bouquet of flowers at the end of May and I put them in the hallway to enjoy in passing and to avoid the rapid decline that a vase of flowers can have in a room that is heated during winter.

I try to remember to change the water and snip stems regularly but sometimes it’s easy to forget in the bustle of life. I also like to let a vase linger past its prime – there is beauty in decaying flowers – shapes change and unexpected colours appear.

Ahead of the weekend I decided to empty that hallway vase and another, but not before turning the aged beauty they contained into a Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe dress.

In my Meet The Maker interview I spoke about my childhood ‘dress up box’ and my inspiration for this particular Garden Fairy’s dress was the idea of it coming out of such a box or an old suitcase – transformed with age and time into something quite different with a special beauty.

There are bergenias, lilies, proteas and gerberas in the mix, can you imagine it brand new!

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petal & pins at Bowerbird

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.

Bowerbird BazaarThe friendly front desk girls greeted market goers and behind them a lovely avenue of trees that on Sunday became an enchanting setting for a Mother’s Day high tea.

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.
Bowerbird banner and pop up flowershop fairy light chandelier A display by visual merchandising students and one of the Insitu rooms.visual merchandising display room installation at Bowerbird BazaarSunday’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.
Mother's Day high tea table setting the petal & pins stand at Bowerbird Bazaar petal and pins art prints

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…

A Floral Gift

petal & pins hydrangea gown print

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.

Available in A4 and A3 sizes from the petal & pins online shop (we ship worldwide) and  selected retailers .

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?

 

Hemline

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Hemline detail for the Renegade Luxe dress.

Crumbles & Rosehips

rosehips

I thought the rosehips were appearing early in my garden and then I realised it’s officially Autumn next week!

The roses aren’t the only thing that need deadheading or a late summer trim, time to take advantage of the last few weeks of daylight saving and get out into the garden in the early evening.

What are early this year are the apples – usually I’m picking and bottling in April but they are already showing their pretty pink blush now.

With blackberries ripe too it’s time for making a few crumbles – now that signals Autumn at our house!

rose hip hankerchief hem dress by petal and pins

Happiness By Design

Life In Style

“Life Instyle is Australia’s only boutique trade event showcasing emerging trends, brands and products that are on the cooler side of style and design. With a strong commitment to creativity and originality.”

petal & pins at First Instyle

“Embracing emerging designers and supporting a growing and diverse design community are the principles behind First Instyle – a carefully curated space showcasing the best emerging designers and start ups to a discerning retail audience”

Interested in becoming a petal & pins stockist? We will be at Life Instyle in Sydney this week and invite you to visit petal & pins at F24 to see our range of greeting cards and art prints.

Happiness by Design is this years theme for the trade fair  which I think sums up the Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe very well!

You can register for LifeInstyle here or message me regarding becoming a stockist (international retailers most welcome!)

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