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Hilary Sharp

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Falling Back to Earth

On a little break from discussing homewares and interiors, I'm branching out into a little review on a superb exhibition I recently visited in Brisbane's, QAGOMA.  What was interesting about this one is that I took my two young boys along too.  It truly was an inspiring experience for all, and I highly recomend it.  I won't attempt a major art critic, but rather share our family experience of the art exhibition.

Cai Guo Qiang is one of the world's most innovative contemporary artists.  Originally from China, he now lives in New York.  Inspiration from his Falling Back to Earth exhibition was drawn from his travels to South East Queensland in 2011.  His large-scale interactive installations are engaging and dramatic.  There are 3 exhibitions in total, the first Heritage, features 99 replica animals from around the world, drinking together from a blue lake which is surrounded by pristine white sand.  The inspiration for this piece was provided by Queensland own paradise, Moreton Island.  

Goma-Banner-heritage

The image above is taken from the Goma Website

Despite the kid's grumbles, that they weren't allowed to walk on the sand, once they got the rules, they truly were enthralled.  My youngest, who's speech hasn't fully developed was picking out reindeer at the far end of the lake and saying "Santa" They studied each animal, asked questions to why they were drinking.  Each picked out their favourite animal and then we decided to pick out our favourite animal print.  It really struck me who awesome nature can be with the variety patterns it provides, and the Heritage installation is a feast for the eyes in terms of texture and pattern from the wild side!

Below is a picture of my awe struck son!

Childrens-wonder-goma-falling-back to-earth

The second installation, Eucalyptus features a huge tree resting horizontally and filling up the entire hall.  Here, ancient trees of Lamingon National Park in the Goldcoast hinterland inspired the artist.  This was wonderful, giving the kids a sense of scale, and studying the dramatic shapes the tree roots and branches from against a stark white background.

Eucaliptus-Goma

John McDonald  Image source above

Art-tree-goma

tree-section-detailtree-section-seat

brisbane-view-goma

The third installation of 99 artificial wolves leaping en masse into a glass wall is truly breathtaking and awe inspiring.  The realism of all these animals is phenomenal, enhanced by being able to walk around them.  Watching the boys look straight into the wolves eyes and circling the animals was amazing.

Dogs QAGOMA

 

The final area was by far the kids favourite, the interactive art section designed for kids.  Through multi media it allows the children explore the artists works and create their own pieces in their style!   My kids particulary loved creating the gun powder art on the touch screens - I had to drag them out of there!

Childrens-interactive-art-Goma

The exhibition continues until the 11th May 2014, if you are in Brisbane I highly reccomend you pop into GOMA for a look!  Below is a cool seat just outside library beside Goma!

Cool-garden-bench

 

 

 

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Falling Back to Earth

On a little break from discussing homewares and interiors, I'm branching out into a little review on a superb exhibition I recently visited in Brisbane's, QAGOMA.  What was interesting about this one is that I took my two young boys along too.  It truly was an inspiring experience for all, and I highly recomend it.  I won't attempt a major art critic, but rather share our family experience of the art exhibition.

Cai Guo Qiang is one of the world's most innovative contemporary artists.  Originally from China, he now lives in New York.  Inspiration from his Falling Back to Earth exhibition was drawn from his travels to South East Queensland in 20011.  His large-scale interactive installations are engaging and dramatic.  There are 3 exhibitions in total, the first Heritage, features 99 replica animals from around the world, drinking together from a blue lake which is surrounded by pristine white sand.  The inspiration for this piece was provided by Queensland own paradise, Moreton Island.  

Goma-Banner-heritage

Despite the kid's grumbles, that they weren't allowed to walk on the sand, once they got the rules, they truly were enthralled.  My youngest, who's speech hasn't fully developed was picking out reindeer at the far end of the lake and saying "Santa" They studied each animal, asked questions to why they were drinking.  Each picked out their favourite animal and then we decided to pick out our favourite animal print.  It really struck me who awesome nature can be with the variety patterns it provides, and the Heritage installation is a feast for the eyes in terms of texture and pattern from the wild side!

Below is a picture of my awe struck son!

Childrens-wonder-goma-falling-back to-earth

The second installation, Eucalyptus features a huge tree resting horizontally and filling up the entire hall.  Here, ancient trees of Lamingon National Park in the Goldcoast hinterland inspired the artist.  This was wonderful, giving the kids a sense of scale, and studying the dramatic shapes the tree roots and branches from against a stark white background.

Eucaliptus-Goma

The third installation of 99 artificial wolves leaping en masse into a glass wall is truly breathtaking and awe inspiring.  The realism of all these animals is phenomenal, enhanced by being able to walk around them.  Watching the boys look straight into the wolves eyes and circling the animals was amazing.

Dogs QAGOMA

 

The final area was by far the kids favourite, the interactive art section designed for kids.  Through multi media it allows the children explore the artists works and create their own pieces in their style!   My kids particulary loved creating the gun powder art on the touch screens - I had to drag them out of there!

Childrens-interactive-art-Goma

The exhibition continues until the 11th May 2014, if you are in Brisbane I highly reccomend you pop into GOMA for a look!

 

 

 

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New Organic Changing Mat covers

Delighted to be introducing these organic change mat covers by Econino Nursery to our product range.  Designed and made in Australia from Organic cotton, they look great and tick every box for us!

The come in red, green or navy stripes.  I can't tell you how delighted I was when I actually received them.  They are one of those amazing products that just look great in the pictures but actually exceeded my expectations when I saw them fore real!  It's amazing the transformation my little boys room got simply by putting one of these change mat covers over the changing mat!

Were not the only ones who love them!  While researching I found this lovely review by Love It Do It, a super blog by an inspiring lady Cassandra Michelin.  The image below is from her review.

Green-Stripe-Organic-Change-Mat-cover

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What's Trending in Homewares for 2014

Last year it was all about owls, chevron stripes and pineapples for homewares and decor.  I think we've all had enought of them!  So, what's trending for homeweares in 2014?

While I was at Life InStyle Sydney this month, it wasn't just the exhibitions that inspired me.  Walking through Sydneys' streets,  I was really struck by the design used on the facade of 100 Market Street.  Check out the detail in the image below!  I have for some time been pondering over the new trends emerging in interior design and homewares and it got me thinking about the reasurgence of the home craft movement - knitting and crotchet to name but a few!  I'm hopeless at craft, knit one pearl one excercies always ended in disasters for me!  However, I have enormous appreciation how those who can, and also how these crafts can be interpreted and then applied to different mediums of art.

Currently, these traditional crafts are being given a modern twist and they are being reflected in new ways to stunning effect.  It's like a modern twist to the arts and craft movement that flourised in Britain in the late 19th century and then spread internationally.  The beat on the street is, that cooking shows in the UK are being replaced by knitting and craft shows, is this the start of a new design craze?

The photo below is the facade of 100 Market St Sydney, refurbished by John Wardle Architechts in 2010, and the detail I show here is of the rope wall designed by Dani Marti.  They drew their inspiration by the idea of stitiching, and metaphorically in terms of  how this building stitches the prcint together.

Knotted-detail-weave-100 market st-facade

Above Close up detail of 100 Market Street, Sydney Facade

100 Market St Facade

Several designers I've come accross have applied this knoting technique to different furnitue pieces.  The main picture of this blog shows work by German Designer Sacha Felova of Kumuko and her stunning knitted poufs.  Below, one of my favourites, knitted poufs by Irish designer Claire-Anne O'Brien

Knitted-pouf-Claire-anne-obrien-irishgrey-knitted-poufOrange knitted poufs

Above images all from Irish-designer-Claire-Anne O'Brien

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This statement Not Knot green cushion by icelandic designers Unemi  is very wow!

Cushions and throws look stunning with this knitted look.  Texture is such an important part of any interior design scheme and these knited throws and cushions work perfectly to achieve this.  Throws and Cushions are a really simple little home accessorie that is so versatile.  

This look also give a real Scaninavian feel to an interior.  Which again is so popular, for obvious reasons!  For some interiors inspiration on Scandinavian style and knitted throws and cushions have a look below

Scandinavian Style sitting room with cushions and throws

Knitted Throws and cushions

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Laura-Asheley-knitted-cushions

Stunning collection from Laura Ashley Cushions really do add a homely feel, and these seem so personal and cosy

Pale-Grey-knitted-throw

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