Shelly Beach Photoshoot
It was a perfect spring day today on the Far North Coast today, it was breezy but not cold and sunny and finally warming up (there’s sprouts in the studio vege garden – we’re not sure if they’re zucchinis or spaghetti squash but I guess we’ll find out….!)
ANYway!…I’ve been trying to get out of the studio for weeks to take some pics of the new AKIN range of scarves and today my awesome Lismore Art Space studio buddy, Kate Hallen, came to my rescue with a Nikon and wheels to get to the coast!
We took the photos at Shelley Beach in Ballina…The hero in this shoot are of course the scarves, with a wild (grey) haired lady trying to keep them from blowing away in the onshore! Its hard to go wrong with such a beautiful coast as the backdrop – the grasses and the banksias had gorgeous texture…even if it did mean we ended up with a shellback tick each (luckily not IN us…yet…I’m still frantically searching for hitchhikers…errr….!) Aussie scrub life innit!
We had lunch at Belle General (YES! really great, be back for sure) as no photoshoot is complete without lunch* ( – (*what I learned from my Art Director father and it was probably more like long boozy lunch because that was the 80s!?)
Kate did an amazing job (big thanks!!) and the scarves are truly lovely to wear – looking forward to wearing mine to the beach when it warms up – they look fantastic as headscarves, light wraps, sarongs, or even on the wall if you don’t want to wear it!
I can’t choose my favourite, Kate loves Dragon and I’m a bit inclined to agree as I love the pattern on the undulating fabric, but then the bold graphic contrast of Pomegranate is pretty striking and Amulet has such beautiful colours…I hate choosing!
I’m so happy with the result of this collaboration and had a lot of fun today doing something so different, not covered in ink for a change…it’s been a great experience designing these pieces with Matter and they’ve produced a product I feel really good about, not only in the way they look, but the provenance of their making, their sustainability, their stories, and how it has brought together a love of culture and preserving the artisan skills and traditions of our ancestors. You can read more about Matter’s artisan partner, designer & block printer, Kushiram Pandey, whose traditional block printing company produced the Akin scarves. It kind of blows me away (and I feel honoured) to have my designs made and printed by 4th generation block printers…!