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Saturday, December 4, 2010

ho ho 2 days to go

This moose has seen many of you walk through our doors in the last month and has, along the way,  received all manner of compliments.  We are running a little competition to find him a new door to reside on.  

Simply tell us what you loved about our Christmas event (Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide) and the best answer will be the very proud owner of this guy - along with his crazy head gear! Email your answer, name, address and mobile to .... A winner will be announced on the blog on Tuesday 7th December.

The show currently on at the St Kilda Town Hall runs for 2 more days, Saturday 4th Dec 10am-5pm and Sunday 5th Dec 10am-4pm.

our front door / paper christmas tree by paper couture / leoni & vonk / paper decorations by paper couture

ceramic wall tiles by angus & celeste / bird house at poppies for grace / tree in a bottle at lipp studio / botanical skincare by new retailer myrtle & moss.

ceramic rings by klei / milkbar print by make me iconic / badges by arthurs circus

shoes by chookleaf / pretty packing at lipp studio / botanical skincare at myrtle & moss / tickets for coco dresses / wrappin gpaper by love mae / coloured twine by paper couture.
linen stocking advent calendar at flora & ceres / print by wendy june / covered journals at the rabbit and the duck / grosgrain ribbon at gertie & me.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

in the spotlight : ed dixon food design

What would Christmas be without feasting on our favourite foods?

Ed Thomson, founder of Ed Dixon Food Design, is an interior designer turned caterer, event manager and stylist and happens to have a few tricks up her sleeve when it comes to all things festive and foodie.

Along with business partner Felicity Davies, Ed is soon to celebrate ten years as preferred caterer for a number of Melbourne businesses, brides and party throwers.

What is your earliest memory of yourself as a creative person?
My creative persuits as a child were always getting my family off side. My sisters were furious when I would re-arrange all of the toys and furniture in our bedrooms whenever they were out playing with friend.  A definite indication I was destined for a future in interior design and event styling!

From the age of four I was always cooking and driving my parents crazy wanting to get my hands in every bubbling dish on the stove and cake in the oven.

How would you best describe your business?
A team of dynamic and diverse individuals who incorporate a strong design focus in the provision of beautiful food and memorable events. We cater daily for boardroom lunches and create fun cocktail parties and corporate dinners for up to 500 people. Private celebrations range from intimate dinners to gorgeous seated weddings.

Day to day, what is it that inspires creativity in you?
My three hours a week of ‘me’ time is spent at art school. The course has fed me creatively and I have really noticed the positive impact it makes on my working life.

Travel, my son, local markets, my clients, media, magazines and blogs (I LOVE my daily ritual of having my morning cup of coffee reading The Design Files).

What has been your greatest success to date?
Still feeling excited about coming to work at EDFD every day after ten years. I am also really proud of the creative team my business partner, Felicity Davies, and I have built and the great relationships we have with a collection of top notch industry partners – graphic designers Flight Creative, florist Katie Marx and Kate Main, Georgie Kay at Georgeous events, photographers Georgie Imhoff, Sarah Wood and Erin Slattery (some of whose images feature here), just to name a few!

What are you loving at the moment?
Restaurants – Easy Tiger & Huxtable both on Smith St, Fitzroy

Food indulgence – trifles and pork belly (not necessarily eaten at the same sitting!)

Cook book – Karen Martini’s latest cook book – Feasting

Exhibition - David Band at Block Projects

Entertaining – The warm weather outside means we can have a barbeque or picnic in the park with lots of yummy fresh salads that include herbs from my garden

My husband and son for putting up with me at this time of year!

What are you tired of?
Christmas being stressful. People putting too much pressure on themselves to produce an amazing Christmas lunch. We forget that even good food can taste bad if the host is not relaxed and welcoming. For me, friends and family are always more important than the food when I host a party.

For a cruisy Christmas Day I suggest you organise those ‘little’ things as early as possible; pre order your big ticket menu items from a caterer or butcher and collect them on Christmas Eve.

Three words that best describe you.
Design obsessed, kooky, driven

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in the spotlight : shonah

The work of Melbourne Jewellery designer Shonah Tomkins has a distinct, modern antique aesthethic. Inspiration for past and present collections comes from textiles by William Morris, Minton China, antiques & collectables, Victorian Millwork and European monuments.  Shonah showed at Magnolia Square Malvern in the bloom space and will this week be at the St Kilda Town Hall.

What is your earliest memory of yourself as a creative person?
Kindergarten. I was very specific back then about what colours I chose to paint with and everything had to match (socks, hair ties, bangles). I also remember being asked to paint an Easter egg and mine ended up having intricate paisley patterns all over it. I also loved to sing and I my first performance was in grade 4 in front of the whole school. I sung ‘Manic Monday’ and did a cute little dance in my new Ra Ra skirt and elastic belt (You guessed it- the 80’s) 

How would you best describe your business?
Aesthetically- Modern Antique in style fusing resin, fabric & natural textures. Pace - Completely unpredictable but a lovely balance between Music and Art. (I teach Music part time in a school not too unlike ‘Summer High Heights’, sing and write part time and make jewellery every other day and waking hour)

Day to day, what is it that inspires creativity in you?
Listening to Music that inspires me and admiring beautiful objects from the past and present. I love antique shops!

What has been your greatest success to date?
Having my product in beautiful boutiques Australia wide and getting some great editorials in fashion and Homewares magazines.
Musically - A tour with a couple of local Indie bands 5 years ago & JJJ airplay

What are you loving at the moment?
Cooking, Dali (chocolate labradoor), our new outdoor decking with rustic old giant posts, Minton tiles, the warm summer weather

What are you tired of?
Endless bookwork and computer based tasks (that I am completely challenged by)

Three words that best describe you.
Cliché- ‘Rome was built in a day ‘ with me
Highly strung, nurturing and creative

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