Tantalising tapestry weaving at the Craft Hatch Market

Maryanne Moodie and i had the pleasure of offering weaving enthusiasts the chance to weave their own little brooches at the Craft Hatch Market of Saturday the 1st of June. Much to our delight, each and everyone of them were woven with great ease, confidence and enjoyment, so hats off to all the participants. Also, a big thank once again to Kim Brockett for thinking of Popcraft.

The New Age of knitted jewellery by “ellenii”

You graduated from the Textile Design course at RMIT, do you also have a background in jewellery making or didi it just come naturally to you?

When I first graduated from high school my first Tafe course was Jewellery Design at NMIT. I worked with a variety of metals to construct my own jewellery. I completed one year, then after  I was always experimenting on my own and a lot of things just came naturally for me. From a young age I was always constructing and designing my own accessories.

What do you have more of in your wardrobe, knitwear or Jewellery?

 My wardrobe has more accessories, I have more jewellery. I love layering accessories and i love sculptural pieces, it completes an outfit. I do have a wide variety of knitted scarfs, I have this obsession with scarfs, they can make the outfit more interesting.

What is your holy trinity of Inspiration?

 When i design my pieces I am always inspired by nature and organic form. Textures on tree trunks, leaves and landscapes. Knit is all about touch, so I love to create interesting textures.

Will we be seeing some garments from “Ellenii” in the near future?

Yes, I do want to go into that direction of producing “elenii” garments. I can already see some of my jewellery pieces and scarfs in garment form. I want to transfer some of my jewellery designs and some features into a full garment. I love knitting open work, ladder effects and creating my own shapes in the knit.

Photos courtesy of Helen Noulas




elenii at Pop Craft

elenii - Handcrafted experimental Knitted accessories, standout textured pieces with attention to detail and intricate designs. 

Melbourne born and raised, Helen Noulas discovered a passion for unique, handcrafted jewellery at a very young age. Creating her own standout, experimental pieces in her spare time, Helen pursued her love for knitted jewellery at RMIT University where she completed a Diploma of Textile Design and Development.

Following the completion of her Diploma, Helen launched her own knitwear jewellery range, incorporating elements such as texture, form and pattern to create her very first collection. Known for her attention to detail , Helen’s range reflects such structure and careful construction.

Helen creates her pieces using a Single bed domestic knitting machine whilst uses hand manipulated techniques to allow each piece to tell it’s own story. elenii’s new collection for Autumn/Winter is called “Gypsy Rose”. 
Showcasing her trademark statement piece jewellery, with large sculptural pieces also the small and intricate. In this collection elenii is incorporating metal and knit, a dark gem coloured palette with a mix of metallics. 

Photos courtesy of Helen Noulas


Foiling around with Kayo Taguchi

Japanese culture and traditions are steeped in design, how much of your native country is present in your work today?

People in Japan are very fashion conscious in general. Contemporary Japanese fashion and design culture is a very strong influence on my sense of style. I don’t try consciously to exploit my cultural heritage, but it comes through in subtle ways.

What has living is Australia, more specifically Melbourne, brought to your design aesthetic?

Sometimes in Japan the original context of western fashion is lost, living in the west has helped me to better understand the origins of western classics.

In Melbourne there is a DIY sort of feeling that inspires me, many of the people I know here are makers. 

What is your holy trinity of inspiration?

I like dressing myself up. I like the excitement of fashion. And the beauty of highly skilled crafts.

Could you give us a taste of your 2014 knitwear collection?

I will release leggings, scarves, and other accessories and garment pieces in foil printed cable knit. There is currently a sample foil printed  jumper in the window of Popcraft, as a sneak-peak of my 2014 Winter collection. 

Vion Fullier’s labour of love

Over a decade of one hand-knitter’s dedication to her passion was the unveiled during an awe-inspiring show. One could not help but be struck by the complexity of the craftsmanship and her playful creativity. Practice definitely makes perfect, you’re a true inspiration Vion.

Sydney’s artistic pulse- Part II

Volume one is MCA’s collection of contemporary Australian art. It is a cross-cultural landscape rich in diversity. Vive l’Australie!

Nick Mangan

Exoecoaxis 2005-Resin, perpex, carpet, wood, synthetic polymer

Nike Savvas

mirror and perspex

Rebecca Baumann

Automated Colour Field 2011-100 flip-clocks, laser-cut paper, batteries

Indigenous basket weaving by various artists

Ricky Swallow

Caravan 2008- Bronze

Sydney’s artistic pulse- Part 1

View from Redfern:

What’s on at the MCA?

An unmissable major exhibition by Anish Kapoor whose breathtaking works will suck you right into the 4th, 5th and 6th dimensions…

Interview with Lori Camarata

Your illustrations printed onto silk was a stand out at the Graduate show a couple of years ago. Do you come from a fine arts background?

I don’t actually, but illustration is something Ive always really loved and enjoyed to do, and I’ve had a chance to explore it during the last five years of studying textiles.

The playful and experimental nature of your textured prints is very reminiscent of vision of altered states of consciousness. Do you get yourself in some sort of trance to design?

Sleep deprivation haha! When im not designing commercially thats just the path my designs seem to take. I have quite an explorative approach to textile design and like to push boundaries aesthetically. I enjoy exploring a hyperreal and some what psychedelic take on design and print direction.

Holy trinity of inspiration?

Nature is definitely a really big source of inspiration for me, Im always referencing it in my design work, exploring different motifs, mark making and texture. Ive always also been really intrigued by the human body, faces, hair, cells, etc.
And I guess I also draw inspiration by other creative people- Ive really been into embroidery this year and found this beautiful brand Sina, by designer Yumiko Arimoto who creates beautiful embroidery works.

Please tell us about your upcoming second Graduate show and what we can expect from you next year.

The show is called WORKROOM and is happening in the first week of december at No Vacancy gallery. http://workroomexhibition.tumblr.com/
After a much needed sleep from five years of studying I hope to continue exploring my practice as a textile designer out in the real world, and maybe look into finding a studio with some of the other graduates. You can see what I’m up to over the summer and in the coming new year here www.loredanacamarata.tumblr.com
I have also recently been working on a collaboration called Make Hay, making hand printed leather and canvas accessories, you can find us at the CraftHatch and The Big Design market later in the year and our products will be launching soon here https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/MakeHaydesigns/

Photo courtesy of Lori Camarata
RMIT BA Textile Design 2012 Degree Show

It’s hard to say goodbye… especially to La Belle Miette who has been the source of so many wonderful sugar highs. Yes, it’s Pop Craft last day of trading tomorrow- Saturday November 2012- so please come and celebrate with one (or two) cups of Mark Free’s sophisticated blend of coffee, homemade croissants and limited edition fancy macarons.

Also enjoy %10 off all ready made garments and accessories.

Culture and textile tour of Vietnam 2013

Two extra spots have just come up for those wanting an adventure inthe land of the 9 nine dragons. 22 of January to the 10th of February 2013.

Fro further  details please contact pauline@transglobaltours.com.au