3.3.11

Simply sneak... a peek at some new designs



I am feeling oh-so cosmopolitan as I write this, sitting in an airport cafe tapping away on my mac.  I am flying up to Brisbane this afternoon to catch my brother Dom's band, Rocketsmiths, last-ever gig tonight, which should be fun, if a little sad.  Mr D and I feel a little like their biggest groupies, having seen them play all over the country and played host to the whole band in our house countless times.  It kind of feels like the end of an era for us too.  But it also heralds exciting new beginnings, particularly for Dom, who has now started his own music management business, Bluebeard Music and is already representing Ben Salter (from the Gin Club) and Texas Tea.


RIP Rocketmiths


Before jetting off, I've been pretty busy in my little studio these last couple of days.  I've been wanting to expand on my regular range for aaaages to include some different necklace designs and also some other accessories.  I've been doing a fair bit of experimenting in the background, but as new market dates approached, I'd get caught up on making lots of new Simply Camille pieces.


Well, Finders Keepers have just revealed their line up of designers for the Melbourne Autumn/ Winter market and I am pleased to announce I will be one of them.  So, I am biting the bullet and committing to have a new expanded range on show for this one.  


If you "like" me on Facebook, you may have already seen the snaps above and which show off a couple of new "Simply Bobble" pieces.  Or you may recall me posting images of the first versions of these a fair while back.




The "bobbles" (I just can't bring myself to call them balls - snigger snigger) are made using thick fabric tubes stuffed with the fabric scraps produced from the overlocker as snapped below... 


I've also been playing with some earring designs using the cut offs from the fabric tubes used to may my Simply Camille pieces...







One of the things on my "someday" teux deux list  for this year is a photography course, most specifically to learn some simple tricks for product photography.  While I've got a decent digital SLR camera, I'm using full auto mode, but I know with a little memory jogging back to year 12 photography elective I could probably get some much better results.


In the meantime, I am still playing around with the best way to photograph and present my designs in auto mode.  I do like a nice clean white background, but yesterday I got out on the deck and experimented with some old pallets that Mr D has collected to turn into cool little plant holders.  I quite like the results, as snapped below and I think it goes well with the styling of my neckpieces on the hooks.







I really love the look of the soft fabric against the harsh wood.  We've got a few spare pallets lying around (courtesy of our laneway that keeps on giving), so I'm planning on putting Mr D's handyman skills to good use and finding a way to use them in my stall set up.


OK, flight is about to be called so I'm off.  Hope you have a great weekend, I know I will.


Simply yours,
Phoebe



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