Friday, November 20, 2009

inspiration: boo radley

I wanted to show you what I've been making lately but Tim keeps running off with both our cameras for his volunteer work at the AYCC. They're a bit different in style to the tshirts up in my shop at the moment, because I've included more lace, more detail, more flowiness, and they're all one-offs.

It's so stinking hot here in Melbourne at the moment that sleeves are too much to bear, so I've been making light and flowy sleeveless tops and I'm going to start on summer dresses today. Pictures to come!

I'm having difficulty working out which method works for me best: sticking to styles or creating one-offs. Styles take more effort to prepare, but once prepared they're easier to make up. One-offs can often be a headache as they can be quite challenging and time-consuming. And sometimes they don't work out. But they are more interesting to make. I guess I'll just make some of each. Maybe the one-offs can be samples that I'll make up into styles if they're well received.

On another note, here's a local designer samples outlet just down the road from me that I entered for the first time and I was so impressed by the collection of interesting pieces - there's very few 'trendy' items there, just timeless goodness. If you live in nearby I really recommend it because the prices are very reasonable too. It's called Neo Rococo and it's at 269 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn.

They stock a Melbourne label called Boo Radley and I have been feeling very inspired by the pieces I saw. I checked them out online afterwards and found that the styling wasn't my cup of tea, but I think the work is so much better in person. They have a very good eye for interesting details.

And! Boo Radley is having an end of year summer sale at their warehouse in Collingwood. Everything below $50.
Thursday Nov 26th to Sunday Nov 29th
Boo Radley Warehouse: 114-118 Campbell Street, Collingwood Vic 3066 (off Johnson St.)
9:30 am to 5pm

Yay for local talent.


Ruth Quibell said...

I think you've hit on a real dilemma - re doing the same thing and getting better at it, vs doing more creative, new things.

I face the same thing, and can only solve it by doing a bit of both. I console myself that it's this middle path that's the best one for me, despite how frustrating it can be at times!

Looking forward to seeing photos of your new tops - they sound intriguing.

Cosmic said...

Wow! If that's your new inspiration, I can't wait to see your new creations(Those designs are superb; covetable and wearable - I love the name too. Remember the band of the same name:)?!!!

I think I've fallen in love:)


mummalu said...

grats on your feature in Peppermint Mag!! Woooh :)

workhard said...

Those are lovely outfits..

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jenny said...

She is looking really very beautiful in this dress and was eager very much to see her in all dresses to my sister. Thanks..

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