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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Casual Shirt

I like buying recycled clothes and turning them into something new. Yesterday I picked up this shirt from a store, took it home, added a big splash of creativity and came out with this. At firsty I wasn't too happy with it. Today I put it on again and changed my mind. I was very happy with the results.

Saturday, October 28, 2006


Scarf: Soon to be on etsy


I just finished watching Madonna's JUMP video clip filmed in Tokyo. Usually her outfits are fantastic however this time she has chosen to use clothes that can be bought in Harajuku. The clothes still look cool, but I think she needed some Harajuku style make up to match the outfit.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Obi Belt

Mel. Your obi belt is ready!

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Title change

Shades of Grey, Blacks and Browns

I have a bone to pick with Australian designers who design for men....and a tip. Maybe this will get me into trouble, or come back to haunt me in the future.

It all began when I was reading an Australian blog and clicked on the link which took me to an Australian label that I was unfamilar with. Curious to see what they had, I clicked through to see what their latest collections had to offer. Sadly I was disapointed to see the same old dark colours being used and those damn striped shirts! I am so over those! There was nothing that made me say 'yes, I want to buy something from this collection' rather it was 'yes, I've had enough already!'

Come on people, do something new and add some colour! I realise the collection reflects consumer demand and taste. And it is men's fashion, so it can't be made to look to 'gay' because no-one is going to buy it. But it can be done. As I have said before, try and get a high profile sportsman to wear your innovative gear. Men need to be taught that it is okay to wear certain clothes and colours and to have a different look.

Okay, that's enough from me!

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

The secret is out

Okay so I was going to keep my organic bags a secret but here is my first one. I know the photo is not the best but you'll get an idea of how it looks. The fabric is 100% organic and did not come cheap, I am selling these bags for only $99 each.

The stencil is of a Boab tree which can be found in Australia and parts of Africia. For the lining I used an organic canvas with a lime print. Not only is the fabric organic but the dye for these fabrics are low impact. (Yay for the enviroment!!!)

They are currently NOT for sale on Etsy. But if you are interested in buying one, then contact me on the email on my blog.
UPDATE: Now for sale on Etsy. Click on the bag for the link

Moving Art

I am going to create a range of organic t-shirts for the Design Festa and Etsy under the name of 'Moving Art'. These t-shirts have been hand painted by myself and represent feelings. The t-shirts will also include a stencil of either the feelings name or something else. I have not quite decided on that one yet.

I have already made two. (one for myself, the other for sale on Etsy)

Here is the first one printed on a recycled t-shirt (size small) . This one is called LOVE
CLICK on the photo for the link to my store.

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It's been a while since I've made an entry. In blog time it must be years!!! So what have I been doing...? Not much...kinda....

I have been wanting to take some decent photos of the 2 shirts I have 'printed' on, and have a friend model my bags, but I'm yet to ask. I'm still trying to contact companies for some things I want to start too.

In addition to that my computer broke down, got kind of repaired by my partner, but still needs to go back to the computer company for some reason. So that means my net time will be limited for the next two weeks because I will be sharing my partners computer.

Work has also calmed down too! So maybe I'll have some time to make some entries or maybe I'll just continue to be lazy!


Friday, October 06, 2006


I haven't been making so many blog entries recently because I have been busy with work and been feeling kinda up and down about where this whole TOTE thing is going.

This industry is tough (no news there) and even if you get a big break it doesn't mean you've made it, it just means you've skipped a few stepping stones and it's up to you to stay fresh.

Okay. I love sewing and making things, don't get me wrong. This week my friend Shell has offfered to give me sewing lessons which I am totally wrapped about. I have even been to the shops to begin my 'homework' too!

I was feeling that my creative juices had stopped. In addition to that I have been trying to email some manufactures about a few things (to remain a secret) and have so far had no replies. I guess I am going to have to make a few phone calls to the U.S.A instead.

So I went to the Design Festa website to see if my work has been posted. Upon seeing my own work I was re-motivated to get things moving again and immediately began making a piece of moving art on a t-shirt. I was very happy with the outcome and I am considering applying the design to a bag with a bit of twist.

It's too late to take a photo of the shirt and post it here now, so I'll do it another day.

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