Monday, September 26, 2011

piece by piece

One Piece Printing with Monolog
One Piece Printing with Monolog
One Piece Printing with Monolog
One Piece Printing with Monolog
One Piece Printing with Monolog
One Piece Printing with Monolog
One Piece Printing with Monolog
Here are some updated snaps as promised of work produced by the students from Monolog's One Piece Printing workshop at Harvest Workroom. 
It has been lovely hosting Indie in the studio as a guest teacher...she really bought out the best in her students. Thanks so much Indie...we look forward to having you back at the studio for another workshop soon.
Em x

Monday, September 19, 2011

a colourful little film

Craft Tv: Emily Green from Craft Victoria.
Enjoy this short film compiled by Craft Victoria featuring Harvest Workroom's very talented Ms Emily Green. A fantastic insight into her artistic practices, her fabulous fashion sense and a sneaky peak into the very colourful corner that she occupies here at Harvest. Check out those nails!
Em x

Sunday, September 18, 2011

I scream, you scream....

tokyo banner
tokyo icecreams
It's no secret that I'm a fan of giant ice creams - both the real and plastic varieties. Tokyo has both in plentiful supply. Heaven.

xx Jess

Thursday, September 15, 2011

chorus and echo giveaway

those harvest girls....
Skip along over to Chorus and Echo to read an interview with Harvest. It is a great place to dwell - all sorts of interesting articles on all manner of things. A couple of my faves are the Genetic Portraits by Ulric Collette and the fantastic bespoke book popup shop - Numabookface.
Chorus and Echo are also running a giveaway for one of our Totem Collection Tote Bags.
You've got to be in it to win it!
Em xo
PS - Thanks to the gorgeous Olga Bennett for the pic.

hey batter batter...

tokyo banner

jess & baseball players

baseball boys

baseball mascots

baseball girls


As I'm sure you can tell by my ample bum - I'm not a sporty girl. At all. So, when the opportunity arose to attend a Tokyo baseball game I was skeptical. But it was so much fun! I decided to support the Marines (they had the cutest mascot) and it was impossible not to get swept up in the excitement of the crowd. The game was great but my favourite part were the girls walking up and down the aisles selling beer, icecreams, snow peas and various other yummy things. Plus, they had cheerleaders dancing to Billie Jean - what's not to love?

xxx Jess

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

swan lake..

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After spending a fantastic morning exploring the Gibli Museum I stumbled across these amazing swan pedal boats!

swan pedal boats
pedal boat
swan pedal boat
pedal boat

It was exactly what I needed to cool down on such a hot day. Thankfully I didn't fall in, despite my pathetic steering/pedaling skills...

xxx Jess

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

fleas & scrunchies

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On Sunday morning I woke up excited to visit the Hanazono-Jinja flea market. I spent the train trip to Shinjuku trying to figure out how I could hire a shipping container to bring back all of the amazing vintage bargains I was about to procure! The flea market consisted of five small stalls nestled in the gardens of a beautiful shrine. It wasn't quite what I was expecting but it was a lovely, peaceful little oasis right in the middle of busy Shinjuku. I bought some vintage fabric and an obi from these lovely ladies....
lovely flea market gals
flea market scores
We had a pretty impressive chat considering we didn't speak the same language - they even gave me that great robot to give to Milo! Needless to say, the shipping container will not be required, but it was still a lovely adventure.

cats in scrunchies

And on the way home I saw a bunch of cats wearing scrunchies. Obviously.

xx Jess

Sunday, September 11, 2011

big in japan

tokyo banner
tokyo - yellow
tokyo - orange
tokyo - red
tokyo - pink
tokyo - purple
tokyo - blue
tokyo - green
tokyo - black
tokyo - white

Ok, so Tokyo is.......Super. Duper. Amazing.
I spent yesterday and today walking around in a daze just soaking up all the awesomeness and taking way too many photos (see above!).
I really expected Shibuya to be claustrophobic and crazy but it's not at all. It is such a fantastically organised, colourful hive of activity. I thought I might feel strange being alone here but everyone is so unbelievably sweet and helpful - and styled to absolute perfection.
I've been getting stared at a lot. I'm 99% sure that it's because I'm such a bewitching temptress and not because I'm chubby and a redhead.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to the hotel bar in the vain hope of running into Bob Harris...

xxx Jess

Friday, September 9, 2011

the creator, the process, the goal

One PIece Printing Workshop with Monolog - September 2011
Last night was the first session of Monolog's One Piece Printing Workshop at Harvest Workroom.
Indie kicked off the evening in her popup shop with a mini-film about Monolog (check out some excerpts from the film below) and the visual tale really set the scene for the inspired design session that followed. Indie guided students through her personal creative process and then everyone got stuck into their own concepts. It will be great to see what everybody comes up with for their own Furoshiki piece - check back here over the coming weeks.
Em x

tokyo story...

japan map
This is the view from my loo.

Over the years, I have literally spent hours gazing at this map, daydreaming about Japanese adventures. And today my dream is coming true.....I am FINALLY jetting off to Tokyo!

I know blogging ain't my strong suit but I will do my best. Stay tuned.

Jess xx

Sunday, September 4, 2011

fresh florals

Floral Arrangement For Children Workshop with Make Merry
Floral Arrangement For Children Workshop with Make Merry
Bella Cooke of Make Merry hosted her inaugural Floral Design for Children workshop yesterday at Harvest Workroom. What a colourful and happy little bunch of budding florists (all puns intended!)
Check out Bella's blog post on the workshop here. Photos above by Bella Cooke.
Em xo

Saturday, September 3, 2011

monolog launches

Monolog Popup Launch - September 2011
Monolog Popup Launch - September 2011
Monolog Popup Launch - September 2011

Monolog Popup Launch - September 2011
Monolog Popup Launch - September 2011
The Monolog Popup launched last night at Harvest Workroom to a happy and vibrant bunch of people.
Indie has hand painted the store window with one of her graphical designs and it looks beautiful - like you are peeking through a magical fantasy forest of pattern. Her garments hang so elegantly on bespoke racks and the space feels so light and airy - the perfect mood for the launch of her spring collection.
Indie bounced around the room with her contagious energy (that is her in the pic above) and showed a captivating film about Monolog made by Yongho Moon. The film gave us a glimpse into Indie's creative process that will be explored even further by students of her upcoming workshop at Harvest Workroom  - "One Piece with Monolog".
Be sure to swing by Monolog's store if you are in the hood. The opening dates are 3 - 4 September and 7 - 10 September from 10.30am - 5pm.
There are still two spots  left in Indie's workshop for anyone who is interested in signing up. It starts this thursday evening. To book go here.
Em x