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June 22, 2013

Baby creative

Life with Lukas doesn’t leave much time for me to make new things.
So I had to share this little creative session we had together that turned out pretty successful.

Lukas scattered my pens, sat on the art, painted his face while licking the brushes.
In the end me, him, the floor (and luckily some of the fabric piece) got covered with paint.

June 20, 2013

Tihi, Tivolivat in Inside Out July/Aug issue :)

Magazine cover in development

Some drafts for a magazine cover I did. I like the muted colour scheme in this version.

June 15, 2013

My new collection is on its way

Paintings and patterns done, I have a little fabric print test. Getting excited!

June 10, 2013

Swedish Summer

When I’m in Melbourne I miss Sweden, and when I’m in Sweden I miss Melbourne.
Guess I’m lucky I can have a little bit of both in my life.

The best things about being in Malmö are:
The beach – morning, noon and evening.
Drinking coffee and eating sandwiches in mums kitchen.
The crazy explosion of greens, flowers and scents that sets summer off.
Fresh air and a million birds waking me up in the morning.
Time to just be.

April 15, 2013

Tahli new studio buddy

Being at home with Lukas means I don’t get to spend as much time in the studio as I used to.
So it was a happy surprise to one day find that a great new jewellery designer named Tahli Kornhauser had moved in and filled her space with beautifully braided necklaces and colourful vintage beads. Tahli’s work is so new you wouldn’t have seen it around yet, but you can be sure that her stuff will be everywhere soon. Tahli is only just setting up her business but has already been on the catwalk with bikini designer CLEONIE and is soon to head OS where she might even take a necklace or three to show NYC. Here’s a little Q & A with Tahli.

Your label Dagny, what’s the story behind the name?
My label is entitled ‘Dagny’. For anyone who has ever read the novel, Atlas Shrugged by
Ayn Rand, they will remember the amazing and headstrong female character that is Dagny Taggart. Dagny embodies all of the things that I wanted my label to represent – femininity, simplified elegance, uniqueness and a strong sense of self. To me, she defines the new-age working woman.

When did you decide to make jewellery? 
I was working last year as an exhibition designer for the National Gallery of Victoria and in October, completed my contract. The company could not keep me on for financial reasons, so I was forced to take some time out and re-direct my attentions. I went to my parent’s house in Queensland and sat in front of the ocean for weeks – releasing stress and connecting with myself. I remembered how much I enjoyed learning Japanese for years at school and how in awe I was of the culture. I started researching Japan’s traditional craft techniques and this lead me to the art form of braid-making, or kumihimo (meaning ‘gathered threads’). I ordered a braiding stand and some guide books and began teaching myself the technique. The kumihimo braiding technique is intended to be performed with a relaxed, Zen mind and that’s exactly where it lead me.

Tell us a bit about Kumihimo and what it means to you.
Why did you choose this process for your design?

Kumihimo is traditionally used to lace samurai armor and tie Kimono outfits together. But I decided to use it to make jewellery instead; combining the ropes with dead-stock vintage elements I spend hours and hours finding on the internet. Both the beads and the ropes are created through historical, old-world techniques (be it manufactured or hand-made), and this is something I attach deeply with. It’s that sense of learning something that has evolved over time and been passed down throughout history like a quiet secret; It’s so romantic!

What are your plans for 2013?
Well, I am quite excited to be heading on a world-wide adventure from now until August. I am starting in Japan, moving to the states and then finishing my time away hopefully working as a children’s art teacher in Thailand on a volunteer program with Art Relief International. Japan will see me learning new braiding techniques from the place where it began. The states will be about finding vintage stock for the label and generally mucking around with my gorgeous little sister (a designer, also!). Finally, Thailand will be about giving something back to this world in the way that I know how. Obviously I am putting a hold on the business side of things for a while, but I truly believe this trip will help me to develop and solidify what Dagny stands for as a label.

Where can we buy your jewellery?
I am currently working with my good friend Christian to develop my online shop. By September you will be able to buy everything online and through some select boutiques. Eventually, it will live at www.dagny.com.au (stay tuned!)

In the meantime you can email me at tahlikornhauser@gmail.com or follow my travel adventures on my blog dagnyaccessories.tumblr.com

March 18, 2013

Decorating Lukas’s room

I gave myself an hour deadline today to make some artwork for Lukas’s room.
Here it is, I hope he will like it.

February 27, 2013

Green March issue

20min label project

Need more of these.

New designs in development

Definitely the funnest part!

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