Wednesday, September 9, 2015

A full life with Goggles...

So, lovely readers, are you still there...? Or are you all over on Insta, being beautifully distracted?

What's been happening in your world? Lots? There has over here in Goggle Land... My pottery work is continuing, and I'm slowly weeding out my factory made crockery and replacing with my slightly wonky but very loved bowls. I'm yet to conquer plates!

I'm back on the hook, too, crocheting up a storm for a very exciting project that's due in November... I will post about it, as it's a direction I've only ever dreamed of going in! Excitement!!

In other scintillating news, I'm working for a local architect four days a week! Strangely enough, working more is making my craft work happen more... You know what they say about asking busy people to do things! Well that person is ME! 

Unfortunately though, it has meant I've rather neglected this writing space... And the blogosphere generally. Have you found that since Google Reader folded, it's just not the same? 

I'd like to make a pact, to embrace the good ol' blogging life once more... No promises mind, because I couldn't cope with coming back in 12 months and reading this as the last blog post...

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Finders Keepers is coming to Sydney...

(Illustration by James Gulliver Hancock)

Yes it's on again people, and in just over three weeks!!

Gah did I just write that?? Three weeks is the blink of an eye, the shake of a stick, a grain of sand through the hourglass...

Oh and did you know that the market will be open ALL weekend? That's right, Friday night and all day Saturday, as usual, but then all day Sunday as well! WOW!

So there's really no excuse not to come and check out some of Australia's best original, independent designers and makers.

My good buddies Biyani Organics will be there, with their beautiful range of face and skin care... Come and show them some love!

(Photos by the lovely Kerrie of Lloyd Told George)

Can't wait to say hello to our lovely supporters!!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Design Confidential Styles Goggles

Have you seen The Design Confidential's blog? It's a treasure trove of DIY and design bounty, and some serious eye candy!

Rayan Turner, the author, is a fountain of knowledge and inspiration when it comes to styling, and creates some amazing vignettes from some very interesting materials...

She recently wrote a fantastic post, sourcing some beautiful handmade pieces from her boutique, including (insert small squeal here) Goggle's very own Cloud Planter!

Rayan DIY'ed the hell out of some driftwood and copper wall clips to make one of the most ingenious wall hooks I've seen in a while... 

I'm definitely going to try this one!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Etsy Design Awards

So... again, it's been a looooooong while since I've posted, but Holy Toledo!! So much is happening right now my head is spinning!!

The most super exciting thing happened today - our Cloud Planter has been selected as a finalist in the Etsy Design Awards!

You can vote, if you like... you could even vote for this! If you feel so inclined... and if you do, then THANKS!

And in other news... Melbourne Peeps, I'm coming to visit!! Please come along to the Finders Keepers Market next month, because I'd love to meet as many of you lovely people as possible!

I might even have a few of my Cloud Planters left... Hopefully!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Sydney Finders Keepers wrapped up...

With a big contented sigh, we are home again after the biggest Finders Keepers Market ever! It was the best fun, we met a huge number of people, and talked til our voices were hoarse!

To say a huge thankyou to all the lovely people we saw, head on over to our Instagram, regram our necklace and tag #gogglesthanksyou to win our lucky last pottery bead necklace!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

textiles and stories...

These incredible works by Michelle Elliot formed the backdrop to an inspiring and tender discussion around textiles, traditions, crafts and communities, held at the Wollongong City Art Gallery on Saturday.

The day was co-ordinated by Virginia and Amanda from Makasi Art Installations, an organisation empowering refugees living in Australia and nurturing a skills sharing environment, creating incredible art works from upcycled materials. 

The talk centred around textile artists and craft workers working in the Illawarra region, some Australian, some Vietnamese, Burmese and Afghani. 

It was a truly loving and inspiring afternoon, and I feel so privileged to have been asked to speak with such incredible people.

This is the work of Burmese weavers - stunning colour and craftsmanship.

The most incredible crochet work was presented by Wollongong University lecturer and artist Agnieszka Golda, who made this work with her 94 year old grandmother. They both came from Poland as refugees, bringing with them stories and traditions that Agnieszka now integrates into her art practice. 

The afternoon was full of emotion and inspiration, a sharing that showed me how people from all over the world have a place here in Australia, and are welcomed with open arms and hearts.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

We've made a new shop!!

ok all you lovely people, I know SOME of you aren't really into Etsy... You know, the whole log-in, account thing doesn't really float your boat...

Well, we've now got somewhere you can purchase a selected edit of our favourite products, on-line, at the same prices, with free shipping throughout Australia!

Head on over here to Goggles Part 2, and have a browse!