My latest commercial project; Old Joe’s, was named after the old milk bar that everyone from the area remembers- covered in old advertising & run by Joe. I wanted to create a relaxed & bright place to hang out, straight from the beach, sand on your feet kinda feel. The bar is located directly across the road from the beach, and I designed it as an extension of bringing the outside, in.
I delved into my own upbringing of beach culture in the 1970’s; striped umbrellas, washed out okanui boardies, tasseled terry toweling and ice cream from the milk bar at the end of a salty day meets the candy sorbet colours of Florida keys.
I worked with a talented team of builders, sign writers, blacksmiths, furniture makers, dyers, and print makers to create a detailed space that reveals both the history & legacy of Cronulla and universal seaside cultures.
After researching the local surf & social history, Old Joe’s milk bar appeared time & time again, namely some great social photographs of the exterior by John Veage. I used elements & finishes reminiscent of milk bars, such as terrazzo bar tops, soft sorbet colours, striped awnings & hand painted signage.
Much of my inspiration can be seen in the details; the recycled timber floor pays homage to coastal boardwalks, lighting made from vintage beach chair strapping, hand painted ping pong table, custom table tops & fabrics with colour blocking and colour palettes that reference faded surfboards & board short colours.
Some time ago, I was invited 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 is what fascinated me more. The final product somewhat of a celebration and depiction of behind the scenes of dancers studios, rehearsal halls, backstage dressing rooms and set and costume makers.
A short time ago I was informed that my shoe, alongside other pointe shoes that were created by many Australians designers & creatives, including Sass & Bide, Fleur Wood, Brad Ngata, Ginger & Smart & Michelle Lesley, is to be auctioned!
The shoe will be auctioned at Bonhams International Auction House, November 26th at 6:00pm.Byron Kennedy Hall The Entertainment Quarter 122 Lang Road, Moore Park
I will be signing copies of my latest book, Gypsy, at West Elm, Bondi Junction this Thursday, 4.30pm – 6pm.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
I am having a garage sale! As a member of this year’s garage sale trail initiative, I will be holding my own garage sale out the front of The Society inc. on Saturday, October 26th from 9am – 3pm!
After a 20 year career as a stylist and globetrotter, I have managed to acquire quite the collection of oddities & curiosities. At the sale, I will be farewelling some of my collection including used books, old shop stock, stylists props, clothes, shoes & other bits’n’bobs.
Myself and two lovely assistants, Hannah & Georgie will be on hand to tell you what’s what and explain some wonderful objet histories. Come and discover a 3D timeline of my travels and life and take a piece home with you!
I will also be signing copies of my latest book, Gypsy – a great Christmas present idea!
My friend Mickey Robertson (who you may have seen on occasion at my flea markets stalls here at The Society Inc.) is having an Open Garden weekend at her beautiful home, Glenmore House on 19th & 20th October. The weekend will entail talks in the dairy with Mickey, artists talks with Charlotte Thodey & Harriet Goodall, plant & garden furniture stalls with Patio Plants & Ici et La and lots more!
10am – 4pm on both days
Entry – $8.00 per person
For more information, contact Mickey
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.!