Saturday, July 31, 2010

I want to go!

Next week we will be in Melbourne to exhibit our latest collection to boutiques.
If it were not for the fact that we will be tied up doing showings the whole time here's where I would be headed...

Melbourne Winter Masterpieces: 'TIM BURTON The Exhibition' at MoMA
'The exhibition brings together over 700 works including paintings, drawings, puppets, costumes, storyboards and film. Discover the elements of gothic fantasy, dark humour and motifs that characterise Burton's work...'.

Red Queen Concept Art - sketch by Tim Burton

Filmmaker, illustrator, painter and photographer, Tim Burton is a creative genius that's for sure!
He is the mastermind behind a collection of charming outcast characters including Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands & The Corpse Bride and has an ingenious ability to create hauntingly beautiful landscapes that come alive before your eyes.
He has reinvented Hollywood filmmaking as an expression of personal vision and is an inspiration to a generation of young artists.
(I once heard an interview where he said he wore stripey socks to curb his craziness and that only made me admire him even more!)

While browsing the MoMA website I found a collection of beautiful images inspired by the work of Tim Burton submitted for an Online Art Exhibition. Here's a couple of my favourites...

The Key by Simon Jackson
Blackbird by Charlotte Tizzard

For more information on the exhibition visit:

"Everything has meaning. It's just whether you can see it or not." Tim Burton

Monday, July 26, 2010

Mixta - San Miguel de Allende

A few months ago I squealed with excitement telling my boyfriend how my jewellery was now being stocked in 'his country'! My boyfriend is Mexican so it is especially exciting to have my jewellery stocked such a long way from home.
I have just returned from my first 'real' trip to Mexico. (Yes, I am deeming crossing the border into Tijuana for 1 day in the 90's invalid!). We visited my boyfriend's family, travelled around this beautiful country and of course made a trip to meet our stockist in Mexico.

Mixta is located in San Miguel de Allende an absolutely gorgeous city with cobblestone roads, colonial architecture and the most stunning church made from pink granite. The owner Anna is such a lovely, welcoming lady and has filled her beautiful store with giftware and homewares she travels and sources; from cushions to Mexican print aprons, bags, artworks & books.
It was such a pleasure to meet Anna and to have barton&bell sitting alongside all the other wonderful things in her store.


Here are some pictures I took when I was in San Miguel.

The beautiful pink granite church (we are the tiny little humans below!)

A section from a mural depicting the history of Mexico.

A beautiful sunset overlooking the city (taken with Margarita in one hand and camera in the other!)

San Miguel de Allende.

If you are in Mexico or go visit some day you must head to San Miguel.
And if you are in San Miguel some day you must head to Mixta and say hello to Anna!

Ok, one last photo just for a laugh!
Secretly this is my favorite photo taken in San Miguel - me with a donkey!
(My poor boyfriend indulged my love for silly tourist photos and snapped this one!)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Dead Letter Chorus

These gorgeous people are my friends.
This is their latest video.
You really should have a listen....