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To celebrate this special season we are offering a special discount for the 12 days leading up to Christmas! Each day will be represented by a clog & a 24 hour discount will be offered on the day of that clog - hence the 12 clogs of Christmas
21/11/13 4:50 PM
Elin Andersson is a super talented Swedish native - Sydney based artist who draws all kinds of exciting bits and bobs. She has collaborated with funkis to bring you a selection of gorgeous cards. Each of which has been created using vegetable based inks on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. We spoke with Elin recently and asked her about her inspirations and hopes for the future.
1. Where in Sweden are you from? Do you think moving from Sweden to live in Australia has had an affect on your art?
I grew up pretty much in the middle of a forest, not too far from Stockholm, and before moving to Australia I spent a bit of time in England and France. Generally I believe that travelling helps to make you a more open-minded person, and it has enabled me to look at the world in many different ways.
Also, relocating has made me a lot more aware of political issues. I feel strongly about feminism and equal rights in general which definitely has an impact on my practice. I am sure that it has partly to do with getting older, but also the fact that the political climate in Australia is quite different from Sweden. For example, I remember being quite shocked when I realised that gay marriage wasn't legal here! That was something that I took for granted.
On the flipside, Sydney is a great city to live in because it is so multicultural and not weighed down by tradition. I feel incredibly lucky to have made friends with a lot of clever and talented people from many different backgrounds. I find these encounters to be a great source of inspiration.
2. What did you want to be when you were growing up or did you always want to be an illustrator / visual communicator?
Throughout my entire childhood I was determined to be an archeologist. I kept a pile of dinosaur books next to my bed, memorised all the different types and dreamt about uncovering bones in the desert. Pachycephalosaurus was my favourite. It goes without saying, perhaps, that my school books were filled with dinosaur drawings.
3. What's your favourite thing to draw?
4. Where do you get your artistic inspiration from?
5. What are you working on at the moment? What are your hopes for the future?
I'm about to finish a really fun job, namely a bunch of illustrations that will go on the side of garbage trucks, as well as a few ongoing personal projects.
I hope that in the future I will able to keep doing what I'm doing; develop my style and have the opportunity to collaborate with inspiring people and organisations. I'm really interested in social design, editorial illustration and animation, so those are areas which I would love to explore.
6. Where can we see more of your work?
8/11/13 11:16 AM
We are so excited to introduce our brand new handmade mobiles by Flensted. These are the perfect addition to any stylish home!
Instore at Paddington and The Strand Now!
Here is a brief history on Flensted Mobiles which has been recognised as one of Denmarks most successful cottage industries.
"If you have a troubled mind, watch a mobile and unwind"
"Mobiles are a traditional craft in Denmark, but the modern mobile - as a decoration for the home - was created in 1953 by Christian Flensted and his wife Grethe to celebrate the birth of their first daughter.
In 1956 Christian Flensted gave up his job to devote his entire effort to the fledgling mobiles business, then based in Aalborg, Jutland. However, this led to the business moving back to its home island of Funen and founding "The Stork's Nest” in Tommerup. They stayed here for about 15 years.
By 1971, production had grown so much that new premises were needed, and they moved to the old school "Frederiksminde” near Brenderup, Funen, which is still the FLENSTED MOBILE CENTRE.
Today, Christian and Grethe´s son, Ole and his wife Aase continue the family tradition, with ideas for new and original mobiles issuing regularly from their "Department of Space Research".
Flensted Mobiles are so designed that the elements are in constant motion while the entire mobile maintains a harmonic balance. Creating mobiles is not just our job, it is our life." Watch how the mobiles are made HERE
5/11/13 3:15 PM
What's your favourite colour?
Our Thorbergs Swedish Design reading glasses range are available in all the colours of the rainbow from jelly bean red to muted pastel grey!
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1/10/13 3:12 PM
What a night! With irresistable Swedish canapes from Fika Swedish Kitchen & delicious cider from Two Elk Cider we had a lovely time last friday night. Thanks for coming down to our Paddington store and helping us to celebrate the offical launch of our Lilla Bruket product range. It was great to see everyone!
25/09/13 4:21 PM
Marimekko chat with designer Aino-Maija Metsola about their stunning new collection - The Weather Diary Collection
Where did you get the idea for the patterns in the Sääpäiväkirja collection?
"Before I started working on the patterns, we got together with Marimekko’s design team members to discuss what we were interested in. It became apparent that we were all fascinated by rain, wind, fog, light and the effect of weather on us."
"I approached the theme by focusing on things I know. I live on an island, which means that many of the ideas behind the patterns in the Sääpäiväkirja collection came to me while jogging along the shoreline in the evening or walking with my dog. Some of the ideas are also based on my memories of sailing trips in the Finnish archipelago."
"I feel that weather phenomena seem to be more powerful and interesting in the vicinity of the sea. Especially in the autumn."
Read the full interview with designer Aino-Maija Metsola HERE