Nothing pleases me more than taking my convenient watercolour travel set and pad on my travels. When all the touristy sights have been seen and gawked at and my feet are screaming for a break, I usually set myself up for some watercolour therapy. These sketches are in no way meant to be designed with any rigid preperceptions of what should and could work as a picture. I try to let go and explore either new mixes of colour or mixed media, different brush strokes or continue practising a technique that I have started exploring. There’s so much to learn with watercolours and it’s rich palette of uses and effects. I’m continuously wanting to learn more.
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Throughout the years I peck your Pun joined together with other designers or stylists or organizations to create projects in which they were both interested in.
“Collaborating with other creative people will always be a highlight as it teaches you so much and keeps you invigorated and inspired by the other person’s unique sensibilities and how they project it to the world.”- Montse
BRADMILL DENIM in Collaboration with 6 Artists / Designers
Shown is the I Peck your Pun entry.
2003 OYSTER MAGAZINE
MATT STEGH Stylist and IPYP
LOOKING IS FREE 2001
A sequence animation video in collaboration with video artist Peta Jenkins and music by Julio Kukanja
BOUTIQUE : I Peck your Pun
In June 2003, Luci and Montserrat opened the flagship store for “I Peck your Pun”. They designed the interior and created window displays every fortnight as well as selling the IPYP current collection. Other local and UK designers were showcased, selling their clothing and accessories: bags, jewellery and shoes.
After seven years co-managing and designing for Sydney-based label “I Peck your Pun”, I decided to take a five-year hiatus from the fashion industry to develop a career in massage therapy and to live overseas. However, my creative passion enticed me back to start a new project ,“Buffet & Hutch”, a new homewares label.
During my time away from the fashion industry I found a creative outlet in redesigning my apartment, (more often than was strictly necessary!), and I came to realise my passion for homewares and interiors. It was while in the middle of one of these redesigns that I rediscovered some African wax print fabric left over from the previous fashion enterprise, and I started making duvets for friends and family.
Having always admired ethnic arts and crafts from cultures around the world, I wanted to incorporate these elements into the label. My travels had also opened my eyes to employment conditions in some of the societies that supply our own with consumer goods, and I realized that I could be in a position to have a positive effect on that situation.
If I were able to combine that with an aesthetic which appeals to sophisticated consumers, then I would have a very potent proposition.
So Buffet & Hutch was born; a homewares label that merges a contemporary design approach with time-honored techniques, such as the West African wax printing, traditional block printing from India and Ikat weaving and embroidery techniques from Mexico. Underpinning the enterprise is a firm belief that actively supporting its artisanal suppliers in a fair trade environment is not only morally correct, but makes good business sense.
The philosophy behind this enterprise is to create a low-impact production system based on the careful use of local resources, hand-crafting of the products and long-term partnerships to benefit both the artisan and the consumer. Although still at the beginning stages of the label I have already identified several women’s sewing groups and other artisans that I would like to work with in Tanzania – Africa, Mexico and West Bengal-India.
As challenging as it is to start a new business, I am constantly encouraged and inspired by organizations, like New York City Fair Trade Coalition and department stores, like Nordstrom, which encourage consumer awareness for fair trade products.
I have no doubts there will be challenges in establishing Buffet & Hutch, not least in working out the logistics of payment, delivery and working out production issues remotely. But I believe that with patience, planning and honest communication any obstacle can be overcome. As Paul Kelly sang, “From little things, big things grow…”
This week’s been all about being pro active and exploring new creative outlets. I’ve been meaning to get into poster design and wanted to design some for a friend who brings out DJs to Sydney.
In my research for different styles and moods, I wanted to incorporate realism, mainly peoples faces onto the poster. Here are some great examples of that. Being a avid Fellini fan from long ago, these posters really portray the mood and vision of each film . The Japanese poster “The Diary of a Shinjuku Burglar” is one of my favorites! The mix of colour, layout and realism create a surrealism I can’t resist. I would love to see the movie one day.