Handbag and Leather Goods Designer Katya Komarova Opens a Cosy Adelaide Studio

Russian-born handbag designer Katya Komarova didn’t plan for a career in design. She graduated from Moscow State University of Culture and Arts with a degree in acting before becoming a model. But after a chance encounter with a local artisan on a trip to Thailand in 2010 – who taught her how to make a… Continue reading Handbag and Leather Goods Designer Katya Komarova Opens a Cosy Adelaide Studio

Artist Profile: Leila Jeffreys

Written for Art Edit Photographic artist Leila Jeffreys wants to get people to reconnect with nature. “I want them to feel a sense of its value and to know that it sustains us,” she says. “It’s a reminder that we are not the only species on this planet and that these other societies have just as… Continue reading Artist Profile: Leila Jeffreys

Artist Profile: Katie Ravich

Written for Art Edit Artist Katie Ravich spent much of her childhood exploring the beach and bushland close to home. “I loved to [make] miniature worlds with mosses, leaf litter and sticks and house cicada shells and Christmas beetles beneath these creations,” she says. “I think this is where my fascination with studying the miniature landscape beneath… Continue reading Artist Profile: Katie Ravich

The New Minimalist Label From Melbourne Inspired by Performance and People-Watching

Written for Broadsheet Husband and wife team Nikita Miller and Omar Asadi are behind the new minimalist Melbourne womenswear label Nikita Miller, which launched in August. The “part one” collection is made-to-order and features simple, structured staples that look and feel almost Japanese. Standout pieces include the oversized long-sleeve Luan shirtdress (which resembles a trench coat and… Continue reading The New Minimalist Label From Melbourne Inspired by Performance and People-Watching


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


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

Handwoven Cult Bags From Canberra

Written for Broadsheet The dance of a discarded plastic bag in the wind was the inspiration for Canberra-based designer Georgina Whigham’s accessories label, George. “I was interested in … drawing from an object that is mass-produced and disposable,” Whigham says of the silhouette of her handwoven utility totes, which resembles that of a plastic shopping… Continue reading Handwoven Cult Bags From Canberra


Written for Art Edit VICTORIAN-BORN ARTIST Geoff Todd’s father, a dairy farmer, would spend his morning tea break completing crosswords in the daily newspaper, sketching in the margins as a way to resist young Geoff’s chatter. It was from here that Geoff’s own artistic flare took flight. His first solo exhibition was held in 1969… Continue reading ARTIST PROFILE: GEOFF TODD


Written for Art Edit AS A CHILD, Gold Coast-based artist Annette Raff would draw to keep herself entertained, tossing each drawing aside as the fun was in the ‘doing’ rather than the finished piece. “My parents joke that I drew before I walked,” she says. That said, Annette’s pathway to becoming an artist hasn’t been entirely… Continue reading ARTIST PROFILE: ANNETTE RAFF


Written for Art Edit SYDNEY-BORN ARTIST David Pavich is drawn towards the vastness and variety of the Australian landscape. “There are the harsh, dry, arid regions of Australia, which provide an eerie atmosphere,” he says. “And other times lush regions, which generate certain feelings of paradise.” His paintings are built up from layers of oil paint, but… Continue reading ARTIST PROFILE: DAVID PAVICH