A truly beautiful Minxy mix of charm, inspiration, practical advice, and pretty projects to simplify and beautify your life and home. - Jane Brocket, The Gentle Art of Domesticity
And I’m in the grip of a new obsession with traditional crafting techniques from all over Asia (but particularly Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam). I’ve been scouring the markets for clothing, fabric and soft furnishings made from batik and intricate cross-stitching lately, because there’s something about these story-rich pieces that has me enthralled… I’m presently cooking up projects to make from them, or ways to incorporate the techniques into my own work.
On my Asian travels in my early twenties I often picked up special traditional pieces, but never as many as I would have liked. This newfound zeal might be a form of nostalgia for those footloose & fancy-free days. Interesting how the mind works, isn’t it?
Not one, but three favourite new things to share with you today:
While we’re on the subject of dyeing, these batik childrens’ clothes are cuteness personified. Check out Petit Batik, available now at Collector Store, which, by the way, is one of my favourite (new-ish) shops in Sydney. Stocking great local designers and gorgeous imports in clothing, homewares and accessories, it’s not your ordinary average.
And on the subject of out-of-the-ordinary designs, I stumbled upon this boutique the other day, having walked past it about a thousand times, and fell in love with the small but excellent collection of up-and-coming designers they stock. Moku Boutique is located at 208 Oxford St, Paddington. Well worth a visit.