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

Pop Up Launch – Tonight!

Hey Hey,

If you want to fight the crowds and try to have a look at our pop-up shop on it’s (belated) first day of trading, come by tonight at 6pm and say hi!

www.quickanddead.com  << all the info is there.

Finders Keepers! (but not sleepers)

Hellllloooo….

Dani and I have returned safely from another whirlwind trip to Sydney and would like to say a BIG thankyou to the Sydney shoppers for giving us a big boost by buying most of the stuff we had on sale. Although we cant complain about selling lots, it does mean we have less Dani M stock to fill the Quick and the Dead shop with on Day #1 , but never fear, she is hard at work making more as I type this…

It was a crazy 48 hours, flying up, arriving at our hostel accommodation (sydney was totally booked out hotel wise), finding out we were assigned separate shared dorm rooms, not sleeping much due to us being in noisy rooms of strangers, setting up the cardboard stall that our pal Michael Hili made for us – more on that in another post – and then the market began…. no stop market trading for 2 days …. packed up at 5:10pm, arrived at the airport at 5:45pm, flew back to melbourne, caught a taxi and a train home, and ate a pizza.

So we have 4 days now to add extra stock to the shop, and to organise a PARTY! wooooo.

Wednesday night, be here or be square.
Dead & Buried’s first in-house launch event.
Full details will be online asap, but just assume it’s 6-8pm, here, in the Nicholas Building.
Beers are on us.

Off to work, what better way is there to spend a Sunday?

Listening to - Sweet Apples + Witch  … J Mascis is on a roll with his new bands!

Flyers printed!

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…now to distribute them all over town.

Digi print

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Sneak preview of the digitally printed totes we are making for the shop. Precursor to a full range of bags and shoes coming out next year.

THE QUICK AND THE DEAD pop up shop

It’s time to announce the name and dates etc for our first ever retail trading experience!

As of December 1st 2011 the Dead & Buried retail showroom will be converted into a short term pop-up shop called THE QUICK AND THE DEAD featuring handmade goods from Dani and I, crafty objects, jewellery and clothing from a bunch of our friends, illustrations and books (and offensive merchandise) from Nick at Turd Circus, and some limited edition one-of-a-kind framed artworks from Melbourne’s coolest kids.
Note that the participants listed above are from a work-in-progress version of the flyer… there are more, lots more.

The 1st will be a soft launch of sorts, with not much ceremony as we have to fly out that evening to Sydney for the Finders Keepers Market.

We will return though to launch the whole shabang with a mini-party on December the 7th (Wednesday) and we will be open for business steadily from then through til January some time. I’ll put up launch party info next week  (when we decide what it is) so relax, there’s no VIP list yet… and if there was one, you’d be on it.

We have an UNGODLY amount of things to do in the next 10 days, so please, be kind.
If you’re in the area and have a spare coffee, bring it up.

See you soon!

Listening to : Mad Decent podcasts