Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Behind the Camera: Gypsy Smith





Playsuit: Spell Byron
Hat: H&M
Necklaces: Regal Rose and Tiffany&Co

One exceptionally busy afternoon at Sydney's Hyde Park, a 5’7”, fair beauty with lengthy limbs was lounging and laughing amongst the perfectly manicured Sandringham Gardens. 

Some metres down the track, awkwardly crouched on sandy gravel, dressed head to toe in white (likening to a Pascall marshmallow), wielding our photographic weapon of choice, this dorky duo.

It isn’t often that Sharon and I get the opportunity to work together behind the camera. But on the rare occasion that we do, it’s seemingly a match made in heaven. Maybe it’s the combined power of our two minds, our genuine love for photography and art, or simply, the fact that we aren’t the ones awkwardly running around in front of a camera. Regardless, this shoot brought together our creative minds in a way that we have never done so before.

As for the statuesque beauty? The focal point of this particular post? That’s Paige. And at 18, is such a humble, mature and warm-hearted human being. One to which Sharon and I are lucky to call our friend.

By Marvic Casingal 

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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

OUTFIT POST: Hideaways

Gypsea Swimwear, Spring Summer 2015, Spell Designs, Spell and the Gypsy Collective, Boho, Bohemian, bikini, Western Australian label, raw crystal, maxi skirt

Gypsea Swimwear, Spring Summer 2015, Spell Designs, Spell and the Gypsy Collective, Boho, Bohemian, bikini, Western Australian label, raw crystal, maxi skirt

Gypsea Swimwear, Spring Summer 2015, Spell Designs, Spell and the Gypsy Collective, Boho, Bohemian, bikini, Western Australian label, raw crystal, maxi skirt

Gypsea Swimwear, Spring Summer 2015, Spell Designs, Spell and the Gypsy Collective, Boho, Bohemian, bikini, Western Australian label, raw crystal, maxi skirt
Necklaces: Dove & Lyre and Ebay

I have an obsession with being busy or a fear of staying static. An ideal day is one where no hour goes to waste and every minute is filled up with something, anything, productive. 

But this obsession gets exhausting. 

At times I crave brief moments of solitude between working two demanding jobs, blogging and squeezing in social activities. When this feeling arises, I retreat to my little hideaway at the bottom of these Marsala (which FYI is Pantone's colour of 2015) stairs. Not quite the claustrophobic Harry Potter set up, I could spend a whole day reading, people watching (not to be confused with neighborhood spying) or during low tide, observing the creepy little crabs that inhabit the river. An entire day spent in either pajamas or as above, swimwear and maxi skirts. 

Admittedly, it is important to have a day where time creeps alongside you instead of its usual bad habit of zooming past the meagre hours. 

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我痴迷于忙碌的生活节奏,害怕静止的状态。对我来说理想的一天是不浪费每一个小时,每分钟都充斥着任何一些富有成效的东西。

但是这种痴迷使我疲惫不堪。

有时渴望在我两份兼职的工作、撰写博客以及社交活动等等当中获得片刻独享的清净。每当这种感觉出现的时候,我就撤退小小的阶梯下的隐蔽处,这里像哈利波特场景那样的幽闭我可以花一整天的时间来阅读观看人群,或者在退潮时,观察栖息在河岸上那些令人毛骨悚然的小螃蟹。一整天就这么穿着睡衣或者图片中展示的种衣服泳装或者马克西裙度过

诚然,很重要的是能有这样的一天,时间悄悄地跟随着你,而不是不知不觉中转瞬而逝

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Kinahuhumalingan ko ang palaging may ginagawa. Ang idolong araw ay isa na walang nasasayang na oras.

Pero, ito ay nakakapagod din.

Minsan, hinahanap ko ang pagiging mag isa. Pag ganito ang nararamdaman ko, nag tatago ako sa ilalim nang hagdan. Hindi kagaya sa movie na Harry Potter. Na papalipas ko ang isang araw na nag babasa at pinanonood ang mga tao. Ang buong araw na naka suot nang damit pang tulog at nasa itaas.

Minsan, ito ay importante na mag karoon nang araw na ang oras ay para lang sayo - kesya kung nagmamadali.

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Saturday, 6 December 2014

INTERVIEW: Fairina Cheng Jewellery

Fairina Cheng, Fairina Cheng Jewellery, Etsy Design Awards 2014, Etsy at David Jones Marketplace, 3D Printing, 3D printed jewellery, steel mesh, Sydney designer, Etsy,

One of the biggest challenges in the fashion industry is to discover 'newness' amidst the cycle of often recycled ideas. It takes a certain drive to create something out of the ordinary knowing there's a risk in the race to stay ahead of the trends. Fairina Cheng, the 29 year old designer, who owns her eponymous jewellery label may have predicted the future of accessories: 3D printed jewellery. It's no wonder with the rapid advancement in technology, that 3D printed pieces might be creeping its way into our wardrobes in the near future changing how we perceive and wear fashion. After all, the 'message is in the medium'. 
Understated and untraditional, Fairina Cheng Jewellery won Community's Choice at the 2014 Etsy Design Awards and is part of the Etsy at David Jones Marketplace from the 4 to 7 December. Here Cheng talks about her label and her love affair with computer-aided design. 

Fairina Cheng, Fairina Cheng Jewellery, Etsy Design Awards 2014, Etsy at David Jones Marketplace, 3D Printing, 3D printed jewellery, steel mesh, Sydney designer, Etsy,
Designer Fairina Cheng 
1. How did you get into jewellery design?

I was working long hours at a full time office job and I enrolled in an evening jewellery course. At that point I was just curious, but it wasn’t long before I fell absolutely in love with the process of manipulating metal.

Soon after, I enrolled in a two-year contemporary jewellery design course, followed by a three-year course in commercial jewellery manufacture. I’m not the kind of person to take big risks. So diving head first into a massive career shift was a bit out of character. It just felt right!


2. Where did the idea to create 3D printed jewellery come from?

In my second year of studying jewellery, we were introduced to computer aided design as one of our subjects. It was fascinating to learn how designs are drawn up on a computer, and especially fascinating to learn how they are brought into their final, three-dimensional form. My experiments during this time led to the development of the Negative/Positive collection!

Fairina Cheng, Fairina Cheng Jewellery, Etsy Design Awards 2014, Etsy at David Jones Marketplace, 3D Printing, 3D printed jewellery, steel mesh, Sydney designer, Etsy,
Rings from the Negative/Positive Collection 



3. Where do you get inspiration from?

Sometimes I’ll catch a fleeting glimpse of an interesting shape or line and it’ll stay in my head and influence my next design. Or I’ll be experimenting on a piece of jewellery and evolve it as I go. Sometimes I start with one idea and by the time I’m finished it’s a completely new design!

Fairina Cheng, Fairina Cheng Jewellery, 3D Printing, 3D printed jewellery, steel mesh, Sydney designer, Etsy, Etsy Design Awards 2014, Etsy at David Jones Marketplace
Background/Foreground stainless steel mesh stud earrings 
4. Describe your design aesthetic. 

Clean and geometric. Although a few free flowing, organic pieces sneak their way in! 

5. What are some metals you work with when creating the pieces?

I work mostly in silver and gold. But I don’t believe that jewellery should be restricted to just precious metals and gemstones, especially when there are so many interesting materials out there to explore. 

I also work in stainless steel mesh, a material commonly used in industrial applications. It comes in a shimmery grey silver colour and develops a vibrant range of gold, bronze, pink, purple and royal blue hues when heat is applied. 


6. Can you explain the 3D printing process?

First, a design is drawn up on the computer using a 3D modelling program. The file is then sent to the printer and built layer by layer in wax to create a scale model of the piece. On some machines, the model is created in resin and solidified with the help of a laser. 

The printing process usually takes a few hours. The model is then cast into your metal of choice. Where possible, I have a mould made so additional pieces can be created quickly and easily without having to be reprinted.

Often I’ll handmake components such as ring bands and earring posts, before meticulously polishing, packaging and sending the finished gem off to its new owner. 

Fairina Cheng, Fairina Cheng Jewellery, Etsy Design Awards 2014, Etsy at David Jones Marketplace, 3D Printing, 3D printed jewellery, steel mesh, Sydney designer, Etsy,
Jeweller's bench: Behind-the-scenes

7. What do you think is the future of accessories, or fashion as a whole, and how does your label fit into that?

3D design has opened up opportunities to really push the boundaries and create jewellery that would be almost impossible to make by hand alone.

As the technology advances, the power to customise products will increasingly be put into the hands of the everyday shopper. Instead of going to a shop and buying a premade, standard size item off the rack, perhaps we’ll soon be able to go onto their website and tailor a dress or pair of shoes to the perfect fit in minutes! 

It’s exciting to see how fast technology is advancing and I really look forward to seeing its future applications in the world of design.

Note: All pictures belong to Fairina Cheng (Website, Facebook, Instagram

By Sharon Jiang 

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