Monday, 3 October 2016

Inspired by art - Frida Kahlo

It's a long weekend in Sydney - a good time for reflection and creative pursuits.
My sister-in law Grace suggested that I join her for the Frida Kahlo Diego Rivera exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW. What a wonderfully curated show it was, telling in detail about their tumultuous life, the world at that time and the stories behind each work.


Photo by Nickolas Muray
Self Portrait with necklace



Frida was an amazing women who dealt with some very tough health issues, and died tragically young in her mid 40's. She was a total ground breaker for women in art, never playing by rules.

 I felt totally inspired both by her work and use of colour, and particularly by Frida's very individual look. 
Photo by Edward Weston


Her way of wearing chunky jewellery paired with authentic Mexican clothing was enough to get me back to the jewellery studio to make the below, and online to build my chunky bead stash.

https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/482854935/frida-chunky-necklace-turquoise-red-and?ref=shop_home_active_1
Frida
https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/482854935/frida-chunky-necklace-turquoise-red-and?ref=shop_home_active_1




Get in fast as the show at AGNSW closes on 23 October.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Bohemian style and Bird on a Rainbow

Tassel necklace
Hi there. Hope your weekend has been creative. Hard to find the time some days.

I bought this Tibetan bead from Lima beads in the US - isn't she lovely? She had to be the focus of a statement necklace.

Enamel beads seem to be also going into my pieces of late - love the texture and colours. One day I will make my own when I can get some flame space organized and work out how to ship Barbara Lewis' torch flame tools to Australia.

Tassel
I also was tinkering with some other bright beads, one of Humblebeads gorgeous birds paired with a Golem lentil bead. Classic layout. Made for each other.



Bird on a rainbow
Bird on a Rainbow

Bohemian style and Bird on a Rainbow

Tassel necklace
Hi there. Hope your weekend has been creative. Hard to find the time some days.

I bought this Tibetan bead from Lima beads in the US - isn't she lovely? She had to be the focus of a statement necklace.

Enamel beads seem to be also going into my pieces of late - love the texture and colours. One day I will make my own when I can get some flame space organized and work out how to ship Barbara Lewis' torch flame tools to Australia.

Tassel
I also was tinkering with some other bright beads, one of Humblebeads gorgeous birds paired with a Golem lentil bead. Classic layout. Made for each other.



Bird on a rainbow
Bird on a Rainbow

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Rust styling

 Autumn is making a very slow start in Sydney, we still are having balmy 25C days. In anticipation of the cooler weather, I'm embracing the rust tones in my clothing and jewellery. Carnelian beads are perfect for this time of year.


This is a little collage of some of my favourite pairings. Earrings available at Sasha and Max Etsy and Madeit shops. Clothes by Country Road and Trenery (this post is not sponsored, I just like their range and am a frequent buyer! )





Sunday, 6 March 2016

Enameled Colour

With the sorry exchange rate between the Australian and the US dollar and ballooning postal rates I've been trying to source more of my art beads from local artists.

This necklace features torch fired enamel beads by the lovely Liz de Luca from Queensland.


Sunday Play

https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/271120452/sunday-play-multi-colour-enameled-beaded?ref=shop_home_active_1


Sunday, 7 February 2016

It's a wrap


Happy Chinese New Year!
Off to celebrate with my husband's family tonight with a feast at Sydney Fish Market.

Short and sweet post today - just thought I'd share images of how my goodies are packaged once sold. I buy my boxes from Fusionbeads in the US and wrap them in Japanese Washi paper and tie with butcher's string.

Just done a restock of Washi paper from one of my favourite stores,  the book and art store that is Kinokinuya in Sydney city. What a great shop full of amazing design books, goodies and cards. Sadly there are not many book stores left in Sydney now. I love Washi paper, the intensity of colour and delicate prints are truly a perfect match for the Sasha+ Max style.  The above are 4 different patterns, must say its always hard to pick which papers to buy.



Sunday, 10 January 2016

2016

Best wishes for 2016.

I hope that you have had a great holiday break. Australia typically shuts down for 2 weeks as it's summer here. We spent a few days down in country Victoria, at Mt Macedon, the region famous for "Picnic at Hanging Rock", staying with dear friends, eating, wine tasting and drinking, bush-walking - perfect.

No resolutions from me, except to get the landscaping done at our "new" home where we have been for 8 months, finish painting walls, and perhaps to give torch fired enamel beads aka Barbara Lewis style another try as I have outdoor space and won't set the cat or home on fire.


It's been hard to get back into the day job routine this week, but funny enough there is always time for jewellery making!

Here are some new creations using handmade lampwork and polymer beads from my favourite artists. All available at www.madeit.com.au/sashaandmax