It's hard to believe it's nearly the end of the year. And, oh what a year it's been! We wrapped up our studio and home in Sydney and moved to the NSW South Coast for a sea change. We said goodbye to one of our beloved dogs, and hello to some new friends in Kiama. We've worked with clients from all backgrounds and projects including floral styling (see below), interior design, Inner West and Kiama Councils, cafe branding, fancy 'accountanistas' websites, landscape designers and books for children (again, below), coffee roasters and life coaches, just to name a few. It's been our best year yet! Enjoy the rest of 2019 and the summer break. See you in 2020.
Mel and Rachel
A brand story
We've been working on a new brand identity and roll-out of shop signage, car graphics, website and print materials for Balmain floral stylist, Tonia ofBlumette. It has made such a big impact on Tonia's business, with her van now a huge billboard seen around town as she collects flowers, visits clients and styles at various venues. Her studio is getting noticed with these reinforcements increasing her brand exposure and boosting her street appeal. The online experience of the website (coming soon), and the tactility of the beautiful foil-stamped business cards backs it all up. Tonia's investment in her brand has not only helped elevate her business, but her sense of pride and positivity for the future. For us, it's a privilege to be able to help a small business get noticed, and to see what we've created come to life.Blumetteis a floral stylist specialising in weddings, corporate flowers and made-to-order flower arrangements.(Photography of bunch of flowers and van through shop window bywww.jodiebarker.com)
CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS
We've been looking around for the perfect beach bag for summer, here's our favourite picks: (clockwise from top left) Gemma L Bag $134, JuJu and Co Jute Slouchy bag $135, Jute Macrame Bag in Olive $80, Macadamia Tote Bag $69.
Some years ago, Hetty McKinnon started delivering her homemade salads to locals in Surry Hills, Sydney. She soon became inundated with orders, so much so that she decided to self-publish a cookbook calledCommunityto share her recipes. The food is hearty, flavoursome, full of vego goodness and has changed attitudes towards vegetarian food, with men now proudly flipping broccoli on the BBQ, and vegie dishes becoming main meals.
We have our own, much-loved (and quite frankly trashed!) copy ofCommunity, which was the second edition, published by Plum, after Hetty's self-published version sold out in three weeks. Hetty and her cookbooks have become a staple in many Australian homes and across the world. A few of our favourites: soba noodles with spicy fried edamame and eggplant, barbecued corn and roasted pumpkin with black beans and jalapeño sour cream, and beetroot and chickpea salad with lemon and saffron yoghurt. This is a great Christmas gift (or gift to self) and is especially useful for entertaining and everyday meals during summer, but you'll find you use it year- round.Community by Hetty McKinnon has been updated with new recipes and stories, buy it here. (Photography byLuisa Brimble)
Book illustration & design
Mel has spent many weekends over the past four months working on illustrations for this beautiful children's book by Amy Molloy. The book uses the imaginative analogy of recycling to help children work out how to identify and deal with their emotions. The colour palette was devised by mixing in the yellow and green bin recycling colours with some soft and dark-blue tones. The symbol overlays represent emotions. This is the first in a series of books from theStorytelling for Healingseries and will be available soon in hardback book from here and on Kinderling Kids digital radio.
"I'm not going to worry about what people think of me, I'm too busy. I don't give a hoot." Cyndi Lauper
GIVING The winner of the 2019 Telstra business awards business of this year was Dignity. It's the smartest set-up we've seen, and the best working example of how 'business thinking' can provide a viable solution to a real-world problem. Founder Suzanne Hopmann was frustrated with the increasing rate of homelessness and knew there must be a way to stop the problem from the outset. Four years later this NSW-based organisation has assisted 70,000 at risk people. We've just set up a regular donation to help them to help so many. Visit thewebsite, it's brilliant – simple information and great user experience – and it's super easy to set up a donation as well.
READINGNormal Peopleby Sally Rooney. One of those books you pick up and can't put down. The story is about two teenagers who pretend not to know each other; one is popular the other a loner. They develop a strange and indelible connection and through the years circle each other, moving towards other people and possibilities but always magnetically drawn back together. They each must confront how far they will go to save the other.
LISTENINGDolly Parton's America - we love Dolly!My Dad Wrote a Porno Imagine if your dad wrote a dirty book. Most people would try to ignore it and pretend it had never happened... but not Jamie Morton. Instead, he decided to read it to the world in this award-winning comedy podcast. With the help of his friends, James Cooper and BBC Radio 1's Alice Levine, Jamie reads a chapter a week and discovers more about his father than he ever bargained for.
WATCHINGOn Becoming a God in Central Florida – which is free on SBS on Demand. A dark comedy set in the early 90s, starring Kirsten Dunst. She lies, schemes and cons her way up the ranks of the cultish pyramid scheme that drove her family to ruins.Flowerson Netflix. A comedy with a mental illness. Between a troubled marriage, a senile granny and twin siblings constantly engaged in rivalry, a crumbling household struggles to keep it together.
SHARING We'd love to hear from you. If you've seen or read anything you'd like to share, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org