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“They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn't. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.” ― Frida Kahlo

Month: March, 2015

Tory Burch Beauty (Bohemia Extremia)


Tory Burch is one of my favourite designers for many reasons. The ultra-luxe ethos of the bohemian spirit sings to my philosophical and spiritual core and inclination. Her Fall 2015 Ready-to-Wear was, you could say, a play on passions. I loved the Marrakesh mentality of a land infused with colour and culture. In the world of Luxury and High-End Fashion Brands there is room for the imagination – to place yourself in the shoes of that woman, with that plan and that style. It is a collision of the brave and the bold. Poetry, I find, is much the same. Who is this person you speak so kindly of? What story did they imprint on your psyche to illicit such visceral and vivid recollection of a time past by – or perhaps not yet reached.



This collection blossomed with a lush colour palette; Marsala shades (Official Pantone Colour of the Year 2015), embroidered mastery and rich fabrics. The scene was set for romantic nights in Morocco with a lover (or two!); strolling in the Saadian Tombs with girlfriends, reminiscing the release of an old love. These memories keep us reverent, restoring wonder in our eyes and fire in our hearts.

This is what fashion does. This is what poems do. This is art. This is design. This is love.

Bohemia Extremia


I don’t need a


Solution to



Of spectators

and fabricators.


Frenzied (with) preoccupations

That blind from

Savannah nights.

The sweat is still trickling and the

Pan is still round –

Rooted in

Ancient dances –

                                                (Spirit fancies) 

Fawning from one meaning

To the next. Extreme is not

For those unaccustomed to the

Evolution of the senses.

Will you

Want to see it


Screaming for air –

Standing in

Its own

                                            (Bohemia Extremia)



I’m an | Art | ist… So I’m sensitive about my shit {Erykah Badu}


Celebrating Virginia Woolf, who published her first novel The Voyage out 100 years ago.

Virginia Woolf on Goodreads

# Untitled 21 (Famished)

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “32 Flavors.”




Is a hearty word

For consumption. This appetite craves





Fantasies. A moments notice

For fast reprieve

of over-steemed needs.

Dire straits

Never wrote poetry

Quite like this –

Lungs robust


When called out,

Stretched in –

First come,

Serve first.

Is it still

Tea for two?

Painting Prada (Iconic)


If Luxury Fashion were a family; then Prada would be the Cool Aunt. She sneaks you Champagne at Christmas dinner, your first port of call when you’ve had one of those messy nights. (Shoeless and clueless anyone?) Her fashion sense is; in a word –


You love her Devil May Care attitude – along with those ‘I mean Business‘ thigh-high boots you borrowed (just that once). She is fun; flirty, sophisticated and sensual. Gracious, determined and Iconic. Her style is completely different from the other siblings. Some would say the ‘non-conformist’ compared to the rest of Luxury’s family – Chanel and Louis Vuitton.

She doesn’t mind though – everyone knows she gives the best presents… Oh, and her Margaritas are killer.


“Investigating experimental encounters between fashion and other worlds, Prada invites leading iconoclasts to interpret the brand’s universe and the visual identity of its stores.” –

pr What does it mean to be Iconic? To be considered a part of an iconoclast? According to Merriam-Webster Iconoclast is:

1:  a person who destroys religious images or opposes their veneration
2:  a person who attacks settled beliefs or institutions
Synonyms: bohemian, boho, counterculturist, deviant, enfant terrible, free spirit,heretic, nonconformist, individualist, loner, lone ranger, lone wolf,maverick, nonconformer

So, having said that; how is Prada – a globally recognised brand, a part of this hegemony called “iconoclasts”?

Bold. Intense. Fun. Dark. Colourful. Sensual. Gregarious. Chic. Insistent. Pensive. Musing. Articulate. Fresh. Avant-Garde 

I am not sure if I am describing Prada or describing myself! I believe that birds of a feather flock together. Creative people can sense one another. We definitely know when we are in the presence of a like-minded person; it is an energy that soothes and sparks the senses – very powerful in the right environment.

A sort of alchemy.

It seems Miuccia Prada wanted to capture this energy and showcase it through Prada; thus she created a collaborative series; “The Iconoclasts.” This series first began in 2009 with Alex White, Carine Roitfeld, Katie Grand and Olivier Rizzo and was resurrected again last year and then again this year. The purpose of Prada’s store installations (which they did globally) was to #congregate + #collaborate. This year, costume designers became the heroes of her fantasy displays at Prada’s New York store in Soho. She commissioned heavyweights (she’s the cool aunt, remember?) in the Costume Design arena with Oscar-nominated names to bring this dream to life.


“Prada targets the forward thinkers, be it movie producers, creative directors, connoisseurs, artists, Prada is getting in their head […]This display will definitely have an impact on consumers by providing them with a vision towards future trends […] Prada as a brand has always walked to the beat of its own drum, and has succeeded at it. It all starts with a conversation at Prada, and that leads to pure creativity.” – Rony Zeidan  

In an almost involuntary and unstoppable need to share my own response to Prada’s Iconoclast series I have written an interpretation of their campaign.




Is it easy

Tripping over hegemony



Crisping the lines of

Being in

And being without.

Imagining visual subjects

Of trajectory advice –

“Stay loyal, and

truthful. Lord knows

we only ever care when

the glitter turns to gold.”

Iconic and ironic

Ballroom dancing,

                         (quite the stupor)

Bag Lady. Fags? Maybe.

If I could get it to go. Smoking

Up the sleepy and dormant

To life’s inferno of design



“Miuccia Prada’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection inspired us to imagine a party to end all parties. The end of disco. An After Party for New York’s most elite, the most avant-garde, a place where people strut and swagger, uptown meets downtown, celebrity meets street style. Each character is an individual, each is a non-conformist, each parties like it’s 1979. No one wants to leave, because, if they do, the fantasy will vanish.” – Michael Wilkinson and Tim Martin  #Bridgetfoleysdiary sneek peek

“I imagined interpreting the Prada Spring/Summer 2015 collection through the filter of the five elements and their interconnection. Like feng shui, the ancient Chinese philosophy inspired by Taoism that teaches us to harmonise our surroundings with the environment and nature, I felt this philosophy was appropriate to this specific, rich and varied collection by Miuccia Prada. Drawing on my background in film, photography and painting, I sought to reinterpret the collection through the four elements – water, fire, air and earth – and create imaginary situations that culminate in the fifth element, human love.” – Milena Canonero

# Untitled 20 (Taught)

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “We Can Be Taught!.”



You lead me.

                                        (Twitter &Twain). 

Finding myself in verses

of the times – digital and

Analytically sound

with midnight fingers

that grasp

marble mouths.

Teaching and tuning –

Tracking transcript.

You move me.

                                        Touch me –

Tease, taint and trouble;

Virceral and profuse

Pieces of projection.


I will save my thoughts

For a cheaper ticket,

Next time.

Signature Prints + Akira Isogawa – Artist Show-out. (Shameless work-plug)

I love my job. As Social Media Community Manager + Showroom Assistant at Signature Prints; there is a plethora of creative outlets and opportunities to engage with. We have passionate, fierce and loyal customers + client base that spans all over the world. I am fortunate that Signature Prints have always encouraged collaboration – both in-house and out. Though I consider myself a writer/poet first before an artist/designer I am continually inspired by the company showroom + production room. It is a visual delight to see vivid colours and vibrant prints. There is a story in everything.

Proust once said, “The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes; in seeing the universe through the eyes of another, one hundred others – in seeing the hundred universes that each of them sees.”
Marcel Proust

I believe Florence Broadhurst also stated something in the same vein – I love how literature and design are synonymous with enjoyment.

Print Print



Signature Prints, home of the Florence Broadhurst library is based in Sydney, Australia. Specialising in the design and production of premium textiles, wallpaper, rugs, art and an array of lifestyle products.


| Signature Prints team & Co. |


@Signatureprints                               @Kylieminogue

 | Florence Broadhurst for Kate Spade New York | 


Kate Spade 

Jamie Durie 


@Emmahackartist  Emma Hack 

David Jones Flower Show   +

Habitus Living – ‘The Enchanted Florence’ at David Jones +

Florence Broadhurst Blog


| Meet Akira Isogawa |

Fashion Designer. Artist. Prominent Australian contemporary in Arts.

Akira has been a longstanding friend of Signature Prints. He will be adding his unique flavour to our creative direction for #signatureprints @spectrumnow ‪#blumefestival on the 14th + 15th March. Tickets are on sale now!

“A garment can transcend, giving it a soul. I translate fabrics into soft and romantic silhouettes, using natural fabrics like silks and cottons, which are kind to the skin. Distressing fabrics and alchemically treating them, gives the feeling of already ‘being loved’, thus evoking emotion. Even one-off fabrics found in flea markets can be given new life. Richly embellished fabrics echo Eastern influences, and I have great respect for their traditions. Inspiration can be found from the past – re-using vintage textiles and sometimes creating replicas of them, incorporated with specific craftsmanship. The number of hours someone has spent on manual work like this makes it priceless. I see craftsmanship as an implement with which to realise one’s vision. Past, present and future; that slogan continues in almost everything around which my work evolves. Timeless beauty and femininity in my design is profound, in a way for the wearer to express their inner soul.”

Akira Isogawa

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Akira on Facebook

The New Yorker Commissions 9 Illustrated Covers

I wish I could demonstrate visuals clearly and confidently with Illustrations but that is not my forte. I respect Graphic Designers – their love of the visually unknown. There is this fanciful spirit brought to life by Graphic Designers & Illustrators through Marketing and Campaigns that is insurmountable. You can go anywher with art. And also because sometimes a picture is most certainly worth a thousand words.

Keen for Koons

I am a fan of Jeff Koons work.

I love his readymade art that allows you to look at the mundane and humdrum again. With his use of optimal colours and chromatic materials the work has a metaphysical and emotional life of its own.

I admire people who are not afraid of openly exposing their values in their work and having it speak clearly. This is a difficult thing to do consistently. This rock and space we live on has many voices and many faces that constantly fight for the most valuable thing in the world – attention.

I too consider myself an Artist/Designer/Poet/Connector, all these terms have an intrinsic and symbiotic tie with my core values. I am a lover of people, a Christian, a dreamer. Your work has to show your style – your voice, your values.

If not you, then who?


Artist TLK Jeff Koons interview


Jeff Koons interview


Jeff Koons website

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Jeff Koons website – inflatables


Jeff Koons interview

Closing 2014 With A Trend: The Butterfly

Colour me curious… I love butterflies. They are a symbol of transcendence and courage; flight and fancy. The butterfly motif is effervescent in design/fashion/art. I could not find a better way to showcase the transformation from one thing to the next.

Eiseman Color Blog

December 31, 2014

Have you ever wondered why trends are trends?

Where do the trends come from and what inspires them? I have too. Trend research is a passion and something I actively study with specific focus on color trends.

I’d like to talk about a pattern/trend that I have been observing for quite a few years, the butterfly. To be honest, I couldn’t think of a time when I wasn’t seeing the butterfly in some aspect or another. In very recent months and specifically in the past year there has been a resurgence of the butterfly in varying iterations and industries from home to fashion.

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Let’s investigate some of the trends that the butterfly has inspired. We will take a look at the rise of the butterfly in the past four years and the supporting players who keep this stunning beauty in the consumer’s eye.

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Why is the butterfly…

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# Untitled 19 (Known)

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “In Loving Memory.”


King James Bible
“[…] and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” – Isaiah 64:6


Did you know her?

Have you seen her?

Could you hear her? – Certainly facetious in breathe –

Stroking vivid,

Vicious and

Vast verbatim.

Did you see her? Were you there?

Fingering the false and fantasy of her

Femme –


For love is fertile

And flora is found

In her speech

given through sound…

Did you know her?

Were you there?

She bathed in