I'm looking back to one of the iconic Australian fashion labels of the 80's, Studibaker Hawk. Established in the early 80's - 1984 by Janelle Smith, David Miles and Wendy Arnold the label incorporated beautiful surface treatment with hand printed designs and georgeous sculptural elements balanced with body fitting bodices. The National Gallery of Victoria and The Powerhouse Museum Sydney both hold dresses from the label in their collections.
I so wanted one of their dresses to wear to my formal! The tactile qualities of the fabric and design and the beautiful vibrant colours were just amazing. I would love to know what the designers are up to now and hear about their experiences setting up their own label.
I've been playing around with natural fabric dyes and these are some of the georgous results. The 1st purple image comes from a blueberry dye and the lovely sunny yellow in the lower left of the 2nd image comes from a very fragrant orange and cinnamon tea.
I'm back at work and it feels like it's been a while since I've had the time to post so here are a couple of inspirational Blogs that I love looking at.
The first is The Interiors Addict by Jen Bishop
A wealth of information with a finger on the pulse of current trends and awesome interviews with designers and artists.
I loved this post about of my favourite interior designers Greg Natate
I love the cross disciplinary nature of design and watching interior designer turn their talents to fashion is very inspirational and exciting.
And the second is Print Paper Cloth by Maraya Rodostinos
Maraya is an Australian designer with a background in graphics who is now exploring surface and pattern design. Her colour palette and line work is beautiful and refined and I can't wait to see more.
Artist, designer and educator, inspired by light, colour and the world around me.