Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Tis the season

We couldn't let Christmas roll around without a festive related entry and ta-dah here it is, the loveliest tree alternative we could find. Easy to replicate too, you can pretty much use any old trinkets lying around and some 3M wall tape.  The maker of this grandness is Jane from All the Luck in the World, she has a lovely little blog you can find here.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Profile



Black Butt timber, don't you just love the name! This lovely light was made by the very talented Industrial Designer Richard Harrod (who just happens to be my husband) in 2009, using Black Butt timber and acrylic. Very nice! x Mel 


Friday, December 17, 2010

Love

How great is this? Its made up of approximately 2,500 match sticks and a total of 24 hours. It's the work of Pei-San Ng. So simple and SO clever!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Found it!

I've been wanting to blog about these little wooden wonder for ages now, only I couldn't remember where I had seen them or who made them. Fortunately they had a stand opposite ours at Finders Keepers Markets on the weekend so I can now introduce you to the clever operation that is Bride and Wolfe. This piece I am currently coveting Monsieur Chapeau, is comprised of three reversible parts, one side is painted either white or black and the other side natural wood grain. Love!

xV

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Finders Keepers

We've just spent a couple of days at the Sydney Finders Keepers Market, which was a lot of fun.  Here is a little peek at our stall and the fab expanse of space the markets are held in.  Definitely worth checking out next time around in case you missed it.

Photo by Jillian Leibof

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Dust Bunnies

Our friend and photographer Megan Fitzel put us on to London based artist Tonico Lemos Auad, who works with many mediums such as carpet lint to sweet potato and bruised bananas. Who would have thought a dust bunny could look so sweet. We likey!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Book Shoes

Don't you love Google images, we stumbled across this site accidentally. The very busy Jennifer Collier has been making these beautiful paper shoes using recycled materials.

Monday, November 22, 2010

I love my camera

Do you secretly love your Digital SLR more than your own mother/partner perhaps even child? Then say hello to the lens cap bracelet. Nothing says 'I love my camera' like wearing one of these little cuties. This little accessory, design by Adam Elmakias is a one size fits all silicone creation and the best bit is you can choose the focal length that best represents you.

Now you don't need your camera around your neck to attract nerdy DSLR talk with fellow shutterbugs, when prominently displayed, this little accessory will facilitate all the camera chit-chat you desire.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Green is our new favourite colour


We are both currently working on cultivating our respective gardens, weeeell were more in supervision roles were not actually allowed to touch anything. Nevertheless it's got us researching unique ways to grow and display all things green.  We are both loving these vintage plant and vase ideas. Check them out in flickr-land... Larking About & ethanollie.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Going to the chapel






















































































So this wedding invite has been floating around internet-land for a while now but it's just so darn cute that we couldn't help but post if for those who haven't seen it. You can find out more about about the adorable pair here.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Stick With It

Our super lovely and oh so talented pals, Dave Ladd and Stephanie Anderson (aka He She It They I.) recently embarked on a window display for Incu clothing store in Victoria Galleries. 

As a couple that work, live and play together this hand crafted collection of oversized bits and bobs seems to be a charming shrine of sorts to their long standing partnership. In their words it is a ‘light-hearted look at the scale of relationships and their relationship to scale.’  You can find a mini shelf-size installation in the woman's Incu city store. Check it out.

The pair recently snuck off to Japan to get hitched which makes looking at this winsome display all the more lovley! Congrats kids. x

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Pimp my ride


So we love riding our bikes. Our bikes are particularly awesome because they have baskets and bells (also Mel has a cool Vietnamese helmet that looks like a hat). However we can't help but feel our cycles could do with a little extra pimping after seeing this AMAZING and darn right adorable entry to the Seoul Cycle Design Competition 2010. It's called 'Horsey' and it's an attachable bicycle ornament/accessory which makes one's bicycle look horsey!  It's designed by Eungi Kim who's goal was to "give a special look to bicycles so that people would care about cycling not only as transportation but also as a lovely pet."  [designboom]

Friday, October 29, 2010

Cut and Paste

We adore the work of Julien Vallee! He is a Canadian designer living and working in Berlin, who is putting old school cut and paste back into graphic design, typography and motion graphics.

His unique approach is not only colourful and super cute but the tangible element to his work cant help but be admired for the mere crafting effort that goes into creating these beautiful images.

Here is one of his latest works, its an interactive video made for the If You Could Collaborate exhibition in London. This experiment is about re-discovering our daily surroundings.

We love.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Ta-dah



We spent a very pleasant afternoon hanging out, eating cheesecake and taking photos with the super talented photographer and great friend Megan Fizell from Tres Jolie Studios. These are the result.  We ADORE them!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Little scapes


Being great fans of all things small, these little beauty's have caught our eye. They are made by the very clever Mylyn Nguyen. You can see more of her work at the Brenda May Gallery.

Friday, October 8, 2010

The Litte Book of Bearded Chaps

I just bought this lovely little zine by Mechelle B. It's simply constructed, beautifully illustrated and I love it.

xVanessa

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Crochet Comeback


Whether you like it or not, (clearly we love it) crochet is making a comeback! It can once again be seen gracing the catwalks and vying for space in home furnishing stores. We are currently coveting these luuuverly stools and classic old school blankets from a Netherlands group called Wood & Wool Stool.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Stolen Goods

Found: Stacked Crates. Wilson Street, Eveleigh.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

No animals were harmed in the making of this blog entry.

If like us you have a morbid curiosity with the creepiness of taxidermy but know to actually own one would be a level or two creepier than you are prepared to go then let us introduce you to crochadermy. It somehow still manages to keep a dash of the creepiness but this is nicely balanced with a large dose of utter cuteness.

These AMAZING pieces are the work of UK artist, Shauna Richardson. She uses coarse wools like mohair, and glass eyes to create life size animal models and hunting trophies. All works are created using a single colour and only one type of stitch for an entire crochetdermy model, changing the direction of the stitches to highlight certain anatomical features. She works with a single 3mm hook. Crazy! If you have ever tried to crochet you will understand this is an absolute FEAT.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Pass the salt


Holy awesome! SALT AND PEPPER MOUSTACHE!!!  How could it be that we have only just discovers their lovely existence? This adorable yet practical mo is beautifully crafted from pure walnut by Jim and Jenny from a great little operation called Paperdoll Woodshop. We love!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Sanna Anukka


We have been fans of Sanna Annukka, the very talented Finnish artist/printmaker for quite sometime. Most will know her for her amazing textiles, designed for Marimekko, and now we discover she has teamed up with nineteenseventythree to produce a beautiful range of cards and wrapping paper. The cards are foil printed in golds, silvers and bronze on recycled stock. The wrapping paper is a lovely tribal abstract pattern that is pretty enough to frame. Both are a super affordable way to own some of her wondrous work.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Mr Buttcrack

Mr Buttcrack! what more is there to say......He is sitting very happily on my bedroom dresser, but before that he was living with Sandra Juto a Swedish based freelance illustrator and graphic designer. Mr Buttcrack is one of Sandra Juto's many creations which can be bought, amongst other things, from her shop. Be sure to check out her beautiful flickr stream as well. x mel

Introducing..Fifi Flamingo

I was the very lucky recipient of "Fifi Flamingo" made especially for me by the very talented Donna Wilson for my birthday this year (thanks Ricky). Donna Wilson's other curious creatures and odd objects can be found on her website. I've now got my eye on "Rill the Raccoon". x mel

Thursday, August 19, 2010

New.....Bookmarks


We had a great time at the Young Blood: Designers Markets over the weekend. It was our first market and we were very excited to be hustling our wears amongst such talent.

In keeping with our library theme we made these bookmarks especially for the weekend. "I'm a fast reader, and therefore superior in every way" bookmark, was the clear winner.

Something Sweet...





It's that time of the day when your mind is getting a little sluggish and something sweet would do just the trick. We came across this lovely site Ming Makes Cupcakes. You could probably lick cupcake 25 right off the screen (make sure you've had all your shots if you are using a shared computer).

We also love this little hand-stamped silver dessert fork and cake slide by SycamoreHill.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010



Our dearest friend Debbie, just returned from a wee excursion to the current mecca of all things cool, New York and returned with this adorable little purchased from the Brooklyn Flea Markets. After a bit of google/etsy ferreting, it seems there are a few people offering a similar product albeit without the market/NY experience. One of the nicest we found was by Ms Thomson. It has an adjustable silver band and can be purchased in the letter of your choice.  A splendid preset idea we say.

My Precious



I bought this SUPER LOVELY headband at the Young Blood designer markets from a very talented designer and maker who designs under the label South for the Summer. This piece is called the crown and rightly so.  It's made of delicate, brightly coloured an very strokeable feathers. I declare it the loveliest head piece in all of the land. [Sigh]

xVanessa

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Recycled Lovliness!


We spent the weekend at the Young Blood designer market pedalling our wears amongst some very talented stall holders. We were positioned near this amazing little operation called hideyo. They are a Tasmanian duo who make these lovely little Japanese paper creations out of recycled and eco-friendly materials. Being a little book obsessed, we were particularly taken with these hanging wonders.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Young Blood: Design Markets


Come and see us this weekend at the Young blood: Designers Market, hosted by the Sydney Powerhouse Museum. The markets run from the 13th -15th of August. We hope to see you all there.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Call to arms


These awesome little Bookguns are by Robert The. The Books are collected from dumpsters and thrift store bins and lovingly vandalised back to life so they can "assert themselves against the culture which turned them into debris".

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

What up knitter?



I guess winter isn't ALL bad! Some of you will have seen the latest super warm and fuzzy knitted street art/graffiti gracing lamp posts, signs and various other built objects around your respective cities. This latest craze, Yarn bombing or Guerrilla knitting as it's commonly called, seems to be mostly about reclaiming and personalising sterile or cold public places, and what a fine job they do.

We recently came across the work of Carol Hummel, who has done some amazing work with not only the built environment but natural object too.  Her work, Tree Cosy is one of the loveliest knitted works we've seen, and we are positive this lucky little tree is the envy of all the surrounding plants this winter.

Naturally our recent interest in Guerrilla knitting sparked some research into knitted accessories and bingo, we discovered the NY based designer Elizabeth Yarborough who creates lovely knitted bangles to keep your wrists cosy this winter.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Random act of cuteness

Found: Baronia St, Redfern.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The grass is greener...


We came across these lovely little page markers on a random google image search. They are the clever invention of Yuruliku Design. Unfortunately we can tell you little more about them as the site is mostly in Japanese but the good news is, they are available for purchase and they do ship internationally.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Romancing


My brother recently proposed to his lady with a super cute scrap-book, detailing the history of their relationship. Naturally he won the heart of not only his now fiance, Emma but romantics everywhere and has been receiving great praise for his efforts. Nice one little brother [inset pat on back].

I recently came across another romantic gentleman who made and proposed with a nifty little ring he calls the 'Talking Ring'. It has etched grooves on the outside, that when put onto a miniature record player contains a 20 second recorded message of the maker, Luke Jerram's proposal to his wife. Neat!

This clever fellow is also responsible for the 'Projector Ring', (my personal favourite) and yet another gift for his insanely lucky wife. In a darken room a candle or LED light can be passed through the ring to project a series of portraits. As the family grows, photo's of children etc can be added to the ring.

Who said romance was dead, eh?

x Vanessa
(There you go Mel, I've finally contributed to the blog like I promised and you're right, it really wasn't so hard)

Monday, July 12, 2010

One a day.....


Lisa Congdon, a San Fransisco based artist and illustrator has been busy documenting her obsession with collecting objects on her lovely blog A Collection a Day, 2010. Congdon has challenged herself to draw, photograph or paint one of her collections everyday for a whole year.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Christmas in July


Its time to get your bad Christmas jumpers out...
Mini ginger bread house's made by Megan Reardon.
You can see more of Megan's creations on her blog not martha (don't you just love the title).

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Pot Plant Ring



Pot Plant Ring
By Parliament of Two, June 2010.

Materials: sterling sliver,  miniature wooden pot, weed, soil.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Stitch and Bitch


A new coffee shop on King Street, Newtown has opened up where you can buy yarn, a coffee/cupcake and knit without being judged by your fellow peers.

You can find A Coffee & A Yarn at 413 King Street, Newtown, NSW.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Shhh...secret wars


Secret wars, two artist battles against each other and the clock.

 The Rules 
-90 minutes on the clock
-Black paint and marker pens only (on white walls)
-No sketching/ no pencils
-Invisible middle line with an artist on either side

Tonight, Jon Doe battled against Creon and won the semi final at "Name This Bar", 197 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, NSW.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

PARLIAMENT OF TWO, Volume 1, Edition 3


While we love nothing more than making and wearing brooches, we thought we should mix it up a little. This necklace is called the snail: pass the salt and it's available at http://parliamentoftwo.bigcartel.com/

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Good enough to eat


This bite-size Burger-Zine is handmade by the very talented Stephanie Anderson. You can follow Stephanie on her Flickr site Stephanie Makes. Or you can buy your own little burger at He She It They I.


We can't wait to see what she comes up with next.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

PARLIAMENT OF TWO, Volume 1, Edition 2

Lights, Camera, Action.......................
Today we have launched our new range of brooches, take a peek at our shop there will be more to come soon.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Craft is the new rock and roll


We clearly have too much time on our hands!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Scotch Eggs

Happy Easter from Parliament of Two.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

P for Parliament


Ahh Puff Pastry, is there anything you can't do with it?