A long time love affair with Byron bay, mixed with the ultimate desire of surfing with ease & grace led me to Mctavish’s doorstep. I am definitely of the ‘all the gear, no idea’ ilk so promptly got excited about designing my very own custom board. The problem being choosing only one design, and from this, the Gypsy range was born. Offering patterns & colours based on my travels & my books, I worked with some young Australian dyers, designers & artists to create unique graphics that are different on every single board.
Designers include: Indigo – dyed by Shibori, Jungle – print by Bethany Linz, Flamingo – design by The Society inc., Giraffe – print by Bonnie & Neil (still to come), Suzani: design by The Society inc. (still to come)
Long boards are the coolest boards, & all levels of surfers can ride these with ease (yes even beginners can catch some waves with these), and it means the patterns get great coverage. I designed the pattern to sit on the back of the board, so if you indeed do not surf but need an uber cool piece of art in your home or bar or wherever you can put this straight on your wall. And if you do in fact surf, the sticky surf wax will not mess up the beautiful artwork! Win win!!!! Be the coolest person on the beach or just have the latest, greatest for your interior.
McTavish step deck longboards are made to order and are offered in 8’2”, 8’4” & 8’6” with an 8-week delivery time to your doorstep or beachfront.
For custom orders, wholesale & media enquiries, contact The Society Inc.!
Come and celebrate the launch of my next book, Gypsy at the The Society inc.!
As usual it will be an extravaganza with lots of fun to be had.
To add to the excitement we will be revealing 3 designs from my latest Surfboard Range!
One big party for all, don’t miss out and don’t hesitate to have a few glasses of wine-
it’s a Saturday afternoon and summer is around the corner.
Where: The Society inc. 18 Stewart Street Paddington NSW 2021
When: Saturday 28th September 2013 3-6pm
On my last trip to Japan, I had in my possession a book ‘Old Japan’ by Diane Durston, which lead me to stay at the homes of traditional merchants and craftspeople, or machiya, as they are named. A love of Japanese tradition and architecture lead Alex Kerr, one of the three partners of Iori, to salvage beautiful old merchant homes in Kyoto and transform them into places to stay. After staying in one of Iroi’s salvaged mansions last year, we decided to visit another one that overlooked a 75-year-old obi workshop. The workshops are generally located underneath the old homes that include an indigo dyer, a broom maker and a tatami mat weaver alongside incense, lanterns, stationary, umbrellas and everything in-between.
I highly recommend this type of accommodation when visiting Kyoto as the traditional sleeping on tatami matting, shoji screens and noren fabric blinds give you a heightened sense of the local communities living now and in the past. Make sure to request a bicycle upon arrival so as to easily get around this flat city.
On my last trip to Japan I saw a painted canvas bag in a window that I loved, and after a year of tracking them down, was given the opportunity to visit Yoshimi & Makoto at their Superior Labor Co. HQ in the mountains of Okayama.
After a train ride from Kyoto, and an hour through windy mountain roads saw us arrive at Nap Inc. The HQ is built around a cluster of buildings including Yoshimi & Makoto’s home, an outdoor shop, a café, a workshop, a sewing room and even a Canadian Cabin that was delivered flat packed.
The workroom displays the workmanship and process of their product of canvas bags that are painted and stencilled, as well as small leather goods. Old sewing machines sit alongside leather branding and canvas painting paraphernalia.
We sit down for lunch in the café with cheeses from the famous cheese maker down the road, local smoked river trout and other European alfresco inspired food all in the setting of checked table cloths, wooden plates and other loveliness. What a marvellous day!
Recently, The Society Inc. hosted a cocktail party for New York pair Confetti Systems. It was a freezing & windy night, but, at the aid of new Sydney-sider duo Chris and Byron from Trolley’d, our bellies & hearts were warmed by delicious cocktails!
Trolley’d is a native, organic & recycled mobile bar fleet. Their mission is to show the world that you can still party without impacting the environment. Byron & Chris use recycled Ansett Airline trolleys that bring the party to you!
I was recently asked by Friends of the Australian Ballet to put my own spin on the classic pointe ballet shoe. I have always been amazed with the beauty of ballet and ballerinas, however, the behind the scenes of the art has fascinated me even more. My ballet shoe is somewhat of a celebration and depiction of behind the scenes of dancers studios, rehearsal halls, backstage dressing rooms and set and costume makers.
The private moments of those involved in the art, the parts of the ballet world that we don’t see, is the inspiration of which I have drawn from to create my shoe. The materials I have used include linen, lead and leather. I prefer to represent the trades and materials of days gone by, to a time where expertise and skill was created by hand, not machine, and to pay homage to honest and functional materials. I wanted to purvey the real and gritty life behind the beauty. By utilising honest materials in my shoe, I have represented the building of sets, the pulling of ropes to lift curtains, the needle and thread to sew the ribbons and all the elements behind the scenes that eventually create the beauty onstage.
Below are a few snaps of the final product.