Christmas. Sorted. A (last minute) independent gift guide 2016

I’m going to cut right to it this year  – Christmas on a Sunday is incredibly deceptive. I keep telling people – “oh but Christmas is on the weekend, you’ve got heaps of time”. Until you realise this means there.are.no.more.weekends until Christmas. So in true Small Talk tradition, I scoured our interview archives and found ventures new and old brimming with last minute gift ideas. Last dash generic gift cards be-gone! There is a goldmine of awesome independant makers,  sellers and workshop hosts who are much more prepared for Christmas than I, with discounts, express post and gift wrapping offers flying left right and centre. Let’s walk…

A pad subscription for your lady-friends Tsuno – Ros

Ok, so maybe pads arent the first thing you think to gift to a lady friend, but Tsuno lady friends are extra special cos they get pads – and – give pads to ladies in need. Tsuno also runs a subscription service for the gift that keeps on giving.

 

A delightful spot dish for boxing day sushi feasts Three Lives – Eloise

Eloise Rapp is one classy lady-entrepreneur, extending her own textiles label RAPP to launch Three Lives in 2015. Born from a love of global bathing culture, the Three Lives ethos celebrates global connectivity, low-impact living and an affinity with the elements. The Hagiyaki spot dish is a delightful way to say you care.

 

A blingin’ purse Mumma Goose – Caitlyn & Jenni

A Gippsland favourite, Mumma Goose has you covered this Christmas – try this blingin’ purse from Make Me Iconic

 

A cute indoor plant Nature Boy Nrth – Ruth

How about this sweet ceramic planter and indoor plant set from Melbourne’s own Nature Boy Nrth?

A stunning pendant for your home WOWOWA – Monique & Scott

Ok, ok so maybe you a beautiful new home or renovation is a bit extravangant a gift just for Christmas, but you can snap up one (or two, or a whole flock) of WOWOWA’s stunning Rosella pendants from Rakumba

 

A ballsy pendant for your neck NannaB.x – Barbara

These stunning gold peppery speckles match your champagne darllllling. A must have piece of festive season cheer

 

A pair of rad foot tubes that express who you really are Unempire – Zoe

From Zoe: “WHAT’S THIS THEN? LOOKS LIKE A HEAPS GOOD GIFT TO US. PEEPS LIKE GETTING GIFTS. WHY NOT GIVE A COOL PERSON YOU LIKE THIS ONE.” Unempire are also express post and giftwrapping, meaning you really only have to lift one finger, and thats the one that hits the ‘add to cart’ button.

A calligraphy workshop Floralovely – Louise

Louise is a frequent flyer - hosting calligraphy workshops in Brisbane, Sydney, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Melbourne & Adelaide. Click through to find out what's coming next.

Louise is a frequent flyer – hosting calligraphy workshops in Brisbane, Sydney, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Melbourne & Adelaide. Click through to find out what’s coming next.

 

A foraging adventure with Autumn Harvest – Christopher

Share in Chris' enthusiasm for mushrooms with a foraging tour. Tours depart Melbourne area March-June so book in early and you might have even recovered from that Christmas food coma by the time it comes around

Share in Chris’ enthusiasm for mushrooms with a foraging tour. Tours depart Melbourne area March-June so book in early and you might have even recovered from that Christmas food coma by the time it comes around

Louise Mulhall is a Calligrapher

Louise Mulhall_1

 

Louise Mulhall is a Brisbane based Calligrapher and holder of possibly the most delightful business name I’ve yet encountered – Floralovely. With a background in floristry, it’s not surprising the find that Louise’s whimsical and fresh designs have attracted a strong Instagram and Facebook following, with demand growing for her pointed pen style.

Returning to an art practice that you had once been disappointed by is a courageous move – especially with a young family in tow. But Louise’s late night explorations in modern calligraphy have paid off handsomely, as her delightful creations are in demand for weddings, events and corporate clients. Louise also runs workshops across the east coast, to share her skills and passion with aspiring calligraphers.

 

Owner: Louise Mulhall

Business: Floralovely

 

I was privileged to interview Louise as a guest contributor over at Creative Women’s Circle. Check out my other posts for CWC here.

Continue reading

Samara Greenwood is an Architect

Samara Greenwood and Anna Castles outside SGArch’s studio/pavilion.

 

Samara Greenwood Architecture is a young, boutique architectural practice focused on creating homes with heart. Under Samara’s direction, the team have an approach to design that is without pretense and is firmly focused on people – their hopes, dreams and everyday way of life. Samara has created a practice of ‘design philosophy’ that places you at it’s centre. It’s not often you meet an architect, or indeed any professional who makes it their first priority to listen to what you have to say, but Samara has made it her business to practice in this way.  ‘Listen’ and ‘Heart’ are two words I have never before come across in an architectural mission statement, but ones which I think we should be hearing more of. Read on to find out what Samara had to share about going out on your own, practicing business with heart, and the increasingly popular Dream Home Workshops.

I was privileged to interview Samara as a guest contributor over at Creative Women’s Circle. Samara has been gracious enough to answer a few extra questions for Small Talk readers! Check out my other posts for CWC here.

Owner: Samara Greenwood

Business: Samara Greenwood Architecture

Continue reading

The Perfect Storm

Wow, just wow. There is just too much awesome on in Melbourne this weekend, with no less than 4 (!) top class design showcases catering to every taste and budget.

Did you hear that thunder? This perfect storm of indie Christmas preparation rolled into town yesterday with the opening of The Design Files Open House, (@ 12 Smith St Collingwood, 10.00am – 5pm, Thursday 4th – Sunday 7th Nov)

The Design Files Open House "represents ‘the ultimate Australian home’ -– a bustling, colourful space furnished with our favourite locally designed furniture, homewares and lighting, with artwork by talented Australian artists, books by local authors and much more. As always, each and every item can be purchased on the spot!"

The Design Files Open House “represents ‘the ultimate Australian home’ -– a bustling, colourful space furnished with our favourite locally designed furniture, homewares and lighting, with artwork by talented Australian artists, books by local authors and much more. As always, each and every item can be purchased on the spot!”

 

When TDFOH closes at 5pm, have no fear, The Big Design Market is here! Open until 9pm tonight and all weekend in the always stunning (and huge) Royal Exhibition Building, the Big Design Market never fails to deliver goodness (@ Carlton Gardens, 10.00am – 9.00pm Friday, 10am – 7.00pm Saturday and 10.00am – 5.00 pm Sunday)

“The Big Design Market is the biggest market of its kind in Australia, bringing together the best of independent Australian and international design for 3 huge days of shopping! The iconic Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne provides a stunning backdrop for fashion and accessories, homewares and textiles, lifestyle and kids’ products, stationery and books. “

 

 

 

I should note at this point, it’s important to pace yourself this weekend, as the earlier risers and south side brunch aficionados will romp home the rewards of a good nights sleep by hitting the Dumbo Feather Christmas Fete early on Saturday morning. Kicking off at 8am and running til 1, this extraordinary magazine is hosting a plethora of great Australian designers, artisans and makers across food, books, clothing and accessories. ( @ 11  Princes St St Kilda, 8.00am – 1.00pm Saturday only)

"The Dumbo Feather Christmas Fête is about engaging with our community and getting to know our neighbours. We have got together a great bunch of people, who we love, to sell you their wares and to generally have a really great celebration of the festive season. Entry to the fête is by gold coin donation and all proceeds will be going to charity."

“The Dumbo Feather Christmas Fête is about engaging with our community and getting to know our neighbours. We have got together a great bunch of people, who we love, to sell you their wares and to generally have a really great celebration of the festive season. Entry to the fête is by gold coin donation and all proceeds will be going to charity.”

 

 

Whatever you do, make your Allpress coffee at DFCF a double and head north to the home of Allpress in Collingwood, where you can indulge the XY chromosones on your gift list with something luxe from the Menske design showcase ( @ 84 Rupert St Collingwood, 11.00am – 6.00pm Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th).

 

"Menske is a series of curated events designed to showcase australian designers of men's luxury items. Menske provides a beautifully considered space for men to shop and engage with high end, locally designed products."

“Menske is a series of curated events designed to showcase australian designers of men’s luxury items. Menske provides a beautifully considered space for men to shop and engage with high end, locally designed products.”

And Sunday night? Sunday night is for sleeping (and sneaky gift wrapping)! zzz zzz

Eloise Rapp | Three Lives / Rapp

Eloise Rapp. Image via Georgia Blackie

 

Stunning scarves and artwork in Rapp’s Spring Summer 2014 lookbook. Lookbook designed by Eloise, images via Rachel Dray

RAPP_SS2015_LOOKBOOK_3

‘Regeneration’ scarf. Rapp’s Spring Summer 2014 lookbook. Lookbook design by Eloise, images via Rachel Dray

 

Eloise Rapp is a multidisciplinary designer currently working in textile and surface design, illustration and product development.

 
Small Talk & Co. is delighted to bring you Eloise’s interview, as the decided Japanophile opens up about patience, knowing when to let go, and the transitory career patterns of the mammalia class. Any designer who can confidently  describe themselves with direct reference to the Pantone colour pallet has my immediate attention (its 16-1359 TCX by the way).
 
Eloise balances two businesses (!), the self-named Rapp, alongside new venture Three Lives, whilst also working part time part-time as a creative coordinator and designer for Australian art legend Ken Done. Rapp’s stunning silk scarves are designed by Eloise and printed on 100% silk Crepe de Chine, each a mini artwork  in itself. 
 
Eloise has very kindly shared with Small Talk the difficulties in creating art on such small canvases, with the Rapp brand currently in transition from designer/retailer to a more broadly capable creative studio.
In the meantime, Eloise’s travels have inspired the launch of another creative enterprise, Three Lives, proving that creative lightning can indeed strike twice! Three Lives is a curated collection of artisanal bathing goods, bringing the beauty and intimacy of handmade back into the bathroom. 

Business: Three Lives (launching soon) and Rapp

Owner: Eloise Rapp

Location: Sydney, Australia, and online

 

Continue reading

Proudly powered by WordPress
Theme: Esquire by Matthew Buchanan.

%d bloggers like this: