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

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


Written for Art Edit “I FIND BEING an artist is like having a diary for the world to view,” says South Australian artist Angus Martin. The painter – whose practice revolves around fluid figures and lines strong enough to move Matisse himself – uses his craft to capture the feelings that arise from love and relationships. The… Continue reading ARTIST PROFILE: ANGUS MARTIN

Mediterranean Dreaming: A Local Linen-and-Ceramics Label Collaborates With Dinosaur Designs Co-Founder Louise Olsen

It was the rugged beauty of Puglia, Italy, that drove Sydney’s Alexandra Heard and Heleena Trahanas to found fashion-and-lifestyle label Alex and Trahanas, which specialises in breezy linen and one-of-a-kind ceramics. The friends and designers use premium garza linen from one of the oldest mills in Italy for the label’s summer dresses, and artisans in Puglia… Continue reading Mediterranean Dreaming: A Local Linen-and-Ceramics Label Collaborates With Dinosaur Designs Co-Founder Louise Olsen