Posts tagged ‘graphics’

August 16, 2012

Fox and Beau

Fox and Beau makes the cutest stationary and homewares your eyes would ever see. Everything is handmade and beautifully designed and each piece has its own personality.

Amy and Katie are the creators behind the brand. We were first introduced while setting up our stall at the Favourite Things Markets in Bondi. We got talking (as you do, when you’re neighbours for the day) about how they came about and what inspires them the most. They are just the sweetest and you could really tell that they love what they do. We shared the same level of passion and drive – working late nights, weekends and any spare minute that you have, just to make your dreams become reality. So we thought we’d share their story…

Tell us how it all started…
We both went to high school together, and then met up a few years ago and realised that we shared the same passion for design, craft, interiors and paper. We just meshed so well and decided to launch Fox and Beau. It is our sanctuary, our home away from home. A place where we can get lost and share everything that just means the world to us, next to our cats! We are so proud of how far we have come in such a short space of time. We are proud of the products we make as they are all designed by us, printed in Australia and eco-friendly too!

Where do you get your inspiration from? Any artists or creatives that you follow for inspiration?
We LOVE colour! It is the simplest way to express our work, so we thrive off others that infuse this aspect into their projects as well. There are so many to choose! A few favourites that we admire is Donna Wilson, her colours designs and fabric ooze energy and life! Beci Orpin is another artist that just creates beautiful artwork and projects by using geometrics and fluros.

What are the plans for f&b? Anything new coming up?
Absolutely! We are constantly adding to our stationery store! We are currently working on our Christmas Card range (in-store in October) They are oh so cute!

We are also expanding our design service, and working on creating a delightful wedding invitation range. We are both married, but see the importance of beautiful wedding stationery. This is an up and coming project so watch this space!

Where do you sell your product?
We have a lovely shop that we launched last year, and also at occasional market stalls in Sydney. We will keep you posted on our next stalls on or



July 3, 2012

Five Words – Tell Your Story

Ever heard the chorus line to ‘that’ song or seen a poster (perhaps even a meme) that has managed to sum up your feelings right at that very moment? Just 5 little words that have surprisingly sparked your interest and then circled your head for days? Well, it happened to these 2 talented girlies one too many times, until they decided to create a space where you can attain that warm fuzzy feeling everyday single day…

rain&hale snagged 5 minutes with the 2 creative cats behind the site, to ask just a few curious questions…

What is one thing you both find inspirational about your everyday life?

Music. It can lift you up and get you out of a creative rut in no time. At the moment we’re loving Matt Skiba and the Sekrets. We’re both pretty excited to be heading to Outside Lands Festival as part of our prize for the 2012 Ultrabook Pedestrian TV Blogster Awards.

What would you say to other creative thinkers to encourage them to put their ideas out there like you have?

The internet can be a tough yet wonderful place. Don’t take criticism personally – think of it as a chance to learn from others and be inspired!

We agree! Do either of you have background in or currently work in graphic design? Or what skills do you have that contribute directly to 5 words?

Mel is a full-time graphic designer and I work in Marketing, so we both have skills that contribute directly to Five Words. It’s been a great chance for me to learn more about design and for Mel to have a creative outlet.

We see you have an Etsy store, do you intend on selling these amazing graphic images on a range of mediums?

We do! We’re actually in the process of shortlisting our favourite pieces, which is a massive task since there is nearly 600 of them! We’ll be starting off with a number of prints and expanding from there. Our first range will be online in July. Exciting times!

What do you look for in submissions for the 5 words website?

 Since we do all the design work ourselves we tend to connect with some submissions more than others. If the words are something we can identify with, we seem to use them pretty quickly. As long as it sits well with our other posts we will try to do the submission justice.

How long was it from the birth of the idea to the proud moment of fruition? And was it a difficult journey?

Surprisingly not that long, it was only a few days while we sorted out the details and got the site up and running! Creating something new everyday is probably the most difficult part of Five Words. We go through inspired stages, but we definitely struggle sometimes. It’s all worth it though when we receive an email from someone saying we brighten their day.

Well girls, there’s no denying that’s exactly what you have managed to do. Here’s just a taste of some of the goodies added to their site in the last 6 months…

You heard the ladies, 5 words will be selling these beautiful & inspiring images online really soon so keep you online eyes (and wallets) open on this space…

If you are wanting to submit 5 words that mean a lot to you, you can do it here..