I think the time has finally come to admit that I’ve outgrown this blog and what it is now doesn’t quite suit my needs. The blog was created a few years back and was suitable at the time, but I feel like I’ve moved on, and would like the blog to focus more on my world and my business. So many other blogs have emerged that write about local designers and creative talents and do it much better that I feel it’s best to let them do it. I may post on designers who are inspiring but it won’t be the only subject. I’m also looking at using other blogging sites which will give me so much more flexibility and new and exciting features. So watch this space as a new and improved Modamuse blog awaits…
Wow- look at these stunners! Based in Melbourne, Mornington Peninsula Renee Marie has been producing absolutely beautiful glass blown jewellery, homewares and sculptures. The glass medium lends a super sleek, glossy finish to her work which is formed into voluptuous curvy shapes. She also plays with textures and flecking with gorgeous colour palettes in her designs.
Crystals seem to be the new black in jewellery, and why wouldn’t they be when you marvel at the simply divine work of New Zealand based artist and designer Nga Waiata. These rings are made from crystal gemstones and recycled hardwood and if you believe in the power of crystals, they have the ability to enhance your mood and well being. Whether they do or not, you can’t help but admire the beauty of these pieces.
Happy New Year everyone!! And what a strange and emotional start to the year it has been with the huge floods around the country. It really is wonderful to see the community working together to get everyone back on their feet.
On another note, here are some beautifully retro flavoured prints by Melbourne based inaluxe. The prints are of gorgeous vintage style graphics and sweet animal imagery in vibrant retro shades.
Wow, is Christmas already over? It just goes so quickly once it arrives and before you know it a new year is upon you! Hope you all had a fabulous one with family and friends and ended up with a full belly on the couch! Modamuse online shop is up and running over the break and we are still sending orders. However we will be signing out and putting our feet up from the blog till next year. Here’s to a bright and shiny 2011 and may it be everything that you wish for!
Time for a deep breath during this festive frenzy and to enjoy the beautiful simplicity of Keiko Matsui ceramics. These stunning pieces are decorated with textural patterns or glazed with fluid floral brushwork and are designs to marvel at. You can catch Keiko’s work at Yuga Flora cafe in Glebe until Dec 19 or at her studio which is open on Saturdays 12-5pm in Chippendale, Sydney.
I get so busy updating our social accounts on twitter and facebook, that sometimes I forget our little blog! Anyway, if you would like a 5% discount on orders over $75 head on over to our Twitter or Facebook pages to get the code. Offer ends 25 Dec 10. Follow us or like us while you’re there!
Need a little loving? Here are some sweet prints from Sydney-based creative design Blacklist Studio fronted by Nathan Johnson, along with stylist-wife Jaynie. They’ve created a range of adorable prints based on the theme of luurve! These would make a lovely gift for that special someone at Christmas time which is already looming ahead of us!
Beautiful and interesting wearable art forms from Sydney based jeweller Jasmine Matus. She mixes plastics, paint, wood, found objects, photography and felt with precious metals. We are particularly taken by the neckpiece featuring a photography book of African Turkana women which is a modern twist on the traditional jewellery art form as well as the lovely bracelet shapes.
We love random finds and Etsy’s new suggested shops link is a great way to discover new designers who you’ll love based on your current favourites! We came across contemporary jewellery designer and illustrator Lila Ruby King, originally based in Australia but is now located in Athens Greece (she followed a boy there!). Anna, also has an etsy shop full of print goodies which are equally sweet.
Get a serious colour injection with Zoe Ingram’s stunning kaleidoscopic art prints. Ingram is a trained textiles designer and illustrator based in Adelaide. These are just the antidote for the cold weather which is hanging around as we wait for spring around the corner. Get one (or two) from her etsy shop
For romantic, vintage inspired homewares and jewellery you can’t go past New Zealand based Emma Walsh. Currently studing Architecture and Interior design, Emma has spread her wings and is handcrafting a range of elegant designs using prepurposed vintage elements. These are ultra feminine, gorgeous pieces and will definitely bring a certain ooh lala to any beautiful bridal outfit. Check out her etsy or felt.co.nz stores
Sorry for the long break in between posts, please forgive us! Blame it on the weather! Lately we’ve been particularly drawn to the work of Peta Kruger. Another talented designer from Adelaide (is it something in the water?), she creates gorgeous jewellery in a variety of styles using geometric forms and different materials such as acrylic, cords and metals. We love the etched jewellery in gold and oxidised silver in her latest collection. Also check out her wonderful graphic work and illustrations in her portfolio which are equally amazing.
Naomi Murrell’s online shop has some fantastic goodies available which won’t break the bank. We love her cheerful prints and sweet range of jewellery. Naomi is a creative soul who is based in Adelaide, and you can read more about her here.
Check out the most amazing macrame works by Smalltown, who are based in Melbourne. Their beautifully handcrafted pieces are timeless, elegant and extremely cool. We’d covet everything they make from lampshades, jewellery and hanging planters. Simply divine….
We are currently admiring the cool range of artworks for sale by Melbourne based artistGhostpatrol. His work ranges from fine ink drawing, prints, street-art, commissioned murals and soft sculpture.
If you live in Melbourne you may be lucky enough to see some excellent examples of his and Miso’s street artwork and murals around town.
Aah- sorry for the slow start to the blog this year, blame the weather, the leisurely pace of summer & a new baby!
However we do have some lovely handcrafted jewellery to show you from New Zealand based Louise Douglas who has a gorgeous collection drawing on sea and forest themes. The organic coral shapes using gold and oxidised metals finishes are just divine with their pairing of pearls and muted coloured gems. Each piece is a work of beauty and fine craftsmanship.
We just received word from one of our sponsors that the latest guidebook in the Mr and Mrs Smith series is now available. It features gorgeous and glamourous boutique hotels plus must visit destinations in Australia and New Zealand compiled by the Mr and Mrs Smith crew along personal reviews by incognito style-seekers.
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In-sync design is a collaborative studio based in Melbourne, which is steered by Iris Saar Isaacs (graphic designer/ visual artist) and Jane Barwick (contemporary jeweller). In their words “In-sync is where graphic design meets contemporary jewellery.”
We love how they translate graphic botanical and geometric line drawings into boldly coloured powder coated stainless steel brooches, bangles and earrings.
All of their very wearable pieces display their signature edgy, minimalist style that is proudly designed and made in Australia.
Sydney based graphic designer and writer Anthea Krook has lovingly created an inspiring publication called ‘Spoonful’. It is a small collection of thoughts, images and contributions by independent artists and like minded people who live to create and inspire. The first limited edition of Spoonful is available now on etsy at Spoonfulzine.