COME ONE, COME ALL!


Wow, it has just come to my attention that my last blog post was in... gasp - July!!!! Oh dear. But lovely blog readers a lot has happened in that time including my big move to the awesome city of Melbourne, so I am forgiven yes? 
To make it up to you, you are all invited to a good old fashioned garage sale at my new second home - the incredible Establishment Studios! Along with some beautiful tableware, furniture etc from the prop house plus goodies from another six stylists, I will be selling off the last of my treasures that made it into the removalist boxes but won't fit in my new (and super cute) apartment! If you are in Melbourne this Saturday the 16th please do come say hello and grab a bargain at 23 Grattan St Prahran. Oh and it's cash only...

31.7.13 WE ARE FAMILY


It's here, it's finally here and what a beauty it is! Yes it is in slow launch mode, but my new online concept store The Descendant Store is up and running! Born of my love for the way the past and the present hold hands and the way families emerge between designers, makers and their admirers (that's you!), all the pieces on offer have their own history - hailing in some way from another time, place or form. Full Circle pictured above is just one of three sultry macramé pieces launching the store...

18.7.13 IT'S ALL ABOUT YELLOW


Yellowtrace - the work of Dana Hughes - is fast becoming another of my favourite design blogs. There seems to be a wave of incredible European stylists coming out of the woodwork and a recent Yellowtrace post introduced me to the work of Italian born Hamburg based Elena Mora who is right up there amongst them. Being one who is always drawn to styling that makes clever use of colour and considered composition like the one above, I found myself in heaven trawling through her portfolio. This image above is my favourite, that yellow ray of faux light is genius. Seems it's all about yellow...

15.7.13 MORE GOLD MOMENTS

Image Mister Finch

Seems Mister Finch and I have something in common... a love of gold chairs. Mister Finch, fauna replicator extraordinaire who I posted about previously here collects the cutest tiny gold chairs pictured above. While I have just one - it is a very special one indeed. Dipped in gold it is the rocking chair of rocking chairs pictured below. Courtesy of the incredibly lovely and generous Kristen of Revived Furniture my chair is life size so I can enjoy my Sunday's on the porch curled up in it. See me doing just that yesterday on Instagram...

11.7.13 GOLDEN TIMES


Firstly I have four words for you FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM. As officially the slowest person to join I am loving it! Secondly, this pic from my feed is of the horseshoes I am busy beautifying with gold for the incredible Horses Birthday Fete stylist Megan Morton is hosting on 3rd & 4th August at her studio in Rosebery. I am going to be selling some amazing things including my antique cane rocking horse which I am trying to be ok with. Damn you minimalist interior...

10.7.13 FJURA FOCUS


There is talk of a new studio in the near future - one that doesn't flood! Of course this leaves me taking more notice than usual of how other creatives use their space. I am determined to create an environment that gives me room to breathe, to think big, clearly, and not feel bogged down by half finished projects and unnecessary things. I met Simone Gooch of Fjura years back when I was assisting on a shoot and have followed her work ever since. When Mr Jason Grant featured her florist studio at Carriage Works in Sydney on his blog I saved this image and good job I did. This has got to be the most focused and inspired studio space I can imagine...

9.7.13 LOST KANGAROOS + PLEASANT CHAOS


I LOVE this painting by Caroline Wright. LOVE it. It makes me want to learn to paint. The pleasant chaos of this piece is somewhat reminiscent of a scene outside my studio yesterday. involving my just painted wire wall type drying on a drop sheet and one very large, lost and frightened kangaroo. Suffice to say the poor thing who somehow managed to end up in our yard jumped right onto my work using it as traction for his next hop. Although the remaining scene resembled this painting the experience was a beautiful part of my day. Don't know if I can say the same for Skippy...

8.7.13 VERTICAL FUSION + INSTAGRAM

Image Tamara Maynes

Lots to share today. Firstly, after much peer pressure I am now on Instagram...follow me here!! Secondly I have just finished knotting the prettiest thing you are ever likely to see. A huge vertical macrame garden which Sarah K and I designed for the upcoming Supercyclers exhibition Superfusion at Mr Kitly in Melbourne from July 12-28. The exhibition takes discarded drinking straws and fuses them with materials such as copper to remove them from the perception of waste into something of great value. SO good...

4.7.13 HANNE HANNE, HOW YOU THRILL ME


Anthropologie hits the mark so often and in my eyes they've done it again. The Hanne Checked Armchair is an original mid-century timber frame found by their buyers (wouldn't you love that job) at an antique market. The upholstery, which unfortunately just looks like printed fabric in this image, is actually crewel. Check it out on their site to zoom in and see the detail. Apologies for the post title Abba reference, it has already got me singing Honey Honey over and over...

3.7.13 IT 'WAS' BEAUTIFUL HERE


Earlier in the year I mentioned new and exciting things planned. Well it's taken much longer than anticipated but I am finally making some headway on launching my new online concept store! First port of call is closing the doors of my beloved 4yr old - The Six Week Boutique in a couple of weeks. Here you will find one of my most popular items - It's Beautiful Here Wire Wall Type. I am now taking final orders on these beauties and you can place yours here!

2.7.13 STEP INTO THE LIGHT


Not the best quality image I know but I just had to post it regardless. Today is our first day without constant rain in over a week and I feel as though I have emerged from a damp dungeon into a world of colour and light. As I spent my days huddled in my studio, which was flooding yet again, I found myself with cabin fever. The exterior of my studio is not anywhere near as cute as this but considering the way the water was coming in I could have sworn it was only built of branches...

30.6.13 CALIFORNIA DREAMING


All of a sudden we seem to be inundated with wall hangings. This to me is a good thing considering I love them in all their undeniable 70's-ness. Some of my fave's to date are those from ex-Anthropologie creative Janelle Pietrzak of All Roads. After relocating from Philadelphia to California she had an urge to hang a tapestry on her new walls, her partner built her a loom and the rest is made of dreams...

28.6.13 THE ONLY WAY IS UP


Yesterday was all about stairs for me as I attempted to recall where I had seen a grey staircase. I knew there was one that featured often in my wanderings and I had my heart set on finding it as the backdrop for my new and long overdue press shot. Fast forward to today and the stairs were found at Megan Morton's studio and image taken. Then I stumbled across these incredible stairs on Pinterest. I'm taking it all as a sign that the only way is up...

27.6.13 DOVECOTE STUDIO


Dovecote Studio is a mind-blowing piece of architecture by Haworth Tompkins. Part of the Aldeburgh Music campus in Suffolk they literally dropped the modern timber structure inside the crumbling exterior of an old dovecote (a domesticated pigeon shelter). What most people would have bulldozed, particularly due to what I can only image would be a truckload of poop, these guys saw to exploit as an arresting design feature. This is my kind of architecture...

26.6.13 MAD CONFESSION


I have some information to share but need to know you won't judge me. Here goes... I have just watched my first season of Mad Men. There, my secret is out. I don't know what took me so long to get to it but now I am well aware of what everyone was talking about. So of course I now have the Mad Men aesthetic on the brain and find myself attracted to mid century pieces and colours I would certainly have bypassed previously. Having said that I could never do the entire look. This home in the Byron Bay hinterlands, styled by my very clever friend and stylist Shannon Fricke, has the perfect balance. A timber side table here, turquoise lamp there and that art on the wall whoaaa....

24.6.13 DECONSTRUCT


I cannot express to you how much I am in love with these vessels by Amba Molly. Maybe it's because I'm re-reading the classic Frankenstein at the moment and I'm subconsciously veering toward that which has been deconstructed, put back together and given new life. Or maybe it's just because they are amazing. They remind me of something I toyed with last year but could never get quite right. Think I'm inspired to get back to the drawing board...

23.6.13 OH DEAR


Oh dear, how I am missing you all.  How to manage all that needs to be done to continue my creative work  and enjoy your company every day? Find a way I must...

5.6.13 BLUE JEAN BABY

Images Tamara Maynes

Back in February I had the most outrageously busy month ever. The project that stood out amongst the madness and had me completely loving what I do was this one. My blue jean baby was commissioned by the prolific stylist Jane Frosh of Cool Edies for her second concept installation in Sydney's incredible QT Hotel. After sourcing 50 pairs of second hand jeans in varying shades of indigo I set about cutting and weaving the denim into braids of graduating thickness. 140 meters and 60 hours later I had one amazing dress to deliver. Ahhh the fulfillment, not to mention very blue hands...


27.5.13 GIVING CRAFTSMANSHIP A CHANCE

All images via Pinterest

Sometimes, just sometimes, I wonder how my life might be different if this was the way I lived. You see I am a 'collector', which in unfavourable terms could be called hoarding. Not a day goes by when I'm not bringing something into my space that just had to come live with us. Mostly nature and side-the-road finds, it's not about spending money it's about connections and the thrill of the find. These connections fill me with joy but as a result my space is cluttered with half completed projects in every nook and cranny... hence I have a cluttered mind. There is something to be said for a space where materials and craftsmanship are given the chance to shine. Where form and light are incredibly present, the soft leather of your Martin Margiela shoes and minor detail of colour on your dinnerware are all the connections you need. Hmmm...

20.5.13 WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

Image - Mask by Tamara Maynes photographed by Tomasz Machnik for He Made She Made

Guten Morgen peoples! There's no particular reason for the German greeting this morning other than the fact that it's 3º here in Sohi this morning and that is possibly encouraging the only cold climate language I can converse in (very badly mind you). Anyhow, to the point... while I was out of action recently I was invited to make a mask for inclusion in He Made She Made Gallery's next exhibition Masked Intentions. My mask above constructed from fusible beads is titled Welcome To The Jungle. Fierce yet friendly it is designed to accompany you into the jungle that is the 21st Century. Opening night is this Wednesday 22nd May at 6pm in Darlinghurst and the other artists/designers include Benja Harney and Kitiya Palakas. You're all invited!

14.5.13 BACK ON THE HORSE

Image Julian Wolkenstein

Hello modern craft lovers! My absence was much longer than anticipated I know... but it really was what I needed after too many years of non-stop work and a build up of way too much stress. So, one health scare followed by a BIG wake up call followed by a couple of months of taking care of myself and re-evaluating and here I am... back on the horse. But things will be a little different from now on. Blogging will be on a more casual basis as I focus on my amazing new online store ( which is very close!) and the launch of two incredible new services that I'm SO excited about. You will absolutely love it all I promise!

In the meantime check out my super clever friend and award winning photographer Julian Wolkensteins' pin-up horse series. Real horses with real hairdo's shot in the English countryside, Julian and his team created these images with no manipulation... just a lot of patience! Florence hangs in my space, but today the lovely Misty (above) in all her hot-rollered-mane glory is stealing the show.

22.3.13 LAST SHOUT OUT!

Image Tamara Maynes

Morning all! A super quick shout out to any and all in Sydney tomorrow. Some of you may remember the embroidery workshop pictured above I held as part of the Powerhouse Museum's bi-annual Craft Punk weekend two years ago? Well Craft Punk is on again tomorrow and I am holding four x two hour workshops where I will guide you through the construction of your very own Quilt Light using cardboard and cool wallpaper designs below! It get's better... the cost is only $45! Places are limited, more details and bookings here!


26.2.13 DIY PARADISE MOTEL

Images Tamara Maynes

Hello!!!! I am making a super quick stop in today to say hi. Things have been quite crazy in the studio, I had my first day off a couple of days ago after four weeks of 15hr days and one 20hr day... yes that's right I went to bed for a whole four hours! So you see you must forgive me for deserting my daily posts. I will be back very very soon but wanted to tell you about my new DIY modern lighting project - the Paradise Motel, which is now available as a template download at The Six Week Boutique!! I designed, made and photographed it well over a year ago and it's been waiting super patiently in the wings to make it's debut. It's super simple, involves some timber, a drill, a string of fairy lights and my template...


30.1.13 A RUSSIAN HOLIDAY


Today is going to be my last post for the next week or so lovely people. Sorry, I know we just got started again after the holiday period but one of the perks of working for yourself is making the rules! After a work related experience yesterday that was incredibly upsetting I am going to take some time to focus on and thoroughly enjoy throwing myself into the two wonderful installation jobs I am coming up to deadline for. My making headspace is super meditative and I long to be be in it... there is lots to think about. Plus my laptop could do with the break. So although I will actually be cutting, knotting, stitching and up to my ears in a glorious messy studio my thoughts will be sitting in this calming salmon pink room at the Oranienbaum Palace in Russia, musing on what's ahead, and all perfectly lit thanks to Studio WM's Gradient Lamp! Back soon...

29.1.13 THE MATERIAL CO-LAB OF CO-LABS


With designers so conscious of the materials they use these days it was no surprise their work would begin to  merge materials in the most cleverest of ways. Pia Wüstenberg's India Stacking Vessels are, to me, the epitome of this inter-material co-lab. Timber, glass and metal all sitting together as one big happy family, they remind me of a much more homespun DIY project I did previously for a reno/deco issue of Inside Out Magazine. I'm seeing a grouping of Pia's vessels on an otherwise empty sideboard, mmmm....  





28.1.13 I HEART ART


Since stumbling across an old nude painting in a second hand store last year and it fast becoming one of my favourite things to sit and stare at, I have become more aware of hanging traditional framed art, i.e. paintings and photographs. Having never really been in my scope, I blame this oversight on two things. Firstly, until my discovery of 3M removable hooks hanging art in a rental remained in the too hard basket and secondly I have until now focused on decorating my available wall space with craft work. With another house move on the horizon and my new found appreciation of art I am becoming somewhat obsessed. This quirky floral number by London photographer Nick Knight is seriously on my radar but only if I can frame it in one of Caroline Olsson's incredible Epaulette frames whose copper corners would rock that lovely lone peachy rose...






25.1.13 NATURAL BLONDES


It's Friday and what a super productive week I've had though I'm starting to feel nervous about the Emerging Designer Award I'm up for now as voting ends tomorrow. If you don't have your vote in yet please hurry, it only take a few seconds! And so to today's post... I can only assume those of you who are regular readers of my blog have the chair addiction that I too have. Where we might differ is that although I can truly see how incredibly beautiful it is I just can't seem  to extend that addiction to blonde timber. Don't get me wrong, I love it, I own it, I use it in my work but I'm just not naturally drawn to it. There is no question however that some chairs are just natural blondes, the Zig Zag by Gerrit Rietveld and the Artistic Tension Bentwood Chair by Dohoon are two of these...

24.1.13 NEW KNOTTING GOODNESS

Images Tamara Maynes

I made it. Yes it took six months longer than anticipated but let's focus on the positives here... the new and second piece in my To John Denver With Love macrame collection is here! Comprising giant hand-knotted tassels, a whole lot of twisted texture and dip-dyed punchy colour all hung from the most beautiful polished copper rod, I guarantee this baby will look incredible in your space... it does in mine! Now available to order at The Six Week Boutique it is also available for a short time only as part of the Temple & Webster Emerging Designer Sale. Want more tempting? There is nude pink and ice blue on offer too...




23.1.13 PAINT BY ERA


Today is tuning out to be crazy busy. I am working on two big installation jobs and the pre-production for one in particular has taken on a life of it's own! Google is the most incredible sourcing tool, I don't know what we did without it... but it seems I am in the early stages of going cross eyed. Taking a moment away from all that scrolling I wanted to focus on the new paint range by Kevin McCloud of Grand Designs fame. Simply titled Mid-Century Colours, the range has been inspired by, you guessed it - Mid-Century colours. Six all up they really do capture the essence of the era. A super idea which leaves me wondering why there aren't more paint ranges based on era's...

22.1.13 OMG


If New York based artist Theresa Himmer tagged my house with her sequined graffiti I would hunt her down and thank her profusely. Made using sequins, plastic and plywood, this installation titled Glacier is my favourite. Her other work in this amazing series includes sequins dripping from the top of buildings. Incredible...

21.1.13 UPTOWN BOY + DOWNTOWN GIRL


When I was a kid and one pronounced their love of something be it a toy, food or otherwise we would mock "Why don't you marry it?!". A ridiculous remark that at a tender age left you wishing you could un-declare your feelings, though if someone were to throw this at me today I would begin preparations for a shotgun wedding. Upon discovering the Osso Chair by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec it was love at first sight. Masterfully designed, the smooth flowing timber grain lightly stained in grey ash is my idea of the perfect man made manifest as a piece of modern furniture. He also has brothers - a low stool, high stool, and armchair, but unfortunately in this case I won't be marrying into this family. At a cost of $1350 it's a case of uptown boy and downtown girl...

18.1.13 SUPERHERO GREY


Technically grey isn't a colour. Sitting in-between black and white it is achromatic which literally means a colour without colour. Historically seen as a symbol of poverty, uniformity and dullness, I see grey as a super hero that comes in to save the day when 'real colour' just ain't cutting it. Grey with all it's variations from warm through to cool can speak volumes about style, grace and daring. Move over Superman...

Images > Above left Still Inspiration, above right West Elm

17.1.13 BROOKLYN BLING


Check out this piece of seriously good Brooklyn bling. I have travelled all over the States from LA to the east coast and back again stopping to dance in an incredible Indian Badlands sunset, pay my respects to The King in Memphis, drink far too much in Chicago, scare off wild animals with my lily white legs in Yosemite, feel complete awe at the sheer size of the Grand Canyon, buy my now husband a harmonica on Beale St, and get a tan cruising the Venus Beach boardwalk in LA. The fact that I did so in a broken down old bus full of hippies are details we will bypass. However I have yet to get to New York, I mean really get to New York. I grasped it's enormity and energy but unfortunately driving over the Brooklyn Bridge and stopping for an hour at the Greyhound bus depot on the other side doesn't count so I consider myself a NYC virgin. Now that my amazing friend and stylist Glen Proebstel lives there I have decided I will get there, properly, if I have to starve to do so! Design Sponge posted about spotting Michele Quan's glazed ceramic jewels all over Brooklyn some time ago and I have only just discovered them. I have gotta get me to that city...

16.1.13 GET YOUR MACRAME ON

Image Tamara Maynes

If the thought of mastering macrame has ever tickled your fancy it's time to get excited. On Saturday 16th February I am holding a new workshop at stylist Megan Morton's The School in Sydney titled Modern Macrame 101! One of my earliest memories is of playing with macrame bits at my mother's craft supplies store in the 70's, fast forward to 2013 and there's no sign of hippy jute rope or wooden beads as we focus on the use of modern coloured cord and bright copper rings. During this four hour workshop you will master basic knots, work them into your own modern hanger complete with cascading greenery and leave with enough knowledge to delve into other modern macrame projects. As usual there will be delicious food served to you throughout by MM herself and endless inspiration supplied by her light filled studio. Spaces are limited for this intimate class and bookings can be made here...

15.1.13 SHAGADELIC


Alexandra and Kelly aka New Friends just keep making the coolest woven pieces for me to wish I owned. We all know I'm drawn to 70's inspired craft but the organic nature of these new woolly numbers coupled with their colour combo's rock. So much so that you'll need to forgive me because I'm about to use the word shagadelic...