This is becoming a bit of a mini-series, and I'm loving the idea of fluorescent colours in the kitchen.
Here's my Echidna Tea-Towel: their biggest threat is the motor-car, so I tried to put a little warning message in this design:
Look at his face, 'don't run me over':
I've also mocked up a first draft of a Kangaroo Tea-Towel:
Kangaroos have the opposite problem to Koala's and Echidnas, they are fast breeding and hardy, so tend to 'over-populate' and destroy habitat of other endangered species.
They are beautiful and deserve our respect so is important we find other ways of management other than 'culling'.
I've always had a thing for kitch Australiana goods. It's difficult to find quality Australian inspired design, especially in homewares. So I'm always searching, or just giving it a go myself.
When you think of Australiana imagery I KNOW you're thinking of this:
Or crazy Souvenirs like these:
However there is a deep and sophisticated design history in Australia, starting with our art and moving into fashion.
Here are my top 3 'When I think of Australiana I think of this' by SOS:
1) John Skeaping's Wedgwood Kangaroo - Designed in the late twenties, auctions for about $2000, STUNNING:
Reko combines street and traditional aboriginal art in mesmerising and inspiring big scale works:
His work are important as they are beautiful, and my love for all things fluorescent and Australiana are sated by this amazing artist:
Entitling one of his collections (Ab)original, Rennie could not have been more closely on the mark.
Also I just have to mention the stunning Wattle dress Elizabeth II wore for us Aussies, painted beautifully by our own William Dargie, a reproduction and little piece on this portrait can be found at Hawthorn's Town Hall Gallery: Not that I'm a monarchist but great frock nonetheless.