Posts tagged ‘sydney’

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



August 9, 2012

Bec Winnel

As a creative, you sometimes get lost or your mind gets a little stale, so you look for a little kick in the inspiration department. I found my kick a few months ago after attending the intense two-day conference at Semi-Permanent in Sydney. It reels in the industries’ best, from all parts of the world. Semi-Permanent for me, is like being a kid in a candy store – it seriously gave me a buzz. I got to see many of my faves and some newbies that got my mind and pencil racing. But, the one speaker that inspired me the most was the extremely talented and self-taught illustrator Bec Winnel. She was very nervous and softly spoken but that didn’t deter me from becoming love-struck. I’ve seen her work online, and in the Curvy editions, so it was good to see the face behind her amazing pencil drawings. She showed us a little demo on the process of how she illustrates (below), and expressed her creative journey. I decided to get in contact with Bec after the conference, to get to know her a little more and to share her story with you all.

“My first exhibitions were in Nan’s kitchen on her fridge” – Did you always see yourself being an artist? What steps did you take to get to where you are now?

I can remember dreaming about being an artist when I was little, alongside a few other careers like a Ballerina or Fireman (laughs), but I’ve always loved being creative and always wanted to end up working in a creative field.

I see your main inspiration derives from creating affection for feminine beauty, nature and nostalgia. What other sources do you gather for your inspiration?

 I guess all my inspiration comes from essentially, beauty, but in many forms. It could be the beauty of a flower, the beauty of a song or the beauty of a facial expression. One image I recently created was inspired by a beautiful French provincial kitchen cupboard I had seen online. I love French provincial furniture – the curves, the detail, the craftsmanship, and the love that went into these pieces – certainly artworks within themselves. I guess to me, beauty also means pure and unconditional love in all forms.I really admire that you explore different mediums to create your illustration. What are your favourites to work with?

Certainly pencils are my favourite,  they’re so instant and clean! You need a pink, so you pick up pink and start drawing with it, while with paint, you need to take time to mix the correct colours and I can be a little impatient at times! But then, I do love the fluidity of paint and the life of it’s own it takes on. I enjoy experimenting with mediums, even if at times the pieces don’t work out, I learn something I can take to my next artwork.

There is so much detail in your works. How long does it take to complete just one piece?
It’s hard to say as I usually work in about 3 hour sessions, sometimes a couple a day, so to guess, it would be around 20 hours on average.  I think the most I have spent on a piece would be around 60 hours.
“Image making is my therapy and life fuel!” – Being a full time artist, are there times when you’ve reached your creative boundaries? If so, what other outlets do you explore to refresh your creative mind?

Yep, there sure has! There have been times where it all seems to hard and I  wanted to quit! As time goes by, I learn more about my artistic practice. I’m finding going for a walk, leaving the studio, getting some fresh air and room for my mind to breathe works wonders. It’s amazing how I try so hard to find inspiration at my desk at times but then, whilst out walking, an idea will pop into my head. I’m also a visual person, so sometimes I’ll find inspiration from books or image collections online like Pinterest.

What’s on the cards for the rest of 2012?

I’m currently working towards a solo show, Muliebrity, at Just Another Agency Project Space. It opens on Friday the 14th September, 6 – 9 pm at 153 Greville Street, Prahran. A solo show is on the cards for 2013 in the States, so I think I’ll be starting work on that one too. There will also be commercial illustration work in there too and any other exciting opportunities that pop up. But yeah, just to keep creating art and going along on the journey!

I hope this too inspires you all, even if it’s just you picking up a pencil to colour in your My Little Pony book.

To see more dreamy, nostalgic works by Bec Winnel, visit her home here. 

June 14, 2012

Select Music’s 7th Birthday

Sydney-based Select Music is a multi-functional music company.  Even if the name doesn’t ring a bell, you’re bound to have had plenty of contact with them if you enjoy Aussie music. Their reach covers artist management, touring, venue consultancy and event promotion. With a seemingly never-ending roster (including Boy and Bear, Midnight Juggernauts, Tim Finn and Bluejuice), they are proud to have helped to unearth some of Australia’s top talent in recent years.

Having commenced proceedings back in 2005, they’re turning seven this year. To celebrate their birthday, they’re throwing a rather large party on Thursday 21st June. A charity fundraiser for beyondblue, the shindig will be held at four of the Oxford St precinct’s hottest venues, with a tantalising smorgasbord of Australia’s best musicians showing their wares over the evening.

Featuring Select Music artists playing across UPSTAIRS BERESFORD, THE STANDARD, OXFORD ART FACTORY (Main Room + Gallery) & PHOENIX BAR

Andy Bull, Argentina, Ball Park Music, Bluejuice, Bob Evans, Elizabeth Rose, Emma Louise, Hungry Kids of Hungary, The John Steel Singers, Josh Pyke, The Jungle Giants,  Lior, Midnight Juggernauts DJs, Millions, The Mission In Motion, Nantes, The Paper Scissors DJs, Pluto Jonze, The Preachers, Purple Sneakers DJs, RÜFÜS, Spit Syndicate, Step-Panther, Strangers, Tokyo Denmark Sweden, Toucan, The Walking Who

Tickets can be purchased here for just $20!

Who is Hughster? Check out his and other r&h guest bloggers profiles here.

April 6, 2012

Easter @

It’s a nice feeling to know someone’s got your back, especially when you don’t ask for it. That’s why we are so thrilled to see ‘Wee Birdy’ (selected as one of the Top 50 Design Blogs in the World by Times Online) selected us in their list of most loved Aussie bloggers. Cheers guys! And ditto.

Wee Birdy is one of our favourite sites, introducing us to the best and cutest fashion/paraphernalia on and offline from Australia and London.

Click on the pretty picture to check out their adorable list of top 10 easter gift ideas, as well as more ‘outside the box’ Easter gift and activity ideas…


February 29, 2012

March is ‘Art month Sydney’

Each March Art Month celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of contemporary art in Sydney by throwing open the gallery doors, putting art in unexpected places and presenting over 200 exhibitions & events.

There are tours, tutorials, parties and an amazing amount of workshops to get your creative little hands into some paper mache. Some events have already sold out so be sure to book in now….. Here is a list of what we believe are notable events:

Precinct Parties: 8th March Mick Gallery Paddington 6-10pm, 9th March Artereal Gallery Project Space Rozelle 6-10pm, 15th March Sullivan + Strumf Fine Art Waterloo 6pm – 10pm, 22nd March White Rabbit Gallery Chippendale 6-10pm, 23rd March Chalkhourse Gallery Surry Hills 6-10pm.

Art Cycle: #1 Inner West Trail 3rd March 11am -4pm, #2 Bourke Street Cycleway 10th March 11am-4pm, #3 CBD/Chippendale 17th March 11am-4pm, #4 Paddington 24th March 11am-4pm.

Artist Run Initiative Tours: Newtown 10th March 2pm, Chippendale 17th March 1pm, Surry Hills 18 March  1pm

Artists Speed Dating: 15th March

Click on the pretty pictures for more details on that event, or for all events head to:

March 5, 2011

Mardi Gras 2011

Festivities to celebrate this years Gay and Lesbian pride have been in full swing since mid feburary, but there is still time for you to grab that feather boa and join in the parade and , the most important part, the party.

The parade, containing around 100 colourful floats, runs from Hyde park down Oxford St finishing with a banging party with guest acts including dance superstar Calvin Harris dropping a massive set in the Hordern, alongside the ‘Godfather of House’ himself, Frankie Knuckles, Larry Tee of Ru Paul’s ‘Supermodel’ fame, Seamus Haji (Big Love/Strictly Rhythm), international DJ and Producer Steven Redant, Tel Aviv’s Yinon Yahel, NYC party boy Justin Ryan and San Francisco’s Francisco Guerra.As well as a nice handful of Aussie acts. Location.
Entertainment Quarter
Lang Road,
Moore Park, New South Wales
5th March
10.00pm – 8.00am
Members $119 / General $135 / Concession $99 / 2 tickets per member