The new age of knitted jewellery by “ellenii”
7 May 2013
You graduated from the Textile Design course at RMIT, do you also have a background in jewellery making or didi it just come naturally to you?
When I first graduated from high school my first Tafe course was Jewellery Design at NMIT. I worked with a variety of metals to construct my own jewellery. I completed one year, then after I was always experimenting on my own and a lot of things just came naturally for me. From a young age I was always constructing and designing my own accessories.
What do you have more of in your wardrobe, knitwear or Jewellery?
My wardrobe has more accessories, I have more jewellery. I love layering accessories and i love sculptural pieces, it completes an outfit. I do have a wide variety of knitted scarfs, I have this obsession with scarfs, they can make the outfit more interesting.
What is your holy trinity of Inspiration?
When i design my pieces I am always inspired by nature and organic form. Textures on tree trunks, leaves and landscapes. Knit is all about touch, so I love to create interesting textures.
Will we be seeing some garments from “Ellenii” in the near future?
Yes, I do want to go into that direction of producing “elenii” garments. I can already see some of my jewellery pieces and scarfs in garment form. I want to transfer some of my jewellery designs and some features into a full garment. I love knitting open work, ladder effects and creating my own shapes in the knit.
Photos courtesy of Helen Noulas
elenii at Pop Craft
2 May 2013
elenii – Handcrafted experimental Knitted accessories, standout textured pieces with attention to detail and intricate designs.
Melbourne born and raised, Helen Noulas discovered a passion for unique, handcrafted jewellery at a very young age. Creating her own standout, experimental pieces in her spare time, Helen pursued her love for knitted jewellery at RMIT University where she completed a Diploma of Textile Design and Development.
Following the completion of her Diploma, Helen launched her own knitwear jewellery range, incorporating elements such as texture, form and pattern to create her very first collection. Known for her attention to detail , Helen’s range reflects such structure and careful construction.
Helen creates her pieces using a Single bed domestic knitting machine whilst uses hand manipulated techniques to allow each piece to tell it’s own story. elenii’s new collection for Autumn/Winter is called “Gypsy Rose”.
Showcasing her trademark statement piece jewellery, with large sculptural pieces also the small and intricate. In this collection elenii is incorporating metal and knit, a dark gem coloured palette with a mix of metallics.
Photos courtesy of Helen Noulas
Foiling around with Kayo Taguchi
26 Apr 2013
Japanese culture and traditions are steeped in design, how much of your native country is present in your work today?
People in Japan are very fashion conscious in general. Contemporary Japanese fashion and design culture is a very strong influence on my sense of style. I don’t try consciously to exploit my cultural heritage, but is come through in subtle ways.
What has living in Australia, more specifically in Melbourne, brought to your design aesthetic?
Sometimes in Japan the original context of western fashion is lost, living is the west has helped me to better understand the origins of western classics.
In Melbourne there is a DIY sort of feeling that inspires me, many of the people i know here are makers.
What is your holy trinity of inspiration?
I like dressing myself up, I like the excitement of fashion and the beauty of highly skilled crafts.
Could you give a taste of your 2014 knitwear collection?
I will release leggings, scarves and other accessories and garment pieces in foil printed cable knit. There is currently a sample foil printed in the Pop Craft window which is a sneak-peak of the my 2014 Winter collection.
Photos courtesy of Jeremy Dower and Kayo Taguchi
Pop Craft newsletter 2013
12 Apr 2013
Pop Craft returns to the woolly scene this autumn 2013 with the delightful company of Jack of Diamonds. As well as the customary Pop Craft set up with shop and exhibition space, Brianna Read, founder of Jack of Diamonds, will have her machine knitting workshop up and running and will be demonstrating the production of her fine garments for all to admire. Get inspired to hand make your own wardrobe.
Our 4 week joint venture will commence on Monday the 15th of April at 10 am:
Pop Craft & Jack of Diamonds
Ground Floor Foyer
RMIT Building 80
445 Swanston Street, City
Open from the 15/04/13 to the 10/05/13
Photos courtesy of Micheal Wigget
The new CAE course is out now and includes two of Brianna’s courses in June
- Sat 15th for Machine Knitting 101 __
- Sat 29th and Sun 30th for an intensive cardigan knitting workshop
For more information and bookings, please visit workshops.
The current Pop Craft window features pieces by Kayo Taguchi, an RMIT Textile Design Graduate. Knitting and high heels, what a fresh combination.
You will also find one of Jack of Diamonds signature cardigan in a glorious yellow.
Photo courtesy of Biggan Designs
Pop Craft is excited to stock a range of the Biggan Collection- 8 ply pure Australian merino in vibrant colours.
Super soft and machine washable, ideal for knitting baby wear.
See you soon in the shop.
Vion Fullier’s labour of love
4 Apr 2013
Over a decade of one hand-knitter’s dedication to her passion was the unveiled during an awe-inspiring show. One could not help but be struck by the complexity of the craftsmanship and her playful creativity. Practice definitely makes perfect, you’re a true inspiration Vion.
Sydney’s artistic pulse- Part II
29 Jan 2013
Volume one is MCA’s collection of contemporary Australian art. It is a cross-cultural landscape rich in diversity. Vive l’Australie!
Exoecoaxis 2005-Resin, perpex, carpet, wood, synthetic polymer
mirror and perspex
Automated Colour Field 2011-100 flip-clocks, laser-cut paper, batteries
Indigenous basket weaving by various artists
Caravan 2008- Bronze
Sydney’s artistic pulse- Part 1
19 Jan 2013
View from Redfern:
What’s on at the MCA?
An unmissable major exhibition by Anish Kapoor whose breathtaking works will suck you right into the 4th, 5th and 6th dimensions…
Interview with Loredana Camarata
19 Nov 2012
Your illustrations printed onto silk was a stand out at the Graduate show a couple of years ago. Do you come from a fine arts background?
I don’t actually, but illustration is something Ive always really loved and enjoyed to do, and I’ve had a chance to explore it during the last five years of studying textiles.
The playful and experimental nature of your textured prints is very reminiscent of vision of altered states of consciousness. Do you get yourself in some sort of trance to design?
Sleep deprivation haha! When im not designing commercially thats just the path my designs seem to take. I have quite an explorative approach to textile design and like to push boundaries aesthetically. I enjoy exploring a hyperreal and some what psychedelic take on design and print direction.
Holy trinity of inspiration?
Nature is definitely a really big source of inspiration for me, Im always referencing it in my design work, exploring different motifs, mark making and texture. Ive always also been really intrigued by the human body, faces, hair, cells, etc.
And I guess I also draw inspiration by other creative people- Ive really been into embroidery this year and found this beautiful brand Sina, by designer Yumiko Arimoto who creates beautiful embroidery works.
Please tell us about your upcoming second Graduate show and what we can expect from you next year.
The show is called WORKROOM and is happening in the first week of december at No Vacancy gallery. http://workroomexhibition.tumblr.com/
After a much needed sleep from five years of studying I hope to continue exploring my practice as a textile designer out in the real world, and maybe look into finding a studio with some of the other graduates. You can see what I’m up to over the summer and in the coming new year here www.loredanacamarata.tumblr.com
I have also recently been working on a collaboration called Make Hay, making hand printed leather and canvas accessories, you can find us at the CraftHatch and The Big Design market later in the year and our products will be launching soon here https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/MakeHaydesigns/
Photo courtesy of Loredana Camarata
2 Nov 2012
It’s hard to say goodbye… especially to La Belle Miette who has been the source of so many wonderful sugar highs. Yes, it’s Pop Craft’s last day of trading tomorrow- Saturday November 2012- so please come and celebrate with one (or two) cups of Mark Free’s sophisticated blend of coffee, homemade croissants and limited edition fancy macarons.
Also enjoy %10 off all ready made garments and accessories.
Culture and Textile Tour of Vietnam 2013
25 Oct 2012
Two extra spots have just come up for those wanting an adventure in the land of the 9 nine dragons. 22 of January to the 10th of February 2013.
Fro further details please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Psychedelic microscopic organisms by Loredana
16 Oct 2012
Loredana Camarata is in her final year of BA Textile Design at RMIT University.
Shelter explores the concept of the nomadic and wearable home, in response to the ever growing case of natural disasters and the threat of a doomsday scenario in today’s world. By taking a playful approach to this issue, Shelter explores a sculptural textile design outcome that focus on both tactility as well as the idea of creating a new surface.
Screen printing techniques using acid dyes and puff paint along with embroidery and fabric manipulation to both sides of the fabric, create a 3D landscape and add volume to the surface design. The print direction and colour palette is inspired by microscopic biological organisms and their structures, fluid morphed and dragged shapes represented through contrasting and intensely over exposed brights and ethereal tints and tones that are reminiscent of nature’s psychedelia.
New opening times
8 Oct 2012
The Pop Craft 2012 season is sadly coming to an end. After a 2 month residency at the Harvest Workroom, and 3 months at La Belle Miette, Pop Craft is preparing itself for the arrival of higher temperatures and retreating into its summer hibernation. Ever lasting gratitude for the generosity and support of Hugh and Maylynn from the unparalleled La Belle Miette.
During October, Pop Craft will be opening only on Fridays (12- 5pm) & Saturdays (12- 4pm). Our last trading day for 2012 will be Saturday the 3rd of November
Pop Craft is thrilled to introduce new works from local makers. Skilful masters of their crafts, these artisans offer out of the ordinary products that are brilliantly designed, precisely fabricated and impeccably finished.
The end of year celebrations are lurking around the corner. Eliminate last minute stress and disappointments by purchasing some of these handmade delights. Vive Melbourne talent!
Sarah Scanlon is a nurse who loves to design colourful prints. She often fills her hatch back with rolls of silk and linen, drives to the studio and spends hours screen printing scarves, cushions and bags herself. She sometimes feels defeated by the laborious nature of this practice but adores it.
Rosanna Ford trained in fashion design and print at Central Saint Martins College in London. She has worked for fashion houses on four continents, including Diane von Furstenberg in New York, where she designed embellishments for clothing and accessories, and Delhi based Abraham & Thakore She has also worked for the Indian block printing company Anokhi, designing prints and working with natural indigo dye techniques. In Melbourne Rosanna works for Harvest Textiles, an organic textiles and printing company, and she lectures in textiles at Melbourne School of Fashion
Tara Shackell makes functional tableware and ceramic objects from high-fired stoneware and porcelain. Her current work focuses on creating simple objects that express materiality, quietness and space. She now spends as much time as possible working in her tiny garden studio and has spent the last 5 years studying and making ceramics. Indeed, Tara loves to makes useful things for people who appreciate beauty in everyday objects.
Philippa Jolliffe is baby Hazel’s mum. Also, she is an extremely experienced shoe maker running her own label for private customers for 10 years and has an impressive collection of shoe lasts in her dining room chimney. She knows the human foot. She believes style is for all creature big and small.
As you have probably gathered, Pop Craft is turning somewhat into a treasure chest not only full of yarn but also abundant with giftware. Please come and feast your eyes before the summer hiatus.