I'm sitting here waiting to board on the way to Surtex! A big dream being realised, almost shedding a few tears of happiness but my too cool teenager is keeping it real and me grounded telling me to lose the embarrassing tourist bag! OMG!
Debut collection showing at Surtex 2018 with Nerida Hansen in Booth 2528! Yippee!
A wonderful way to help potential buyers envision your designs on their products is by using great mock-ups. These are from the ever talented Nerida Hansen over at Creative Market - https://creativemarket.com/neridahansen
This collection is ready for the Surtex and Blue Print shows in New York in May!
Soft floaty florals paired with delicate colour palettes. So very romantic, so fresh and reminiscent of balmy summers in Australia.
Sooooo it's been a while. As usual it's a fine line balancing everything but I've had this dream for so many years and now it's becoming a reality. I've got work exhibiting at Surtex in New York and at Show #1 Blue Print New York! OMG I'm beyond beside myself!
It's full steam ahead getting the collections refined and ready for both shows.
I've got a few people to thank for this stage of my journey, as always I'll go back to the inspirational Jessica Swift. At the right time in the universe I was able to read Jump Trust and Repeat, and complete the very first Pattern Camp. Without both I wouldn't have jumped into this journey of surface design and the inspirational Jessica Swift has to be credited for her infinite generosity in sharing her journey and inspiring and enabling others on their own journey of surface design.
The second person on my journey I need to thank is the multifaceted and dynamic Nerida Hansen. What a dynamo! Nerida has so many aspect to her business portfolio and just when you think she's beyond amazing, up springs another post with a new aspect to her business like fabric supply and product production!
My first experience at showcasing my professional portfolio was with thanks to Nerida at Premier Vision Paris 2017. It was an amazing experience and I can't wait to show in New York in May!
Getting the lookbook ready for Premiere Vision Paris 17 and I'm loving these mockups for a professional finish. Head over to https://creativemarket.com/neridahansencreativemarket.com/neridahansen and find more product mock ups for designers by Nerida Hansen.
So the count down is on! Getting the final collection of designs together for Premiere Vision Paris 2017. So excited to be going to Premiere Vision with a talented group of artists as the Nerida Hansen Fashion Collective!!! @wearepremierevision @hasenprintandtex @_michaelaburgess
And thank you to my lovely model for being the muse for my mock ups. This one is part of a new range of collections that I'm working on for the AW 18 season. For more head over to Instagram.
So much work to do to get ready for the new term but all I want to do is design! New collection, Paradise, I love these colourways so much. I'm going out on a limb for 2018 SS forecast and saying I think these colourways are going be huge.
Blossoms, blossoms everywhere. New collection with mood and collection boards. I love, love, love this process and watching elements come together to create unlimited possibilities in colour ways and pattern combinations. Now to find a collaborator to bring these babies to life.
Loving Christmas and New Year during a Sydney summer. Never having experienced a Northern Christmas I can never really fully embrace the idea of White Christmas. So here's to a wonderful New Year, swimming in the Pacific Ocean, relaxing and soaking up the sultry summer days creating and planning for the year ahead. Beautiful, delicate and a symbol of change, life, hope and journeys the fragile beauty of butterflies have been inspiring a new collection. Wishing peace, love and prosperity to all.
Finally holidays are here! Starting a new collection and I'm really happy with some of the elements and not so sure about others. So excited to be able to spend some time developing my designs.
I love the colour-ways in this pattern! One of my all time favourites! I've just made this design available on the Society 6 page in time for Christmas and ordered myself some cushions, notepads and and iPhone case.
Here's the link https://society6.com/product/blossom-and-fan_print#s6-6192739p4a1v45
A couple of designs for the Stockland's Art of Wrap Competition. An awesome opportunity, thank you Stocklands. Blossom and Fans is my favourite to date.
Follow the link to the winners! Well deserved and a really diverse range of prints.
So much is spoken about in terms of being on trend. I was reading a post earlier about an Australian Designer who had been accused of imitating other designers patterns.
A few key ideas stuck for me....
1. Too much is made of being "On Trend" designers conform to trend forecasts rather than pursue their own design vision. A great example of this can be seen with the explosion of Sass and Bide on the Australian and world stage in the 1990's. At their inception they were unique and didn't appear to conform to trends and forecasts, instead seeming to set the pace with their own designs. Much like their famous Australian predecessors Jenny Kee, Linda Jackson and one of my favourite but now disbanded labels Studibaker Hawk. Now the Sass and Bide brand has been swallowed up by the commercial blandness of conforming to trends and we see nothing of the exciting uniqueness that made the brand such as success in the beginning. Boring and interesting but old news that the founders of the brand are no longer involved.
2. As a small time designer how do you get your ideas out there without the dreaded copy?
A few thoughts on this:
Ideas do spring up simultaneously around the world.
There is enough space out there for everyone, even given a design/project brief every single person will come up with a slightly different and unique take on any project.
Publish a little to the open market an keep your best for buyers.
So in terms of keeping on trend and publishing a little here is a little of something I was working on last night. I'm loving black and white at the moment and as always there is that feather/leaf theme that crops up in mine and millions of others work. I struggle with work that sits mainstream but I think I've cracked it with this one.
The end of studies for me at this point in time, completing a Masters of Cross Disciplinary Art and Design at UNSW, was one of the best study experiences of my life, really hard to get through the final year in terms of motivation, but I made it!
A big thank you to my family and friends who helped me through this time and understood that every weekend was study time instead of catch up time. To my beautiful daughter, I could not have done this without your understanding and I do remember you saying to me when I started, "this is not such a great time to start". It meant many weekends with you having to put up with me locked away in my room working through my studies.
I can't tell you how much I love you and appreciate your understanding, help and sacrifices. You make me proud everyday and watching you grow into the lovely young person you are becoming is a total joy.
To my mum and brother, thank you both as well for your patience and understanding.
I was honoured to be graduating with non other than John Kaldor! John Kaldor is a visionary and a long-time hero of mine. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by UNSW and he has been, and still is, instrumental in bringing contemporary art to Australian shores with his philanthropic investment in contemporary artists both international and national, and later through Kaldor Projects. He spoke on the night about his life experiences and his family, excerpts from his speech can be found in the link below.
I grew up very close to the shores of Little Bay, the site used by Christo and Jeanne Claude for Wrapped Coast in 1969 and my father and his family also fled Hungary and settled in Australia, so to have such an engaging visionary as John Kaldor talk at my graduation was very, very special.
I was lucky enough to hear Kaldor speak at my own speaking engagement for the VADEA 2016 conference. More on that in the next post.
Very proud of Marley Sheridan, one of my senior students from 2015. Marley excelled in Visual Arts and was a enquiring student who consistently investigated her artmaking ideas with commitment and ingenuity.
Marley was a joy to teach and was able to digest complex concepts whilst juggling one of the most demanding study regimes she is ever likely to face in her academic career, the H.S.C. Despite the myth that art is the therapeutic or easy subject, the N.S.W. Visual Arts Syllabus offers a rigorous and demanding course that is a 50/50 split of Artmaking and Art Theory, Marley excelled with much hard work and dedication at both.
Congratulations Marley a well-deserved achievement, I can’t wait to see the wonderful things you achieve in the future.
Beautiful SHADES OF BLUE! I love blue, I've been working on this collection for a while now. This is a little teaser. Now back to soaping getting ready for Mothers Day!
So it’s been a while. The last term of school tends to be a little crazy and that with juggling the last 3 subjects of uni something had to give. So I’m on break, really kicking back and enjoying the pure indulgence of not having to manage my time to get in some some research and writing.
I found an absolute gem with accommodation. Aloha Ohana @Coopers Shoot,
The perfect location with views to the ocean and within a very easy 7min drive to town. Our 1st afternoon had us swimming with dolphins @Tallows Beach and it’s been one delightful discovery after another after that.
I’ll post up some more throughout the week; I’ve got so much to catch up on, beautiful soaps that I’m so proud of and lovely new discoveries with people and places.
My beautiful Bella @Tallows
Soaking up the serenity.
Sunset from Aloha Ohana @Coopers Shoot
Almost finished uni, 3 assessments and my weekends are again my own.
Still life compositions ready to turn into Lino Prints.
And Shaving soap curls for decoration @nectardreaming #whiteteaandginger #coldprocesssoap #soapcurls #nopalmoil #handmade @_michaelaburgess
It's been a crazy term with both work and uni. Finally on school and uni break for a week! Yipee, time to clean up and get serious making happening. I've got so many creative projects on the bubble right now I haven't had much time for surface design of late, but this beauty came out of a uni assessment! I love it when the things you're passionate about start having a purpose in your life!
I started my quest into surface design without really knowing why or much about it except I loved the work I was seeing and really wanted to create. I'm still not sure where this journey is going to take me but there is nothing more rewarding than being happy with your designs.
These ones were designed for a redevelopment of the Marrickville Metro site for a uni project. The shopping centre is on the site of an old wool mill so I've used machinery and wool spools as the visuals, and I'm loving it!
Now off to clean up and get some serious making happening, I've got travel tins for Christmas gifts to fill with decedent scents of goodness for our Soy Massage Candle range. I'm so impatient to be exploring new scents combinations, and I'm developing a new range of travel soaps for Christmas gifts as well. Very excited!
Artist, designer and educator, inspired by light, colour and the world around me.