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QAGOMA Store Christmas Design Market postcard


November 2, 2015 at 8:10 am Leave a comment

Big thank you!

Thanks to everyone who popped by the GOMA Winter Design Market yesterday! It was a lovely day for it! Always great to catch up with other creative types and watch people hugging cushions!

GOMA Winter Design Markets

August 2, 2015 at 11:17 am Leave a comment

Roll up, roll up!

Don’t forget the QAGOMA Winter Design Market is on this Saturday 1 August – by all reports it’s going to be a lovely day to be out and about! Come and say hi at the Touch Wood Design stall and check out the wares of more than 30 other creative types who’ll be joining me at the markets outside GOMA from 9am to 4pm.

City South News article

July 31, 2015 at 9:14 am Leave a comment

Two-colour twist

I think I’m officially ready for the markets this Saturday! I’ll be taking quite a few new cushions along, including this variation on my South African postage stamp design – I tried a two-colour twist so the letters could sit more cosily together.

See you this Saturday outside the Gallery of Modern Art at South Brisbane!

South African springbok stamp cushion

July 28, 2015 at 9:09 am Leave a comment

A little bit wintry

Here’s the official postcard for the next GOMA markets – coming up very soon on Saturday 1 August. Hopefully the wild westerlies we’ve had the past couple of days will take a break and we’ll have a lovely winter’s day for it!

Yes, that’s another of my postage stamp cushions you see on the postcard!

QAGOMA Winter Design Markets

July 14, 2015 at 7:25 am Leave a comment

On the home front

Regular readers will know there’s nothing quite like a vintage pattern to get me excited… so you can imagine my reaction when I came across these Australian Home Journals at a market last weekend – and even more so when I bought them for a song! They sure did know a thing or two about style back in the 1950s!

Australian Home Journals

May 5, 2015 at 11:22 am Leave a comment

Easy on the eye

Last weekend I went to another car show – this time in the baking sun out at my childhood stomping ground of Rosewood for their Charity Show’n’Shine. There were plenty of fine specimens, including this Chevy, which was literally the first car inside the gate!


This shows the detail inside the boot!

Chevrolet boot detail

This shocking green Chevrolet Impala was the most eye-catching hot rod of the day for me. Will you look at the tail end on that!

Chevrolet Impala

There were some lovingly restored Fords as well.


This one was truly magnificent.


And of course I couldn’t go past the Bel Airs! Phwoar!

Chevrolet Bel Air

January 20, 2015 at 7:16 am 2 comments

Going undercover

Amongst all the busy-ness of preparing for the Christmas markets, stringing out my birthday festival for as long as I could and all the other social activities that come with the silly season, I made it along to yet another exhibition – this time it was the Undressed: 350 Years of Underwear in Fashion show at the Queensland Museum.

On tour from the V&A Museum, this exhibition has a definite bias towards European and in particular British fashion, but it’s quite an eye-opening showcase of undergarments. Or should that be eye-watering?! Some of the corsets have such tiny waists that it makes you involuntarily wince – they would surely have caused internal injuries to the wearer!

It was interesting to note as well how much the ‘ideal’ shape has changed over time. Thankfully the wasp waist wasn’t always in vogue – for example, voluptuousness became desirable when it was associated with being rich and of a higher social status…

Undressed exhibition poster

There’s a nod to our neck of the woods too, with an example of Sarah Jenyns’ corsetry near the beginning of the exhibition. In the early 1900s, Jenyns turned her ingenuity into a formidable business empire when her husband’s preaching was not paying the bills.

While the example below looks more like a torture device to me, the mother of seven children set out to design corsets to support women’s spines and ease back pain. Unlike the products of some of her competitors, corsets from the House of Jenyns were designed for 12 different figure types and she also developed a new style of lacing which meant the woman could put the corset on themselves. Love hearing the story of a great independent woman!

Sarah Jenyns corsetry

Image courtesy of the Queensland Times.

December 11, 2014 at 8:07 am Leave a comment

Big thank you

A big thank you to everyone who popped by to see me at the QAGOMA Christmas Design Market last Saturday! It was a beautiful fine day, which kept a few people away as they had to clean up after Thursday’s incredible storm. Here are a couple of snaps of the Touch Wood Design stall.

If you missed out on the market, just letting you know my Etsy store has reopened.

QAGOMA Christmas Design Markets

QAGOMA Christmas Design Market

December 2, 2014 at 7:20 am Leave a comment

To market we go

Don’t forget the QAGOMA Christmas Design Market is on today outside the Gallery of Modern Art at South Brisbane from 9am to 4pm. This artist market only happens twice a year… and you probably don’t need reminding that there are only 26 days until Christmas, but I’m going to remind you anyway!

QAGOMA Store Christmas Design Market

November 29, 2014 at 7:52 am Leave a comment

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