Matt Stewart Inspired: Creative Play

Watching young children draw or engage in craft activities is such a wonderful thing to observe. They don’t worry about mistakes, they are not afraid to explore, to try something different and take risks. They have fun with it and then they treasure it momentarily before moving on to the next thing. They certainly don’t get hung up on it. My brand new watercolours and paper in hand this was my mission -don’t get hung up, just have a go. I was adamant that I would not be allowing myself to think ‘I can’t do it, it’s too hard, it doesn’t look right etc.’ and that I would just enjoy experimenting. Releasing expectations and mindset are both powerful things.

My experimenting wasn’t completely random but rather inspired by my fascination with beautiful Indian feather headrests that lately have been emerging in fashion photography and many art collections. One piece in particular that I fell in love with was this silhoueete below of a boy in a feather headrest by Australian artist  Matt Stewart. It’s beautiful. You can read a short interview on the gorgeous website and blog Bec Marks the Spot. We don’t all have a spare few (& a few more) thousands of dollars to splurge on such pieces of art however (or perhaps it’s just that a holiday pips it at the post) but it provided wonderful inspiration for me to play with.

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Made. By Typo

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I can not walk past Typo without taking a peek. I just love the novelty items, stationery and their DIY crafty delights. I also can’t enter a store without thinking that I wish it was my job to style the store and come up with the quirky, exciting and fun visual merchandising displays.

But it gets better, I recently discovered that Typo now have a concept store called MADE by Typo in Market Square, Geelong! A gorgeous space completely decked out for creative individuals! It opened in September, it looks amazing and apparently DIY workshops will be launched soon! I need to organise a visit pronto! Check it out.

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During my latest trip into Typo I made a few purchases – I could have walked out with boxes full, but I settled on the delightful golden apple pen holder and stag head (but in white), shown below amongst some of my other favourites.

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Whilst I didn’t actually purchase the Hexagon box shelf, I love it and was quite excited to see this in Typo, so on trend, and at the incredibly reasonable price of $29.95 for the large and $24.95 for the medium. Check them out here –  (they also sell printed hexagonal paper in a variety of patterns that can be placed in the back). I think I like this idea of shelving because of my love for geometric patterns – anything that tessellates – but also because it provides a point of difference. If you are feeling super patience and are good with measuring angles and a saw you may like to check out this tutorial for Honeycomb Shelves over at the gorgeous blog – A Beautiful Mess.

I shall leave you with some hexagon (more frequently called honeycomb shelving) inspiration for you;

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