April = Ups and F*cking Downs

Hey there loyal readers (blog stats tell me it is still a few more people than our parents and Madeline and Hili that read this blog so I’ll keep talking as if it’s a captivated audience of 1000s)… April has certainly turned out to be the biggest rollercoaster of a month for me/us in hmmm… 7 years? Strangely enough EXACTLY 7 years ago, almost to the day from this year’s ups and downs, Dani and I got married and my previous business dissolved in a flash of rage and we found ourselves in one hell of a happy/sad headtrip. Seems April is cursed for us, we’d better watch out in April 2020… that sounds ominous.

I wont ramble on too much about the goings on of the month, but I do believe in open-book honesty, as that’s what this blog has always been about, so I dont want anyone out there who is / has / will go through tough times as an artist or creative person to think that it’s all smooth sailing here and we’re just posting up photos and exclamation marks when things go well, that’s what Instagram is for.

To start on a good note – WE WENT TO MERCEDES BENZ FASHION WEEK AND IT WAS COOL. Dani and I made the accessories for Christina Exie’s debut runway show, and it rocked the house. We spent the week soaking up some Sydney sun and helping Christina with the million and one tasks she had to do leading up to the show, we ate gelato and sushi, we arrived backstage 3 hours before the show and got to see the madness that goes on when trying to get 10 models styled, dressed and ready to walk a runway.

It was in no way without drama, there were some serious last minute hiccups to work around and I hope to do a post on all of the details of that adventure soon, but for now, here’s a quick preview of what we made and how it looked on the runway.


my 3D printed visors…

 
dani’s resin cast bangles…


the collection.

all images from zimbio.com

I was planning on doing a classic making of sort of post on these, but as I’m now thinking of going in to production with the visors asap I might wait a bit before I swing open the doors and give away all my trade secrets and intellectual property. Our friends at DI$COUNT have been ripped off royally recently by some dipshits in Sydney, so you cant really trust anyone these days it seems.

This was definitely one of the “ups” for April, and it was a great way to further our working relationship with Christina, meet a bunch of new people and get something seen outside of Melbourne.

That said, it lead me, and to a much lesser extent Dani, to crash out completely with post-event adrenalin and motivation loss. I’ve been trying to distract myself from the reality that I have somewhat ‘run out of steam’ since early January, and now that the outlook is on another year of hard work and determination all I want to do is pop into bed for a 6 month sleep.


this is what my plans for 2013 look like in my head at the moment.

All of our plans are so damned lofty that every now and then the weather changes or something sad happens and it’s hard not to just say “fuck it, I’m done with this shit”… but that’s the key to success. Knowing that those times will come and getting your ass off the couch and back in the saddle.

The sad event that came within 3 days of us arriving home from Sydney was the news that our friend and fellow creative hotshot-in-the-making Maya died of cancer at age 27. It’s making me choke up a little typing this so I’ll move on, but we are devastated to have lost her so early and hope that the good we can take from it is the motivation for us – and anyone reading this – to SEIZE THE DAY. Get out there and live your dreams as you have no idea when your time will be up.

Maya, you were awesome, and will never be forgotten.

So… ups and downs huh? How about having a new niece born 3 days after Maya passed? Is that up and down enough for you? Faaaaark.

We welcomed our new heartbreaker Olivia to the world on Monday and she is tiny and beautiful and quiet and possibly a redhead. I am in love already of course.

So… it’s now a public holiday, I’m in the studio typing away trying to get my mojo back, and hopefully…. hopefully, I’ll be blog posting this year with a new stream of stories about shoes and studios and manufacturing.

It seems the most financially sensible path for me (and Dani too) to take is for us to look at getting help with our brands so that we can break this exhausting cycle of trying to design, make and market everything all by hand. It works on a tiny turnover scale, but if we want to make these businesses actual “businesses” then that means working with a team, PR, marketing, bookkeeping, manufacture etc etc.

We just need to work out how to incorporate that into our Dead & Buried dream of integrated retail and manufacture, and how, when and where it will make sense for us to head in the next year or two – with the long term goal still being a home and life in ol’ Manhattan. Woo.

The other “up” for the month was getting to film a quick fashion film for Dani’s brand to launch her new resin jewellery range. We managed to get the brain-meltingly hot and cool Maximus Po to turn up at a photographic studio and dance her assssss off for an hour or two, whilst I directed and our friends Christian and Kik documented the whole thing. Below is a quick edit teaser film that I put together before Sydney… there’ll be a bigger and better and sexier one coming soon, once Christian and I get a chance to get back together and do some editing magic.

Dani M vs Maximus Po | Teaser Film from danimdesigns on Vimeo.

Oh, and one last thing, I made some postcards to give away whilst in Sydney and was lucky enough to have Jeannine Tan allow me to use one of her photos. She has a killer eye for photography and colour ranges that I am super envious of, so I am verrrry excited about working with her in the future to get the “look” for my brand just right. Go have a look at her site > www.jeanninetan.com

So that’s a wrap.
Here’s hoping May doesn’t suck as much as April.

 

March update…

Seems I / we don’t find the time to do much blogging these days – mainly because we dont have an internet connection at home – so here’s a dump of what’s going on. Ideally Dani or I will get an intern / assistant / PA this year and we can put them in charge of all this social media stuff……. not enough time!!

Rather than a big wordy story, lets cut straight to the pics :

Dani finished her collaborative project / art installation with Milly Flemming and got it all installed at the last minute at Craft Victoria for the Signature Style exhibition. We should get some profesh shots done, but for now here’s my iPhone snaps from the night.

  

Lots of porcelain, copper, enamel, silver and hard work.

3D printer has been working overtime – finally seeming like it’s worth all that $$.

I assisted Audrey make another collection of shoes, this time for Penthouse Mouse as part of LMFF. She arrived back in Melbourne from a 3 month holiday one week before the show started and explained to me her idea of ‘finding rocks that look like heels’…. of course I said ‘yeah, that’s going to take forever, why dont we just PRINT OUT A ROCK SHAPED HEEL’… and that’s what we did.

A quick briefing on what she wanted, an hour of her hovering whilst I nerded it up and 12 hours of print time (all settings on highest quality) = 2 rocks that work as heels.

She resin molded them and knocked up 3 pairs of shoes in 4 days.


Instagram photo of 2 pairs stolen from Bern. Soz Bern.

The other 3D projects that are on the go are accessories for Christina Exie’s debut runway show at Sydney Fashion Week in April.

Dani is making resin cast jewellery – for which I 3D modelled and scaled up an existing design of hers…

then she went on to tidy it up and prep it for casting

Audrey paid us back for all the assistance by being our resin casting intern for a few days…

sampling colours, getting things right…


and production begins!

I’m also making visors that have a lace / basketweave sort of design going on… but more on them when they’re actually done.


big ones, like this.

Oh, and you know what’s cool? When you need a replacement part or new filament holding spindle for your 3D printer and you can just PRINT IT OUT from files online… awesome.

… and lastly, not everything goes to plan, this is what happens when your object falls over 90% of the way through printing, so the extruder just keeps on pumping out plastic for 20 mins into the air. Kind of cool, kind of annoying.


… thats the object underneath there… booooo.

So much other stuff going on, Karlee has moved in to our old shop space and set up her tailoring business there (we might reopen in a ground level shop later this year) Amber and Katia both had work on show as part of LMFF, Elise got accepted in to RMIT honours, Yaz is having her work stocked at Craft Vic, I went to soundwave, I made a corporate video for LOTS of cash to fund my shoe samples, I’ve also been helping out on Laura Imbruglia’s filmclip which is a Teen Wolf inspired masterpiece….

Fuck, that’s enough for now… see you round.

Listening to : Ghost (best band at Soundwave by far) and Flume and Cashmere Cat << highly recommended, have a listen. Next level tunes.

 

Go Eloise!

Our pal Eloise has had a write up today in the Design Files, which means (without exaggerating) something like 30,000 people will have heard about her new brand Rapp as of today!

We were very happy to have been able to stock her scarves in our pop up store over summer, but alas, the store is packed up again for the autumn months whilst we regroup and restock with killer goodies. Look out for another Dead & Buried pop up this winter somewhere… maybe even on ground level this time instead of hidden 3 floors up!!

If you want to buy her scarves (which you should) head to her shop here >> http://rrrapp.bigcartel.com/

Exie! She Won! The secret is out…

Ok, after a MASSIVE few months here at D&B I have finally put aside some time to get back to what we all love around here… long winded posts about shoe making!

I’ll start with the big news in case anyone missed it – I made the shoes for Christina Exie’s collection as a finalist in Project Runway Australia and last night she was declared the winner! (I’ll stop with the exclamation marks now as they’ll get tiresome) … she wins a buttload of stuff, cash, a car, fabric and also the oppurtunity to show a collection at Sydney Fashion Week early next year, so providing she is still in Australia and not whisked away to international stardom you should all keep an eye out for that.

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/luck-lies-and-late-nights-project-runway-winner-reveals-secrets-20121218-2bkct.html

So, as promised to a few people, here’s the lowdown on how / what Dani and I did during October when we kind of dropped completely off the radar for all friends and family. This will be a long one, so get comfy.

We met Christina in our studio earlier this year when she was looking for studio space, she is friends and has exhibited with Katia who has a spot in our room. None of the spaces we had available were the right size for what she wanted to do – which turns out was to create a collection of some sorts in the hope that she would get to exhibit it after Project Runway was over… as she was eliminated towards the end and only brought back in at the last moment as a wildcard entry.We kept in touch as she seemed to have a great eye for style (and she liked my scary black shoes) so we tossed around the idea of working together in the future…

… and then at the start of November she emailed me to ask if I was interested in making her some shoes to go with her collection, even though it was the end of the year. Thus began stage one.


We discussed ideas, she wanted elastic sided boots, and this was the closest design I had to what she wanted. Luckily, being a designer herself she appreciated that I had ideas of my own and she wasn’t asking me to just make a knock off of something she saw in a shop.


This is the old prototype that we looked at and decided to work from…


So I sewed up a quick black version, glued on a heel and then started with my Photoshop skillllzzz…


et voila! As requested, a “virtual” black boot, 40mm platform, 5 inch (125mm) heel for maximum runway model awesomeness, the inclusion of a nickel buckle as per her collection and a few ideas of how we could include the red and beige that featured in her clothes. I added in the chrome front piece as it seemed to need something to break up the big fat front section.

After we had agreed on a style, she had received word that she should be putting together a collection ‘just in case’ she was needed back on the show, and that’s when things got serious.
I got cracking on production of 10 PAIRS OF SHOES that were due in 3 to 4 weeks. Ouch. Oh, and we didn’t know what sizes to make them as she wasn’t at the stage of choosing models. Grrreeeat.

I made some calls and my best fashion pal Keita at Pronto Productions (who produced the runway shows for MSFW this year) let me know that most Melbourne models are an 8 or 9, so we made the executive decision to just make 8, 8.5 and 9s and hope that the models had squishable toes or thick socks……


stage one… make up a test pair.  12 October.
Realise your pattern is wrong, remake.
Repeat 5 times or more.
Vow to be more careful when designing patterns and less adventurous.
Ignore that and continue to make shoes that “look good” no matter how hard they are to sew together.


Good ol’ leather detail photos (its been a while!)


realising that zips, suede, full grain leather and linings are hard to join all in one place…


but we got there… hellllooooo black boot #1.


A quick mockup to send photos to Christina. Happy comments received, everyone is happy.
Little did i know what was in store for me over the next 3 weeks….


After getting to this stage, and making ANOTHER test pair to further resolve the pattern I had an inkling that sewing all of these myself was a bit of a recipe for disaster. I sew ok, but I’m slllloowwww, whereas Emma Greenwood is a sewing guru and loves a good challenge, so I proposed she sew them for me at a nice and rewarding hourly rate whilst I got to work on other things.


… stuff like this was doing my head in. Straps meeting zips, things turning inside out. Its a mind bender.


the chosen 3 sizes all taped up for making a full set of patterns. If i was passing the sewing on to Emma I had to do a good, clear job of all patterns, none of my usual “front bit” naming conventions and “this bit longer than the other side” random notes.


… being much smarter than me, Emma also dropped a casual “will you be cutting the leather out?” and I was all “yeah, no worries, I’ll do it tonight…”

…4 hours later I was done. Thats half a day cutting things. Jeezus.
As you can see I had to go for maximum hide yield rather than the preferred symmetry and ‘only the nice bits’ rule, hence some of these shoes being a bit old-person-wrinkly in parts.


all sewn up and delivered…


…and 3 test “first pullovers”. Happy days.


Look at that sewing! Fuck, she is good. 20 uppers sewn in one day, neat as a pin. Worth every dollar.


The uppers start to pile up. Each one of these shoes took a few hours to last, and then there was the matter of me only having ONE SET OF LASTS, so I could only make 3 pairs at a time, then I had to pull them off the lasts and start again.


… another lifesaver from Emma was the introduction of heat set toepuffs. Being a hack with no formal experience or training I just make things up and didnt really know how to get or use this stuff. She showed me how, it works perfectly and takes 30 seconds. Amazing.


Alas, by this stage my 3D printer had not yet arrived, so I had to make my platforms the old skool way.
Lots of measurements, MDF, cork and PVA = two master forms to make resin from.
Those compound curves are a BITCH to get to work, but it worked out in the end.


I love PVA. It’s so handy. Filling up gaps here…


so with a whole night’s work silicone moulding this is what I got.


… and once that pink thing is filled with Polyurethane, you get production ready bits!


Dani snuck a sneaky shot of me scowling at a shoe. All of the other photos I’m scowling even more and look like a right grumpy bastard, so this one will do.


Thanks to my wifey’s connections we got a stamp made up at the last minute of my logo.
Have I shown this off before? Dunno, if not, there it is. Courtesy of NICK LEWIS.

oh, and I have a website sort of up now too > http://www.stevenphillips.com.au/


Here’s my #1 girl working away at some stupid hour. By this stage I was a tired panicked mess, Dani stayed to help me through another 12 hour day.


… she wrapped platforms and got hiiiiiigh on glue.


heels starting to stack up on the shelf…


DIY cast resin taps for the bottom of the heels. This resulted in Dani getting a 2 week rash on her arms.
She is allergic to resin fumes. ooooops. :(


Stamped stuff… looking legit.


Hardcore resin supplies. Audrey and I lament ever getting in to resin casting.
We spend $200 a time at Barnes (casting supplies) and $300 a time at Leffler (leather) like it’s no big thing.
We have discussed opening a shop called “Leather ‘n Resin”.. it would indeed be lucrative, but mostly because the name rolls off the tongue so easily.


Outsoles pre-cut. I used Topy to make them as non-slip as possible. Leather is nice, but a bit scary when you’re walking down a gloss white runway on 5″ heels.


Making shoooooooeeeees…..


So many shoes.


Here’s a quick shot I took at midnight the day before the deadline day….


Resin workstation.


Finished models on the bench.


More to go yet… cork inserts for comfort.


more done…


Production line, the day of the deadline…


Faster! Faster!

So ONE NIGHT before the deadline (by then she knew she was back in the final 4) I was madly glueing and stamping the final shoes and had entered a total state of tired / wired delerium. I dropped them off at her house, she was just as tired and spaced out as me and we crossed our fingers that her clothes and my shoes would look good together… and nothing would break.


so at 9pm, the night before the show, here we are…. 20 pairs all ready to go.


I wanted to take more photos but honestly I was texting Christina at 10 min intervals with “almost, gimme a minute” then “yep, heading out the door” then “yep, ACTUALLY heading out the door now”…

Dani and I got to go to the filming of the Runway show which was pretty fun, but we were so tired and nervous that neither of us got to pay too much attention to the clothes, our eyes were on the shoes thinking “shoes please dont break, dont fall over girls” over and over again. The show was a success, and as we know now SHE WON THE DAMN SHOW.

Stupidly Dani and I went to the wrong venue and missed the after party (derrrrrrrrr) but all is well that ends well, and this has ended as well as it possibly could have.

So what’s next you ask? SLEEEEEP and LOTS OF IT.

Our pop up shop is still open, we’re selling stuff right up until xmas eve, so come on in and buy cool stuff.
It will make me happy.

January plans you ask?

Making lots of stuff with my new 3D printing NerdStation…

Crazy stuff like this 6″ heel. Fuck yes, that is cool.

and finally doing some more work on this bucket of bolts, that is now registered.

Plans are to lower it so it scrapes on the road, paint it matte charcoal grey instead of green and get some whitewall tyres…

kind of like this, cool huh?
oh, and get ready for Black Sabbath concert that I have tickets for. Yesssssssssss.

So, that completes another blog entry showing that I am a confusing mix of heavy metal bogan /redneck, and sexy shoe aficionado.

Keeps things interesting I guess….

Until next time – MERRY CHRISTMAS! THANKS FOR READING! COME TO OUR SHOP!!!

http://www.quickanddead.com/

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Ho-leee shiiit…

A month? Already? In fact a month + a week? God damn, sorry followers!
October has been STUPID busy for Dani and I, so we have neglected our blog, our plants and our friends all in the quest for the big dream. What’s been going on you say?

- Dani has been making goodlyGOLD items in bulk with her new assistant/pal Alicia and there are a bunch of new stockists coming soon.

- She has produced a limited edition range of jewellery exclusively for LIFEwithBIRD which is pretty exciting as she loves their clothing.

- There have also been a bunch of fuck-ups with her suppliers sending the wrong thing, plating necklaces in the wrong stuff… that sort of thing… the stuff that makes everything just a little bit more painful than it needs to be.

- I have taken on the challenge of making 10 PAIRS of crazy high heels for a high profile runway show that is coming in 2 weeks. I’m not allowed to say any more than that, but when it’s done and shown dont you worry, I’ll be talking about it as much as possible.

- This has also involved me getting the most awesome Emma Greenwood on board to sew the 20 uppers I need. The decision was made that my nerves are a bit shaky and my stress levels a bit high for me to pull of 2 days of sewing and expect good results. Emma knocked them up in an afternoon and they’re perfect. She rulez.

- I am now knee deep in resin molds, leather uppers and nails trying to get them all made. Looks achievable, so lets keep our fingers crossed.

* if you want to see update pics of the shoe stuff as I do it, follow us on Instagram DEADANDBURIED – that would also explain the crap photos this month, no time for good cameras.
or just spy on us here if you (understandably) don’t use instagram > http://web.stagram.com/n/deadandburied/

- I am also working 3 days a week AND doing extra 3d stuff at night to pay for…..

….wait for it…..

…yep…

MY NEW 3D PRINTER THAT I HAVE BOUGHT THAT ARRIVES NEXT WEEK!!!!

A top of the line Replicator2 is coming my way (as seen on the cover of Wired magazine this month) which will mean I can finally print out crrrrraaazzzzyyyyy 3d parts and get my ideas realised. I have had to sell some musical gear but hell, who cares when you have a black bad assed printer on the desk?

This is part of a bigger push to restructure my shoe brand idea from ‘hobby’ to a Jimmy Choo level business, so 2013 is shaping up to be fucking busy.

Oh, and extra thanks goes to my dad who, as you do, just finished the restoration of my vw and got it registered for me last week (mainly so I get it the hell out of his driveway). So, when I get a free hour one day I’ll go pick it up and be crusing the streets in this rocket.

Apologies to anyone we’ve forgotten to call back / have dinner with / answer your emails. We’re busy, it sucks, but it’s what it takes to make it alllll happen.

We are having another Quick and the Dead pop up shop too this year, so keep an eye out for info on that in the next week or so. If you make things and want to sell stuff that is in the gift-buying price bracket ($50 – $100) then get in touch with us!

ps. if you’re reading this Madeline, that’s why I haven’t been in touch again, oops, I’ll email you soon!

Steve

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.

Mid Year Madness


Fendi A/W 2011

God damn, time is really flying along at the moment, it dawned on me today that the appointment I’d made to meet someone “later in the month” is um, this thursday, time is slipping away!

We changed the locks today on the new studio, so we’re super secure and able to start lugging in the more precious items and tools.
We have knocked a hole in the wall, we have a defined kitchen space now and Dani shopped like a madman to get us stocked up with cutlery and condiments… mmm, studio lunch breaks. I’m also on the hunt for a good coffee machine so that I can shave a little off my yearly latte budget whilst also being able to offer a cup to anyone who pops in for a visit.

Tomorrow we’ll be back in there building jeweller’s benches and starting to fill the shelves. It’s all taking shape (slowly).

Last week saw us attend the Design Made Trade show 2 days in a row and I finally got to have a proper chat to Emma Greenwood! After a good year or so of email banter, we finally got to ramble on in person (although I must admit I was doing all the rambling, so many questions to ask, so little time!). The rest of the show was a blast, and as has been the talk of a few blogs and publications around town the craft crew were there in full force showing that daggy craft is dead and handmade is the new… something. 3 cheers for Milly and the Craft Vic team for putting on a helluva display.

Later this week I get to meet with some more people to discuss collaborations – pretty excited about it, and will be sure to let you all know what comes of it asap.

But today I’ll leave you with these KILLER images from the new Fendi Campaign. Great colours, awesome photography / styling and a perfect colour palette. This is a pretty good representation of  the vibe we want to create for the Dead+Buried workshop… warm, arty, woody, with little bursts of colour, and of course hot shoes and even hotter ladies.





Images all from Fashionising

Time Flies!

Goddammit… 10 days since I was on here last?
That’s crazy… and worse still I don’t have anything new to show off this week. boooo.

The last week has been filled with Birthdays (the karaoke hour with the Craft Vic Krew was awesome), an anniversary (our 5th), a weekend away, a visit from our #1 pal Tom who has jetted in to town on business from London because he is a big-shot, home made pizzas,  work, work, work and almost 5 solid hours of me clicking through every Australian “street style” blog I can find to get my head properly around what it is that you ladies wear day to day. Seems looking at runway photos is not really the same as looking at jeans, jackets and scarves that the people of Australia actually wear.
That said, my god there are some cool dressers out there!
I have been printing out photos and absorbing the ‘look’ of now.


narrowing down what Miss Sydney, Miss Melbourne and Miss Wellington look like on weekday
… for those rare days where you need something OTHER than towering yellow 5″ heels

On a cool side note, I’m going to meet a textiles student this week to talk about helping her out with her end-of-year project… she wants shoes made, I need help with sourcing amazing coloured Tweed… hellooooo coincidence. Sometimes things just line up like that.


colour schemes that are running through my head at the moment for fabric weaving.

Anyhoot, I have work to do, drawings to draw and scotch to drink.

Oh, we also checked out the DI$COUNT exhibition and it was good stuff, those girls are on the rise for sure, I’m sure we’ll give each other knowing nods one day as we pass each other in the streets of Paris during fashion week. Or at Cherry on a weeknight, one or the other.

Listening to : Wu Tang Clan – Protect Ya Neck people (the coolest song ever written about sunscreen)