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Re-Loving – the end result

Monday, April 1st, 2013

You may remember (or even just scroll down a bit to see my previous post on the subject!) that I was invited to be one of 9 fellow designers & bloggers to participate in the Feast Watson Re-love project. Well, I finished. Its all done! To refresh your hazy minds – I accepted the challenge to give a piece of furniture some Re-loving using some Feast Watson products to do just that! I chose this wee stool as it was a nice & simple shape, small enough that I could manageably takle its overhaul easily enough myself &  small enough to easily transport it around to those who I managed to rope in to assist me in the transformation!

Here tis BEFORE some re-loving was applied:

Still before…

So on with the transformation….

I selected from the Feast Watson range Black Japan stain & varnish. I wanted the timber frame to have a bit of depth of colour that the Black Japan offers. Its not a heavy black, like a paint black – its a murky dark dark almost black with a tinge of walnut (yeah – i’ll stick with that as a colour description!)

Next I coyly sent an email to the lovely people at Signature Prints & explained the project to them & what I was planning. They were very happy to get on board with the project & donate some fabric for me to use! woohoo! After feeling a bit like a kid in a candy shop as I had so SO many gorgeous goodies to choose from, I selected one of my favorite from the Florence Broadhurst fabric range- Aubrey on a cotton base cloth in black & white.

Here are all of the goodies together all ready for me to get cracking!

Get cracking I did! I roped in my clever friend Nicko in to assist in the transformation. To be fair he wasn’t given too much of a choice about his participation!! Its true that I may have basically just told him of his participation -but as he is like my brother from another mother- I felt I could get away with it!! Also he has a shed, and lots of boy toy tools, and loves doing this kind of thing -that boy loves a project! He sanded & got it prepped & ready for me to stain.

The stools existing proportions reminded me a little too much of a Star Wars At-At walker (google it!) & as I was planning on altering the shape of the upholstered section, the existing legs length would’ve looked even more out of proportion. So whilst in the care of Nicko with his tool shed, he cut down the legs by a few centimetres. Much better!

Usually when I am sourcing or designing a piece of furniture for a project that I am working on I need to take into account everything else that is going on in the room so it fits into the space with continuity & balance – thats my job! But as I dont know where this piece will end up, it gave me a bit of design freedom to play with & try something a little different for this lil solo stool!  So from out of the depths of my closet came my old sewing machine. Its been a while between sewing sessions. In fact Im not even sure that this machine that Ive had for about 10 years has ever even sewn on fabric! – its been pretty much solely used on paper party invitations!! (yeah thats a thing – I love a good party invite!)   I took this sewing selfie!  - you know proof that I was doing it & all that!!

The plan was just to embroider a small section of the fabric pattern & give it a lil sumpin with the copper thread. This picture shows early progress – I’m sure you can see where Im going with this!

Right, so on with the staining… Nicko had graciously sanded the stool back & prepped it ready to stain.  So easy! Brush on & whamo – it changes right before your eyes!! Here tis after just one coat of the Feast Watson Black Japan.

Two coats was all it needed!

Lets just take a moment to look at this corner of Nicko’s man shed – work bench with neatly organised man shed kinda containers all stacked up. He is a perfectionist – just the man to have you assist on a DIY job!!

Next step was off to visit my upholsterer Wayne who also kindly donated his services to this project!

This picture is purely just to show off Waynes factory! See all the -stuff! I love visiting my suppliers factories! I love seeing where stuff gets turned into excellent stuff – its inspiring!! We decided to alter the shape of the upholstered top to a cushion top. I like the proportions better this way & think its a better fit for the design of the stool & the does more justice to the gorgeous fabric pattern.

Next up & finally: I wanted the stool to just have another little bit of special! So I visited my super clever friends Chris & Tim at Lump who also agreed to make a wee sumpin for this project out of some copper bits they had on hand. (its very handy having clever friends I tell you!) I just love the contrast of a dark stain with a copper pop. You may remember the kitchen I designed last year with a copper kicker? Looksee here .

So finally here tis. The finished result:

and here be a detail of the embroidery.

Im quite happy with the end result & I think it will look quite gorgeous in someones home!

The plan now is that my wee stool as well as the 8 other pieces that are part of the re-love project are going to be auctioned off on Ebay with the moolah raised going to a really great & very worthy cause – the Salvos Stores.  Click here for more info on the Ebay auctions & feel free to bid to give this lil fella a happy home!

Special thank yous to the following peoples for their help on this project:

Nicko of his own domain! & of course Anna for just finding it amusing that I boss her husband around!

Helen & Gemma at Signature Prints

Wayne at Edgeworks Upholstery

Chris & Tim at Lump Sculpture Studio

Its been a fun & satisfying project to be a part of – so thank you Feast Watson for inviting me to be a part of it!



Pottering about

Monday, August 27th, 2012

This morning I was interviewed by a student for her end of year assignment. The questions were mainly all about how I work & my inspiration etc, but one question that she asked was what do I do in my spare time?

Hmm, spare time? I have a vague memory of this concept & something called a life, but it is a distant memory!!

Oh, sounds a bit sad doesn’t it… really its not!  Im pretty happy with what Ive got going on!!!

One thing I have been getting up to all this year is taking a pottery class at Cone 11. And yes, to answer the question you are  thinking (as everyone I tell about the classes automatically asks!)  - it is totally & exactly just like that scene from the movie  Ghost. Un cannily so in fact! The song & everything. The same.

Anyway…moving on.

I loves it! I love getting filthy & filthy I do get. I always come away covered head to toe in clay splatter which just adds to my personal satisfaction! (weirdly no one else in the class gets as splashy messy as me!!!) Im on to my 3rd term now & soon to go on to my 4th.  Which means there is barely a surface in my house that doesnt have a kooky misshapen bowl on it!

Oh, I didn’t yet mention that I am not brilliant at it! My bowls are usually crooked & wot not. No matter, its just so satisfying to make a little sumpin sumpin in my own 2 hands!

This is the studio – located at the Abbotsford convent, & right beside the Collingwood Childrens farm - there is just something special about wandering through the convent grounds that is inspiring!

These are my most recent pieces ready for glazing.

In previous terms I have completely lost my shit when it comes to the glazing. I forget the less is more thing that I rant & rant to my clients, & have made nice simple shapes look weird & just wrong by using multiple colours without having the skills to carry it off!

Case & point:

(not all – but certainly some!)


These are my most recent creations after glazing & firing. Um, so it is meant to be a dinner plate. But as you can see by the forks size, its more of a muffin plate – or at a stretch a toast plate!

and this is a very shallow bowl! Good for soup I suppose!


This one from my first term has turned out to be quite useful – The wonkyness got turned into a small spout which is perfect to rest my tea spoon in! – you know just like it was meant to be!

This isnt the prettiest of shapes & does illustrate the glazing mania I get in!

(Psst – in this pic you can kinda see my silver braille-celet! A recent side project (huh I DO have a life!) of mine that I designed & had it made – it has a message written in braille to me on it!!)


Here is another example of me loosing my shit in a haze of glazing fun! Although I think the splatter is kinda cute!


This gives you a good idea of the scale of my earlier peices! Tiny!  But now I have the perfect place to keep my  eraser! – as you do!!


I could go on, and on. But im sure its a topic that is far more interesting to me than to you! So I will spare you any further examples but at least now I have proof that I DO have a life!

If you want to see some good ceramics – check out my teacher the super lovely Iiona’s work on her website – here. Great stuff & top chick!


Modern Home Magazine

Monday, April 16th, 2012

A few months back Modern Home Magazine asked my tips on working with art in interiors.

This is the outcome of that chat:

Camilla Molders Design


Camilla Molders Design


Thanks Modern Home for featuring my work!

Artist love – Grant Anthony Cohen

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Way back in May (which feels like it was just last week – I mean, really….time is going by just too fast!) but I digress… so back in May I attended the Melbourne art fair & fell deeply in love. Amongst the many rows of interesting goodies & some very overpriced baddies (remember I’m at an art fair!) I saw some work that I just couldn’t stop staring at and my heart a fluttering.

It was love at first sight.

Grant Anthony Cohen is a Melbourne based artist whose passion for decorative arts is very apparent in his work.  The details in his still life just blows my tiny mind.  Have a look through the following pictures & keep in mind it is oil on canvas.


Grant Anthony Cohen - 1970's

The glass light in this painting blows my mind. Such intricate detail in the reflective surfaces and of course the William Morris pattern on the walls is just perfect.

Grant Anthony Cohen -'The Red Chair'

If this room existed in real life, I would have trouble staying in it too long. Just saying!



Grant Anthony Cohen - My Red Egg Chair

Grant Anthony Cohen - My Red Egg Chair


Grant Anthony Cohen -Called for Sunday lunch


Grant Anthony Cohen -"Blue Room"


Grant Anthony Cohen -"Gone to the Track"


Grant Anthony Cohen -"Thank you William Morris"


Grant Anthony Cohen -Morris Back to Back

As I said – I fell in love. I knew it wasn’t just a fling and was the real thing. You just know that sort of thing – don’t you think!

So, I went back to the fair that night & bought one of his works for myself to enjoy daily!

I could only cough up the coin for one of his smaller works & bought the study painting for the larger piece titled ’1970′s’.  Its a very appropriate piece for me – being a 70′s baby & also as I have a collection of turquoise bottles. A perfect art fit and we will have a happy life together it & I!


I’m not convinced that small photographs on the computer screen really show the work to its incredible details, so go & have a look at his website where you can see a higher quality picture to get a better sense at the mind blowing detail in his work. Check it here

How do you like them apples?

Friday, December 18th, 2009

I do love a good apple and in our house we eat quite a lot of them. Personally I favor the Pink Lady but wont turn away a good Fuji. Each to their own, right?

So I assume its a world wide thing, but in case its not… here in the land down under our apples all have annoying stickers on them signifying what I thought was their batch or grower or something, but have just found out they are simply Price look up codes  for the markets to indicate fruit sizes etc. My version was more interesting, but what ever!

A while back, Fella read an article that he couldn’t seem to forget about how someone is employed at the sewage plant to scuba dive into the sewers and remove all the apple stickers that get eaten, and them um, come out again and collect in the pipes and wot not clogging up the sewerage system (oh I do hope that gig pays out sweet moolah)

Being the caring and sharing people that we are, we thought about this situation and thought about what we two could do to help ease the burden of these ‘shit divers’ and this is our solution: The apple sticker board!

I love it!

And credit where credit is due – this is all the handy work of the clever fella! He did it all from the design to getting all handy man and cutting, sanding and painting (my colour choice – naturally!)

I will pubicly admit that I have been quite bossy about the placement of the stickers, and have even ever so eloquently spouted the words “I am a designerrrrrrrr – do it MY way”  demanding that the stickers be placed neatly upon rather than randomly and messily all over and I think its fair to say again publicly – I was totally right – it rocks!

Ah, the 4130′s, what a tasty code that be!

So thats about as crazy as we get in this joint! Party on & seasons greetings people!!


Thursday, December 10th, 2009

While the worlds powers that be twiddle their thumbs and play the blame game in at the the United Nations Climate Change Conference currently happening in Copenhagen,  the bear is melting.

Over the corse of a week, the Ice bear in Copenhagen’s Nytorv square will melt leaving a bronzed skeleton and a pool of water.

The Ice bear is the work of sculptor Mark Coreth stands at 1.8 metres tall – the same size as the average thickness of the floating sea ice in the Arctic ocean.

Quite a genius way to get the message across I think!

In other news – this Saturday here in Melbourne town is the Walk against Warming.

If you are in Melbourne town, come join me, the fella & tens of thousands of others at 12pm to wander from the Stare Library down Swanston Street to the Princess Bridge where we will make a human sign and send our message to the polies that we want action on Climate Change.

That is all!


Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

I’m looking forward to checking out this exhibition of Melbourne artist Miso this evening at the Gorker Gallery in Fitzroy and then a super yummy dinner here.

Just saying. That’s all.

Images via The Design Files

the last ride

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
As its still Spring carnival here in Melbourne town, I am still on the horsey band wagon.
The big race of the carnival was yesterday & I did manage to turn the TV on just in time to see the horses run in the big circle that seems to get so many excited, but turned it off soon after when I saw the winning jockey make air fisty pumping action things!
I have a very low tolerance for the fist pump and on seeing it my automatic reaction is to roll my eyes. I just cant help it!
Anyway, on with the final horsey eye candy for this year!
Via Desire to Inspire

Via Desire to Inspire

Thom Felicia

Thom Felicia via If the lampshade fits

via Ish & Chi

via Ish & Chi

Stephen Knollenberg

Stephen Knollenberg

Via Diane Bergeron

Via Diane Bergeron

Via House Beautiful

Via House Beautiful

Via Design Crisis

Via Design Crisis

Via Desire to Inspire

Via Desire to Inspire

SR Gambrel

Caroline Paterson Interiors

Caroline Paterson Interiors

Kelly Wearstler

Kelly Wearstler

Kelly Wearstler

Kelly Wearstler

via House Beautiful

via House Beautiful
Miles Redd via House Beautiful

Miles Redd via House Beautiful

White horses

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Yep, I’m still horsing around here – Oh that’s bad, real bad.

um, moving on then…

The Melbourne Spring racing carnival is still a happening in Melbourne town -so on with the ponies!

Thomas Jayne Studio

Thomas Jayne Studio

Kathryn Scott

Kathryn Scott

via House Beautiful

via House Beautiful

Pheobe Howard

Pheobe Howard

Kelly Wearstler

Kelly Wearstler

Woodson & Rummerfeld

Woodson & Rummerfeld

Via the Design files

Via the Design files

Come with me & gallop & gallop & gallop….

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

In Melbourne town right now you cant go to far without having some sort of horseyness image in your face thanks to the Spring racing carnival that has just begun.

So I figure, if you cant beat em, join em!

Many many many more horsey pictures coming your way soon!

via Things that inspire

via Things that inspire