Thursday, September 12, 2013

Factory and Field - get ready shoppers !!!

I have been so honoured by my beautiful friend, photographer extraordinaire and owner of the old Cohuna Butter Factory, Jenny Finn. About 3 months ago, Jenni pinned me down and asked me to design and produce some one off, exclusive 50's and 60's themed outfits to sell at her thrilling new venture - Factory and Field. Needless to say, I have been busily sewing ever since, making all manner of peasant and pencil skirts in an array of colours (you wont find any black on the racks of my stalls - sorry gals), light gingham peasant tops, and scrounging second hand/vintage styled garments to add to the collection. You will just have to see the results for yourselves when Factory and Field opens in mid October!

 So what exactly is Factory and Field, I here you all whisper with breathless awe?
It is a giant retail space to be housed in the stunning 100 year old industrial butter factory in Cohuna - a short afternoon classic cars drive from the provincial city of Echuca or Bendigo.
 Photo: Looking forward to displaying these in the store :)
The space is set to house a vast array of locally produced artisan products - like my clothing but also dolls, art, woodwork, sculpture, beauty products, photography, jewellery, know the kind of thing.
Photo: Lovely to have Brooke McInnes Photography putting a selection of her wonderful framed prints in the store.  Love these with the chevron patterned background. More pics to come :)
There will also be food and drinks available, as well as occasional live music events.  Factory and Field is set to become a highly used multifunctional interactive hub as well - car boot sales, art and craft lessons, children's activities, vintage markets, book club meeting space, art displays....anything you can possibly dream up will be there - and if they haven't thought of it, then leave a suggestion when you pass through !
My regular readers will be aware how passionate I am about community, activation and creation of rural resilience - particularly when it incorporates a celebration of anything vintage styled or themed. Factory and Field ticks all the boxes I that regard.
Photo: Some more examples of Brookes framed prints.  I LOVE these!!  A mix of modern and vintage and they are perfect!  So looking forward displaying these in the store.

Designs by - Brooke McInnes Photography
Photography by - Jenni Finn Photography
So do stay posted for updates of its impending opening celebrations - you know it is going to be just wonderful and you wont want to miss a thing !
Photo: I think graphic design could quite easily become an addiction :)  Fun today designing these art prints for a specific area in the store, black, teal and beige, love the colour combination. xx Jen
And people - don't forget to like the Facebook page for plenty of info, competitions and fun !
Photo: I really should be getting ready for work but I'd much rather be at home designing prints for the store!  A little yellow for Daffodil Day   xx  Jen
Photo: Okay! Everyone knows a little girl that would LOVE this gorgeous doll handmade by Laura from Hazel's Tea Party. She is just adorable! Like and share on your page to go in the draw to win her and a wonderful tin print "Explore the World" by Jenni here at FACTORY & FIELD :) :)

Monday, September 2, 2013

I may have missed the 50's Fair - But I still have Sterling Hair - AND one mega exciting scoop!

Well, lovely readers, I most tragically missed this years Sydney 50's Fair and must, alas, wait a whole 12 more months to be able to again have the chance to don my 50's finest and hang with other like minded lovers of mid century.
Fortunately for me, however, I stumbled upon this terrific little youtube tribute to

a) the Sydney 50's Fair and

b) the wonderment that is Sterling Hairdressing......

I am just itching to share it with you! View this great footage and you will catch a very strong glimpse of that which is rockabilly inspired or, as I prefer it called, mid century or vintage culture. It is quite different from rock n roll culture (oftentimes a weekend pastime), this mid century addiction is lived rather than dabbled in as a retrospective hobby culture. I hope I am making sense!

What I love most about the 50's Fair is that it is not a hot rod show - it is a celebration of 50's design, culture, fashion and style. In my opinion it is like no other nostalgia event in Australia - without doubt it is the most authentic. This wonderful clip has Tony, from Sterling Hair in Sydney, talking about his experience of The Fair and everything wonderful about the love of 50's culture.
As for Sterling, ladies and gents, I only WISH they were closer than the 8 hour drive away for me - I would become a regular customer simply to soak up the ambiance! If, however, you find yourself in the lovely harbourside town, do head on down to Surrey Hills for a sparkling Sterling trim or style....I am betting you wont regret doing so, and might even wager you will back again for more !

As I penned (or realistically, typed) the words above two days ago, little did I realise that I was to be entrusted with one of the most exciting scoops to hit 'the scene' in an age. People, Sterling Hair IS going to be closer than an 8 hour drive for me !! Indeed, they are going to be close enough for me (and a vast majority of those in 'the scene' - although I hate using that term!) to frolic to on a very regular occasion. Dear friends -
Tony and Lou are in the process of hunting out the perfect bayside city venue for Sterling - as well as putting together their own product line due to be released early next year !!! Yeow !!!! Clapping hands with excitement !!!

OK. Breath. Breath. Focus.
Until such time, those of us south of the border will have to content ourselves with anticipation, and the viewing of the following two Youtube clips to tide us over.
So - I may have missed the 50's Fair this year - but in knowing that more of the mid century culture is coming my way on a regular basis, I can live with it.
Hope you enjoy the footage, and once again, being inspired by the stylin' class of those wonderful individuals who demonstrate 50's love on a daily basis ! Thankyou Tony and Lou for creating such a classic, experience based service!
Till next years Fair, and the advent of Melbourne Sterling - Mwah!

Thankyou to Pablo Martin for these great photographs taken at a recent trade fare
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