Meet…Louise Jones

Get to know our newest collaborator!

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Why do you think people will love ‘Botanica’?
The lush green and teal foliage of the Botanica pattern draws you into a sense of exploring a wild tropical jungle.

Describe ‘Botanica’ in 3 words: Lush, dense, tropical

How did you get started illustrating?
I started my career as a junior graphic designer at a small studio, where I was given the opportunity to create illustrative wall graphics for hospitality and retail clients. This sparked my love for illustration and patterns, and ultimately helped me pursue starting my own business where I could create patterns for a living.

Where do you look for inspiration?
My work mostly features floral and fauna subjects, as I believe nothing rivals mother nature’s beauty. I’m mostly drawn to unique forms, shapes, colours and textures found in plants, flowers and birds. I am also very inspired by other pattern creators such as House of Hackney, Josef Frank and Marimekko.

What’s your process to developing a new print?
Ideally I like to have a fresh cutting of a plant/flower to illustrate, or I refer to my own photo library. I start by doing some rough sketches to determine different layout compositions, where I can determine the motif shapes, colour and texture. Once I’m happy with the direction of the composition, I start illustrating using either watercolour or a photographic approach. Once the pattern motifs have been painted, I scan them into Photoshop so I can start experimenting with the pattern layout until all the motifs sit harmoniously together to create a repeating pattern.

Favourite mediums to work in… Watercolour and digital photography

Where will we see your Botanica beach umbrella set up this summer?
Pitched in the idyllic beach shore of Sandy Point, our usual summer getaway location.

If you were a WWF wrestler, what would your name be? The Pattern Warrior

You’ve done wallpaper, outdoor products, yardages to name a few. What’s next for Louise Jones?
More classic midcentury furniture pieces to be upholstered in my soon-to-be launched fabric range, as well as developing a small collection cushions and other home wares.

Shop the Botanica collection.

Gray Malin x Basil Bangs

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We’ve long been fans of aerial photographer Gray Malin and his amazing work. So of course it was a beautiful thing when we realised the feeling was mutual! Fast forward a few months and here we are, with our recently launched summer collection featuring his ‘Waves of Cape Town’ image on our aptly named ‘Waves’ beach umbrella.

We asked the intrepid adventurer a few questions about himself and his work…

 

I know you started out interning for David LaChapelle, could you share one of your stand-out memories of that time? It was a brief internship but memorable as I was greatly influenced by his whimsical sets and over-the-top staged shoots.

How did you first get involved with aerial photography – what triggered it off? I was staying at a hotel in Miami and while looking down at the pool from high above, I was inspired to photograph it because the shapes and colors that formed so far below began to take the form of art to me. After that, I was curious to see how it would be from a helicopter, so I booked my first fly and the rest as they say is history.

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What location do you love the most/have the fondest memories of? I have many fond memories of photographing the beaches as well as my Dream Series in Australia. I also studied abroad there, so I have a love for the entire country, from its people to the beaches and its landscapes.

What made you excited about the prospect of partnering with BB on an artist print? I am excited to bring my imagery onto an outstanding product that you can take to the beach and create memories around.

Was there anything you were trying to achieve with this particular photograph? Waves was shot above the beaches of Cape Town. The vibe at this beach is fun and lively, and I hope that these emotions translate to the umbrella. It’s meant for days of fun at the beach!

Do you have any favourite memories from the beach/ growing up? Every summer my family goes to Lake Michigan. Some of my earliest travel memories are spending summers in Michigan where I would sail on a Sunfish sailboat, which years later was a key part of my inspiration for my series, Sail Away.

Why do you think people will dig ‘Waves’ over their heads? The colours of this print are really captivating. Whether you’re someone who goes to the beach daily or simply want to bring a little bit of the beach to your backyard, I think nothing brings it more full circle than having a beautiful wave shielding you from the rays.

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What’s been the most hilarious thing to happen on a shoot? During my Gray Malin at the Parker shoot one of the flamingos flew away! Luckily, we had professional animal trainers on hand, but it definitely was a memorable moment watching the trainer run after the flyaway bird!

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‘La Fontelina Beach Club’ by Gray Malin

What are your top 3 favourite beach destinations? 1) Capri, Italy 2) Bondi Beach, Australia and 3) Cape Town, South Africa

 

Meet…Kip & Co

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Ok ladies, I know it’s probably like asking you to choose a favourite child, BUT what’s your favourite Kip & Co print?
We’ve never been asked that before!! This is predictable given the collaboration but we really love the bananas – and not just cause you can quote Gwen Stefani all the time; “this sh*t is bananas – b-a-a-n-a-n-a-s”…hours of fun right there. It’s also one of our earliest prints but has stood the test of time. This season though I am very obsessed with our ‘strokes’ print – it’s a very organic, natural feeling design and we just love the watercolour tone of it.

What’s your favourite place to Kip?
A hammock on a Summer holiday. Chuck a Kip & Co x Basil Bangs over you to beat the sun and you’re in dreamland!

Do you have any favourite summer memories from the beach?
We’re all water babies so we share fond memories when we were kids of big family sessions down at the beach with our extended clan, plastic sandcastle kits galore, sunny boy ices, sausage sizzles and an 80s stereo with some Whitney Houston cranking.

Why do you think people will love ‘Bananas’?
It’s our favourite! Who doesn’t love the ultimate potassium hit of pop mellow yellow colour and fun!

Describe the Bananas print in 3 words: Shameless, yellow banana

Which beaches will we see your Bananas umbrella set up this summer?
Kate and Hayley will be leading the charge down on Point Lonsdale and Barwon Heads beaches and Alex will be rocking it out from Merricks to Mount Martha

What’s on your holiday music playlist
We love to mix it up the classics like Fleetwood Mac or Run DMC, with current stuff like the Weeknd and Bannoffee…and anything in between!

What will we catch you reading/doing/playing on your Love Rug these holidays?
Kate will be getting some tummy time action with her new baby due in a few weeks!! And we will be seating around gawking at the new little tyke!

Tipple of choice: Prosecco

If you were a WWF wrestler, what would your name/s be? The mistresses of bedding

What’s next for Kip & Co?
So much! Babies, renovations, holidays, new products…bigger and better shoots! Stay tuned 🙂

Kelsey Brookes x Basil Bangs

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We’re excited to be continuing our artist collaborations for summer 2014, working with amazing San Diego based artist Kelsey Brookes to design a range of products based on artwork from his recent exhibition, Better Living Through Chemistry.

Shown at Judith Charles Gallery in New York, the works explore the molecular structure of common pharmaceuticals through intricately mapping their structure on canvas. These painstakingly layered and coloured, large scale works reference common medications and their effects on the brain.

“This body of work provides an illustrated overview of the molecular structures for six classes of psychiatric medication” explains Brookes, “My recent work is a combination of my scientific background and current artistic interest—taking my understanding of molecular biology and marrying it with painting.”

Featured in the Basil Bangs summer 2014 range is Awareness, shown as outdoor cushion, beach umbrella and picnic rug (aka The Love Rug).

Asked why Awareness would make a great umbrella (or cushion or rug!), Brookes says: “‘Awareness’ is part of my painting method, and if the viewer can feel that from looking at this umbrella I have done my job well; Awareness is good to spread!” We couldn’t agree more.

In this awesome interview with Kelsey, he explains his process and the artworks in Better Living Through Chemistry.

 

Follow Kelsey on Instagram @kelseybrookes.

 

Basil Bangs + Marimekko = AMAZING

Who doesn’t know, and arguably love, the iconic Marimekko Unikko print? This beauty is certainly one of the Finnish design house’s best-known prints. As the story goes, it was created in 1964 by Maija Isola to prove to Marimekko founder Armi Ratia that a floral print could (and would) be amazing. And indeed it is, standing the test of time and looking as contemporary today as it did in the 60’s.

Recently, the lovely Suzanne from Bolt of Cloth in New Zealand got in touch about making up some umbrellas with Unikko and Joonas print fabric. This is how they turned out:

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Amazing, right? Happy, sunny and beautiful…everything we want our umbrellas to be.

And before you ask…no, we’re not selling them ourselves but do get in touch with the team at Bolt of Cloth if you’d like a piece of the action!