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