Thursday, January 31, 2008
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Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Who or what influences your work? " Mainly calendar pin-up girls from the forties and fifties, anyone with curves. Also the fabrics I like to use are mostly pretty cottons which I think makes mine different to modern bras that use microfibres and moulded cups. I think bras have recently become very scientific and I want to bring some fun back to lingerie."
"I completed an Advanced Diploma in Fashion Design from CIT in 2000 with plans to become a costume designer. I still design costumes for The Australian Choreographic Centre and have done their last five Quantum Leap shows."
How did Bombshell Design begin? "After making a bra for a scene in a play, a friend who had trouble buying nice bras in her size asked if I would make one for her. This got me thinking there was a niche that wasn't being catered for. I decided to take it one step further by designing larger size maternity bras"
"I would describe my style as playful and feminine"
The tartan range pays homage to a favorite fashion design great Vivienne Westwood.
Where can we buy them? "As you know, I sell at the Old Bus Depot Markets and I am loving it. I have my website, which is being freshened up a bit, and I have designed and made a mastectomy bra for women after breast surgery that includes a pocket for prosthesis - available only at Colleen's Post Mastectomy Connection."
Saturday, January 26, 2008
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Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
Naomi, how would you describe your personal style? "I love being daring, but also classy. I love simple shapes with beautiful fabrics as well as mixing colours and patterns so they POP. I always wait for that ‘POP’ moment before a final piece is created."
You studied fashion, although you never intended to! Tell us about that. "Well, it’s a weird story. I did want to be fashion designer, but I always thought it was a pipe dream, until I didn’t make it into university, and found myself enrolled into Fashion Design at CIT. I actually enrolled because a friend of mine begged me to go with her. She ended up leaving the course after a term, but I loved it and stayed."
How did you arrive at doing JUDAS Clothing? its gorgeous and so unique! "I actually had a womenswear label in 2003 located in Sydney, and found it was extremely difficult. After struggling with it for a few years I decided to take a break and come back to Canberra (my home town). I have always thought of launching a menswear label as I thought there is such a whole in the market, but thought womenswear had more potential. Only when I started talking to men in Canberra, I realised that the need for mens clothing is even bigger here. So I sewed 5 mens shirts and went to my local men’s shop and asked him if he was interested in stocking them. He loved them and they started gathering a lot interest from day one."
You have plans to expand the JUDAS line, what can we expect to see? "The new collection will be an absolute show stopper. It’s called the ‘Signature Collection’, and is due to come out at the beginning of March. I’m launching 5 exclusive styles that will available from small to 3XL, and will also come in classic fit, slim and french cuff. The combinations of fabrics are gorgeous and I think the men of Canberra won’t know what hit them."
And what would you like to see in the future in terms of your work? "I would love to see my business grow in terms of stockists and staff. I do hope to launch a women’s wear label in about 2 years, and have a mens and womenswear label working side by side. I hope to have 10 stockists around Australia within a year and a production team of 8 to 15 within 3 years. I hope to launch internationally within 3 years, and would like to see a flagship store. And my ultimate mission is to create Madam Avenue as a global empire."
Where can we buy your stuff? "Currently I am stocked at Itrip Iskip in Braddon and at the Old Bus Depot Markets in Kingston, where a wider collection is available." And dont forget to check out the Judas website .
Friday, January 18, 2008
How would you describe your personal style?
"I would probably best describe my personal style as multi-genre or culturally eclectic. Many different cultures and sub-cultures influence my designs, just as they influence my everyday life. I take inspiration from many styles and I like to incorporate them into pieces I create that appeal to me and hopefully others."
Who or what influences your work?
"I find inspiration all around me - in nature, engineering papers, different cultures and sub-cultures, sci-fi and fantasy books. I love being able to fuse organic designs and ideas into somewhat industrial metalwork and create pieces of wearable art that are tangible and tactile. I think this is why etching is one of my favourite techniques at the moment - you can appreciate the patterns with your eyes and your fingertips too."
Koi Lariat with bubbles; Blossom earrings
How long have you been making jewellery?
"I started silversmithing 9 months ago. I fell in love with metal, discovering my appreciation for the aesthetic, and have been at the bench ever since - experimenting, learning and creating."
The making of a Maple Leaf etch pendant
Where can we buy your jewellery?
What do you hope for in the future, in terms of your work?
"In future, I hope to see my work grow and evolve as I continually learn and incorporate new techniques into my pieces. In future, I hope I will be able to reach a larger audience through brick and mortar stores. It would be a dream to be able to walk into a store and see my work in there one day!"