ARTIST PROFILE: DAVE CALKINS

Written for Art Edit CALIFORNIA-BORN, Perth-based artist Dave Calkins grew up in his abstract painter uncle’s studio. It’s where his passion for painting and the use of bold colours was born, and where he first discovered his creative side. “I have explored several areas of self-expression to arrive back at my first primal love – painting,” says Dave.… Continue reading ARTIST PROFILE: DAVE CALKINS

ARTIST PROFILE: PETER DAY

Written for Art Edit “QUIRKY, WEIRD AND WHIMSICAL” is how multifaceted artist Peter Day describes his work. The Sydney-born painter and sculptor says he has been practicing as an artist since he was just four years old. “I still have some of my first drawings – some I have turned into paintings,” he remembers. Peter’s paintings are an… Continue reading ARTIST PROFILE: PETER DAY

Review: After 80 Years, Oroton Releases Its First Ready-to-Wear Collection Under New Creative Director

Written for Broadsheet Oroton, the iconic Australian label known for its leather accessories, entered voluntary administration in November 2017. The demise of the company, founded in Sydney by Boyd Levy in 1938, wasn’t a surprise for many after years of slumping sales and an outdated approach to design. In August last year, new owner Will Vicars appointed Sophie… Continue reading Review: After 80 Years, Oroton Releases Its First Ready-to-Wear Collection Under New Creative Director

The New Adelaide Label Designing Loungewear to be Worn From Beach to Bar

Written for Broadsheet Adelaide label Acler launched in 2015 to fill a gap for high-end pieces at an affordable price. The local label is predominantly recognised for its event wear – sculptural, contemporary dresses and separates with dramatic detailing, whether that be a cascade of ruffles or delicate appliqué. The brand shot to wider fame… Continue reading The New Adelaide Label Designing Loungewear to be Worn From Beach to Bar

Boiler Suits Made for Busts: The New, Affordable Melbourne Label Challenging Traditional Workwear

Written for Broadsheet After a long day spent working aboard a cargo ship, head stockperson Mimosa Schmidt suffered from chafing between her legs, under her arms and on her neck from the ill-fitting boilersuit she was wearing. The constant discomfort made her wonder, “Why isn’t there one of these suits [designed] for women?” “I wanted… Continue reading Boiler Suits Made for Busts: The New, Affordable Melbourne Label Challenging Traditional Workwear

South Melbourne Wine Shop Magnum + Queens Introduces a Tiny New Wine Bar

Written for Broadsheet Kirsten Dickie and Virginia Selleck are moving at light speed. The pair launched their smart and thoughtfully curated online wine store Magnum + Queens in 2017. In May last year they turned it into a physical store in South Melbourne. And now, not only can you pick up top drops to take away, the… Continue reading South Melbourne Wine Shop Magnum + Queens Introduces a Tiny New Wine Bar

Worlds Collide: Five of the Best New Fashion Collaborations to Shop

Written for Broadsheet The power of fashion collaborations can’t be underestimated. From the 1997 Stüssy and G-Shock collab to Uniqlo’s recent partnership with street artist KAWS, seeking out like-minded (and sometimes unlikely) partners to develop one-off products or ranges has been keeping labels relevant for years. Aside from recognition and publicity, collaborations also give designers a reason to… Continue reading Worlds Collide: Five of the Best New Fashion Collaborations to Shop