I just love the images I receive from the exhibitors who are part of Designers On Show, with something new every year. It's a great Australian-Design showcase with a core of fabulous exhibitors with their original, locally-designed and crafted pieces.
From artwork to wearable art, ornaments and jewellery to handknits and clothing: all true, timeless, elegant and classic pieces.
Sometimes it's really hard to judge the scale of a piece. For example, above is a glass bead, not a vase! Denise Smith creates stunning lampwork beads, working with a blow torch & coloured glass straws (right).
Bracelet & necklace by Bathurst's Carol Dobson are made from the same thermo-plastic I create my buttons from, taken to another level of sophistication with blending for graduated colours, forming patterns as above left.
We are delighted to welcome award winning jewellery designer Penelope Ellen to Designers On Show for the first time.
Penelope's individual pieces and sets are just stunning and she is happy to sketch up and create commission pieces for special occasions, as well as breathe new life into family heirlooms.
Ruth Tate’s Australian-made chic fashion label has designs with every body in mind. From light elegant lace, silk blouses, trousers and skirts, not so bare shoulders and pieces to take you from the office to cocktails.
Timeless pieces from leather jackets to Chanel-style jackets in wonderfully textured fabrics. Ruth also makes to measure, perfect for mother of the bride and special occasions.
Above left & right silver pieces from Christina Mija: each is a one-off, as are the pearls Christina incorporates into her wearable art. Graphic designer Nicole Miranda returns for a second year with her hand painted plates, platters, jugs, vases and cups and saucers, not to forget her garden tables!
Above second from right Penel Biggs creates petite vases and objects. These collectable pieces are 8-10cms high (3-4").
Also from Penel the Dragon Fly and Coral tree.
Jane Stapleford has displayed at Designers On Show since 2008, letting her water colours & limited edition prints step you into a world of flora & fauna plus a leap of fantasy. The white rabbit (top) is a section from a large watercolour below. The Gang Gang parrots below are one of my favourites. Jane's Australian birds & marsupials are stunning alongside her fox & rabbit watercolours.
Above Straw hat, Jenepher Walker combines found objects into new pieces. Jenepher loves the challenge of recreating hats, from feathers to jewels for a day at the races or for the mother of the bride.
The stunning aqua piece is glass lampwork from Denise Smith.
Below, gold and diamond bands from Robert Taber for you to stack.
Left: Glass drop bead from Penel Bigg.
Above: Texture and colour from Jane Slicer-Smith and Signatur Handknits.
Below Sonia Burke always brings something new to each show. With a career as a textile teacher Sonia loves to play with dyes and fabrics, working them into wearable pieces. Ruth Tate brings elegance and style to the show with her 'day-wear to cocktail' range. This will be Ruth's second year at Designers on Show and she's more than happy to tailor-make for you.
Above, these three pieces from my label Signatur Handknits are long line cardi-coats. Left to right Zig Zag Swagger with slanted hems front & back. Centre Byron A-line coat in long length with deep pockets. Windsor Jacket (right) is styled on an English riding Jacket.
Right and below Penelope Shilling brings classic shirts with an eye for detail, in cottons and silks.
Below centre Jenepher Walker's vinatge felt hat, brought back to life with added vintage feathers and clasp.
Feathers again with Jane Stapleford's beautiful owl, large water colour, this is also in Jane's range of limited edition prints.
Designers On Show supports CanToo cancer research by donating all proceeds from the Cafe, which serves anything from light lunches to Devonshire teas and homemade soups.
If you'd like to discuss anything in this newsletter - or anything at all, please email Jane. Thanks for your support - Laura, Petra, Philippa, Helen, Cathryn and I look forward to seeing you in the knitting circle!