I have had two major design crushes in my life. The kind of all-consuming want that defies financial commonsense and must be fed regardless of the cost.
The first was Dinosaur Designs. I am still – after all these years completely besotted by their big chunky luminous resin necklaces and rings. When I got my first necklace my heart skipped a beat (several actually). When I pick it up these days I still marvel at the way the light dances over and through the beads and the way it glows. I have a few now – including one that I custom-ordered of river-rock-sized pebbles in a deep wine red. It is very heavy to wear but I adore it. If I could get away with it, I would wear them all at once.
My second is Fibre Red.
And oh how I love Fibre Red.
When I first stumbled into their stall at an open-air market I couldn’t believe my luck. Jewel colours, beautiful finely knitted garments that can be worn a myriad of ways and are fantastically forgiving on the form.
My first purchase was a deep teal green jailbird shawl. Heaven. I’m still finding new things to do with it, and love just seeing it hanging off a coat hook when I’m not wearing it. Second (a year later) was this, in a light red, and another year later this in a dark red.
As I said – besotted.
When the email came through to say they were having an open studio – I knew it was a must-see. And it was – though I didn’t see much. Through an unfortunate and comic chain of events I got there with a stolen 7 minutes to view, shop and race back to my car. I’ll tell you that story another day. I imagine Kirsten is still feeling stung that she was left in her car in the middle of Punt Rd (very busy) and missed out. One hour wouldn’t have been enough, but it was just long enough to purchase a new jailbird shawl (above), hear that it was the one used in the fashion parade on their website, and feel very honoured to have it. It will be treasured, and I keep picking it up and turning it over, thrilled by its presence.
Isisis shares a space with them, and had some beautiful things as well. A pair of pants were purchased.
If you can make it there and you are in Melbourne – there is another open day today, magnificent stuff.