Sunday, 31 December 2017

Fun Fashion Dailies #1-7

I have begun a new illustration project. One fashion drawing per day using the same illustrated body. I have now been doing this seven days straight. Will take it to another week, see how far I can push it.

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Day 1

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Day 2

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Day 3

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Day 4

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Day 5

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Day 6

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Day 7

Monday, 18 December 2017

Leonard St Display

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I am proud to announce (I love starting an entry like this) that Leonard St. are stocking my handmade pieces in their Fitzroy boutique.

Leonard St. is an ethical, Australian based fashion label with emphasis on bold statements and individual expression.

If you're in the Fitzroy area, or plan on visiting there, go into Leonard St. Check out the clothes and my handmade pieces currently on display.

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Leonard St – Fitzroy
132 Gertrude St
Fitzroy VIC 3065
T: +61 3 9415

Thursday, 14 December 2017

The Draft

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On the Phone - Draft

Sometimes the draft looks just as interesting as the finished product.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Guilded Fire

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Another gorgeous doll design concept. She's on fire!

Friday, 1 December 2017


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My process of learning and design development can be described in one word – 'gleaning'. I learn how to do things from a wide variety of sources. Then I take that knowledge and use it in completely new ways.

Recently my eldest had been studying the formation of crystals. A fascinating topic. Talking to her about crystals, had me recalling an idea I had a while back – growing crystals directly onto my doll designs. It was a thought which lingered on the back burner. That is, until now.

After a little online reading and cross referencing what my eldest had told me about her crystal growing at school, I trialled my first bit of crystal growing. I made a sample doll leg and dipped it into the borax solution. Nearly a day later small rock crystals had formed onto the cloth. It worked, and I couldn't be more thrilled. Here's to the next big step in my design development.