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Artist Profile – Ollie and Delilah

We love nothing more than finding incredibly talented artists who have a passion for creating beautiful and unique pieces for the home. We recently interviewed Cassie Appleton creator of Ollie and Delilah about her new venture and those incredible embellished skulls.

olli8We recently came across your beautiful embellished skulls via instagram, when did you start Ollie and Delilah and what made you decide to start selling your products?

I launched Ollie and Delilah about a month ago now and have had such a great response. It’s very overwhelming! I have studied both fashion and graphic design and have a passion for interior design and styling. I decided to combine my love for all of those things and launch my own online store and that is how Ollie and Delilah came about.

olli2olli5How did the concept for your embellished skulls came about?

About six months ago I was checking out a local second hand store and stumbled upon an old painted bull skull, I still can’t believe I didn’t buy it. Anyway, about 3 months ago I was working on some embellished mandala artworks when I came across a naturally sourced deer skull for sale locally and I just thought – that would look pretty great embellished! So I bought it and had such a great response from friends that I decided to make more. All of my skulls have been naturally sourced, mostly from farms and properties throughout Australia where the animals have died from natural causes.

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You also sell gorgeous accessories, where do you find all these delicious goodies?

I have sourced beautiful products from all over the world. My jewellery has been hand made in California, Brazil & London. My handbags and clutches are all fair trade and handmade by the women of the Hmong Hill tribes of Thailand. All of my products definitely reflect my style. Fun, colourful and original.

olli3olli9We seem to love a lot of the same things, how would you describe your style?

My style is forever changing and evolving. At the moment I can’t get enough of Turkish kilim rugs and cow hides, colourful cacti, skulls, Moroccan wall tiles, peacock chairs (Yes, still.) and white washed timber floors and walls just to name a few.

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Who and what inspires you?

At the moment without a doubt Camilla Franks and Jai Vasicek. I adore their use of vibrant colour and beautiful patterns. I live in a small coastal town called Yeppoon (in Queensland) and have spent my whole life living by the beach so the ocean and nature also inspires me.

olli1What do you love most about what you do?

Creating. That’s when I’m in my happy place. I love playing around with colours and textures and just making things that other people appreciate.

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What’s next for Ollie and Delilah?

Perhaps my own line of clothing, or maybe homewares. And plenty of skulls, so watch this space.

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Ollie and Delilah can ship most products to New Zealand including the smaller skulls.
Be sure to pop over and like their facebook page and see all the gorgeous new skulls via instagram. The Ollie and Delilah webpage will be launching very shortly but in the meantime orders can be placed through the facebook page.

Images via Ollie & Delilah

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Artist Profile – Lucy Folk

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Lucy Folk is known for making jewellery good enough to eat. This Melbourne based jewellery designer takes inspiration from pretzels, taco chips, slices of citrus fruit and all sorts of other delicacies creating what she likes to call wearable food.

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Lucy is a trained silversmith and began designing her quirky creations back in 2007. Her recent collection ‘All Sorts’ is a mashup of all her most popular pieces re-worked in gold, silver and saphire sparkles.

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As well as being a talented jeweller, Lucy also has incredible style. We love her boho vibe and how she mixes vintage favourites with on trend pieces.

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If you like to have fun with your accessories you will love Lucy Folk. Check out her website here and find her on facebook here.

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Artist Profile – Kari Herer

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Today we showcase the work of talented photographer Kari Herer. We have fallen in love with her trademark illustrations and mixed-media creations pairing tough natural elements with soft floral embellishments.

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Based in Maine, Kari has a background in fine art and graphic design and also works as a wedding and portrait photographer. Her work has featured in many of our favourite publications including martha stewart weddings and design*sponge.

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Her gorgeous prints are available via her etsy store and YES she delivers to NZ!!
Check out her blog here and follow her on facebook here to see more of her incredible work.

 We’re particularly fond of Kari’s botanical and insect prints, they would look amazing in a white box frame.

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Kari has recently teamed up with Anthropologie creating a range of limited editions print for charity. Our favourite is her piece titled ‘Uno’ designed in honor of Kaitlyn’s Foundation, an organization in Texas that supports special needs children of military families who use horses for therapy.

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All images via Kari Herer’s etsy store and facebook page

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