Rhino Time-o

(you know, sometimes I wish this website DIDN’T have a “title” box, so I’d feel less inclined to make a pun about pretty much every post I make. Sigh.)

Anyhoot, the future is (sort of) here! I’ve just modelled up my first object in Rhino 4.0, which means I’m one step closer to being able to make brain-meltingly complicated heels, platforms and fittings for my shoes! Combined with my 3D printer and some resin casting skillz, there will be no end to the craziness that I can hang under a nicely sewn and lasted upper. All those hours of nerding really do come in handy at times.

So, here’s a screengrab of a ring design Dani has been tinkering with that she is going to try getting 3D printed and cast in silver this week. Awesome.

This post will probably also interest our studio crew (we need to come up with a name for our gang that isn’t naff, something like the DBC, or DBK if we use Krew? I will have to raise it at the next AGM) as both Katia and Amber were recently discussing 3D printing as a path they would like to take, so look out for more studio R & D over the next few months, especially once I get the RepRap in the room.

For a more traditional spin on replicating, I also made my first Urethane castings of a FAT 5″ heel this week so that I can start making prototypes that all look the same!

Lots more to do in terms of stregth and weight saving (they’re heavyyyyy) but it was pretty exciting to start to see custom made components appear each hour with the magic of Chemistry.

What else is there to talk about? We’re working a mega business plan and budget in the hope of getting some grants or funding for Stage 2 of the plan this year… so much typing!

Oh, and we heard today that the super cool and funky pants’ed studio buddy we were holding our breath for is moving in in March! Wooooop! So we’ll have a full house, jeweller gals all over the place, robots and fashion mags stacked to the ceiling. It’ll be like a little slice of heaven (note to self – book Dave Dobbin for the opening party to perform Slice of Heaven)

After a bit of a lull this weekend just gone, I’m feeling inspired again… and god help up us when I get my new Volkswagen next weekend, I’ll be like a kid in a big rusty candy shop!

Listening to : Die Antwoord’s new one TEN$ION. Its fuckin’ awesome.

Oh, and on top of our regular Tumblr account > http://deadburied.tumblr.com/ < I have started another personal one, but I’ll reveal all when it’s filled with funny.

Return of the ROBOT

Just a quick post to announce that a year or so after my enthusiasm waned for building my RepRap, the project is back on the table. Literally.

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Plugged it in, made it move back and forth, up and down, grinned like an idiot after forgetting how cool it is to see your home made robot whirring to life.

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Next stage is to swap the electronics for a RAMPS kit I purchased, and hopefully get some prints out in the near future.

Listening to : OFWGKTA playlists

 

Mr West! (mr west, mr west, mr west…)

Hey there,

For those of you not on Twitter (which we werent until 9pm last night) and those of you not on Facebook (congratulations for not wasting a million hours a week) we have MORE big news about Dani.

Seems yesterday afternoon none other than Mr Kanye West popped in to Alice Euphemia… had a browse… bought 3 items…. 2 of which were Dani’s necklaces!!

So, she is understandably pretty excited about it, not that she/we were crazy Yeezy fans, but it is nice to know that someone who hangs out at Paris Fashion Week liked her stuff enough to purchase it (with a fancy looking credit card from what we’ve heard)

High fives AGAIN to Dani M! wooo…

Things for sale

Hey people, just a quick post to see if any Aussie shoe makers, or soon-to-be a shoemaker optimistic people are looking for a sewing machine?

Dennis, whom I purchased most of my machinery from has some other items to sell before he leaves Australia for good.

He has a Pfaff post machine (493? Same as mine), a flatbed heavy duty machine, or maybe 2 flatbeds, and a massive collection of shoe trade catalogues and magazines that he has gathered over the years as design references.

If you are interested, let me know and I can ask how much $ he wants for them… Best you get in before he leaves next week!

Press Time

So it seems the combination of hard work and generally being nice to people has resulted in a little burst of PR and interviews for Dani. She is notoriously shy when it comes to promoting herself and her work, so I’ll do the honours this time.

After a successful stall at the Sydney Finders Keepers market, she was asked to do an interview and today this lovely article has shown up on their blog :

http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2012/01/featured-designer-dani-m-designs/

Earlier in the week she was also featured on two French design blogs :

http://www.hum-gum.com/blog/2012/01/23/portrait-de-createur-dani-m-designs/

http://www.naomibar.com/article-portrait-de-createur-dani-m-designs-97649822.html

So, although we’ve had a slow start to the year in terms of production, things are ‘on the up’ in the publicity department it seems.

Lots more of this sort of stuff to come in 2012…….

Back at the bench

Hey all, just a quick image post to show what I managed on my first day back in the studio in ‘shoemaker’ mode.

Unfortunately this was only done in the last 2 hours of the day after spending the rest of it messing around with odd jobs that went nowhere… I also hit a hurdle when I found that a whole lot of yellow leather I was looking forward to using is just wayyyy too soft and tends to stretch and tear when I work with it. The annoyance took me a good hour to get over, but time is scarce, so it was on to other things.

After a suggestion from a seasoned high heel wearer that some of my designs were a bit high in the ‘throat’ – thus making the wearer’s legs look a little short if they’re not super tall – I had a go at modifying a previous design to see how well a variation on a theme would work. I also added a bit of gold piping (my first attempt at such an idea) and DAMN, it really adds a sexy evening-wear look to it. This will be investigated further asap.

So, a new shape, low in the front so when combined with a 1″ platform and a big arching heel it will make anyone look tall, long and lean. Nice. (The heel wont be white, that was just a raw one I had around)

Ooh, I also received my first email about an internship today! From the USA too, so hi Madeline if you’re reading this.. I’ve replied, we’ll see where it goes from here.

Listening to : Learn to speak French with Alexa, the Podcast….I’m learning to speak French, seems like a fun way to spend my train trips!

Still here

I just noticed that it’s been 10 days almost since the last post, so I thought I’d just reassure everyone that we’re still here, still working, still internetttttting.

It’s been hot in Melbourne lately and our house doesn’t have air con, so Dani and I have been taking a little longer than planned to get back in to full enthusiasm mode for 2012. We have had some nice social occasions lately thought, so at least that’s a plus. We also have had some new studio pop-ins lately (Hi Laura) which has made us both happier about having our own little empire in the city again, it’s great when you get to meet people from all over the world just by chance.

I am plotting and planning how to get all the things done that I need to do by a self-imposed March deadline, so expect some serious craft work to go on in the next 2 months. Resin casting, leather work, making boxes, making shoes, making videos……. everything, all at once (that’s my motto).

Steve

Listening to : Big Sean – Finally Famous

ps. We have TUMBLR account now where we’re sneaking up our inspiration images from the last few years  > http://deadburied.tumblr.com/

Back in the saddle for TwentyTwelve

Howdy blog readers, welcome back to Dead & Buried’s blog for another year of craft, design, construction and youtube links!

After a well earned rest Dani and I are back in action, working away on new projects, coughing up cash to our suppliers who sold things at the pop up shop, cashing cheques from our stockists (well, Dani is, not me) and shuffling desks around to accomodate our new studio crew. More on them soon, I’ll take some photos and introduce them to you when I get a chance.

This year will be the year where we go from “lets start a shop” to “oh my god, we’ve opened a shop” and hope you all stick around to see how we go, what we make and which hot celebrities are the first to get decked out in our wares.

There is a mega list to get through before I properly launch my shoe label, Dani has a stack of new ideas to work on ranging from uber-high-end Egyptian inspired jewellery to a new range of hand spun porcelain wares straight off of her pottery wheel, and together we’re going to produce some in-house label stuff for Dead & Buried, silk scarves, tote bags, that sort of thing. We are also hoping to get our first interns / helpers / students in this year so that we can have a few more sets of hands helping out and so that we can pass on all this knowledge we have, and all those expensive books we’ve bought over the years. We’ll put up some sort of official application thing when the time is right, so keep an eye out for that.

I have a whole backlog of craft / shoe stuff to post, but for now here’s a few images of the wedding shoes I made!!


that’s them, hand-dyed italian silk, mini pleats to match her bodice and ankle straps.
A bit vintage and a bit modern at the same time.

A quick flashback to the dye batches in progress (I dyed it all myself to get it jusssssst right)….


and then on the day it’s time to buckle up…
 
The happiest couple around


the photographers know where the real quality stuff is…

and two more shots that make the wedding look like if was in some sort of French film…

Click HERE for a big long collage of all the shots of the wedding if you like that sort of thing – it was pretty amazing in every aspect, thanks to Michelle and Wilde for having us there!
Image credits : http://whiteheightsmedia.com + http://www.michaeldavidgray.com


 

 

A Turd Circus Christmas

Just a quick note to let you other blog fans know that we have restocked our supply of Turd Circus homewares, so if you happen to have had your eye on something, best get in now before it all sells out again!

pop up shop info here >>> www.quickanddead.com

This is the work of our close pal Nick, and Dani has helped out with converting his ideas by firing the ceramics for him and arranging hookups for the tea towels (which we sell without fail every day)…

This sort of thing is the beginning of what will be the broader reach of Dead & Buried in 2012, we will have our own work, our boutique and our studio space… but we also intend to use our skills and connections to foster a bunch of new talent in the design / craft scene, so we can all work when we want, where we want and everyone is happy!

Thanks for your support, comments and email this year, it’s been invaluable in encouraging us to keep working at this whole crazy plan.

Steve + Dani

Listening to : The Smiths, providing an anti-Christmas Carol shopping experience.

It’s been so long…

Hello Dead & Buried followers… it’s been a while since we spoke, and that is all my fault.

Our pop up shop has been a success so far, and we genuinely haven’t had time to blog about any of the crazy things that have gone on in the last month. I’ll stick to a summary of the events as per usual, as I’m sure anyone who REALLY wants to hear every detail will have either asked us in person, or will send us an email asking for the big rundown.

So, since the pre-opening night panic that I blogged about last :

- We cleaned the entire studio top to tail, as it resembled a 16 year old boy’s bedroom with clothes, food wrappers and magazines strewn all over the place (< first time i’ve ever typed “strewn”, now that’s two) with some super help from Jen and James.

- We hosted the biggest in-studio event since our post-wedding party in Carlow House – the pop up opening – and it was GREAT. I’d say 80+ people showed up, we sold lots of things, we gave away lots of beer, we showcased some wine from the great people at Port Phillip Estate Winery who gave us a discount on their Shiraz that was indeed too good to be giving away at an opening, we mingled, we high fived people, we eventually left and ate dinner at the Supper Inn.  A total success.

- Then we began trading, and Dani worked on hurriedly making new things to replace the huge amount of stuff she sold in Sydney.

- I manned the shop a few times, and it gave me a mini meltdown, Eftpos machine keeps failing on us. I get stressed.

- Our pal Rochelle manned the shop for a day while we attended the wedding of Michelle and Wilde (see shoe images below)

- Dani had a stall at the Harvest Textiles Market, sold pretty much all of her stock again… sheesh.

- We got a mention in a Michi Girl mailout and an article about us in Broadsheet (thanks Tilly!) and that resulted in a pretty busy day of people coming in for the ‘must have’ tea towel of the season. Nick’s “Let Them Fucking Drip Dry” classic.

… and now we’re in here on a relatively quiet day, doing admin, shuffling papers, and blog updating.

So, thanks for your support Melbourne, it has been wonderfully uplifting to see so many great handmade things wander out our door and know that they’ll be brightening someone’s christmas much more than a gift voucher would.

 

As a final teaser / treat, here are a few pics of the final design of the wedding shoes I made.

I will definitely do a full making-of post in a week or so, when I get all the photos off my iPhone and whatever other cameras I used in the madness of the last month.

The uppers are made from leather and Italian Silk, that I dyed and crushed to the teal-ish colour we decided on. It was hard work, and made them a whole lot harder to make, but it proved worth it in the end.

The design stemmed from the dress, it had a ‘vintage’ feel to it, 50s era, and had pleating around the bodice, but Michelle is a pretty modern gal, so I came up with something that felt modern in it’s silhouette, but vintage in it’s detailing.

Have a Merry Christmas, and we’ll be back in 2012 for the BEST DAMN YEAR EVER.

Steve + Dani