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Walter G from Australia has a Lahariya of a time!

I have always been fascinated by the beauty of India.

More than that, I have been fascinated as how something you grow up with,alters the definition of beauty.

My mother is from the western part of India, being the “secret Artist”, We grew up with home decor which I would call crafty, with saturated dyes with strong hues.

Anyhow I moved countries(Oz, followed by UK), and the further I am getting the more I miss those colours.

Lucky that I found this Aussie Duo, who have brought a bit of those rave colours down under.( A bit of me is still in Sydney, but I am in London right now..so technically they “took” the colours, down under :))

Walter G is founded by childhood friends Lauren Bennett and Genevieve Fennel, who were inspired by the Traditional Indian hand block printing and dyes, and fused it with their relaxed Aussie aesthetics to produce a fabulous range of Furnishing and Home Textiles.

The Girls chuffed with their samples!

Working very closely with Artisans and Craftsmen, (who are usually born into a family of generations of dyers/printers..yes it is a part of Inheritance in India :), the 2 girls were based in a small town outside of Jaipur, Rajasthan.

I got in touch with them and decided to spread the joy and the rave! (Please see the video at the end, and YES we actually work like that there!)

1. When was the first idea behind Walter G,conceived?

From an early age we had both had a love (or obsession one could say) for all things textile. Every year we would work three of more jobs to save our pennies for a yearly trip to somewhere steeped with culture, tradition and of course home to beautiful crafts. First was Vietnam followed by South America, China and then India. After all these wonderful adventures and rooms that were bursting at the hinges, we thought it was a little greedy not to share these special treasures with the rest of the world. And so was born Walter G.

2. Why India?

Apart from the love for the Lahariya Rave! I (Lauren) did a design degree at COFA (College of Fine Arts) and as a part of my final year I was to do an internship. Struck by the lack of design companies that I could see myself wanting to work with combined with my yearly travel itch I chose India as my internship destination. It was something that had never been done at COFA and actually ended up all happening very organically. It was meant to be I like to think! Whilst in India I worked in block printing and weaving, though I got to see and learn about an even wider range of crafts. Genevieve was living in Hong Kong whilst I was in India, and green with envy on all the action she was missing out on she jumped on a plane (twice) to come visit me and the families I had been working with. She was reeled in hook line and sinker! India is home to some of the most beautifully diverse range of crafts in the world. Around every corner is a continual source of inspiration from the food to the people, culture, tradition, crafts, colours to the landscape. It has it all!

3. I see that you are assisted by the “Australia Council of Arts”. How is that as an experience?

The Australia Council have been a God sent gift! We applied for the Art Start grant in early 2011. Twice yearly the Australia Council open grant applications for emerging artists/designers, awarding up to $10,000. We wouldn’t have been able to get Walter G on the dusty Indian textile road without them.

4. I love how you have documented your experience in India, Is Walter G going to India?

Of course! Walter G will be jumping on a big jet plane in late November where we plan on sampling up a storm, flicking through endless Aladdin’s caves, carting around hundreds of meters of vintage turbans, oh and of course sipping on some seriously sweet chai teas and dining on some scrumptious curries. We like to record our wild stories as every day never ceases to amaze us over there. Stay tuned for some more tales of textiles!

5. Apart from your website, Where else can we buy your products?

This week we will be hosting our first pop up shop – a one week shop to let all our fans come shake hands with our Walter Goodies. Other than this we have viewings every Friday at our studio in Ultimo, Sydney. We also stock to a range of shops throughout Australia and hopefully in the not too distant future some of our goods will set sail to some far away and exotic lands.

6. So whats next for Walter G?

A very busy year ahead! After our pop up shop we will be exhibiting at our second trade show (Decoration and Design) in Melbourne mid July. In August we will be apart of a group exhibition in Sydney with a range of designers working in India. Another wonderful boutique market called Artisan’s in the Gardens, which is a yearly event in Sydney’s beautiful botanical gardens where a percentage of the profits go towards the gardens. Then Artisan’s of Fashion another boutique style event in Sydney’s strand arcade. Oh and then of course off to India to wow you all with some new Walter Goodies!

Colours and more colours!

Indigo Dye Tank Cleaning

Turban Colours

Block Printing

You can buy Walter G on their website here. Follow the girls on their journey here.

Till then enjoy the Indian Lahariya Rave!, Love, Di xx

All images: Walter G

Dinky talks with Big People: Kaz from Gem Lettuce, Sydney

A few days ago I received a little package all the way from the other part of the world, and believe it or not I opened the package and tried to smell if I could smell the sea breeze, the salty air which it brought along from Sydney, Australia!

I am so torn between missing Sydney and loving London, that I feel I want a bit of both in my world! Sigh, only if wishes were horses….

Anyway, what the package actually contained was this little Resin ring my friend,Kaz sent me.Thankfully,I could actually see some sand particles trapped in Resin, which Kaz calls her “Stone and Grit” collection made in lovely Clovelly, Sydney.

I know Kaz since my Sydney design days,and I remember how I would hear stories of these Resin jewellery she had been working on, that was when Gem Lettuce was being nurtured to face the big wide world.

Now Gem Lettuce has grown into a full-fledged label with a unique handwriting and look.

Gem Lettuce collaborated with Sydney based fashion label Uscari for the Mercedes-Benz Australian Fashion Week for their latest SS12 collection showcased in Sydney during the fashion week on May 4th 2012. Click here for the video.

The jewellery compliments the main range collection, aptly called ‘Submerged in Silence’ with an aquatic/underwater theme using all materials like seaweed, grit,bibs made of ropes in fishermen knots with translucent pendants in clear sections of colour and textures playing through the resin.

The range consists of Rings, pendants and bracelets in Colourful Mosaic, Abstract floral (which have real flowers, frozen in time in resin) and the Stone collection with sand from Clovelly Beach.

You can get your hands on and in these irresistible pieces through contacting Kaz on Gemlettuce.com .Soon Gem Lettuce will be on Etsy.com which will bring more joy to the whole world!

If you would like to follow the Gem Lettuce trail in Sydney, please “Like” their page on Facebook so that we see more of them everywhere.

Di xx

My little package of joy from Clovelly Beach,Sydney

Image Courtesy: Gem Lettuce and Me.

Dion Lee’s A/W 2012 film.

I was very pleased to see Dion Lee’s collection at the London Fashion week. The year I moved to Sydney, he had just released his debut collection and all every magazine talked about was Dion Lee!It was only a matter of time I feel in love with his intelligent designs, intense pattern cutting and edginess provided through structure!

This year, following his first international show at London, he follows his collection with an eerie video directed by Lorin Askill,starring Ruby Jean Wilson breathe while Lee’s pieces come to life gradually!

As Mr. Lee says

‘It explores the core concept, which is breathing, in a really abstract way. I liked the idea of focusing on the breath and this more inward exploration of how breathing and the movement of your body are linked.’

Dion Lee A/W12

Image: dazed digital

Click here to see the video:

Dion Lee A/W 2012