Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Introducing… OUR NEW RANGE! (Finally)

So here is a sneak peek at what we’ve been up to of late. It seems we just can’t avoid being all nostalgic and this range, titled forget me not, is no exception. This time we have moved away from our obsession with books (well sort of, you will see we have snuck them into the photo-shoot), instead we are exploring the theme of a modern take on those dearly treasured family heirlooms in the form of antique rings.

Our online store should be fully stocked in the next couple of weeks so watch this space lovely people.

X Mel & Ness

PS. Amazing photos taken by the super talented and all round great gal, Megan Fizell at Tres Jolie Studios. Thanks Megan. xx

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Bookshelf Porn (the blog)

Introducing....Bookshelf Porn. A photo blog collection of all the best bookshelf photos from around the world for people who "heart" bookshelves.  Awesome!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Marina married that dude with a moustache

So we attended the wedding of two of our favourites on the weekend in Melbourne. As we expected from such a stylish pair (well mostly Marina) the whole set up was AMAZING! Here is a sneak peek of a few of the pics from photographers Bayly and Moore. They are apparently known for their documentary style photography which makes for such lovely and whimsical wedding snaps.

I think THAT dress deserves as special mention too. It's made by Kristie Coakley at House of Snowball. SO beautiful!

Congrats Andy and Marina. xx

Thursday, August 25, 2011

tough vs dainty

How cool are these little delights. They have got to be one of the strangest and loveliest amalgamation of ideas. Combining old school sailor tattoos with the tradition of long white gloves creates a super splendid juxtaposition between masculine and feminine, dainty and sweet, and scary and tough. Well we think so anyway.

They are the work of Ellen Greene a Chicago based artist.  You can check out here amazing array of gloves and other bits and pieces here

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Serious Drawings- Marc Johns

Just looking back at our old blog posts and I'm surprised we haven't blogged about Marc Johns before. Love his work, Johns uses ink and watercolours to create his quirky drawings. I've got his "Beard Bird" hanging happily on my wall,  you can buy one of your very own prints here. x mel

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Painted Ladies

Mar Hernandez- designer, illustrator, musician, to name a few of her many talents. You can find her work on her website Malota Projects or her Flickr.. Very nice!!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

With the Lot

So we have blogged about this talented lass before for burger related lovliness, only this time she has created an utterly adorable burger pendant made from sterling silver and leather (vegetarian option available soon).  It's the work of Stephanie Anderson from He She It They I.  and they can be cooked to order here. We love!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Super cute kisses

Found this while wasting time on Pinterest. SO cute. xx

Sunday, May 15, 2011

100% paper and 100% awesome!

These beautifully crafted masks are the work of Flurry and Salk from The Paper Cut Project. There is something SO clever about creating detailed beauty out of such a humble material.

Friday, April 29, 2011


So this is kinda like a balaclava only balaclavas make the wearer look totally menacing where as these make the wearer look 100% awesome and anything but scary. They are called the Berdcap and they are the clever creation of Vík Prjónsdóttir, an Icelandic design collective.

According to their website, the beardcap refers to a traditional cap called “lambshed-hood” which was used in Iceland by farmers who in heavy snowstorms had to walk long distances between their sheds and to the neighboring farms.

There is not a great use for it in our part of the woods however it could be a fun accessory on the slop this year for all you gentleman folk…

Instant Comfort

I think everyone has had one of those days, the rubbish kind where you wish you hadn’t got out of bed? Words don’t come out as well as they usually do (even after coffee) and the day descends into such crapiness that you’re sure there is some evil force masterminding it all. Fortunately a lovely little operation in the Netherlands, Kim’s Little Monsters has a pocket-sized cure for such occasions. It’s The Instant Comfort Pocket Box. Adorable! With such sweetness, how could it not turn your day around?!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Queen of the Castle

We’ve seen these little lovely felt artworks by Castle around blog-land for sometime now but only just realised: a) they were felt and b) they are the creations of a local girl, Rachel Castle. Castle also creates bed linen, cushions, and felt garlands in her uniquely bright and crafty style. A visit to her website cant help but make you happy.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

INSIDE OUT Magazine May/June 2011

Parliament of two is in this months edition of INSIDE OUT magazine. We're a little excited!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Trash & Treasure

This wearable piece of art made from sterling silver and foam is by the prolific artist Bai Yang Qui. You can see more or her work here. I kinda want to bite into it...

Friday, March 11, 2011

Book Rest Light

This adorable light is designed by Lee San Gin, you can buy one of your very own on Suck UK. We're adding it to our Christmas list.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Back to the Future

We are currently designing our new range. As always there is a reacurring theme of nostalgia in our work we just cant seem to shake (or maybe don't want to). So today we discovered the work of Irina Werning and we are a little bit in love. This super clever lass takes pictures from childhood and recreates them with the grown up version of the little person from the picture.

The results are sometimes eerie, sometimes funny, but always SO interesting. CHECK IT OUT.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Mel and I went to an exhibition opening at Brenda May gallery in Dank Street, Redfern a few weeks back and fell completely in love with two little people which we are now the proud custodians of. The little lass on the left now lives at Mel's house and the little guy on the right is with me.  These little cuties stand less than a centimetre tall and were created by the super talented Mylyn Nguyen who we have blogged about before (because we LOVE HER). Check it out...

Monday, February 7, 2011

WIN: Valentines Day Giveaway

Brooch - the Heart: be still my ...
Visit our Facebook site to win one of 5 Heart Brooches.  Just answer this simple question: Why is 2 better that 1?

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Pearl person

We are OBSESSED with this little creation. Not only does it have a touch of the miniature which always suckers us in, but there is something neat about taking conservative materials such as pearls and using them in a completely non-tradition and super fun way. Check it out over at Culture Label.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Tweet, Tweet

Made by Kill Joy aka Art Teacher in disguise, is the creator behind this beautifully handmade fabric bird. You can see more of her work on her blog or her etsy site.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

A Field Guide to Typestaches

So, we are going a little poster crazy over here but I have to share my most favorite birthday present from my brother and his even sweeter half.  Introducing the coolest poster for lovers of type (like me). This super-clever work gives mustachioed personality to 30 fonts. Meet my new friends Mr. Helvetica Bold, the Dali-esque Mr. Filosofia, and Mr. Federal with his massive mo!

It's a great collaboration between between Tor Weeks and Old Tom Foolery, the poster is beautifully screen printed on cream card and is biggish, maybe about 450x700. I love!


Sunday, January 16, 2011


I was looking at prints (not that we need any more) and I came across JustinVG on Esty. I think he might be a fan of Star Wars, I think they're lovely x mel

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Tea Bag Brooch

"In Emergency" by Parliament of two, 2009
Brooch materials: Black Tea, muslin, cotton string, sterling silver, stainless steel brooch back

A wearable piece of art we made for an exhibition in 2009. The piece titles “in Emergency: is a play on the ritual of tea and its use to comfort when an emergency arises.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


We are in the process of framing some of our work, so with frames on the brain it's no surprise this caught our eye.  These cast resin wonders turn the most ordinary of objects into their own little whimsical works of art.  So lovely! It's the creation of Sherwood Forlee and Mihoko Ouchi, over at the. They have some very fun pieces, the Anti-Theft Lunch Bag is also worth a look.

Monday, January 3, 2011

FOUND: Adelaide

If you want to make a Glazed Roof Verandah or a simple Coal Box then "The Practical Man's Book of Things to Make and Do" is the right book for you.

From me to you

This has got the be the darn cutest idea EVER! You can send an old school telegram from anywhere to anyone around the world.  The clever online service by Telegram Stop allows you to type in your message complete with 'STOP' in replace of fullstops to anyone your nostalgic heart desires. Bless!