Yasmin Hackett

yaz

Website : http://yasmin-ann.blogspot.com.au/

Currently lives in : Melbourne

Yaz joined the Dead & Buried studio in October of 2012. She is the newest member of the team is still moving her things in, so we’ll add some info about her asap!

Elise Sheehan

elise

Website : http://moreconfusionthanhuman.blogspot.com.au/

Currently lives in : Melbourne

Elise joined the Dead & Buried studio in August of 2012. At the time she was still studying at RMIT (Jewellery) and was so damn keen to get in here and not miss out that she signed up BEFORE finishing school. That’s commitment for you!

She has a collection of jewellery on display in our shop at the moment, and we are looking forward to seeing where she takes her new found love for ceramics over the coming months.

Sunday Shoot

Ah, the irony…. “Lazy Sunday Afternoon” by the Small Faces playing on the iPod RIGHT NOW, and what are we doing? Anything but being lazy.

Today Dani and I set up and shot all of the products currently in our store for the imminent launch of our online store! That’s right, if you’re :

  1. Not in Melbourne
  2. Stuck at home with a case of laziness and/or illness
  3. Scared of the lift in the Nicholas Building and not fit enough for the stairs

You can soon purchase whatever we have up for sale from the comfort of your home (or your iPad whilst stuck in traffic). The wonders of modern life.

It took a good 4 hours, but we have come to terms with the fact that it’s just how we are. We COULD work more hours somewhere else and then pay a photographer, or we could zip to the art store, buy some stuff and get shooting. So keep a lookout for some website changes (again) and a new click-n-buy store in the coming weeks.

Oh, and if you like photos of things, follow us on Instagram @deadandburied! Then you’ll get the inside scoop on everything we do.

Listening to : the drama students in the studio next door primal yelling at full volume. It’s pretty funny.

Audrey Thomas-Hayes – Luxe: “Live”

Hey gang, I just wanted to post some photos up here of Audrey’s work before I forget to do so…

As you may remember, she has been dropping by the studio every now and then for advice and encouragement as she works on her final year collection at RMIT Fashion. She previously was interning with Roberts & Hassett, but the guys there noted that she was probably a bit too “avante garde” in her ideas to be learning from their hand-sewn ultra-traditional ways.

James introduced us, and I have been giving her tips on resin casting, machining, power tool safety… all the old man / dad sort of things that come out in me when someone asks for help.

She has been a bit of a powerhouse of productivity thought, as she just exhibited her own preview collection of shoes, made shoes for another student’s exhibition AND worked on shoes for a runway outfit. Thumbs up to that.

These first lot are her own shoes, exhibited under the Luxe: “Live” moniker, if you go over to her site > http://cargocollective.com/audreythomashayes < you can read the explanation of the name and ideas.


rather than paint the buckles, I encouraged her to make a silicone mould and cast her own… too easy.


These started as “sneakers” and gradually morphed over many design changes into fur lined boots with clear heels…


… which have mini diamond shapes in them to hide any obvious means of attaching them.


Diamonds on the soles of your feet anyone?


Oh… and why not throw some GLOW IN THE DARK powder in when casting resin parts? Awesome.


On display as part of MSFW with live modelling.


Under UV light…


… which makes elastic glow like crazy.

She also put these together for Bernadette Francis, they’re part of a collection that is inspired by sound, and these shoes will have a Theremin integrated into the sole / pant leg so that you buzz and whirrrr as you walk around.


The boot is part of the pant, which is part of the jumpsuit… hence the entire outfit in a bag.


unpicked and re-sewn rand.


as-much-glitter-as-possible resin heels.

… I will also add a shout out to Katia from our studio who made the jewellery+ some ornamentation for Bern’s show


Bits like this…


…sewn on on to this dress, and attached to headpieces. Beautiful work.

So, that’s the sort of thing that has been coming out of our studio lately. Dani and I are very happy to see that we’re helping Melbourne fashion be a bit more awesome. So much more to come over the next year!

*image above from Meagan Harding Photography

MSFW week – New Shoes and Runway shows

 

Well it’s Friday again, another week gone, but for once I have new work to show rather than just excuses and moaning about time wasting.

I will pop up a post next week about Audrey’s shoes and exhibition that I gave her some help with here and there, but if you’re interested here the link to the website : http://luxelive.tumblr.com/
The shoes she produced are great, and they made me realise I need to making more stuff instead of just talking about it and assisting others.

So on that note, here’s this week’s story…..

Tuesday : Get complimentary tickets to the RMIT fashion show at MSFW. Woo.

Wednesday : Have a lacklustre day, Dani and I both were tired, mid-week slump. Not much work done. We leave the studio to walk home (we live close enough to walk home now! yesssss) and Dani notes that she has nothing “fashionable” to wear the the runway show, and we have no money for new clothes. I drop the old “well, I could make you new shoes tomorrow?”

Thursday : Arrive at 10am and IMMEDIATELY get to work on making a complete pair of heels for Dani to wear THAT NIGHT TO A FASHION EVENT. Seems I only work when there is an impossible deadline.

Here are the pics, with time stamps so you can see how intense yesterday was.


10.12am – Insoles prepared (not using my resin ones, no time to cast new parts today)


10.19am – Breaking out a new pack of suede…


10.20am – taking photos of leather for no reason.


10.34am – measurements and patterns from prototype shoe


12.50pm – 2 hours have passed… patterns cut, edges skived and rolled, insoles semi-wrapped


1.10pm – Top of the list of “things I didnt think i’d be doing at 32 years old” = hand beading sequins on to shoe pieces.


1.49pm – Uppers assembled, sequins attached


3pm – sewing almost done + lining attached. One hour lost due to having to pull apart older prototype shoes for heels to recycle.


4.13pm – Lasting begins. Panic starts.


4.14 – Questioning why I am taking photos at this point when I have deadlines to meet.

4.20pm – Nick Lewis comes to visit. I pretty much ignore him. I apologise for that Nick.


5.41pm – lasted, heels and platforms attached. Gold details added


5.51 – heels screwed on, fingers crossed they hold.


6.10pm – First try on. Good fit, panic has subsided.


6.11 – Dani swans around. I take photos.


6.19pm – Proof. 10 minutes to be at MSFW for runway show.


6.45pm – Show time!!

… so that was exhausting, but a nice way to convince myself that this is all possible.

Today we’re off to look at some static MSFW exhibitions, then to see a film about Lanvin. Nice.

New things #1

Hi all, it’s the start of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week so I have swapped my work shifts around to be in and around the city for the week – hopefully we’ll get to catch a bunch of shows and exhibitions and films and generally be re-immersed in fashion after a long winter of shop reno’s and hard work.

I’ll be FINALLY adding some new content to the blog too, starting with some shots and info on the Shoe Gallery at the Melbourne Shoe Fair that I was asked to curate. This probably should be on my Steven Phillips site, but that doesn’t exist yet, so you Dead & Buried peeps can have a look instead

I was commissioned by Pronto Productions to curate an exhibition of shoe related photography – but of course I had to overdo it, and instead of just sourcing existing images I decided to get my old pal Albert Comper on the job and had him shoot a bunch of original content which is indicative of what my label’s branding approach will be.

 

We shot a selection of atmospheric studio shots in the Dead & Buried workshop, Brendan Dwyer’s amazing studio and the always-photogenic Captains of Industry / Roberts & Hassett.

 
 

Then we arranged a studio shoot which featured the shoes of Brendan Dwyer, Emma Greenwood, Phong Chi Lai and some AMAZING commercial fashion brand shoes sourced by styist Julia-Louise Premoselli with a day’s notice. She came through with the goods and dropped off shoes from Finsk, Aperlai, Givenchy and Milu to round of the handmade vs. production theme we were going for.

 

Albert of course killed it when it came to the photos, if ever I had a work ethic and visual style doppleganger it’s him, with a few mumbles and agreeing head nods we got the job done. Too damn easy.

 

Pronto arranged the printing and install of the actual exhibition so apart from one last-minute late night retouching the images (getting rid of dust and fingerprints etc) it was all pretty simple.

 

The Shoe Fair has since been and gone, but I hope to add to this collection of images in the coming months and eventually compile them into a book or online exhibition, or something like that.

So thanks for reading, and check back later this week for a virtual tour of our NEW SHOP and expect a bunch of updates to this site over the coming weeks as we upgrade to an online store and all round fashion and craft hub.

If you get a chance, be sure to head to the RMIT student exhibition at Thousand Pound Bend this week to see what the next generation of kids are coming up with (it’s really good.)

Listening to : The Presets today, a bit of doof to help me focus.