shannon malone

Reaching the culmination of her studies, I joined Shannon Malone in her studio as she makes the last stitches to her graduate collection, Artigiano. 

Stepping into an artist's space - of no matter which medium - is always like stepping into their world, having an insight into the mind, the creative process and being surrounded by the inspirations which guide their work. Shannon's light filled space was just as inspiring - light and shadow played over the white walls and timber floors, as we sipped coconut water (and i frantically ran around with increasing excitement with each shot.)

Shannon told me a little about her inspiration... heavily influenced by the notion of the artisan, their protective uniform and the casa malaparte on the island of capri (indeed a manifestation of a collaboration between an artist and an architect). 


A capsule collection inspired by architecture and interior design from the Italian Rationalists of the 30s as well as a personal investigation into parallels between craft and couture. Structural silhouettes based on the workers uniform – The Apron – are formed using industrial canvas and leather with hand woven elements. This research informs a rich palette, where a deep burnt orange represents the stained wood used by Guiseppe while indigo speaks of traditional work wear. Fabric ranges from matte georgette, smooth leather to heavily textural, hand woven cloth.

Shannon is showing her collection on the 28th of November at Brookfield (Perth) as part of the 'No 13' graduating showcase, as well as at her own presentation, 'Guild' on the 3rd of December at Daphne in Northbridge (Perth). 

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april ku

A distinictive clarity and warmth characterises April Ku’s Instagram, @coffeewithme.  Having garnered a following of over 70 thousand, April has developed a genuine conversation with her legion of loyal silk-shirt-and-coffee-loving followers over subjects ranging from local cafes to life choices. Through a gallery of careful curation and considered compositions, April shows the role Instagram has played in enabling a generation to pursue creative outlets alongside studies or more formal careers. The Peacock Paper talked to April about Instagram as a facilitator for meeting like-minded people and its role in creating a community.

Apart from running @coffeewithme, what else are you currently doing? Do you study?

I have just finished studying and will graduate at the start of this year with a Bachelor of Science. I am considering taking this year as a ‘gap year’ where I can pursue personal goals and opportunites that arise from @coffeewithme and see where this year takes me. Ultiately, I would love a balance between the academic and creative field.

How has what you post, talk about and feature developed and evolved?

My posts have become more refined and focused. This is in comparison to the days of predominantly taking photos of food and editing with the Valencia filter!

I also now see @coffeewithme as a space where I can share not only photos of conversations over coffee and still life but also my thoughts on curating a wardrobe, tips on editing and other topics I feel like writing about. Essentially, more than just a space filled with photos.

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How important has the Instagram community been to you? Connecting with your followers and discussing even personal matters with them seems important to you, and have you met other local creative as a result of Instagram?

The community on Instagram is amazing! Being able to have ‘mini conversations’ over the comment section with other users is always something I appreciate. It is also the place where many of my coffee meet ups start – right there in the comment section!

Meeting with other creatives allows me to appreciate the amount of support. There is always someone to lend a hand or even to have coffee with.

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Carrying on from that – what importance do you see in authenticity and differentiation in creating an online presence?

Right now, it seems authenticity and creating an online presenece comes hand in hand. Being able to approach a topic that has been constantly written or photographed about in a new and original perspective could potentially help build an audience. This could be approached by the way photos are taken, the way pieces are written or the platform chosen to create an online presence. It all comes down to being different to how the next persn has approached a similar topic.

What do you see for the future with @coffeewithme?

Meeting up with more creative, and always, over a cup of coffee! Haha!

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You can follow April Ku on Instagram at @coffeewithme

Tenille in Paris

The Peacock Paper caught up with Tenille King in Paris - a vibrant Whitehouse fashion student from Melbourne with an infectious joie de vivre and whose experience in the city of lights helped illuminate her own vision for her future.

So what brought you to Paris?

I had just finished year 12 and decided I would take a gap year as I didn't want to jump into a degree without knowing what I was working towards and what I was passionate about. I was actually quite lost and after a breakup and a family member passing I knew I just needed a change of scenery. I didn't really want to just be a tourist around Europe I was more so interested in experiencing a culture completely and moving away from home.

 I accepted a job offer as an Au Pair very spontaneously and 1 month later I was in Paris living with a typical french family.  An Au Pair  is basically where you become an older sister so a french family and mind the kids for a couple of hours after school.

Why an Au Pair?

Initially I accepted the job because of the stories I had heard from others who had done the same thing and loved it, I hadn't studied french in school but being a creative and romantic person I obviously wanted to travel to experience Paris. It sounds cliche but i do feel like i have golden age syndrome- like Gill in midnight in Paris. For a pretty unemotional person I have literally shed tears over my frustration of not being born 70+ years earlier.

So what are you doing now?

Now I am studying a bachelor of design at Whitehouse. I was always hesitant to study fashion or work in the industry because of the competitive and catty reputation it holds. When I experienced Paris Fashion Week, i basically made a decision that I was going to do it.

 I am working on just finishing this degree and I will return to Paris hopefully to either do my masters or try very hard to find some sort of entry level position in the fashion industry. I was with a French man in Paris but obviously had to call it off in my return to Australia but I am going back in May, he is another reason I do want to live in Paris eventually.

What' your favourite place in Paris?

It's incredibly hard to define my favourite place in Paris as every area is so different and I love them for different reasons. I love Le Marais because of beautiful historic buildings but I love the feeling of Montmartre and how it has a really old romantic vibe, Montmartre is what most people imagine paris to be like from movies etc.

What do you feel are some of the differences between life in Paris and Melbourne?

The major differences I saw between the way the french and Australians is that the French seem almost to be perfectionists in the value they put on  quality.  I thin this is evident in the strong gastronomic and fashion history of the country. Australians are a lot more open and accepting of others but I think the stereotype of french people being rude is confused with them being more reserved, and perhaps sticklers for traditions or rules. My french life was  enjoyable and simple, I learnt to enjoy simple things and love my days and it wasn't just because of the beautiful city it was because of the simplicity and quality of life there. 

Has being in Paris been an eye opener for you - have you learnt important  things about yourself?

Paris was an eye opener overall it helped me figure out what I want in life and what to study. When I attended a show at Paris fashion week by chance I knew just then that I needed to work in the industry specifically in France. It's such a long shot but I know it's what I am going to do. I learnt that there is so much outside of Melbourne, not that I was naive before. For some strange reason I found my place and have never felt more at home, I love my family and Australia but I France is where I belong.

 

Tenille's personal blog can be found at www.modebytenilleking.co

Paul Smith

 « Hello my name is Paul Smith » at the Design Museum of London marks the 40 year anniversary of the Paul Smith brand, celebrating the English fashion icon's career to date.

In the museum's own words the exhibition evokes 'a world of creation, inspiration, collaboration, wit and beauty.' Mood-board images, clothing samples and bric-a-brac are brought directly from his offices to transplant the world of Paul Smith to the small Museum on the Thames. 

The man himself exemplifies of the power of a dream, hard work and creativity. Starting the business at the age of 16 in his home town of  Nottingham, with little experience or tailoring skill yet to his name. The exhibition tracks each chapter of his life and career, from these humble beginnings to a label of international prominence.

Now responsible for 14 collections, Mr Smith is regarded as one of Britain's most successful designers - indeed one of it's biggest fashion exports - wholesaled to over 66 countries, with 17 stores in England as well as in cities such as Paris, Milan, New York, San Francisco, India and Korea. Despite such success he has always strived to maintain creative control and direction over the self named label. He continues to be both chairman and designer. 

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The exhibition ran at the Design Museum of London throughout 2013, and is now touring internationally.