{Interview} Lara Cameron of Ink & Spindle

October 31st, 2012 | Posted by skirsner in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

Awhile back I did a post about Australian print designer Lara Cameron of Ink & Spindle, the artist behind the Doie Lounge Bonsai Print used in several of our robes such as the Lilian and the Gemma. I’m pretty much obsessed with all of her prints and I wanted to find out more about her and her process as an artist, so I was pretty excited when she agreed to be interviewed.

Doie Lounge: When did you know that you wanted to be a graphic designer/print maker?

Lara Cameron: Early in my childhood I always loved to be creative, but during my school years I honestly didn’t think I had the talent! It wasn’t till after I completed a Bachelor of Multimedia and started working in web design that I realised that design was my true passion! But digital design didn’t feel tactile enough, so I started to experiment with surface design and eventually started designing for textiles & stationery about 6 years ago!

DL: How long have you been printing textiles?

LC: My first yardage print run was in March 2007! At that time I was outsourcing the printing to a company literally around the corner from my apartment. A year and a half later and we started Ink & Spindle and began printing the designs ourselves!

DL: What is your favorite print, that you have done? (please attach a photo)

LC: Ooh that’s a tough one! I think perhaps my Leuca print, because I love native Australian botanicals and botanical illustration.

DL: Where do you find your inspiration?

LC: Mostly from our local flora and fauna, my hometown of Melbourne and surrounds.

DL: Do you try to create prints that are “on trend” or do you just do what feels right to you?

LC: Definitely what feels right to me. I’m pretty anti trend generally. I don’t believe people should be consuming anything that isn’t designed to last. It’s ethically wrong on so many levels. When I design a print and choose colours for it I’m trying to design something that I feel will fit in someone’s life for many years to come!

DL: What was your inspiration and thought process behind the print (the bonsai print) that we used for Doie Lounge?

LC: I was particularly inspired by Japan at that stage, and I loved Japanese woodcut illustrations. I remember seeing an image vaguely similar to the Bonsai print in a little Japanese book that I bought, and interpreted it in my own fashion.

DL: If you were not making prints, what would you be doing?

LC: Good question! I can’t imagine doing anything other than what I’m doing right now! I guess if I had to pick something I’d like to experiment with lighting design. Or as a complete contrast I’d also like to have a go at living in a sustainable and self sufficient manner and raising a family in that environment.

DL: What is your “process” like? Meaning, do you start with a pen and paper sketch, do you go straight to the computer?

LC: Often yes it starts with a pen and paper sketch. I used to design in a more digital fashion but as I’ve learnt more about the screen printing process I’ve learn what sort of designs are more harmonious and sympathetic to the medium. Designs that are a little more organic and sketchy and less perfect are much easier to print and give the textiles a much more organic and tactile quality.

DL: Have you ever thought about doing textile prints for wallpaper, duvets, or other home design products?

LC: Definitely! Wallpaper is hard for our setup (we have a sticky table to hold the fabric, which would tear the paper!) but I’d love to do more bedding. We can actually make duvet covers from our fabrics at the moment which we do from time to time.

DL: Where is your favorite place to travel to?

LC: We have a beach house that’s been in our family for a few generations on the Great Ocean Road. It’s pretty basic but it feels like a home away from home. It’s only 1.5 hours out of Melbourne so my partner and I can just go there for a weekend for some head space, relaxation and creativity.

DL: It seems that your company cares a lot about the environment– what do you do to make your good more eco-friendly?

LC: Pretty much anything we can do. We print only on organic or sustainable fibres, use recycled and biodegradable packaging, reduce and treat our waste water, use solvent free, water based inks, and alsomost fundamentally, we design products that last!

{Weekend Inspiration} Kate Spade China

October 30th, 2012 | Posted by skirsner in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

I spent the previous weekend in Los Angeles. It was my first trip back since my move, in early September, and I was excited to see friends and visit the factory. The entire weekend was highly scheduled– I wanted to make sure that I got the most out of the trip which meant no downtime! By Monday night I was exhausted and couldn’t imagine sitting in another loud restaurant, so I relieved when my friends decided to move our dinner party to Mia’s house.

I arrived to find that Mia had broken out her “fine china” for the occasion even though it was a super casual dinner and we had brought in food from Lemonade. Mia and Gavin’s “china” was so stylish and gorgeous that I couldn’t stop looking at it! Turns out, it’s from Kate Spade and they received it for their wedding a few years earlier. When I think of Kate Spade, I think of handbags and clothing, but not dishes. The set pictured above is different than Mia’s, which was much more colorful, but I love the Japanese motifs.

{Saturday’s Song} Sweet Disposition

October 27th, 2012 | Posted by skirsner in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

Sweet Disposition

Sweet disposition
Never too soon
Oh, reckless abandon
Like no one’s watching you
A moment of love
A dream
A laugh
A kiss
A cry
Our rights
Our wrongs
A moment of love
A dream
A laugh
A moment of love
A dream
A laughSo stay there
‘Cause I’ll be coming over
While our blood’s still young
It’s so young, it runs
We won’t stop ’til it’s over
Won’t stop to surrender

Songs of desperation
I played them for you
A moment of love
A dream
A laugh
A kiss
A cry
Our rights
Our wrongs
A moment of love
A dream
A laugh
A moment of love
A dream
A laugh

Stay there
‘Cause I’ll be coming over
While our blood’s still young
It’s so young, it runs
We won’t stop ’til it’s over
Won’t stop to surrender

Won’t stop ’til it’s over
Won’t stop ’til it’s over
Won’t stop ’til it’s over
Won’t stop to surrender

~ Temper Trap

{Looking Back} Real Brides Q & A #13

October 26th, 2012 | Posted by skirsner in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

Real Bride #13~ Lily Perry

Photographer: MCG Photography

Where did you get married and when?

Kiawah Island, SC – July 25th, 2008

What was the best moment of the day?

The whole day was amazing. I would say the two moments that stand out are:

1 – seeing scott for the first time as I started to walk down the aisle

2- walking into the reception and seeing all of our closest friends and family cheering and having a wonderful time celebrating together

What was the most memorable moment of the day (different than the best- maybe something funny, someone fainting, bad toast, etc)?

Ok, this isn’t really the MOST memorable moment, but our friend Allan went crazy on the dance floor took off his shirt so he was just wearing a white tee, started to really break it down and dropped a glasss on the floor and the whole dance floor had to be cleared! Then of course, I step on the only shard of glass that was overlooked and get blood on the hem of my dress. I totally didn’t care though and kept right on dancing.

If you could do it over again, what would you do differently (if anything)? 

I wouldn’t really change anything honestly!

What was the most stressful part of the planning? 

My florist! She and I did not see eye to eye. Everything I wanted was “unavailable.” She almost quit on me a few weeks before the wedding and my planner had to take over communication with her. In the end the flowers were beautiful though so it all worked out.

What were you thinking while you were walking down the aisle? 

Don’t trip! And smile, but don’t look awkward. Oh, and everyone is staring at me!!

Did you do anything special to get in tip top shape?

I hired a personal trainer. So, ummm… yeah. haha

What is your advice for choosing bridesmaids?

I don’t believe the numbers have to match with the groomsmen. I think that is silly. How likely is it that you have the same number of good friends as your husband?  Ours didn’t match and it didn’t matter at all.

What was your first dance song?

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill It’s Your Love

What shoes did you wear and were they comfortable?

I wore silver Manolo Blahnik strappy sandals – and kind of…. they weren’t too high (3″ heel) but obviously, they came off on the dance floor (see above)!

Were you able to enjoy the reception or did you feel that you needed to “work the room?”

I totally enjoyed it bc we had such a big rehearsal dinner (nearly everyone came to it) so I was able to say hello to everyone then and didnt feel like I needed to speak with everyone as much at the wedding so could just relax and have fun!

What is your best “day of wedding” advice?

Relax! At least one thing will not go as planned but at this point it is so late so stop stressing and just enjoy all of your hard work.

Did your relationship feel different after the wedding?

Not really. We had lived together before so we were surprised by how little difference there was. Moving in together was a much bigger adjustment.

{Weekend Inspiration} Aspen Trees

October 22nd, 2012 | Posted by skirsner in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

I’ve always been obsessed with Aspen trees. I love the way that they almost sparkle in the wind and I’m enamored  by their white bark– there is something magical and entrancing about them. I know that I’m not alone in my love for them judging from all of the paintings, wallpaper, and etchings that I have seen using these trees as their muse.

I’ve mainly seen Aspen trees in the spring and winter, when they’re either green or bare, so I was especially in love with the fall version of the leaves– brilliant yellow. I was lucky to be invited on a trip to Tahoe this past weekend, where almost all of the Aspen trees had turned bright yellow. They will lose their leaves in the next week or so, so it was really special to see. I especially loved to see the yellow in contrast to the bright blue sky.

{Saturday’s Song} Always You

October 20th, 2012 | Posted by skirsner in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

Always You

If it wasn’t the oceans,
wasn’t the breezes,
wasn’t the white sands,
I might not be needed,

If I could sleep through the coal mines,
If I could breathe through hatred,
If I could, work through the summer,
then I woulnd’t feel so humble,

oh you, it’s always you,
it’s always you.

If red roses weren’t so lovely,
Wine didn’t taste so good,
Stars weren’t so romantic,
Then I could do what I should

Oh you, it’s always you
It’s always you.
Oh you, it’s always you
It’s always you

If you love, I could command it,
Get your head, to understand it,
I’d go twice, around the world,
Even though, I may not find it.

Oh you, it’s always you,
It’s always you.
You, it’s always you,
It’s always you

~ Sophie Zelimani

{Looking Back} Real Brides Q & A #12

October 19th, 2012 | Posted by skirsner in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

Real Bride #12~ Sararose Benham

Photographer:

Where did you get married and when?

St. Lukes in the Fields, New York City,  June 5, 2010 Reception at The Little Owl Restaurant in the West Village.

What was the best moment of the day?

The best moment for me was exchanging our vows. I got choked up and a little teary which I never imagined I would.  I think because I stayed so present I was able to really hear and feel the magnitude of the promises we were repeating.  We had written our own vows which made it all very personal and that much more special.

What was the most memorable moment of the day (different than the best- maybe something funny, someone fainting, bad toast, etc)?

After we said our vows and kissed, Tom leaned down and kissed my belly (I was four months pregnant) which was a total surprise and a really genuinely touching and memorable moment I will never forget. He did stain my dress with my lipstick though!

If you could do it over again, what would you do differently (if anything)?  

I would have planned to go on honeymoon directly following the wedding. As wonderful as it all was, going back to work on Monday was not ideal and here we are two years later with two kids and have still not taken one!

What was the most stressful part of the planning?  

The only stressful part of the planning was the invitation list. We decided to make it a very small event and chose the venue (The Little Owl) which only seats 30 people.  Trying to figure out who could come and what space we had was really stressful as I wanted EVERYONE there! 

What were you thinking while you were walking down the aisle?

How handsome my man looked and how rad it was that my friends were all shouting so loud with such energy and love. It felt so awesome! I had gotten ready right across the street in my apartment and just had to walk across the street and into the garden with  my parents. I felt beautiful and lucky and happier than I had ever been. It sounds cheesy but it was really the best.

Did you do anything special to get in tip top shape?

I trained three days a week with a trainer in the gym at my work.  Although I was pregnant I focused on my arms and back.

What is your advice for choosing bridesmaids?

I decided not to have bridesmaids. I had such a small wedding it didn’t really make sense to single anyone out. I had my oldest best friend come back with us after the ceremony to bustle my train as she had been at all of my fittings, and my sister handed Tom the ring during the ceremony.

What was your first dance song? We didn’t do one!

Our wedding was not the most traditional wedding. We did not have a cake (each guest got their own little chocolate molten cake and we did not have a first song).  We did get super down and dirty to Telephone by Lady Gaga during the party and our entrance song was We are Family by Sister Sledge. We focused the most on the entrance song as found it to be a really meaningful moment.  We had gotten married in a little garden in between our apartment and the Little Owl restaurant. After the ceremony we went back to our roof to take photos with the empire state building and NYC skyline behind us as well as have a moment with one another and our two best friends. While we were there our guests walked to the restaurant and had drinks and hors d’oeuvres while waiting for us. When we entered we wanted a really fun song playing that would get the party started instantly and be meaningful for everyone in the room not just us. We are Family was perfectly fitting.

What shoes did you wear and were they comfortable?

Some cheapo ones I bought online. They were NOT comfortable but looked pretty and didn’t cost a lot. I knew I would scuff them up walking around the streets of NYC and standing in the grass in the garden and wasn’t sure if it would rain or not (it didn’t, yay!).  So I decided not to spend a lot on footwear. I threw them away recently!

Were you able to enjoy the reception or did you feel that you needed to “work the room?”

Completely enjoyed! With just 30 people in attendance it was easy to feel at ease. There was no pressure or nudging each other to make sure to talk to anyone, it felt very relaxed and easy just the way we wanted it!

What is your best “day of wedding” advice?  

I think that staying present and having fun are the most important. 

Did your relationship feel different after the wedding?

Surprisingly YES!  I didn’t think we could be any closer or feel any more connected but we did. It felt different. There was and continues to be a sense of security and complete dedication to one another that I must have not felt before.

{A Vision in White…} And Pink

October 17th, 2012 | Posted by skirsner in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

When Michelle first got in touch with me about purchasing Doie Lounge Robes for her bridesmaids, she had a vision… and that vision differed from the options shown on the website. I’m always open to suggestions and ideas from brides, especially when it comes to mixing and matching the robe colors and trims, so I was excited to hear her ideas.

Photos by: Chris Schmitt Photography

Michelle loved the Gemma robe, but she envisioned it in black, instead of navy. It was a bold choice— black and hot pink are very strong colors together, but she was unwavering in her decision and it paid off. The robes came out looking amazing and her ladies loved them!

She then wanted to take it a step further and add the same fuchsia pink bonsai trim to her white robe! I loved that she was willing to take a chance and veer away from the more traditional Lilian robe. The shot of color was a great complement to Michelle’s spark-plug personality, not to mention it looked so cute with her bridesmaids robes!

Stay tuned, we might just have a “Michelle” robe coming soon…

{Weekend Inspiration} Peacock Feather Earrings

October 15th, 2012 | Posted by skirsner in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

This past weekend was my friend Lisa’s 36 birthday! She has three kids and really wanted to have a big night out on the town, so I packed a bag and headed to her house (2hrs away) to get ready. I was very pleased with myself that I had remembered to bring the right bra for my dress and multiple shoe options, but the one thing I forgot was accessories! Lisa pointed to her “earring tree” and told me to borrow whatever I wanted.

There were so many options, but she had these over-sized metal “peacock feather” earrings that definitely had my name on them. They were way bigger than the earrings that I normally wear but they transformed my outfit and made me feel bold and amazing! I tried to find them online when I got home, but to no avail. The earrings in the photo above are different than the pair that I borrowed from Lisa, but I like this option as well. I know that Peacock feathers may have “seen their day” and are no longer considered trendy, but I’m still on the hunt for the perfect pair.

{Saturday’s Song} You Make My Dreams

October 15th, 2012 | Posted by skirsner in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

You Make My Dreams

What I want you’ve got
And it might be hard to handle
Like the flame that burns the candle
The candle feeds the flame, yeah, yeah
What I’ve got’s full stock
Of thoughts and dreams that scatter
Then you pull them all together
And how I can’t explain

Oh, yeah
Well, well you
You make my dreams come true
Well, well, well you
Oh, yeah
You make my dreams come true

On a night when bad dreams become a screamer
When they’re messin’ with the dreamer
I can laugh it in the face
Twist and shout my way out
And wrap yourself around me
‘Cos I ain’t the way you found me
And I’ll never be the same

Oh, yeah
Well, ‘cos you
You make my dreams come true
Well, well, well you
You make my dreams come true

Listen to this

I’m down on my daydream
Oh, that sleepwalk should be over by now
I know
‘Bout you
Yeah, yeah
You make my dreams come true
Oh, yeah
I’ve waited, waited for you, girl

Oh, yeah
You make my dreams come true
Come true
You and me, you and me…

~Hall and Oates